Published On: Thu, Sep 29th, 2011

Dumb Fitness Tips You Should Ignore

For the most part, fitness tips are informative and motivational. They usually make sense, but now and then they are really dumb – like these little gems:

Stretch in the shower to relax

Okay – I agree that stretching is awesome for you in so many ways. I also happen to know that cracking your skull on a bath tub is bad in so many ways. Standing on one leg on a slippery wet surface = not smart. Let’s just stretch before the shower.

Train to look like “insert super hero here”

Want to look like the cast for 300 – just do 500 reps of squats, chin ups and pushups, in a row. You read this and start dreaming about how you’re going to get ripped and muscular in a few weeks. Trying to go from couch potato to Leonidas is not a good idea. The tip should say, “If you want to get injured – follow this workout plan”.

Sometimes, partial information can be far more dangerous than no information. The tip usually fails to leave out the fact that these heroes had nutritionists, masseuses, body monitors and professional trainers 8 hours a day.

Get instant abs with this workout!

Pick up any fitness magazine and you’ll see “instant abs”, “instant biceps”, “instant buns of steel”. Such statements are usually followed by, “almost as good / healthy as the slow version but way faster and easier!”

Could achieving instant abs really be as easy as making instant oatmeal?  Uhh…no! There is no such thing as instant abs. Trust me – I’ve tried. If they told people how long it would really take, the number of people quitting soon after they start a program would drop drastically.

Why can’t they just be honest and say “if you’re 20 pounds overweight it’s going to take you 2 months to get ‘instant’ abs”?

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  2. Very helpful post man, thanks for the info.

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