05/17/2013 11:01 am ET Updated Aug 01, 2013

12 Common Workout Myths Debunked


For anyone hoping to shed a few pounds or lose a few inches off their waistline, there is no shortage of options out there for getting in shape. And whether they champion the tried and true or the more bizarre options, all the experts agree that weight loss really comes down to a very simple formula -- you need to burn off more calories that you take in.

Simple enough, you say. But while getting moving will get you headed in the right direction, the actual results you'll see -- and the speed with which you can achieve them -- will depend on how effectively and efficiently you exercise. And the one thing you'll most want to avoid is spinning your wheels by doing the wrong things.

So we looked to some of the amazing trainers and fitness experts we've had on Mondays With Marlo to help debunk some of the most common myths about exercise and working out. We were surprised by some of the things they said, but we were happy to know what not to do when it comes to slimming down and strengthening up.

Take a look:

The 12 Biggest Fitness Myths