Many people have questions about living a healthy lifestyle, weight training, exercise in general. I hope that I dispel a few misconceptions with the following:
Should I be concerned that my BMI(Body Mass Index) is high?
In short, no! In one of my previous posts about focusing on one’s health I stated that Body Mass Index charts, BMI for short, are essentially flawed. A BMI Calculator, or BMI charts, do us injustice because apart from the standard three main body types(ectomorphs, endomorphs, mesomorphs) there are countless people with a combination of those body types with many varying genetical differences as well.
If a woman begins weight training will she start looking like a man?
Absolutely NOT! This is one of the most prevalent misconceptions, especially among women. A woman who weight trains will enhance her feminine physique. Women don’t produce as much testosterone as men therefore it is physiologically not possible. The female bodybuilders who compete and ‘look like men’ take anabolic steroids which are synthetic derivatives of testosterone. Many women who take anabolic steroids begin to experience virilization effects which elicit a more masculine look. Unless a woman is going the drug route she should not be concerned at all about ‘looking like a man’.
Is the deadlift a necessary exercise?
It’s certainly a beneficial one, but not considered necessary. Apart from reading other anecdotal evidence I find that the exercise strengthens one’s entire body. Always emphasize safety, therefore, use a hexagonal(trap) bar for a safer deadlifting experience.
Why should I focus more on weight training instead of cardio?
Weight training does what cardio does and more. It’s not enough to just burn calories; we burn calories when doing everyday tasks such as walking, cleaning, speaking and eating. One wants to tone and strengthen as well. In my post, why weight training and not cardio, I explain further.
What’s the fastest way to lose weight?
Despite a lot of marketing hype and false claims with many products on the market, there is truly no safest, fastest way to lose weight. Unless one is contemplating using drugs, or dangerous fad dieting, to accomplish this, I recommend focusing on one’s health. The body compositioning/toning will occur over a period of time, not overnight, when a consistent weight training lifestyle, combined with healthy eating is incorporated.
Are dietary supplements necessary?
To answer this in one word, yes. As most people are not getting all of the necessary vitamins and minerals from foods, the necessary amounts as well, it is good practice to supplement. In my post about dietary supplementation I list a few beneficial ones to take.
Should I join a gym?
A resounding YES. Naturally my answer is biased as I’ve been living this lifestyle for the past 20 plus years now. Unless one can afford to purchase all of the equipment that is necessary for training, joining a gym is fundamental for the various, beneficial exercises that help to tone and strengthen one’s entire body.
Are pre-workouts necessary?
No, they’re not. They can help with giving an extra energy boost to help one train longer, but they’re not necessary. Focus on amino acid supplementation prior and/or during one’s training sessions instead.
What should I do to improve my health?
Beginning a healthy lifestyle that consists of weight training exercises and proper dietary supplementation is a start. See a doctor, get clearance, then begin. One’s quality of life will improve and the aging process will be slowed.
What is the single best exercise for legs?
The squat! Leg extensions, leg presses, and lunges have their place but the KING of leg exercises, for all who are able to perform it, should be the squat. Utilize a front squat machine or a safety squat bar for a safer experience.
Should I take dietary supplements with or without food?
Dietary supplements should be taken with food as they’re better absorbed when taken with a meal.
I just joined a gym, what exercises should I do?
Compound exercises. Compound movements/exercises can be defined as any exercise that engages two or more different joints to fully stimulate entire muscle groups. In my post, ‘what exercises to do’, I list beneficial exercises to incorporate. My post, ‘Short Video Clips‘, shows examples of weight training exercises.
If I exercise regularly, may I still eat whatever I want and still be healthy?
No, no, and no. Eating healthy=healthy lifestyle. It’s imperative that a healthy diet is incorporated with proper dietary supplementation and weight training exercises. Excess sugar and salt intake from unhealthy foods contribute to many ailments. In my post, ‘Eating, Supplementing, and Training on a Tight Budget‘, I mention a few healthy staples to include in one’s diet.