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10 Reasons The Fitness Industry is bad For Your Health | Boise Gym

Practice Podcast #8 – 10 Reasons the fitness industry is bad for your health.mp3


[00:00:00] This is the kvell life boise gym podcast where we strive to bring happy and proud to the world with the tools of fitness nutrition mindset and lifestyle. My name is Brett Denton and today we’re talking about the 10 reasons the fitness industry is bad for your health. You know a lot of people think that the fitness industry is just out there to make everybody healthy and everybody happy and get everybody fit. And maybe that’s the intention but unfortunately there are many reasons that it is not healthy and it is not going to make people fit. And actually it’s going to cause the opposite type of reaction or result. So today what we’re going to do is we’re going to about the 10 reasons why the fitness industry is actually bad for your health. And hopefully this helps you to steer away from those issues in the industry that are causing injury or the unhealthiness. So number one is overtraining and I don’t. Or maybe even improper training so overtraining slash in proper training a lot of the newest fitness companies out there specifically companies like orangetheory, cross-fit, F45 and some of these other companies. They’re doing a great job with getting clients in the door. They’re doing a great job with a lot of things but you’ve got to be careful where you go and who you’re paying attention to and what program you’re doing. Each program is designed for a specific reason and a specific outcome. And so you have to make sure that your goals align with exactly what that program is trying to deliver.


[00:01:46] So a lot of the programs out there now are really pushing your body to the max at a boise gym and they’re pushing your body to the max. Over and over and over again causing overuse injuries and also causing injuries from Prah improperly written programs. So some of the programs out there now have a tremendous amount of leg rowing machines or running in them or too many reps for you to be doing on specific body part. Let’s say you’re doing too many squats and you’re not doing enough posting your chain movements like ordeals or deadlifts to balance out those squats or those thigh dominant movements. You have to make sure that the program that you’re utilizing is a balanced program otherwise you’re going to end up with injuries you’re going to end up with muscular imbalances and you’re going to be unhealthy in the long run. So number one you’ve got to make sure you find a program that is not going to overtrain you. Number one. So in other words you know you see this a lot in bootcamps. You know you start at boot camp and you haven’t worked out in six years or 20 years or 50 years and all of a sudden you work it out every single day of the week. Well if you’re working out every single day of the week that’s not necessarily an issue except for if you’re doing something like the boot camps where they just try and you know beat you up every single time make you sweat make you breathe hard make it soar. That is a recipe for disaster. And you’re going to get injured and you see it a lot these days when people get into these boot camp classes or into some of these gyms.


[00:03:12] They work out intensely you know day after day after day with very little recovery time and not enough time for their body to build up and get to where it needs to be. You know it takes your ligaments and tendons much longer to strengthen than it does your muscles at a boise gym. So you have the strong muscle. All of a sudden that’s working better firing better. But you don’t have the strength and ligaments and tendons to help support all of that musculature. And so obviously that’s going to end in injury. So overtraining or improperly programmed workouts. That’s number one. Number two is poor credentialling when it comes to the people who are allowed to actually train these people in these training sessions. Right you don’t really need anything as far as credentials go in the U.S. to be able to coach people. You can just simply hang up your shingle and say you’re a personal trainer. Now of course there is certifications out there there’s you know exercise science degrees there’s a certification get over a weekend. There’s much more detailed certifications and many of the sort of cations are really good like really good like they teach you a ton of information. As a matter of fact I would argue that some of the certifications are actually more valuable than four years of college. Now with that said four years of college is going to give you a very strong foundation in fitness and exercise science. And so I would actually take somebody who is has a four year degree in exercise science over the majority of the certifications out there on the market today.


[00:04:40] Now it’s a double edged sword right. So some of those sort of occasions are really good and better than the four year degree. But most of them by and large I’d rather take the degree over the certification. Most the stuff that you learn in the fitness industry is through experiential knowledge. And unfortunately for most schools and most certification programs you’re only learning through the book you’re not learning through actual doing and doing is where most things in personal training are learned and it’s learned by somebody who is already doing it correctly. And so you know we have people who come and interview and they get a master’s degree in exercise science but they have no idea how to train anybody or have people who is freshly minted from a weekend or a week certification program. And they have no idea how to write a program. They have no idea how to train anybody. They have no idea how to coach. The credentials are terrible. Now in some other countries you have to have a degree. You have to have proper certification. And I wish this is how it was in the U.S. it’s not. And so we have to deal with it. But proper credentialing or poor credentialing is is a terrible scar on the fitness industry because anybody can do it. All right so it’s very easy entry and that’s why you know a lot of personal trainers end up hurting people because they just they don’t know what they’re doing. Number three is fads so fads are basically run the fitness industry. Right. Every year a few times a year there’s a new fad that comes out. Right.


