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Sometimes it’s called “Bro Science.”  You hear stuff at the gym all the time.  And if it gets repeated often enough,  before you know it, everyone accepts it as gospel.  Sometimes it’s pseudoscientific, other times it’s just lore.  Dispelling some of these myths might remove roadblocks to your workouts and help you make a more strategic exercise plan.  Here are six of the most oft repeated gym myths:

 

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This is your year!  Seriously.  This is the year you do it.  (Think David Naughton singing “Making it”.... Google it.) You are not too old, too fat, or too lazy to get in shape!  But if you do pull the trigger on that gym membership, try to avoid these rookie mistakes:

  

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Believe it or not, modern presidents have been a little preoccupied with physical fitness.  Based on the findings of an NYU Professor (and rock climber) which showed that American kids were way more out-of-shape than their peers in Europe, President Eisenhower created “The President’s Council on Youth Fitness” in 1956.  President Kennedy would follow up by making physical fitness a huge part of his campaign, even writing two articles for Sports Illustrated. In 1966, President Johnson created The Presidential Physical Fitness Award based on the results of two national surveys of school kids. You may remember the original test which consisted of a softball throw, a broad jump, a 50 yard dash, and the 600 yard run/ walk. (Okay boomer...). President George W. Bush would eventually popularize the Fitness Council and Physical Fitness Award by appointing Arnold Schwarzenegger chairman.  More recently, Michelle Obama added another initiative to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. Her movement to end childhood obesity, “Let’s Move,” introduced healthy foods and more physical fitness into the nation’s schools.

 

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