The debatable leg extension or the crunches is my two main examples. These two exercise people have really been doing for years. In fact I knew some great athletes that these two exercise were part of their regular routine.
My point is everywhere you turn fitness professional seem to disagree with one another. What is the best exercise or which exercises to avoid, some say bad technique and other say it’s okay?
How do we educate the general population without added to the confusion?
Hi Russell. Great question. Unfortunately, we (the fitness industry) are not alone in the world of confusing or sometimes conflicting ‘professional information or advice.’ Since our trade is comprised of both an ‘art,’ and a ‘science’ it lends itself to differing opinions. Additionally, since there are very few things in LIFE that are absolutes, where the answer is ALWAYS…, we shouldn’t be surprised that those same principles apply to the fitness industry. Think medicine where the same patient can get one opinion from one physician and then seek a second opinion which my differ widely from the first. As a licensed attorney, I can think of many instances where my legal opinion varied from another attorney’s. I think that this points to a very important point, and one that I learned many years ago in this industry. We all need to conduct our own research, think critically about the available information (i.e. consider the source etc), and try to not speak in ‘absolutes’ when it comes to exercise, fitness and health.
I don’t know about you, but I shudder when I hear some in our industry speak in ABSOLUTES because there is pretty much an ‘exception’ to the absolute floating around out there. I have learned that in our industry there are no real ‘absolute truths’ about exercise because many exceptions exist. The key to being a GREAT TRAINER, in my opinion, is knowing when you are faced with a situation where the exception should and does apply.
Great question my friend!