Reading Corner

: Wilmslow Personal Trainer | Myth Busting

Wilmslow Personal Trainer | Myth Busting

24 Sep

Besides being a personal trainer and all round awesome guy, I do like to help people out and spread some home truths.

In this post I am going to bust some myths wide open, like the myth busting machine that I am.  It’s about time somebody set the record straight on all this fitness stuff.


1. When women lift weight they will get big and bulky and grow testicles.

I often hear,

“I just want to tone up, I don’t want to lift weights though, I don’t want to look like a man”


“I tried lifting weights once, but my legs got bigger”

This is a very common thought when women decide to start training, and one that  is pretty much impossible to do, unless of course, you are taking performance enhancing drugs, I.e female body builders. Reason for this is, you simply don’t have enough testosterone production in your body to make this happen. Testosterone is the prominent male hormone that aids in reproductive tissues such as the testes and prostate as well as promoting muscle and bone mass, and also promoting hair growth. So, for the ladies, you won’t have enough of this hormone to cause and mass muscle building effects, so don’t worry.

 ( to be fair the guy in the picture looks good though)


2. Doing crunches will get you a flat stomach.

I am not saying that you should stop doing abdominal work, but, I am saying that this shouldn’t be your be all and end all to your journey to a flat stomach. I saw a quote  that read  ’abs aren’t made in the gym, they are made in the kitchen’, which is correct. Everybody has a Rectus Abdominus, its not just there for show, it actually has a purpose of movement and support in the body. The way of making it visible is to burn away the fat that surrounds it, so endlessly doing crunches won’t make an ounce of difference to it. Yes, you will have a stronger core, but, if there is still a layer of fat surrounding that area, then you will still look the same.

(or you could just do what this guy did, spray them on instead!)



3.  Watching The Biggest Loser and thinking, that’s how I’ve got to workout to lose weight.

These guys are idiots, complete and utter idiots, who have sold out to the tv companies to make a few quid. Training does NOT and should NOT ever amount to someone being ridiculed and shouted at. The reason why this one is in, is because it is already quite intimidating to get yourself to go to the gym in the first place, but then some wise guy decides to put on a show where overweight, self concious people get made to feel even more self concious and stupid by some tool with a whistle. To anyone reading this who is already unsure about joining a gym, or working with a trainer, this stuff you see on the TV isn’t real, and if anyone spoke to me like they do these shows I’d be sure to give them a swift kick in the testicles, you should do the same.



4. Skipping breakfast

I love food, I really love food, healthy most of the time, and it takes a lot for me to skip eating, even when I’m sick I will still eat. I think you get my point, I like food…basically. For the amount of food I eat, the normal response is ” why aren’t you fat?”, which is a good question, you would think that I should be 10 stone over weight, but I’m not, in fact I’ve stayed the same weight for about 4 years, and the reason why is because, I eat the right foods, most of the time.


For example,

If you were to eat a mars bar it would have around 250 calories in it, they would also be empty calories, as in they would have no nutrional benefit, they wouldn’t fill you up, and would just add on a lot of fat.  Compared to eating a chicken breast, which has less total calories ( around 170 ), is bigger in size, but also satisfies your hunger for longer, and has nutritious value. Meaning you can eat a hell of a lot more food during the day, and are also the food that you are eating has so much more nutritious value.

So the idea of skipping breakfast so that you have less calories during the day is absurd to me. According to research, people who skip breakfast are more likely to over eat during the rest of the day too. If the reason is that you are rushed in the morning and have a busy day at work then you most of all will need a decent meal in the morning as it will provide your body with energy and your mind with alertness to tackle the day.


5. Fad Diets

I could just say “Don’t do them !” but that wouldn’t be for a good read would it?

The thing is with these fad diets is, they are basically just good marketing, they know that people are always looking for a quick fix and will believe anything that promises results in 6 weeks or less. Pretty much every few months there is a new diet that’s filling the trashy magazines that some celebrity has just started and is raving about. Yes, they might help you shed some weight in the short term, but they are not designed for the long term in mind. Usually what these diets suggest is to cut your calories intake by drinking your own wee ( that may be slightly exaggerated, please don’t do that), but when you finish the diet and go back to eating regularly, your body won’t be used to processing this amount of food and will ultimately lead to more excessive fat gain than ever before. I can’t stress enough how simply eating healthily and exercising properly is the best way to losing fat.



So there you have it, 5 myths busted wide open, KAPOW!

Leave a Reply:

You must be logged in to post a comment.