Please stop wasting your money on shitty supplements.
Supplements. It’s a multi-billion-dollar industry. Pills and powders fly off of shelves, and supplement companies and their marketing masterminds get richer by the day.
You want the cold, hard truth? Most supplements are just very expensive lies. You should be very cautious about claims plastered on supplement labels.
Some supplements do have a place as part of a healthy diet and fitness routine. Supplements also have a place when nutrient deficiencies are present. They can help fill gaps in your diet and — gasp — supplement your health and performance.
Supplements are no replacement for real food, however, and some of them are flat-out ineffective (and potentially dangerous). In this article, learn about three common fitness supplements that don’t work at all — and three that do.
No pain, no gain? More like no pain, most gains.
If there were a book of fitness myths, it would be longer than the Encyclopedia Britannica. As a personal trainer and health coach, I’ve heard them all. Clients want to know why they can’t get six-pack abs or why they aren’t seeing results despite crushing workouts left and right.
I tell them it’s probably because they read, heard, or saw something that stipulated they must do this or that to reach their goal. I tell them they took bad advice — they believed a lie created by a marketing think tank somewhere.
With that, I’ll leave you with five (more) fitness myths that need to be cleared up right now, since our first post on fitness myths was evidently eye-opening for many.
It’s all a marketing sham.
Women lifting weights: We realize there is a stigma around this topic. Although it’s becoming more common to see women weight training, many still shy away for the fear of “bulking up.” So let’s address the elephant in the room.
The age-old fitness goal of most women tends to be: “I just want to build lean muscle and tone up”. Let us let you in on a few secrets. First, we already busted the “lean muscle” myth. All muscle is lean. Second, lifting weights will not make women bulky, manly, or big — lifting weights will make women lean, strong, and fit, though.
Here’s our take on why everyone should stop believing that lifting weights makes women bulky, and why all women should lift weights.
You can’t spot-reduce fat. There’s no such thing as lean muscle. HIIT isn’t the best exercise. Please, no more fitness myths!
The fitness industry is not noble. Like any industry, the fitness industry is chock-full of lies. Full of deceit. Many, if not most, companies in the fitness industry don’t have your best interest at heart — they have their bottom dollar at heart.
As such, the fitness industry’s own pool of marketing gurus have formulated dozens of myths over the years, all aimed at suckering some poor souls into their poorly developed programs or suspect supplements.
I’m here to end it. I’m truly fed up with fitness industry BS, and day by day, I’m working to dismantle the lies and shine light on the truth. Here are just a few fitness myths I’d like to clear up.
About Smarter Sweat
Smarter Sweat is a fitness company built from the ground up by fitness experts Amanda Capritto and Ashley Phantz. Amanda and Ashley are both dead-set on cutting through the clutter of the fitness industry and providing raw, real, utterly honest information about fitness and wellness.