I Have Been So Stupid About Fitness

There are so many lies surrounding the fitness industry, it’s no wonder people swallow happily all the BS peddled by those with a financial interest. These gym sharks are everywhere, they lack knowledge and experience, but they talk with pride and confidence.

Anyone with two legs and hands feels entitled these days to call himself a fitness guru. He repeats the same old mantras pushed by Big Fitness for decades, happily posting useless products on social networks for likes and followers and enjoying being a useful idiot who spreads the lies he actually believes.

I’ve been so stupid to trust these people. I thought that their academic titles and boldness means they understand what they preach. I didn’t realize how empty they are because it was easier for me to blindly follow someone with credentials than to work on myself and study to gain some knowledge and skills on my own.

I still meet those sharks in the gym, waiting on the treadmill for their next victim, waving with their run-of-the-mill PT certificates, talking about the same old and multiple times disproved BS. Taking money for nothing, letting their clients stuck in the same spot for years, treating them as fat cows they can milk infinitely.

These sharks are very active on social networks with embarrassing slogans, posts, and stories. One day, they promote energy drinks, the next day, they promote keto cakes. Sometimes they post a photo with some textbook to assure you that they know what they are talking about.

They eat protein bars and drink protein shakes, they promote Big Fitness and hope that somebody will take notice. They want to be ambassadors and influencers, they want to earn money and open their own gym, they want to spread their gospel.

Please, don’t be like me. Don’t let these fitness gurus steal from you. Don’t swallow their BS. Don’t listen to their futile and sometimes even dangerous advice. You have a functioning brain, use it. Listen to people who actually know something. Listen to people who don’t want your money but who actually want to help you. Follow and learn from well-known, educated and experienced people who have hundreds of thousands of followers, who walk their talk, who post free quality content and who have successful businesses.

Don’t fall victim to some chick who claims that she understands this or that because she managed to pay for the third-grade fitness course from local supplement re-seller. Be vigilant, it’s your health and nobody should care about it more than you. Don’t be stupid like me, do your homework, listen to your body, eat real food, sleep as much as you can and forget about all the latest and greatest tricks, supplements and mambo-jumbo methods like activating the core with a wooden stick.

If you want to know how to train properly, read Starting Strength by Mark Ripptoe.

If you want to listen to some no BS content, pick Joe Rogan’s podcast.

If you want to gain weight, take advice from Stan Efferding.

If you want to lose weight, read The Obesity Code by Dr. Jason Fung.

These guys achieved something meaningful, they have millions of followers and they know their shit. I doubt that the chick from your gym could say the same.


Jan Zavrel

Infopreneur, Evernote Certified Consultant, iOS & Web Developer, Author, Teacher, Lifelong Learner

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