7 Myths About Exercise, Fitness, and Weight Loss

Can cardio reduce body fat? Does pain equal gain? Do deadlifts kill baby seals?! If you answered yes to any of those questions, your fitness goals are going nowhere.

By Jon Luman

exercise and fitness myths pain and gain

A better phrase is “No effort, no gain” because pain isn’t necessarily a good thing. However, discomfort can be. So how can you tell the difference between the two? Simple: If it feels like a troop of gorillas is tap dancing on your spine, it’s pain. If your muscles are burning on rep 15, it’s discomfort.

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A general rule: If you’re in pain, stop doing whatever you’re doing immediately. If you’re experiencing discomfort because you muscles are actually working instead of couch surfing, strap one on and be a man, man.

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