Fact: “People are hung up on the idea of cardio,” Allen says. Yet when it comes to shedding inches, focused weight training is a more effective way to drop pounds than banking hours on the treadmill. “Interval and weight training is a better way to reduce fat,” he adds. Of course, keep in mind that while you can burn away calories, no amount of time at the gym can compensate for an out-of-control diet.
You're a well-informed workout buff, so when science suggests one of your trusty training principles is ineffective, your head spins. But don’t worry—we’ve cleared up seven of the top fitness myths circulating the sweaty air of your local gym.
Myth 7: You can run off the pounds
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