[00:06:06] You’ve got Zuba huge fad right. Made the guy who started Zuba a ton of money and Zuba was still around now but is not anywhere near as big as it was. And quite frankly zoon was great and it’s fun and it’s going to get people who weren’t moving in shape at a boise gym. But it’s not an entire complete program. Right but it’s a fad. And so it came on hot and then it went out. And then you got Jazzercise same thing. Fat it you got the high intensity training is the hottest fad going on right now. Now the good thing about scientists the training is if it’s done correctly it’s actually going to get you phenomenal results and you can continue to get those results. Now the main problem is as most people don’t do it correctly. All right. They’re either using the wrong work to rest intervals. They’re using the wrong loads to the wrist lifting the wrong amount of weight they’re not being coached properly in actual movements. So doing this high intensity or high impact type of movement and they’re not doing them correctly which again is a recipe for disaster. And so you just got to look at you know is this a fad or is this something that’s actually going to work and stick around long term and is it going to give me the results I want because fads come and go but real strong training programs are really what you’re after. If you want results number four is lack of regulations. Right. Again there’s no regulations and this goes back a little bit to the credentialing issue.


[00:07:25] There’s no regulations for really anything in the fitness industry. You know you can do anything you want even if you look at the supplement industry. That’s part of the fitness industry like this. The FDA doesn’t you know you don’t they don’t have to approve anything.


[00:07:38] None of the claims have to be backed up.


[00:07:43] It’s just it’s this is kind of like this free for all like we’re in the wild wild west again race kind of do whatever you want as long as you can make people believe that you can sell it. And so poor regulations lead to a lot of people get injured and hurt. I mean you know you had the supplements a few years ago ephedrine that were just loaded with ephedrine right. I don’t know what the actual something was called any more was loaded with ephedra it is killing people. Right there’s no light regulation there. All right. So we got to watch out for that number five. Quick fixes right. Everybody wants a quick fix and I totally understand that. All right everyone quick fix and everything right you want to be a millionaire overnight. You want to have the perfect relationship. You want to have the perfect body you want to be strong you whatever it is right. Everybody wants a quick fix but most intelligent human beings understand that there is no such thing as a quick fix. Right. But the fitness industry in the supplement industry are very good at selling you on the snake oil on the quick fix on the magic bullet. There is no magic bullet right. Let’s say you the magic bullet is the magic bullet is 10 20 30 40 50 years of working hard 10 20 30 40 50 years of eating correctly.


[00:08:51] Right. Year after year day after day you’re doing the right things. You’re exercising you’re getting proper sleep you’re eating correctly you’re taking care of your health. Year after year after year that’s the quick fix right. That’s the overnight success. 20 year overnight success. That’s how you get there. Right. But the fitness industry is very good at selling the quick fixes and many times those quick fixes are dangerous for you. Right it could be one of those crazy detoxes or fasting for too long or very intense exercise programs for somebody who hasn’t ever haven’t hasn’t ever exercised or hasn’t exercised in many years. These are all things that are going to be unhealthy and too bad for your health in the long run. The next thing is the fitness industry is very good at selling false claims and pipe dreams. Right. They’re just going to sell you what you want to hear. They’re going to sell something that’s unrealistic.


[00:09:40] Now props to Facebook because they actually are very strict on what they allow advertised on and on their platform and they don’t allow anything that is going to be advertised that gives any unrealistic claims. Right. And we’ve run into some issues here because we get really good results with clients at our boise gymand Facebook a lot of times won’t let us advertise what those results are because for most gyms or for most people they’re unrealistic. But props to Facebook for really stand up for something and not allowing all these advertisers who are basically just selling a scam advertise their stuff on their platform. But we really got to be careful that you’re not really buying in to all these false claims a lot of times it sounds too good to be true in the fitness industry.


[00:10:25] It usually is or it comes with a hell of a lot of hard work. So you have to be ready to put in that hard work. But never believe in the supplement claims never believe any of that you know detox claims or anything like that. Those in the long run are not healthy for you. Even if you might lose weight right away. Longrun you’re probably going to gain that weight back. You’re going to gain back more of it because your metabolism is going to go in the tank and you’re going to be unhealthy in the long run. Number seven is poorly designed programs. Most people don’t know how to design a proper program.


