Legs and abs are up on deck today. And it's time to quickly go over two misconceptions about exercising. Check out Lee busting these two myths below: Spot Reduction and More Exercise Is Better.
Week 2, Day 13: Legs & Abs!
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Spot Reduction Myths
Myth 1 / Spot Reduction
People will sometimes come to me and tell me they want to take body fat off of their stomach so that they can have sharp abs. Or sometimes, it's reducing their thighs they're after. Whatever the case, they want to really improve one specific area of their body.
There is a way to do all of these things, but what you have to keep in mind is that you cannot spot reduce a body part. While you can train more intensely on a certain muscle group to try and get it to progress faster, if you're looking to improve your muscle definition and leanness, the only way to do this is to lose body fat all over your body.
You're going to lose it from all over the body gradually so patience will be key.
Myth 2 / More Exercise Is Better
As you'll notice with many of these workouts, they are fairly short. But, at the same time they're also intense... and productive.
Keeping your workouts short and intense will enable your muscles to grow fastest so you see the best results.
Doing too much exercise is just going to cause you to get injured or become overtrained. And trust me; you definitely don't want that to happen, because your progress will come to a halt!
Terms You'll Need To Know
Failure: That point in an exercise at which you have so fully fatigued your working muscles that they can no longer complete an additional repetition of a movement with strict biomechanics. You should always take your post-warm-up sets at least to the point of momentary muscular failure, and frequently past that point.
Tomorrow you'll wrap up week two with a back and biceps workout and 30 minutes of cardio.