I recently read an interesting comment on a Facebook post saying that every second person on the street is a fitness expert today. As absurd and ridiculous as it may sound, it is unfortunately true.
Today, every person who hits the gym and manages to lose some fat or gain some muscle becomes a guru instantly. Add to that the influence some people may have due to the nature of their work, and you got a boiling hot disaster recipe.
Here are some examples of these common disasters you may be following as a fitness enthusiast:1. Actors
As much as they would be in shape or transition with drastic transformations between movies, you've got to understand that they get paid to look a certain way and present a peculiar physique for a film. They might not always do it the right way or the safe way.2. Fashion Models
These are again that lot who get paid to look a certain way. And they take it to such an unhealthy extent that they sometimes starve, forcibly puke out food from their bodies or do hours and hours of cardio at a stretch to look skinny. Most of them even end up with eating disorders and looking like a hanger with clothes on the ramp.
Fitness advise from them? No, thank you.3. Bloggers
These are the kind of people that companies, who want to push out useless products, reach out to. They will write a post or shoot a video or put an amazingly awesome visual and then insert a 'promo code' towards the end.
You fall for it and pay for the product. The company pays these bloggers. And the vicious cycle continues. Most of the time these products are useless supplements like fat burners, herbal teas, meal replacement shakes.
Read: The 'ONLY' supplements you will ever need.4. The Bro At The Gym
Signs to identify this bro:
a. Sips on BCAAs at the gym
b. Constantly talks about bodybuilders and compares his physique to their
c. Carries five different recovery and intra-workout supplements with him (do not worry, he will show it to you)
d. Preaches you should only eat clean and eat boiled chicken
e. Wears a tank top all the time
f. Wears a back supporting belt for doing bicep curls with 10-kilo dumbbells
See this guy? Stay away from him.5. Your Neighbor
Your neighbour pretty much has an opinion and expertise on all the topics in the world, and fitness is at the very top of it. They claim that they have the knowledge of what to eat, how to control blood sugar, how you should go for a walk early in the morning for fat loss, and many more ignorant claims like these.
Exchange a hello once in a while but never discuss your fitness regime with them. Unless they are a practitioner in the industry.
Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company and the founder of Mars Nutrition, a nutrition supplement company. Both his companies are geared towards providing you with the right information and products without any false or fake claims. You can reach out to him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Instagram.