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?
I often think the same applies to nutrition. It can definitely be confusing to find the truth in the information. I often try to use it as an opportunity to discuss how to evaluate the source of the information. Who’s the source? What were they trying to find? What did they find? What type of people were they looking at? May the findings not apply to a different group? What methods did they use? How many people were involved? Is it fact or opinion?
I have found that by educating the client in looking at the information source, they better know how to evaluate all sources of information whether its exercise, nutrition, politics, etc.
The other side of this is that they then trust the sources I reference and bring up because they know I’ve looked at the source and not just the information. It validates my skill set vs. others in the field. It’s a win win opportunity.