Spending a few years in the gym and a lot of my time learning about the body, I have come to notice there are two kinds of people. Those who promise “fast results” or “quick fixes” if you buy what they’re selling, or those who don’t push any product and simply try to educate their audience.
You see, people that promote their own “fitness breakthroughs” or “revolutionary ways to get six pack abs” become so popular because they sell what people hope exists - an easy way out. In the process, all this provides is more confusion amongst the general public in regards to fitness. With more confusion becomes more challenges, as well as doubt. These kinds of people should not be considered in the forefront of fitness advisers, but they often out-shadow those who bring the hard facts (hard as they can be, such the fitness industry is always changing and evolving) and truth to the table. A great tool to have in your search for credible knowledge is being able to tell the difference between a sales pitch and a lesson.
Credentials are not always a necessity, but they can usually help decipher if what information comes from them is legitimate. For example, Jeff Cavalier from Athlean-x is a strength and conditioning coach, physical therapist, and works with elite athletes for a living. His opinion should be taken more seriously than Vince Sant from V-shreds, who copies Jeff for a living, stumbles over himself repeatedly, and has no formal education on the subject. There are many examples of good and bad advisers online. Weed the bad ones out by determining whether their first agenda is selling a product, and if what their saying seems too good to be true.
All this being said, there are a few pieces of advice that have resonated with me. Elliott Hulse’s strength camp videos preach the importance of dedication and patience. “Motivation gets you moving, but motivation doesn’t get anything done. Strong habits is what gets stuff done. Dedication overpowers motivation”. This goes right in line with what my high school gym teacher also once said to me. “It is times you don’t feel like going to the gym that are the the most important times you do”. Those words used to ring through my head like a nightmarish flashback whenever I was developing good habits and started feeling lackluster. If there is anything you take from this blog, let it be that dedication trumps motivation.
A necessity for dedication is patience. It can be difficult to stay patient when you feel you’re not making any progress, but the truth is if you’re making a real effort to be better, it’s definitely happening. You might not realize it until you see an old picture of yourself, or notice how much stronger you are, because progress does not happen overnight. However; If you are truly not noticing any changes, it may be time to start asking questions or asking for professional advice. Which leads me to my last point. Never stop learning. The fitness industry is always changing and there is new information coming out, seemingly, every day. The body is the most complex machine out there, and there are so many different things to consider while training. Integration of strength training, cardio, diet, mobility/flexibility, recovery, periodization, specificity, structural tolerance, supplements, etc. There is also no better way to distinguish good or bad advice than being educated on the subject yourself.
I could go on for pages on this subject, but this is a good start for the first thoughts that came to mind. What is some of the best/worst advice you’ve come across?