What many people perceive as the path to a healthier life, leaner body and consistent habits is largely well off the mark. The media, certain fitness “celebs”, marketing guru’s and many others are selling a lot of bullshit to people playing on the sometimes weak emotional state of people on certain issues around health and themselves.
Even as a practitioner i have been encouraged to bullshit to the public to make sales and use the emotional states of people to convince them to come in. Everybody is in on it and trying to make a buck off your health but very often they are not really adding any real long term value to your investment. We are determined to leave our clients educated and self sufficient when they leave us or take a break for whatever reason. What we have also found is you do not lose any clients from telling them the truth, you lose them because they were not ready for the changes they thought they needed to make or we were not able to completely motivate them (and that can happen, we will not get through to everyone).
To be honest, for many of the reasons stated above, we get a lot of people who have “tried everything else” be it solving back pain through the same Physio for 3 years or trying to lose weight by taking part in very fatiguing high intensity circuits and wondering why they are not getting very far after the initial 4-6 week burst where it seemed to work. Thing is absolutely anything works with someone new to training or has been away from it for an extended period. Hill walking will work as well as spinning which will work as well as strength training which will work as well as couch to 5KM. But then most will stop having an effect if not manipulated to deliver more challenges and further adaptation. Further to that injury is more likely in high intensity classes, spinning, circuits and running than in walking or strength training. So maybe that’s a good place to start.
However that’s not what’s sold to the ordinary folk on the street.
Our approach to changing body composition does not include any of the following;
What we believe works best is;