Just the Factu of Your Results Comes from What you Eat – I can’t stress how HUGE this is. Whether weight loss or gaining muscle, diet and what you eat is the biggest part of the equation. I don’t care how advanced and special your workouts are, if your nutrition stinks then you will most likely get little results. This is not discounting the importance of working out either, as that is key too to help stimulate muscle growth and keep your metabolism strong in the process. But a simple workout with enough resistance/volume 3x/wk and dialed in nutrition will give phenomenal results. Too many just workout to use that as an excuse not to do the hard stuff, as in eat right the rest of the time.
▪ Your Core is Not the Big Problem – It drives me crazy to see trainers in the gym doing all these balancing exercises on wobble boards, bosu balls and other ridiculous pieces of equipment. While you can use them as some secondary piece of equipment to work on something specific, and add to a routine,
to make it the focus of the workout is useless. Using resistance with weights/cables/bands or doing full compound bodyweight movements is where 99% of people need to stay and focus with. I’ve trained people safely and effectively from all walks of life and ages this way. It is a shame that many trainers are getting suckered into all this additional nonsense because the equipment industry is promoting it as ongoing education (because they want to sell more silly balance things). If you want a strong core, lift something over your head and hold it up there….but looking around the gym it seems people have too big a core anyways and just need to go focus on mastering full body movements and diet.
▪ Abs are Made in the Kitchen – Again another thing that drives me nuts, seeing trainers doing just an “ab” workout for 30min. Really? Unless you are already ripped and want to improve the definition on your abs, you again don’t need this as a focus of your workout. Do some exercises at the end and that will be enough stimulation, but without proper focus on diet/nutrition you will never see those abs in the first place. We all have a six pack, we just have to get rid of the fat covering it up.
▪ Don’t Use 90% of the Equipment in the Gym – If a trainer is taking you from machine to machine and spending no time on free weight or compound movements, go find another trainer. The machines are there to entertain the people who don’t know how to exercise without the guidance of a trainer. Machines are a fixed path working on one muscle at a time, not the most ideal way to have a time efficient workout…not too mention how your body does not work in isolation in real life! If you are paying someone to teach you something, it better be with something other than machines IMO.
(Men’s Fitness Journal )