6 Common Strength Training Myths

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Myth: Strength training will make me less flexible

Athletes who have inelastic, overdeveloped muscles, are usually described as “muscle-bound.” They are characterized as being rigid and inflexible. This label is often applied to weight lifters and bodybuilders and is cited by wary athletes who avoid strength training because they do not want to become inflexible.

This is a myth.

It is simply not true that strength training leads to shortening of tendons and ligaments or loss in their pliability.

The truth is that an athlete either stretches and is flexible or is not. Strength training will not dictate flexibility one way or the other. This is certainly true of the program presented here, which, as we just discussed, is not designed to lead to big increases in muscle mass.

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