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The Top 3 Misconceptions Concerning Weight Lifting

Helen Bush

There are many dos and don'ts when it comes to weight lifting, and of course there are many fallacies floating around that many people take as truth. While, it is important to have some sort of strength training in your fitness routine, you need to make sure that you are correctly performing it and performing it in a way that will be suited for your needs. Therefore, you need to make sure that you are getting your information from the proper and most reliable place. Here we will look at a few of the most common weight lifting myths.



  • If you use lighter weights, you will tone your body, but heavier weights will end up making you bulky. This is just not true. You do not need to be afraid that lifting heavy weights will turn you into the Hulk. In fact, most of us are unaware but lifting heavier weights and working until you become fatigued is actually more efficient at helping you achieve that nice and toned look you want than lifting lighter weights, and you can do less reps with these heavier weights and still reach your goals.

  • Bulking up and building muscle mean the same thing. Do not associate building muscle with becoming a bodybuilder. You do not necessarily bulk up from building muscle. In fact muscle is more dense than fat, so you will look like you have lost weight. Also, the more muscle you have, the more fat you will burn. Therefore, you may gain muscle but still look lean and toned.

  • Men and women need to lift weights differently. Most of us know that men are are proportionately stronger than women, simply because they have more muscle.  Men usually focus on their chests and arms, while women tend to focus on their legs and stomach. However, both men and women need to focus on full body exercises. Never limit your strength training routine because a man or woman should not lift this way or this much.


There are many misconceptions floating around out there. Did you happen to fall for any of them? That is fine; however, next time you need to do your research before believing what someone may have heard from a friend of friend. It is easy to believe these misconceptions, especially when they have been around for so long and repeated by so many. This makes it even more important to check with someone who is qualified and will know the truth behind the misconceptions.


Helen Bush
Helen Bush is a self employed fitness writer who works with many health and fitness blogs. At a young age she discovered her passion for fitness and encouraging others. Helen enjoys being active and loves working out. In her middle and high school years she played an active part in her school basketball teams. Now she loves to study and participate in dance to help her stay active and fit. Her main goal is to help motivate others and push them to reach their fitness goals.