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4 Myths about Olympic Weightlifting

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Olympic weightlifting. Just the name of it sounds quite daunting and scary, doesn’t it? The Olympic bit doesn’t help! But, it’s actually not as scary or dangerous as it sounds.

In fact, there are many Olympic Weightlifting myths that have people avoiding the exercise at all costs. But, today – right here, right now – the MYGYM team are going to debunk 4 of the most common misconceptions when it comes to Olympic Weightlifting.

Ready? Let’s go…

 

It’s a man’s sport!

We will start with the most common myth, which we hear on a daily basis. Ok, yes we understand that Olympic Weightlifting has been mostly dominated by men, since it began, but women are certainly making themselves heard in the modern day!

Since the early 80s, females have been lifting weights at both national and international level. Fast forward to today and you have the likes of Jessica Lucero, who has become an inspiration worldwide!

It’s safe to say that Olympic weightlifting is a female sport too. Don’t believe us? Come down to our gym and you will see women of all shapes and sizes throwing that bar high. Girl Power!

 

Lifting is Going to Make You Huge

Lifting any sort of weight can help build muscle, but there seems to be a myth surrounding olympic weightlifting – that it will make you huge!

At MYGYM Bristol, we practice weightlifting everyday – and it’s safe to say that none of the team are the size of The Mountain (one for you GOT fans!)

This myth seems to concern women mainly. Don’t worry ladies, your testosterone levels won’t allow you to become huge naturally. Olympic weightlifting will help you build muscle and burn fat, yes. But, you will be at the right size for your frame.

Don’t be afraid of how your body is going to change. You’re going to be in better shape than you ever imagined.

 

Weightlifting is boring

When it comes to Olympic lifting, the main actions consist of the snatch and clean & jerk. Doesn’t seem like much, so we can understand why this myth exists. But, take it from us experts, there is more to weightlifting than you think.

Aside from the countless variations of both lifts, there’s an endless amount of accessory work involved, squats, bodybuilding, balance, stretching and not to mention the hunger to beat your own personal best every week! Olympic Weightlifting is exciting and challenging – join the hype!

 

It will stunt your growth – shorty!

We overheard this myth a few months back and it nearly made us spit out our coffee! But then we realised, people actually believe this myth!

We won’t go into too much detail, but, the Olympic Weightlifters you see on the TV are short in height because they were to begin with. That’s all there is to it. We can happily say that, there has been no evidence or proof that lifting heavy weights will stunt your growth.

Want us to debunk some more myths about Olympic Weightlifting? Come into the gym and we will tell you some more…

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How to stay motivated over Christmas

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Yes, December is here (already!) and that means one thing – Christmas! At MYGYM Bristol, we love the festive season, but we also see a dip in motivation.

We totally understand – the weather is getting colder, the naughty treats are more on the shop shelves and – let’s face it, the drinks are flowing! But, with this indulging comes a price – a price we are faced with at every new year…getting back in shape.

So, how can you stay motivated to work out over the christmas season? Here are 4 tips we know will help…

 

Get A Workout Partner

When you work out with a friend, it’s much more enjoyable. But, it also plays a key role in keeping you motivated and not skipping them important gym sessions. By having a gym partner, you want to stick with your routine more, because you don’t want to let your partner down.

Finding that right friend to work out with can be tough. If you don’t feel like you have anybody willing to sweat over Xmas, then simply attend our group sessions and you will find new friends there! This way you get the motivation and you meet new friends along the way!

 

Change Up Your Spotify Playlist

Whether it’s Spotify, Apple Music, or just a simple MP3 you use to power your workouts, music is important. It sounds crazy, but changing your playlist can help boost motivation tenfold.

After listening to the same playlist for 4 times a week, it can lose its effect. That special tune, which would motivate you to push through that final set, may not work anymore.

Spend an evening mixing it up with new songs and it will help make your sessions feel fresh. Do some research on Google for motivation music too. You might find a new banger!

 

Book a PT session

Personal Training sessions have many beneficial qualities and one of them is helping you keep on track. Think of this like the “Workout Buddy” tip – but on a whole new level!

If you thought letting a friend down, by bailing on your gym session, was painful – then just think how you’d feel bailing on your PT.

It adds motivation and it also helps you change up your workout path. No doubt your goals have changed since you began working out. A personal trainer will be able to help get you on the new path. It will work wonders to keeping you in great shape when the New Year comes around!

 

Book a Holiday

It’s arguably the biggest motivator – booking a holiday. As soon as the booking is confirmed, we all want to get in holiday shape. So, if you’re looking for a way to stay motivated over Christmas, then booking an early holiday for the beginning of the new year will definitely do it.

It doesn’t have to be anything major, just something that will help you stick with your goal. Plus, you get rewarded at the end. Even if you can’t afford to go now, do the research and plan something for later. Just something so you have a target.