The fitness industry and community is in a very interesting position these days.
I believe it has the power to change everyone’s life for the better. Whether that’s from weight loss, muscle gain, mental health, confidence, sense of purpose, a career, an escape from hurt etc etc, the list is endless.
Yet right now, we are being let down by a few things that are limiting how life changing this industry can be on a large scale.
The first issue is misinformation. This stems from people who only care about making a quick buck or to boost their own image by preaching outlandish information that has no scientific backing, to consumers who don’t know any better and who will believe and do anything to achieve any one of those things I listed above.
This stems from influencers, to supplement companies, to pyramid schemes and so on. The impact that the absolute basics of fitness can have on people is astonishing, yet we live in a world where these basics aren’t taught and the quick fix solutions are driven in to us through attractive people and fancy marketing campaigns.
The next issue is that people in a position of power so to speak, ie. PT’s and people of the like who the general population look up to for advice, are driven more by money and not further educating themselves or putting the education of a client at the top of their priority list.
By focusing on both aspects of education, you’re not only building your knowledge and ability as a trainer, you’re able to change lives and teach your client how to make these transformations and habits permanent and in doing so, allow them to pass on this knowledge to those around them.
Finally, the amount of people that tell me that they lack confidence to step foot in a gym due to fear of judgement is eye opening.
How messed up is that? There are actually people out there who think the sun shines so far out of their ass, that they have the nerve to snigger or point or laugh at someone who may not be in the best physical shape, but are clearly doing something about it.
Personally, if I see someone in the gym who may be slightly overweight, yet they’re working their backsides off, in my head I’m rooting for them big time! We should all feel comfortable walking in to a gym when each and every one of us in there has the exact same purpose, which is to better ourselves in one way or another.
It’s the old school mindset of in order for me to win someone else has to lose. That couldn’t be further from the truth. There’s enough room in the world for everyone to win. For everyone to feel comfortable and confident and look good and be mentally strong and to be educated on the basics of health and fitness so they can change their lives!
There’ll always be people that fall in to the 3 categories above. But if the rest of us in this industry and community can continue to amplify the good, hopefully all the bad will be drowned out sooner rather than later.