I don’t want to sell you snake oil.
I don’t want to sell you a product that you do not need. The fitness industry as a whole is filled with utter bullshit. People want you to buy their supplements because it’s new and exciting and totally works. People in this industry try to sell you workouts that make you feel like a train hit you and then you rolled down a rocky hill. You complete the first workout and then ‘ohmygod’ you’re so sore now that it must be the greatest workout in the history of workouts. Right?
I’m sorry. I am truly sorry that the fitness industry wants you to waste your time and your precious resources on things that only work in the short term. It is just setting you up for failure and a perpetual roller coaster of fad diets and exercise trends.
I am just coming off of an incredible weekend at the Fitness Summit in Kansas City, so all of this is fresh on my mind. I was privileged to hear from some brilliant folks like Mike T. Nelson, Alan Aragon, Cassandra Forsythe, and Lou Schuler, just to name a few. And that’s not counting the badassery that was in attendance, so many great coaches and trainers from around the country, from Canada, and even a few from Japan and Ireland. Nobody there tried to sell me a program or a supplement or a new fancy piece of equipment. They only spoke about what is true and has been proven with research and trial. And guess what? It ain’t that complicated.
Unfortunately the general public gets their info from Oprah, Tony Horton, and that girl in your office who went to a couple of Crossfit workouts that apparently made her ass sore for days. (Psst… that’s what happens when you are not conditioned and you attempt to do a ridiculously hard workout. It hurts.)
My post today is to simply encourage you to try and look beyond the bullshit. Reach out to me if you have a question, I love talking about fitness and feeling like I have helped someone improve their life. I do this because I want to help people, plain and simple.
Do not spend hundreds of dollars on a shake program, a bottle of pills, or a set of DVDs before doing just a bit of research.
I had the pleasure of drinking a few beers (yep, I’m a trainer who imbibes every now and again, shocking right?) with Bryan Krahn and Bryan Chung, of T-Nation and Evidence Based Fitness, respectively. These guys are passionate about what they do and both of their websites are just brimming with good, free info to help you see through the fog of BS that is the fitness industry. T-nation is obviously geared for guys looking to get bigger and stronger for the most part, but it has a little something for everybody.
Bryan Chung is quite possibly the smartest dude I’ve ever met and I strongly recommend his website. He puts a ton of work into publishing quality information, and it is completely free.
Bottom line, do not be afraid to read on your own and to do a little research, it will pay off huge in the end, and possibly save you hundreds of dollars as well. Start reading what guys like Alan Aragon have to say, and turn away from the mainstream, it is just over-flowing with crap. That’s all I’ve got for now, but drop me a comment if you have any thoughts on the matter.