When I began changing the way I worked with clients, one of the hardest things I had done was de-conditioning myself from what the personal training and fitness industry had taught me.
I continuously caught myself wondering what if my clients preferred the old way. The way that promotes “the heavier, the faster, the sweatier, THE BETTER.”
But I acknowledged the doubts and trusted that my clients would get this different way. The way that promotes “the more efficient, the more functional, the more freedom, THE BETTER.”
Unfortanelty, we live in a culture that prioritizes quick fixes, torturous weight loss methods, and lifting a certain amount of weight over:
→the quality of human movement,
→the joints’ health,
→the depth of breath,
→the grounded strength
→the freedom of movement in our bodies
→the sense of awareness of what’s happening in our bodies
I often see people lack the freedom in their body to do their day-to-day activities effortlessly; however, fitness culture insists on pushing them through that 100 reps of squats, 10-min plank hold, the 30 reps half-ass pushup, etc.
No wonder so many left with all kinds of injuries.
As part of my commitment to changing the narrative around movement and educating you on what’s possible when you learn your body’s language
I believe it’s also essential for you to know the common mistakes in the fitness industry so you can choose your “better” way and spread it with your community.
Here are the top seven mistakes I see in the fitness industry: ⠀⠀⠀
1.Putting too much emphasis on strength, not enough on the foundation the strength is built on
2. Putting too much emphasis on pushing through and not enough on increasing the nervous system capacity to deal with stress and downregulate post-stress
3.Putting too much emphasis on stretching not enough on mobility and neuromuscular control
4.Focusing too much on activating the right muscles, not enough on breathing correctly as you do them
5.Focusing too much on bypassing pain and injury, not enough on working through the pain and the reasons behind injuries
6.Focusing too much on the variability of exercise (combining multiple exercises, add a jump, etc.) to the extent that the original value of the actual exercise is diminished
7.Constantly prioritizing a sweaty injurious training session over enhancing the overall quality of life
There are so many more; I may put together a part 2.
For now, I appreciate you sharing this with your community so we can spread awareness around this what no longer works and advocate for what’s possible.
Hedi Shah / Movement Specialist . Trauma-informed PT . Heart Resonance Therapist