The Fitness Misconception

My wife is an amazing person who constantly thinks about other people. She busts her tail in the weight room to get better, and then she busts her tail in the real world to help others get better. But she has a dirty secret that makes me cringe. She’s an addict. Her vice, like so many, affects her mood and consumes her time. She is always looking for her next hit and her next high. She’s been smitten by the food network. Like anyone on a serious diet who enjoys food, she turns to the food network to learn how to cook, but to also stare at amazingly delicious food at all hours of the day. Her favorite shows are those competition cooking shows like chopped. So during one of her benders I sat on the couch next to here and I watched these shows. One show was themed “healthy eating” where the contestants had to have a healthy cooking background and had to make tasty healthy dishes. I was intrigued. I expected some certified nutritionists with a culinary background who had science backed nutrition. Instead they were former athletes and personal trainers who were turned chef out of necessity. I watched as the next hour revealed to me that their only understanding of nutrition was that green things are good for you, and that cooking things with fat is bad. At the end of each dish/round of cooking they would explain what they made and why it was healthy. I felt like they were just reading motivational fitness quotes each time.

“I made for you a low fat cheese breaded salmon patty with a whole grain pasta, herb salad, and mango sauce reduction on a slice of whole grain bread.”
(TV shows that the plate is a ton of calories)
“What makes this dish healthy?”
“Well, when it comes to health it’s 20% in the gym and 90% in the kitchen. So I didn’t use any fat, and I only used whole grain bread, and I made my sauce out of fruit.”
“Ah yes of course”

I’ve realized that the fitness industry has a misconception. This misconception is that if sounds good enough for a motivational poster, it must be true. Things like this.

And this.

This too.

And probably worst of all, this.

They’re not actually true. If anything, they’re a good way to get super excited about reaching your goals, realize that it takes more than a “hang in there” kitty poster and a week of sweat to see legitimate results. I only hope that no one actually believes that pushing your body towards injury is a great way to get in shape. Researchers have proven that there are specific ways to approach the goal of health that can work. For one, less calories consumed than burnt can result in weight loss. When it comes to training the body proper technique and movement can prevent injury while poor techniques can accelerate it. There are dozens of ways to manipulate diet, and there are hundreds of ways to manipulate fitness. In the end, legitimately reaching goals requires 3 primary concepts:

  1. 1)      Science backed nutrition manipulation
  2. 2)      Legitimate training programming with intensity guided towards goals
  3. 3)      Proper technique to reduce risk of injury and maximize efficiency of work

If you can combine these three concepts in your training then you will see progress without being hampered by things that stop you from reaching your goals. These things don’t sound cool, and you’ll never see them on a motivational poster. Motivational posters work for only 1 type of person – those who are going to genetically overcome their lack of knowledge and experience with work. It’s called science folks. 

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Graduate from Midwestern State University, founder of Endunamoo Barbell Club, and Endunamoo Strength and Conditioning. Working to help athletes physically reach their goals and achieve scholarships while spiritually pouring into as many people as possible on all platforms.