7 Things Fitness Insiders Want You To Know

Muscle & Fitness|April 2020

7 Things Fitness Insiders Want You To Know
We asked seasoned coaches and trainers in the fitness industry for tips and advice that they wish all their clients and social media followers knew. From dispelling myths about training with injuries to assuming all box gyms suck, your training IQ is all but guaranteed to rise a few points after digesting these tidbits.

#1 BEGINNERS SHOULD PONY UP FOR A COACH

I SUGGEST HIRING a personal trainer for eight to 10 sessions. He or she can teach you what muscle groups each piece of equipment works, as well as proper technique, breathing patterns, and rep cadence. A good trainer will also help you develop a workout program that is suited to you and your goals and can address any injuries or limitations.

#2 Don’t Trust Every “Fitfluencer”

BEFORE I RECORD or write a [social media] post, I’m thinking, “How can this help other people?” It’s way too common on social media for people in the fitness space to be like, “Look at me with no shirt on! I’m jacked! I’m shredded! I’m great! Look how great I am!”

Read the last three posts [of someone you think you want to follow], and if they’re saying “I” more than “you,” or there are pictures of them with their shirts off, or you can’t say you learned something from that, that’s a “look at me account,” not someone who is in this industry for the right reason—to help people. That’s why I got into this [business], because I genuinely enjoy coaching and helping people.

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April 2020