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Fit or Fraud?

How do you know if that fitness advice you’re getting is truly fit, or fit for the trash?

Bobby Whisnand, “The Exercise Doctor”

What’s the first thing you do or think when someone offers advice to you on exercise? Do you quickly evaluate this person’s physique and appearance and then rate their advice on how fit they are? I think we all do it and it’s only natural but it is definitely not the most important factor you should consider when taking exercise advice. I have listed 3 questions you need to ask the person giving you advice and if their answers are anything like the ones I have listed below, tell them thanks and forget everything they said.

Question #1 – Where did you learn this information?

Wrong answers
1. I have a friend who is a trainer and they taught me
2. I read it in a magazine or saw it on TV
3. I thought it up myself but it works
4. Our coaches made us do it in high school and college

Question #2 – Can you explain to me in detail how and why it works?

Wrong answers
1. I’m not sure how it works but it works for me
2. Just do it, you’ll feel the burn
3. I’m a trainer, I know what I’m doing
4. It will make you really sore; try it and see

Question #3 – How do you know it’s safe to do?

Wrong answers
1. Nobody I know has been hurt doing it and there’s a lot of people doing it
2. I’d know if it was bad: I know the difference between soreness and pain
3. It’s safe; trust me
4. All the trainers are doing it with their clients so it has to be safe

If whoever gives advice to you cannot answer these questions with specifics or if you get any of these answers I have listed above, do not take the advice and move on. I absolutely do not fault anyone for trying to help out but there are certain things that can do a lot of damage if you take or give the wrong advice, and exercise is definitely one of them. I’m not saying that all advice is bad advice but you need to make sure it’s correct and safe before you use it and at the very least, write it down and research it later to see what you find. As far as your research results go, stick to the facts that are common from reputable sources.
Personal training and exercise instructors can have a lot to offer but only if they are teaching the correct and safe ways to exercise. There are great trainers and instructors out there but there are far too many bad ones too. Many trainers lack sufficient qualifications, teach harmful exercise, are only there for the money, or a combination of any of these three. With the over abundance of trainers and instructors in the fitness industry today, you have to be sure that the one you currently have or the one you might have one day is truly adding time and quality to your life instead of the opposite. To be sure, ask them my three questions to determine if their instruction and advice will make the grade or fail miserably.

Bobby Whisnand “The Exercise Doctor”