The biggest fitness myths of 2016


Think you’ve got sweat smarts?

We know you do, but there’s still a lot of misinformation out there when it comes to how to create a workout routine that’s effective, safe, and really works for you. Plus, it can be hard to keep up with how the advice top trainers give is constantly changing based on new research. (Crunches are great! Crunches are awful! Crunches aren’t that bad!)

As usual, we’re here to help. We did lots of work getting to the bottom of common and trending fitness philosophies over the past year, and we’re revisiting those stories in case you missed them (and are planning on getting in tip-top shape in 2017).

Myth: More exercise always leads to more weight loss

Depending on your routine, your workouts could actually be sabotaging your metabolism.

Myth: High-intensity interval training is only for the super-fit

In fact, HIIT is just as safe as less-intense forms of exercise, and there are more than a few reasons it’s great for exercise newbies.

Myth: You’ll look like a model if you train like one

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to box at the same gym as Gigi Hadid, as long as you keep these facts in mind.

Myth: More reps always equals more strength

A case for picking up heavier weights and lifting them just a few times, slowly.