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13 April, 2017
Maybe this is a rant about the fitness industry, or a rant about the lack of knowledge a customer has when choosing a right fitness professional for them. Either way it doesn’t really matter, something has to be said about the obvious trend in the fitness market (and probably happens in any industry), people who are skinny genetically, have always been skinny are perceived as experts. As soon as this person does a squat it becomes the new squat to do. We see there current exercise programme and think – well it obviously works for you so it must be great. News flash: it hasn’t worked for them. Infact the skinny 20yr olds who are able to open a social media account and start posting about there fabulous exercise routine, would stay skinny even if sitting on a couch watching another episode of “The Real House Wifes” eating something that would vaguely be seen as healthy.
As I am writing this a well know magazine is sitting next to me on my desk and one of the cover stories is “From TV presenter to Yoga Guru”. Is she considered a Yoga Guru because she has done the hours and hours (and years) to study yoga, or simply because an attractive person who had a media profile starting teaching yoga classes? The irony is she would probably make more money as a yoga teacher than someone who was actually a yoga guru – because she has always been attractive she therefore becomes good at helping people do yoga.
Genetics is what allows these young people to be skinny: IT IS NOT THE EXERCISES ROUTINE THEY ARE CURRENTLY SHOWING YOU.
Show me a mother who has had kids, a body that tends to put on weight easily so she has to really work out what foods suits her, a busy lifestyle and then a kick arse qualification to boot – that is someone who I want to learn from and who we should be putting up on a social media pedestal – they would be a professional worth listening to (news flash – she probably won’t have time for selfies for her facebook page as she is too busy actually doing things).
Half of my Facebook feeds are filled with these types of pictures, young people who are trying to run a social media account, and so they will always have to come up with the new and interesting thing to keep interest high in their followers. But by coming up with the new exercise, you are diluting what really works. Hard work!!! Anyone who is really getting in shape is putting a bar on their back and probably squatting, probably deadlifting and pressing and pulling. But the problem is this is not sexy (I guess I could have an attractive 20yr old doing these exercises to enhance likes), no squat with side kick, triceps kickback, wide stance squat (to really hit the gluts:)) is going to work.
If I was going to come up with a cool quote about now it would be
Stop eating shit and train hard!!
But my training programmes are going to be ones that have worked time and time again, not ones that I am going to make up and show you to keep you entertained (but still overweight). Also becareful of the people who are really good at social media and attractive, I understand there is a wanting to be like these people – they are the probably not the ones to get you there.