The problem with Do-it-yourself fitness

Yes, some exercise is better than no exercise but not much


It’s great you’re seeking help to improve your fitness. We all know people who toil hour after hour in the gym without results, trying to guess what’s needed, following the advice of unqualified people online or in their social circles. It’s risky and unproductive. Call me at 305-535-6100 to set a personal trainer Miami plan for success.

  • People on their own or in large groups perform well below optimum level. They do the same workouts– or worse, form is incorrect, so they keep loading the same muscles, reducing overall results due to premature exhaustion. When you exercise incorrectly you reinforce flawed movement patterns which create or worsen injuries.

  • Follow-along videos provide zero feedback or form correction and are more or less a waste of time (sorry). This is a moneymaking racket in the fitness industry- sell a cheap to produce product for a low price to a vast audience. A video cannot protect you from injury. A video cannot correct your form, or tell you when you’re doing too much, or too little. A video cannot tell you when it’s time to change things up. It cannot tell if you’re properly rested, recovered and ready for a workout. A video cannot discuss your problems or concerns.

  • Sweating is not training. If you don't have an understanding of what an exercise’s objective is- push ups, jumping jacks, whatever- you're probably getting very little out of it. Sure, sweating and elevating your heart rate is better than nothing but it really doesn't do much. After a couple weeks your body adapts and is no longer challenged; the “calorie burn” is incidental. Proper training is outcome-driven with specific objectives comprehensively addressing your individual strengths and weaknesses systematically.

  • Being on a treadmill, elliptical or stationary bike while playing with your phone is not training. Your commitment level is so low you're arguably wasting your time. You’re not challenging your body and could just as easily be doing housework, playing with your kids, etc and getting the same benefits. Plus these repetitive movements create overuse injuries. Spinning? The worst.

  • Classes like Zumba, pole dancing, hip-hop are more activity than workout. Sweating is not training. Look around the room. It’s not full of fit people, and they often attend multiple classes each week. A common argument is “it’s fun”. But who said exercise is supposed to be fun? Rewarding, yes. When it’s difficult is when it’s working. If the process of getting fit was all fun, everyone would be!

Call 305-535-6100 and I’ll be happy to review your favorite exercise resources- you’ll be surprised by the quantity of misinformation.

Everyone needs guidance; I’ve never seen someone who wouldn’t benefit from instruction. There's a lot more wrong ways to do an exercise than right ways; even watching in a mirror, it can take time to get your form right and safe. Someone who looks good from a distance may still be unknowingly injuring themselves now or in the future. There’s more to fitness than appearance.

If you’re uneasy, nervous or maybe a bit insecure in the gym I’m the trainer for you. I’ll put you at ease, simplify understanding exercise equipment and make you confident and competent. I’ve done it countless times with others just like you.


More fitness misconceptions

There’s much more to overall fitness than raising your heart rate (sweating is not training); too many people pursue “calorie burn” in a desperate attempt to lose fat. Fitness principles like Overload Progression, Periodization, Program Specificity, Intensity, Volume, Frequency, etc. require understanding from education and research.

It’s not about much you can lift. Or how fast you can run. It’s about the every-minute-of-every-day benefits of posture, mobility, longevity, injury recovery or reduced aches and pains like lower back issues or sore shoulders.

People have no idea how to gauge exertion level, discomfort or fatigue- what is appropriate, acceptable or expected and what is not. At most they may have a rudimentary knowledge of muscles and their function in exercise. Yet they spend little time researching and accept pop culture media as authority.

If you know someone who got great results on their own I guarantee I can find at least five points of issue or missed potential- that’s what makes a great trainer. I often find their training is risky, unbalanced or excessive. They’re ignoring injuries, over-training and creating problems. Just because you're not overtly injured doesn't mean you're not doing repeated damage.

Bad ideas are common in fitness. Unqualified websites, desperate for content perpetuate fads and ineffective, unsafe diet and exercise nonsense. “Influencers” influence gullible followers. One friend passes on their outdated or wrong workout advice to another. Marginally-skilled group exercise “instructors” lazily promote the same old routines- because it’s easier and they’re just burnt out.

If you’re getting your fitness advice from a source also selling beauty products, powdered or liquid diets, cleanses, etc. or from websites like Popsugar, Furthermore or Goop you need to rethink your approach.

A casual approach to exercise – random workouts, random frequency, etc. means you’re less likely to see results while putting yourself at greater injury risk now or with something which develops over time due to over-training, incorrect form, imbalances, lack of understanding, etc.