Monday, August 5, 2019

What I wish for in the fitness world. (August Posting Challenge)

Today, I searched Youtube for a video that I made years ago for my personal training business. All the other suggested videos had extreme physiques-shirts off, insanely low body fat. The exercises promised to give you shredded abs.

I really enjoyed being a personal trainer. I trained at two gyms and had my own studio for a while. There were hard things about it, but I really enjoyed it. I especially enjoyed the smaller gym that I worked in first. It was a gym for people on a budget or who just wanted basic equipment and no fuss. That was a good space to work.

One of the things that I (and other trainers that I knew) wished was different was that the health and fitness space was not so driven by extremes.

Plans for 30, 60, and 90 makeovers. Promises of body transformation. Publicity photos and videos that show bodies that no one should expect to get for more than a day or two at a time.

Seeing that lineup of videos today, I remembered my disappointment as a trainer. Back then, no one wanted to hear that their goals would take 9 months to 2 years to accomplish. That takes time and money. Everyone looked for the trick that would make them look amazing.

Western societies struggle with obesity and diet-related diseases at an out of control pace. But there seems to be no space for realistic fitness goals and methods. There is little place for honesty.

I think we are all worse off for it.

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