It is becoming increasingly alarming when walking around a gym, the number of people performing exercises incorrectly and often selecting exercises that will have little or no impact toward reaching their desired goals.
Doing these things is not only completely unproductive but it can be very dangerous. The extreme examples I see on a daily basis are contributing more to postural deficiency and serious injury than they are towards results/fitness. The thing that baffles me the most is that all this self prescription of exercise programs makes no sense. If you think of several other examples, such as when your sick, most will go to a doctor. Or when you first started a job, You had to learn off someone else who had the experience and professional knowledge before you could be considered suitable/worthy of that job tittle, such as going from an apprentice to a fully qualified professional. But why when it comes to exercise does everyone just repeatedly have guesses at what is going to work for them, rather than consulting a reputable professional that is guaranteed to be able to help them?
If you further analyse the situation, you may say ok its due to the cost, because lets be realistic, it is not cheap to see any professional for a prolonged period. However, the pros of doing so far outweighs the cons making the cost more than justified!
Investing in something like coaching results in putting an end to wasted gym visits which produce no results. It is about more than just your short term goals. It is an education process, incorporating correct exercise techniques, theory behind how to achieve your goals and obtaining vast knowledge that you can take away ensuring every gym membership in the future is a sound investment.
The truly unfortunate part of all this is that the fitness industry has more false marketing in it than any other, targeting peoples lack of knowledge within this area, promising the impossible and making a quick dollar before anyone catches on to the fact that the incentives associated with the all these products in question are purely fabricated.
I strongly encourage anyone who is serious about reaching their goals and maintaining good health for life to seek the professional assistance necessary. Don’t become or remain one of the masses that continually fails to achieve their goals simply because the don’t actually understand the body and how to produce the results they desire. Self prescribing exercises will only guarantee one thing. Pointless gym visits, with unnecessary abundances of effort leading to no progress and a lot of frustration.
Undertaking programs found in magazines or any other media types, will not produce optimal results. These have not been designed for you as an
individual, what works for one person does not work the same for the next. We are all different and at different levels, therefore require different program designs.
Anyone who has obtained the true results they desire has done so by applying science, not by applying chance!