Unwelcome Fitness Train(er) Trends
Notice here that I'm not going after fitness recommendations in the abstract. That's bad enough. What's worse is what some of my peers are up to:
STILL seeking to convey that exercise is not only a viable strategy for weight-loss but the PRIMARY strategy for such. Almost without exception, prospective clients imagine that my function is to come to their house and work the weight off them. Where did they get that from ? Not moi.
Training every day or almost every day. Sure, if you enjoy training every day, knock yourself out. Some appear to thrive on the approach. Good for them. What I have an issue with is the brassy declaration that you have to work out every day, or almost every day, to forge an outstanding physique. Hogwash. I suspect that many of my peers are basically crack addicts for exercise. Every day training satisfies their training angst. Should people pay other people to have these sorts of neuroses transferred to them ? Seems like they ought to be compensated for that!
Total body workouts. Yes, it's one way to skin the cat. I've done them a lot. Like the feel of the all-over pump. But there seems to have been a pronounced backlash against splits, possibly in the haste to separate themselves from bodybuilders. Maybe they should take a cue from bodybuilders.
Diet fads. Trainers are suckers for them. And certain leading lights in the industry are still extolling low-carb diets. And I'm sick and tired of trainers telling people what they can and can't eat. The trainer who packed muscle (and fat) on Zac Efron was recently quoted as having said that it's not so much that he recommends his clients eliminate certain foods, rather he DEMANDS it.
To the above, what's with these celeb trainers who have their star-clients gorging on 5,000-6,000 calories a day, and furiously training an hour or two five or six days a week ... to add five pounds of muscle to their frames for their latest superhero role ?
Functional training. Right, like it has served no function to see a client double his weight on, say, the leg press. Like you double your barbell squat and that carries over to the rigors of daily life. But if you double your leg press there are no carryover benefits. R-i-g-h-t.
Lastly, trainers are still telling their clients that strength training will turn their bodies into "fat-burning furnaces." R-i-g-h-t.