From working in the fitness industry over the last 10 years I’ve seen a hell of a lot come and go.The latest and sometimes craziest workout routines,the in season “celebrity diet” right down to the latest fitness equipment that promises you to get you that six pack this summer. Lucky with time the good sticks around and the bad generally moves on eventually.However it can take some time for the bad to move and the bad really can interfere and shake up a few things confusing people.
As a trainer I find it just as confusing as my average client seeing some of the things that are popping up and being pushed about.The health and fitness industry as a whole is an area that is marketed with millions of euro each year which most of the time can lead individuals down a path thinking that the latest advert,trend or influencer they have come across can really help them out with their health and fitness goals.
Everything and anything is marketed these days from supplements we can hardly spell,workouts and training plans that promise you fast and effective results right down to even some of the funkiest and craziest looking workout equipment. We’ve all seen them whether that’s on TV,social media,magazines,or even in and around the gym floor themselves.A lot of the time most of these options are a total waste of time for the average gym goer and generally you don’t need to take notice of a lot of marketing nonsense that is going on around you.If you feel things like wrapping your tummy with saran wrap,having butter every day with your coffee or even standing on a vibrating board is going to lead you to healthy living and getting you to that fitness goal you might need to think again.
The truth is almost everyone in fitness is trying to sell you something. A product, program, a diet pill or a magic quick fix. Very rarely someone is trying to sell you the truth. The truth is there are no shortcuts and sometimes there are no fancy routes to go down.At the end of the day you cant beat the basics, patience,hard work and consistency.Getting regular exercise,eating healthy,drinking water and getting enough sleep really are the basics that work and will lead to a fit and healthy lifestyle
Here are my top 4 useful tips to consider implementing for the average gym goer.
Let me start by re-emphasising that I am not a nutritionist, dietitian or affiliated with any supplement store or brand. Instead, I will always mention the basic information in an honest way and give you the advice I offer to my clients.I can safely say that yes, some supplements do have a place for certain individuals but they should only be looked at once you have the basics covered when it comes to your nutrition and other lifestyle factors.For a lot of us, supplements can be quite overwhelming and perhaps it’s an avenue we really have little or no knowledge on and I generally find that most people follow the trend and fall for certain marketing schemes when it comes to going with certain supplements.A basic protein source is a good start if you feel you do need to look at this route.I have wrote an article before about protein and mentioned all the basics you need to know before letting the marketing racket influence your decision.
I have seen anything and everything at this stage.Let me start by saying that any form of exercise is positive and getting off the sofa and getting moving more should be the number 1 goal.However you might need to audit that current workout your currently doing if you feel your getting nowhere with it.The good,bad and ugly will always be around and I have pretty much come across all types here at this stage of my career.Luckily I am around the industry long enough to know what is useful and what is absolutely rubbish.For the workout your currently doing the reason and why your doing it should always come back to your goal. Everyone’s goal is different.From improvements in your performance,aesthetics,mindset the list is really endless.What I will highlight for the reader here that a good template of a good workout program is generally covering all the basics.The basics work period and a program that covers mobility/flexibility work,has an emphasis on strength work and works your cardio/core too is a template I would generally be trying to work off.No matter what latest workout trend comes out it always comes back to the basics for me.I have wrote a piece on the basics and how they can really make all the difference
Similar to above the gym equipment coming and going into the industry is sometimes mind boggling. If you are the person looking for crazy looking gym equipment,saunas or a jacuzzi as top of the list when joining a gym this may point may not be for you.We still do see lots of crazy looking gym equipment adverts on the TV and internet that promise to get you those 2 week abs.I must say it’s great to see a lot of the big commercial gyms starting to keep up and shifting their focus on laying out the gym floor the right way.Long gone are the days of hundreds of resistance isolation machines taking up space on the gym floor and now we are starting to see people focus a lot more on movement, mobility, flexibility, strength work and on their core.A good layout in a gym is having access to open space to allow you to train your own body and improve your overall movement, squat racks, barbells, kettlebells, dumbells, resistance bands and other mobility tools such as foam rollers and lacrosse balls.That set up might not sound a lot to some people but it means you can really put together a good workout with a strong emphasis on developing strength on the basic movements.Having access to a simple set of resistance bands can go a long way.I have put together a basic video below of the best and most useful exercises you can do with a basic set of bands
I guess a lot can fall into this category.Anything and everything from social media platforms,online trainers,books,bloggers and vloggers are some of the areas you can look into here.There is a lot of good here but a hell of a lot of bad.Sadly there might just be a bit more bad than good too and a lot of this bad and misleading information is now starting to disrupt and confuse a lot of the good basic info that has been out there and working for years.A quick flick through Instagram will just show you a whole new world of fitness and sadly a lot of this can be false information that really is dolled up hoping it can draw you in.It wont take you too long to find someone offering you a free discount supplement code,quick fix detox plan or training program that sadly most likely wont even match your goal.Most people looking in are drawn here from the content being shown.A lot of this content is filtered,edited and cropped finely knowing well that it might just draw a few people in.Don’t get me wrong there is some amazing info out there these days but who you need to be wary your not just following some keyboard glamed up trainer,blogger or vlogger who really hasn’t a notion of what they are talking about.
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