I just read one of the best articles in a popular magazine I have seen in literally years! Outside magazine’s Gretchen Reynolds gets kudos from me on this one. Her accurate information on current research on fitness are spot on. I’ll summarize her 10 myths that are detailed in the article.
Myth – Stretching prevents injuries.
Truth – Static stretching should be avoided in endurance events. It weakens muscles.
Myth – Barefoot running is better for the body.
Truth – It depends on lots of things and is absolutely contraindicated in some cases.
Myth – You need to focus on your core to be a better athlete.
Truth – Your specific sport provides the optimal core work.
Myth – Guzzling water and electrolytes prevents cramps. (This is a really good one!)
Truth – Those things have little to do with seizing up!
Myth – Ibuprofen before you run or race prevents muscle soreness.
Truth – This does more harm than good.
Myth – Dehydration hurts race performance. (This is a great one that is little known!)
Truth – Over-hydrating is more likely to hurt your performance.
Myth – Ice baths speed recovery.
Truth – Nothing supports this.
Myth – Long and slow is the best way to burn calories. (Oh ya, and you get in shape faster – faster!)
Truth – Higher intensity burns more calories during the workout AND up to 14 hours afterwards!
Myth – Fructose (a simple sugar) is a performance killer.
Truth – Fructose can be a performance supercharger.
Myth – Supplements take performance to the next level.
Truth – There are no magic pills. (Nice outline of various popular supplements.)
Gretchen does a nice job of infusing these topics by quoting various studies. I didn’t want to plagiarize her work so go pick up a copy and read the details on each myth. It would be worth the price of the magazine just for this article. I intend keeping a copy of this article close by for my own reference. These are things I have written about for years. I have had debates with coaches and athletes alike on many of these topics. It’s always nice to have informed minds writing to dispel training myths. So, whether you read what I write about here or not… at least there is one other person who reads something other than popular magazines and wants to share the most accurate information possible- as we know it today – from a less biased research-based perspective .
Thanks to Rob for bringing this to my attention!