How to Deal with Contradictions in the Fitness Industry


As you’ve probably noticed by now, we provide a lot of different workouts on this blog.  Each workout works better for a certain goal.  Some workouts are more heavily focused on adding muscle and lean body mass, while others deal with burning fat.  Don’t feel confused by the amount of workouts and ideas posed on this website.  Like other fields, there are many schools of thought on fitness.  We try to provide you with the best of each school of thought so you are an educated and informed individual.

There is nothing worse than having to choose from 1 of 2,159 different opinions on a particular question you have.  So called “experts” contradict each other and themselves all the time.  It can be really tough to decide which “expert” to follow.  Be wary of people that are overselling their fitness ideas, or stand to gain from you choosing their product.  Look for nationally certified personal trainers, registered dietitians (NOT nutritionists), and doctors to help you make the best choice.

Often times people overthink what to do because there are so many different opinions and end up getting nothing accomplished.  Find something you feel is credible and works for you, and try it out.  Even the most qualified trainers and doctors can’t expect the same results for each of their clients.  Every person’s body is different and will respond differently to the same workout.  A muscle building routine that adds massive amounts of lean muscle mass to one person may do very little for another.  The mark of a great trainer is finding what works for each particular client.  The same generic workout given to each of their clients is the hallmark of a bad trainer; watch out for this.

Achieving health and fitness is a process of trial and error.  Don’t feel like you’ve wasted a month of your time doing a workout that is less than effective for you.  Look at it as you are now one step closer to unlocking the key to lifelong health and fitness.  A well thought out exercise plan, coupled with a healthy diet WILL work to get you lean, healthy, and in shape.  The variables are the exercise plan and the diet.  It’s just a matter of time before you unlock the combination that works for your body.

At Share It Fitness we have nationally certified personal trainers, registered dietitians (NEVER nutritionists), and board certified doctors (MDs), among other health and fitness professionals, to help you reach your goals.  We believe that each person is different and requires a unique approach.  We will never use the same workout for two people without first learning their goals and what has worked or not worked for them in the past.  Each user is entitled to a specific lifestyle adjustment plan (exercise + diet) that suits their body type. 

Trying to find something that works can be frustrating.  Don’t let this discourage you from working out.  “I can’t”, “I quit”, “This is impossible” are three of the worst phrases you can mutter.  Keep your head up and keep trying different routines until you find something that works.  Always remember, fitness is trial by error, not an exact science.  When you expect perfection from something you’ve read on the internet, or saw on the TV, you are only setting yourself up for failure and a loss of motivation.

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One thought on “How to Deal with Contradictions in the Fitness Industry”

  1. why a dietician and never a nutritionist?

    a suggestion – why not specify when you post a workout what this is intended for…i.e. fat burning, muscle mass etc. Also, to combine nutrition with workout information, maybe suggest a pre and post workout snack specific for each workout, including cardio.

    BTW this is a great website

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