It is no secret that most people flock to social media these days to seek entertainment, advice, inspiration, and connection. It is also no secret that many people on social media are not always accurate with the information they post. On social media, people can pose themselves as whatever they want, and we all believe them to be truth telling. This rings true for so-called fitness professionals.
With the age of social media, who can keep up with what is accurate and what is not? What will work and what will not? Who can you trust? Peak physical fitness is an easy concept but hard to maintain, and a lot of people will prey on those who are inexperienced. Everyone knows the basics: eat well and healthy, exercise daily, and take care of yourself to maintain physical fitness. But what everyone does not know, is where to start.
Many people will turn to social media to seek help because it is easy and most times confidential. Turning to social media for fitness advice comes with many risks. We all get inspiration and ideas from online coaches, in speaking with other fitness professionals and social media posts, however, if you solely rely on strangers to provide you with personal training needs or online coaching, you could end up injuring yourself. Many programs that are offered through social media or other application platforms are one-size-fits-all. If you are new to training most of these programs are excessive and offer no guidance and/or assistance. Even if these programs are designed by certified individuals, you will never receive the benefit of one-to-one connection and guidance.
When choosing to utilize an online program with minimal guidance it is important to understand the risks involved. You receive limited or no guidance most of the time and the programs themselves are not designed for inexperienced athletes. I, for example, have tried some of these cookie-cutter programs and I can tell you firsthand, that while you may obtain the results you are looking for, more often you are putting your body in harms way. For example, a couple of years ago I tried an ab-building program. It required me to work on my abdominals 3-4 times a week with hundredsof abdominal exercises. It would have worked if, I was more experienced at the time AND if it were not overly excessive. I ended up pulling a muscle and never looked back at the program. Wasted time, wasted money and in the end, it made me realize that all these programs are designed as a quick buck for those develop them, knowing people will buy them. Our advice: whether starting out or continuing – seek real professional guidance, from real fitness professionals.
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Written By: Jen De la Cruz