I’m a very passionate person. When I love something, I’m obsessed with it. When I don’t love it (hate is a strong word), I despise it. I’ve noticed many fitness trends lately that I despise. Not that these trends are inherently unhealthy, dangerous or “bad” but they just don’t work for ME.
Creative names for basic exercises
Let’s get this silly trend out of the way first…A squat jump is a squat jump not a kangaroo hop. A shoulder press is a shoulder press not a “reach-for-the-sky.” Why complicate things?
Always looking “the part”
Do I wear Lululemon a lot, yes. Is it all I wear? No. Some days I look put together but other days I leave the house wearing every color and -gasp- a cotton t-shirt. I workout for me and as long as I’m comfortable, I’m good to go. I think it’s kind of intimidating when people look perfectly coordinated all the time…
Posting a workout selfie. Every. Single. Day.
A) Frankly, taking a picture before, during or after a workout is not at the forefront of my mind. Do I post them sometimes, of course. But most of the time after my workouts, I just want to shower and eat, please.
B) I understand the accountability factor, but posting a selfie after every workout seems more like bragging than motivation. At least that’s how I sometimes interpret it.
There are many different forms of exercise and I feel like some are “looked down upon” (I’m guilty). Everyone’s all “lift HEAVY weights,” but what if you get a good workout from lifting lighter/more reps? Or maybe 5 or 10 lbs is heavy for you? Hey, depending on the move, it can be for me. Sure as you increase your fitness level I think you should be open to lifting heavier, but on your terms.
Regarding cardio, if you prefer Zumba over running for example, that is awesome. I personally think Zumba is harder than it gets credit for. We should be encouraging people to find what they love, not shaming their choices.
The idea that more money = better workout (i.e. boutique and speciality studios)
I love many boutique studios but my wallet doesn’t. Just because I can’t afford to go to a SoulCycle class doesn’t mean my regular ol’ Spinning class isn’t a good workout. No matter where you sweat, you get what you put into it. You don’t need a fancy gym membership to have an effective workout.
Everyone’s an expert
Just because I run it doesn’t making me a running expert. It makes me
an expert knowledgeable on MY running. When it comes to fitness, realistically, not everyone goes through certification/training and is qualified to hand out advice. But it seems like everyone is an expert these days, which can be dangerous, confusing and overwhelming for people. There are tons of social media accounts, bloggers and probably trainers in real life who, just because of their appearance or personal success, believe they are qualified to assist others. I think the true experts are those who approach each client and situation differently, and are careful to relay knowledge only on their area of specialty.
Nevertheless, for all of these “annoyances” there are tons of reasons why the fitness industry is awesome. That’s a post for another day.