[00:10:56] Most people don’t know how to design a program that’s going to get the result that they’re after. Right. Most people don’t know the difference between endurance training and strength training and I purchased the training and power training. And most people don’t know how to balance out of work out to make sure that it’s getting hitting everything that you need to hit so you don’t end up with muscular imbalances. As an example most boot camp workouts are very nice. Dominance or quad dominance there’s a lot of squatting movements and they leave out a lot of the hip hinge type movements. So you’re leaving out the hamstrings and the glutes. Terrible idea when it comes to writing your programs. Most people again in these like boot camp style workouts a very push dominant. So they’re going to be doing a lot of pushups and they’re not going to be doing any polling or very little pulling movements to help balance it out. And us as a society we already do enough pushing movements. We already have a tight chest because we’re sitting at the computer all day. So how do you think that’s going to work when all of a sudden you start adding more pushing movements to it which all sudden tightens the chest even more and you don’t add any thing to balance it out by doing back movements or upper back strengthening. Right. It was going to you’re going to end up with unhealthy shoulders you’re going to end up with neck issues you’re going to end up with all types of health issues here from muscular imbalances.


[00:12:11] So poor programming is another way that the health industry or the fitness industry is going to make you unhealth number eight is that most health and fitness companies rank money higher than quality. And they were fun higher than quality. So basically they just want to get people in the door or they want to take people’s money and that’s all they care about. And so it doesn’t really matter about results doesn’t matter how good the programming is it doesn’t really matter what the ultimate benefit to the client is what matters is is the client going to buy it. And are they going to keep buying it or are they going to buy it just long enough so that we can get our money and recoup what what we need and make something they can profit off it. That’s it. Most companies in the health and fitness industry are religious after your money they don’t care about what you end up getting in the room. The result in the long run and you’ll see this over and over and over again quite frankly because people don’t get results. All right. People don’t get results. And so you know you got all these companies out here just selling snake oil and pills and potions. Number nine is the psychological destruction that fitness industry causes on you. All right.


[00:13:18] So the fitness industry makes it makes you feel like you should be look like Wonder Woman or Superman. Like Wonder Woman you know can do everything right. She’s strong she looks good she’s beautiful she can handle everything. You know Superman same thing like they do everything and they look awesome and they’re on all the time in the fitness industry that’s what they advertise.


[00:13:40] They don’t advertise to average human beings they don’t advertise the general population. They don’t advertise to people who have kids who have a family who have a job you know that’s they’re putting these pictures up of people who that’s all they do is work out right there fitness models. That is their job. Right. And so they put an unrealistic expectation out there. And so it causes psychological damage on that side because it’s nearly impossible to reach that level at a boise gym.


[00:14:08] And then again all the quick fixes and the quick fixes even if even if they work caused psychological damage because then you think that’s the only way for you to get in shape. Right. You have to hit it extremely hard for six weeks. You’ve got to get super strict with your diet and you can’t do anything but work out every single day for three hours a day. Right. And then you get to get stuck and to get the psychological damage like that’s how I need to get in shape. That’s the only way that I can do it when in reality there’s much better ways to do that. Right. And so then you get into this kind of psychological yoyo where you’re depressed and then you go into this super disciplined mode and then you get out of it and you’re depressed and you just go back and forth and it’s terrible for your psychological reasoning capabilities.


[00:14:48] And then number 10 you yo yo back and forth with your fitness Yo yo yo back and forth with your nutrition yo yo back and forth with your mood and your attitude and your psychological states and the fitness industry is to blame for this. The fitness industry gives things that are too strict and too hard for people right off the bat which forces them to get into a kind of an all or nothing mode instead of easing into it really changing their boise gym habits over time and changing their lifestyle. So instead of a program it’s all of a sudden their lifestyle that is a significant difference. Stop doing programs and start changing your lifestyle over the long run. Right. You got a long time. It’s not a rush and you’re going to get longer and better results if you focus on long term progress instead of quick fixes instead of overnight successes instead of strictness. We can get strict in the long run but get strict over a long period of time so it doesn’t actually feel strict get strict in a way that it makes it feel like it’s your lifestyle because it is your lifestyle. This is Brett Denton with the kvell boise gym life podcast with the 10 reasons the fitness industry is bad for your health today.


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