Their workouts take too long! A huge mistake that the general public is under is the assumption, “longer workouts are better.” That’s a huge fitness myth for many reasons, and I’ll outline a few basic ones for you.
Most people, especially those who don’t have a lot of background in the realm of fitness, can’t physically take a 60-minute-plus workout. That means if your workout consists of running on the treadmill for an hour then going over and doing abs, you are likely to injure yourself. Unless you are an exceptional athlete, you need to drastically alter the length.
Recent studies have shown many negative effects of running on treadmills or doing the elliptical for long periods of time. This is because it is a constant pounding on your knees and ankles, and it is just too much for your typical gym goer who is deconditioned, or doesn’t have much fitness experience.
Personal trainers estimate that about 90 percent of their clientele are looking to lose weight, so I’ll use that population for this article. Most people looking to lose weight will jump on the treadmill for about an hour, burn 600 or so calories, maybe do some abs, and call it a workout.
Unfortunately, this is not the way to go. Cardio workouts are very good for your cardiovascular system, and if you are training to be a distance runner or a swimming competition, by all means run your heart off! But I’m guessing you are one of the 90 percent of the gym population looking to tone up and lose weight.
Your body is broken down into multiple systems. Think about it like this. We all know Lance Armstrong (won the hardest cycling competition, The Tour de France, seven times). Lance trained his cardiovascular system and his muscular system to prepare for his race. He bikes and bikes and bikes as he prepared to win his event year after year.
Would Lance Armstrong win a marathon? Probably not. His body wasn’t trained for it. His muscular and cardiovascular systems were trained for the grueling Tour de France, not a marathon.
Since you are probably not training for either, why are you wasting an hour of you life on the treadmill and the elliptical? The solution: grab some weights, and do a progressive workout done at a fast pace. You will save plenty of time, work out your entire body, and burn just as many calories.
Don’t fall into a huge fitness myth. Get off the treadmill and grab some weights. The size of the weights is irrelevant. If you do low weight with high repetitions and little rest, you won’t bulk up, but you will burn more calories and therefore, burn more fat while decreasing your chance of injury and improving your quality of life.