We've all probably gotten bad exercise advice over the years and maybe it's become so ingrained that we still follow it, even if we're not sure it's the right way to do things. I'm thinking about many of my female clients, who often come in with years of bad advice behind them, the worst being that they shouldn't lift heavy weights because it will make them bulky and hulk-like. Many men, on the other hand, have the opposite problem; growing up with coaches or trainers who teach them that the most important aspect of strength training is lifting the heaviest weights possible, regardless of how much they can actually handle.
And then there are things we hear from well-meaning friends - You're working out too much, running will hurt your knees, shouldn't you eat more? And on and on.
A while back, I wrote about this very topic and I asked my readers about their experiences. Here are some of my favorites:
"I was once told not to lift weights because women's muscles weren't designed to carry weight."
"After all this time I still see hoards of people doing behind the neck lat pull downs & military presses. Can you say, please give me an impinged neck?"
"When I was a teenager, my mother told me that all exercise is bad for women."
"I was told to lose weight before I start to exercise because I would build muscle over the fat."
"After learning I played basketball with male co-workers, my older friend said that I would never find a husband if I did such things."
So, what about you? Have you gotten bad exercise advice and, if so, where did you get it from? Vote in this week's poll and then leave a comment to tell us about the best or worst advice you've ever gotten. For added entertainment, check out some of our reader responses and then share your own bad advice story.