It’s a naive thought to think that maybe things have changed.
Maybe the joke of sub 1000 calorie diets of chicken, broccoli and hours of cardio are now nothing more than a passing, “hey remember when people used to do stupid shit like………..”
Surely the guy squatting on a Swiss Ball with his trainer spotting has received that many negative comments and been used as a meme for all that is moronic, even outside of the fitness industry, that people wouldn’t still do that kind of thing right?
In a day and age where no matter what you do someone is watching, and probably filming, no trainer would be so dumb to tell a client to stand on a Swiss Ball and end up going viral.
Oh the stories I hear of what goes on in some places.
I speak to that many people who are so broken from what they’ve been told to do in the past thats its almost reassuring. Reassuring because it’s so common now, things have to change.
They tell a friend who tells a friend who tells another who posts on Facebook where it gets shared and people say, “did you see that post?” It spreads so quickly.
It’s laughed about because it seems so out of date. Like eggs are bad for you or day light savings fades the curtains.
No one would accept the nutritional advice of starvation and cardio in 2017. People have heard the stories. Everyone knows someone who’s done it. They aren’t just rumours.
You’d have to be insane these days to call yourself a coach or trainer and tell someone they can’t eat carbs and they have to run, fasted, for several hours a day. No way in hell id associate my name with anything so damaging and dangerous. Associate me with being an asshole? I’m fine with that. I train people too hard with too much weight? I’m good with that too. But cardio and no food? Hell fucking no!
Surely times are a changin?
Unfortunately every time I get my hopes up my bubble is burst by another phone call, another email, another Facebook post of the same old tried and tested way to ruin your body. Starve it and kill it!
I’ll let you in on a little secret. The whole weight loss thing? It’s a scam. Most trainers suck and have no idea how to help a person transform their body. Strength training? Grow muscle. Nutrition?
These are things that are foreign to most trainers.
So what do they do? Very simple tactics to manipulate scale weight.
Want to lose weight? Eat less. Boom! you’ll lose 2-4kg in a week. The trainer looks like a god! Sure its nothing but water but who cares right? The scales are down.
Want to push it even further? Run Forest run! Less food and more activity and there should be another few kilos right there. All of a sudden clothes are fitting a little better and the scale weight is plummeting. People are noticing. Compliments are coming at you from all angles. And so they should. The scales don’t lie.
The trainer is now on the Christmas card list.
But what happens when the food and activity stop working? Because it does. It always does. Simple. Joe- knowsnothingbutseethewordtraineronmyback-Fitness First trainer tells you to eat less and do more.
And so begins the cycle.
This back and forth usually goes on for a few weeks with each weeks results getting smaller and smaller despite the larger drops in food and more time running or cycling or cross training or rowing or body attacking or body pumping or spinning.
Less food. More work. Crappy mood. Shit sleep. Shit home life. Shit work life. Shit life. Cravings. Still fat. Sound familiar?
Anyone else notice how 12 week challenges have shrunk to 4-6? I’ve even seen 2 week challenges. Maybe it’s because very few people can stand being starved and run to the brink of death, while still trying to function in a normal life for 3 long months.
My brother told something years ago. We still use it today.
“It’s not about killing the body you don’t want. It’s about building the body you do want.” One of them is extremely negative and requires starvation and being subjected to borderline torture levels of cardio. The other is nothing but positive and consists of feeding a person large quantities of food and making them stronger. It is never a bad thing to make a person strong. It is always a bad situation that makes a person weaker.
To expand on that further, picture the body you want. The person you want to be. They are more muscular than you currently are with much less fat which means they are stronger. They are happy. They are healthy. They eat lots food. It’s almost a cliched scene isn’t it? Playing in a park with rainbows and birds chirping. Or in my case training in a black gym with rap music playing. But regardless of your setting, you are stronger and better than you are today. Is starving yourself, running yourself into the ground and wasting away going to result in you looking how you do in that image?
If the answer is no, which it normally is, you need to change what you’re doing. Now.
This post isn’t to make me famous. Yay internet fame means so much to me. #fitfame No. It’s to spread the word that I incorrectly thought was getting around. If any coach tells you the only way you’ll get the body you want is by not eating carbs or lots of food and doing hours of cardio, walk away. Don’t give them your money. Don’t give them your time. Walk away. They are dangerous. Find someone who can really help and wont leave you in a starved broken mess.