"Fitness Myths, What Is Real, What Is Not"
By Leo Costa and Joe Breen
While many of the readers of this publication may have been exercising for a long time, you may be entering the world of fitness for the first time. We thought we would take a look at some of the myths and misconception of the world of fitness. When people first go to a gym, they are overwhelmed by the amount of equipment and feel they have to master every exercise there is. While in the world of fitness you can be flexible in your approach, you will find that your results will come down to mastering 7 to 10 exercises. Let me explain, many of you are familiar with personal development guru Tony Robbins. In his "Personal Power" series of tapes he talks about the keys his sensei telling him there where 5 basic movements required to be a black belt in Judo. Repetition is the mother of skill.
In fitness while there are tons of exercises, you will discover that your best results will come from mastering 7 to 10 movements. Years ago when I was training for the Mr. USA the late Don "The Ripper" Ross told me all exercises worked, the key to my success would be to find a few mainstay movements and master them. This takes trial and error. Also you there are many myths regarding diet and cardio. Earlier in my career, I sometimes felt that more was better in regards in cardio movements. I would often do up to 2 hours of cardio a day. While I did lose body fat, I also found that I was lethargic and didn't recover well from workouts. What I discovered with my many clients is that 30 minutes a day three times a week, strikes the perfect balance between losing body fat, and still having energy and achieving the ideal look.