The Fitness Fundamentalist and You

Posted: June 11, 2013 in My Take
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I’m sure depending on your experience you have met what I call the “Fitness Fundamentalist”.  What is a “Fitness Fundamentalist”? It is a person that follows specific routines or individuals within the fitness industry with such fervor, they defend the stupid shit they say and admonish those who disagree with their methods or use different methods altogether.  They also tend to make people who have less experience feel inadequate or inferior in order to make themselves seem more knowledgeable. However, in reality they are just being jerks and half the time they don’t know any more than you or anyone else.

When you start to workout, especially when you are on your own, avoid the “Fitness Fundamentalist” at all cost.  The best teacher when you first start will be YOURSELF. Internet forums, books and videos should be your biggest resources. Ask questions, and ignore any negative responses.

When it comes to health and fitness there are many different philosophies. The reason for that is simply because different people have different goals. Different goals, require different methods. However, you will encounter in forums and in your everyday life, people who think their way is the only way.  Respect other peoples goals and methods. And just try to learn whatever you can from them.

There are a couple of thing to know when you are starting to workout on your own.

  • Completely ignore anyone who talks in absolutes. AKA”The Fitness Fundamentalist”. An example will be “Squats are bad for your knees.” OR “Doing curls won’t do anything for you.” OR “Crossfitters are the best athletes in the world, hands down.”
  • Research anything said to you regarding training in order to weed out the bullshit.
  • Listen to yourself and do what works for you. We are all different. What works for your friend may not work for you.
  • Do not be afraid to experiment different routines or change them in order to make the workout fun. The only reason us layman work out is because we truly enjoy it. So if you are not enjoying your workout, its just more unnecessary stress
  • Be open minded. Do not assume what someone else is doing is incorrect.

I am sleepy and want to get to bed, so just remember this. Be open to what others have to say. Don’t be dismissive, just listen, research, and then decide what you want to do. Only worry about yourself and what you want out of your training. Ignore the “Fitness Fundamentalist” And most important of all. DO NOT BECOME A FITNESS FUNDAMENTALIST.

  1. […] for each type of training focus. Sets X Reps. This is just something I have found works for me.  Fitness Fundamentalist’s might say I am doing this all wrong. But, I could care less.  I do not do this verbatim, it all […]

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