This week we are debunking some common myths about working out and hitting the gym. First on the list of myths? Lifting heavy weights will make me have too big of muscles. Usually this come from clients I have or people who ask me questions who are new to lifting.
I wish it were this simple. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, gain muscle mass, or just get some definition, you need to lift heavy. I can’t even begin to tell you the benefits of weight lifting. For one, it increases your metabolism. Not just while you are lifting either, it can boost your metabolism for up to 39 hours after your lift.
But the myth comes in with thinking that lifting alone will get you muscle mass. Lifting without eating for muscle gains is not going to have any effect on actually building mass. Think of it as wanting to build a really big building with legos, but if you only have a very small pile of legos you are not going to be able to build a large building.
It’s the same with your muscles, if you don’t eat for mass muscle gains, your muscles won’t have anything to grow with and get huge. So if you are just wanting to define and tone, lift heavy.