The Truth Behind These 3 Fitness Myths

by Marissa West (ACE CPT) + Heidi Schmidt (NASM CPT), West Kept Secret


Myth #1: You have to work out for X minutes minimum for your body to benefit. 

While time spent working out can potentially correlate with the amount of calories burned, any amount of time spent being active counts. We always tell our clients to have bodyweight exercise options on deck in case of time shortage in their day. We would applaud a 10-minute interval comprised of squats, jumping jacks, knee to elbow crunches and push-ups (for example) over 0 minutes spent any day! All body types and individual fitness levels are different, so overall, some form of activity each day should benefit your body in a positive way.

Myth #2: If you didn’t sweat, it wasn’t a good workout.

It’s nice to sweat during a workout and feel like you crushed it! Unfortunately, your level of sweat doesn’t necessarily determine how hard you actually worked. Sweating is a natural response to the set gym / studio conditions that you are working out in (such as temperature or amount of others present) and internally, your body responds by sweating. However, mentally, sweating may be what motivates you. If so, embrace the conditions you feel when walking into your workout and push yourself until you feel that first drop of sweat!


Myth #3: All exercise is created equal. 

Depending on your goals, it is important to identify the correct exercise program for you. If you are looking to gain muscle, lose fat, increase flexibility, or a combination, it is imperative to do your research, so you end up with the results you are looking for! Pro tip: Find a trainer whose body mimics the results you want; they will train you the way they train themselves.