Who To Take Advice From For Fitness?
Nowadays, it’s pretty hard to find someone who actually knows what they’re talking about when it comes to fitness advice and tips. I say this because the fitness industry has always been a battle of bro science VS real scientific facts, and many personal fitness trainers, coaches, or gurus are a dime a dozen these days. There have been many times where I’ve been in the gym and have just heard the crazy nonsense that is spewed from the mouths of guys who think they know what they’re talking about, because they have a body that shows that they know what to do.
Here’s the sad fact for some of you newbies out there: many people nowadays have easy access to performance enhancing drugs and hormones, and some people that have amazing looking bodies sometimes don’t even have the basic foundation and knowledge when it comes to proper exercise and nutrition.
I say this because there have been countless times where I’ve heard guys (who I know for a fact that is on steroids) telling a newbie that in order to make his arms grow he’s got to hit them twice a week with high volume, and do over 20-30 sets to failure. Sure that works for him, because his body can handle the work load, and recover quick, but for a newbie who’s just starting out (who’s not on drugs), that’s just a recipe for overdoing it and may even lead to injury. Now it might sound like I’m singling out people who take steroids and performance enhancing drugs saying that you shouldn’t listen to their advice, I’m not. Don’t get me wrong. There are many guys out there who will in fact give out amazing advice to naturals. But there are also people out there that don’t even have the basic knowledge of how to perform a proper squat or dead lift, giving out advice as well. And that’s where it can get ugly. You ever see those videos online where someone is doing something ridiculous? That’s what it’s like.
So who should you listen to? Do certifications matter?
The best thing that you can do when you want to learn information is to do the research yourself. Nowadays there are so many different resources to choose from when wanting to learn about fitness and nutrition. There are many awesome YouTube fitness gurus and amazing little websites or blogs about health that you can find that provide scientific facts on thoroughly researched topics. Those are the best to learn from.
Having certain certifications such as being a personal fitness trainer doesn’t really mean much anymore. There are plenty of fitness “gurus” and coaches out there that look like they’ve never lifted a weight in their life, let alone knowing what exercises to do to train certain muscles. I’ve had some false advice given to me by some certified personal trainers who live by what they hear from others such as:
– Don’t eat carbs before bed, it’ll make you fat
– Immediately drink a protein shake after your workout, or you’ll miss the window of opportunity to grow
– You will lose muscle if you don’t eat protein every 2-3 hours
– Eating too few meals a day can slow down your metabolism and can cause you to go catabolic
I can go on, and on about this, but I’ll save it for another article. You should really use your discretion when looking to get advice from someone. If someone is offering you fat loss advice, and they themselves aren’t really lean, there’s a good chance that they won’t be able to help you do it either. Either that or they are lazy, and don’t care. But there are only a handful of people out there that can fit this description.