Over the last six or so weeks, I have been sending out a quiz that I created in google forms. I've mostly been sending it to people that I'm connected to on LinkedIn. This has been done intentionally and for a few reasons, but the biggest reason, I want to hear from people that do not know me like many of my Facebook connections.
Now that I have a few weeks worth of data collected, I've been spending some time looking over it and I have to say, the results have been interesting. If you want to take a look at the quiz, you can check it out here: https://goo.gl/forms/xET4v4M7mSvUsMrR2
It’s no secret that working out helps us improve our quality of life.
But, did you know that you might be focusing your efforts in the wrong direction?
Most people that begin a new exercise program start with the form of exercise that has the lowest barrier of effort. What I mean by this is, most people will focus their effort on walking, jogging, or running. Something any of us can do.
What this looks like in a gym is countless treadmills, ellipticals, and bikes with people on them walking and pedaling away.
The unfortunate truth is, this form of exercise, although great for your health and cardiovascular system, does little to nothing for your muscles.
Over the last few years, it has become abundantly apparent that strength training should be emphasized more as we age.
You can see the seconds ticking down, you begin feeling a premature sense of relief knowing that your workout is about to be completed. Your shirt is drenched and you have the familiar taste of sweat as it drips from your forehead reaching your lips.
Given the amount of information that’s available at your finger tips, I find that having a few reliable sources makes things a lot easy to stay up-to-date and digest. Especially when it comes to some of the nuanced things in the fitness realm like exercise programming, nutrition, and even staying motivated to keep moving forward towards your goals.
Just the other day I was listening to Simon Sinek tell a story about him and a friend finishing a run. At the end of this run there were large tables set up with free bagels to those that were finishing the run. As he continued, he detailed the layout of these tables with the bagels and all of the people that were there grouped around them making it difficult to get to the bagels.
With the huge amount of information that’s out there, sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. So I’ve decided to review books that have been written by leaders in this industry and then give my two cents on their work. Overall, this will be a fun experience and should be fairly informational as I know most people are always searching for the next best read to help them move forward in their health and fitness journey.
Over the last decade that I have been active in the health and fitness industry, I have seen social media explode with new personal trainers and coaches come forward. I’ve never been one to see others as competition, as I believe that this benefits everyone involved. However, what I have seen along with this growth and exposure, are some of the negative attitudes towards helping people. Let me give you an example of this.
If you're like me, the quest to be in shape and manage weight feels overwhelming at times. And, as if the quest to be fit isn't hard enough, there's often other obstacles to overcome: health issues, time management, mustering up courage or energy. Even if you've been exercising for a long time, there's always new barriers to be broken.
So, how do you put all of this into perspective?
So I've been in this industry for along time and it never ceases to amaze me at how many people view themselves or others, as fitness experts. There are times when I question even the most qualified people on their motives and whether or not they really are a guru of fitness. Heck, I don’t even consider myself a guru (although I don’t market myself that way either), even though I have the experience and education to validate the statement.
I have a question for you. Are you missing something in your training?
Think about this really hard. I bet you are.