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The view from here is real

This week, I’m this guy

Real Talk.

Reading fitness blogs, can be mind-boggling sometimes.  Great post, by the way…that 3rd exercise you shared…you’re doing it wrong. Could you imagine actually saying that?!  Sometimes, I’m tempted.  Or worse, calling out crap diet advice in the comment section. Just imagine, yikes! No, no no…say something nice in comments and forget you ever saw it.

There are plenty of pseudo-qualified individuals {in great shape} giving workout advice in blog posts. The point is, just because someone is in seemingly good shape doesn’t mean that you should be doing what they are doing…or following their suggestions.  People are unique and their workouts should be too.

I bite my tongue, when I see semi-qualified individuals posting workout routines and giving advice. I marvel at their slick photo info-graphics made with internet ninja skill and then shake my head the their form in the pictures.  I wince, when I see controversial exercises used with reckless abandon.  I remain silent, when I hear people share how great they are doing on the liquid diet or how 2 day fasting has help them shed X amount of pounds.

Heck, I’m not immune….sometimes I wonder if my 2nd grade English teacher is out there clutching her pearls gasping at my shabby use of grammar and punctuation. I imagine her shaking her head in disbelief at how many times I write run on sentences and commit paragraph suicide.  HA! Who am I kidding, no English teacher would read my blog. They couldn’t get through the first paragraph before they clicked the esc button. My point is…when we blog, we are being judged and we all have different skill sets.

Ignorance, not stupidity.  There is a difference.  Ignorance is lacking information, stupidity is lacking intelligence.  Ignorant fitness bloggers {too harsh?} are plentiful and eager to share, just mimic what they do or use the gadgets they use…and who cares about the boring details. Well bless their hearts, they don’t know any better.

Nobodies perfect, we are human. Even I need an extra set of certified eyes to work on my squat form.  Not every squat, lunge or curl will be spot on in the mirror. However, I believe you should have some background schooling in muscle function before you set out to demonstrate exercises to the world. There I said it. {Flashback to a much earlier post on What Else To Look For In A Personal Trainer.}

Why not leave it to the pros? Who and when is all this sub par information benefiting?  I’m all about encouraging others, sharing from personal experience and being positive, but when society discourages pointing out ways to improve, we all lose.  All we end up with is more confusion and a whole lot of useless internet workout noise.

Maybe I’m just picky-uni.  Yes, I-am-picky-uni.  I can spot poor form in photos a mile away.  I want to scream, R-E-A-L-L-Y you want me to do that exercise…no no no.  I need to help you, let’s polish up your form, tweak this and correct that! I want to say it, but I don’t.  Folks are easily offended about unsolicited advice.  I just smile and go on my merry way.  Nobody likes a know it all.

Yes, technique can be debated until the sun goes down. I learn something new everyday, but… there are some basic fundamentals that someone who hasn’t gone to school to be a certified personal trainer will be lacking.  Whats your goal? Is it spinning your wheels just to get a good random sweat on?  Yes? Ok, visit any random fitness blog or a spin bike mart.  Or is your goal to strengthen what is weak? Then check out a Certified Personal Trainer. The difference is huge, and the result will be too.

Heck, what do I know? I could be wrong and who am I to judge.  Shrug, eye roll.

It’s not arrogance, but more from a place of knowledge and experience.  I sit silent when I could actually help.  It’s a heavy burden to carry, having the real answer but knowing that it’s not the time or place to share it.  Wasted words falling on deaf ears, blinded by the sound bytes and the fitness fad of the day.

So there you have it.

Do you welcome honest unsolicited advice in your comment section?

In your humble opinion, whats wrong with fitness blogging?



***Disclaimer: Always check with your doctor first before starting new fitness routines to ensure that they’re right for you.***All opinions expressed are 100% my own.