I hope this post doesn’t turn into a rant, but I have a sneaky suspicion it will, so I should apologize for any hurt feelings, but I won’t, because if you think I am talking about you, then I probably am. 🙂
The more I get into this blogging and podcasting thing the more I see instances of so-called “fitness experts” hawking either their own products or something they are paid to sell, no matter what the underlying healthiness of said product is, and it is getting ridiculous. I actually saw a post once on a healthy (at least it was advertised this way) eating site titled “recipe of the day” for DEEP FRIED STRAWBERRIES.
Now if you are someone who is so in shape and have the metabolism of a housefly that you can afford to eat deep fried anything, well, good for you. Congratulations. But the majority of people are not that lucky, and to see a post on healthy web sites or blogs touting something deep fried like it’s a “new twist” gives the impression it’s healthy. It’s not, and it’s misleading to present it as such. Why does anyone need to deep fry a strawberry? We see this all the time, especially from the celebrity trainer types like Gillian Michaels. Now don’t get me wrong, I like Gillian Michaels, or at least I used to, but she constantly is pushing food and supplements that are one, not healthy, and two, usually not needed, and the problem with that is, along side other like Bob Harper, is people listen to them. They buy the DVD’s, watch the shows, follow the diets, and when it doesn’t work for them they feel like they have failed. No … you have not failed …they have failed you.
An older post I wrote touched on this issue a also, but was more geared toward those out there that complain and complain about their weight yet you see them posting on Facebook “checked in a 5 Guys Burgers”. There is NOTHING healthy at 5 Guys Burgers. Period. If you want to eat at McDonald’s, or 5 Guys, or wherever, that’s fine … it’s your life. Just please refrain from complaining about how fat you are afterwards. The same issue happens with people completing about GI issues during runs and bikes, yet when you look at their nutrition they have downed numerous packets of sugar filled GU’s and Gels.
But don’t DARE suggest they lose the sugar! Oh God no!!
The blogs I read or tweets I see that are re-tweeted. The majority say nothing of value … it’s all just fluff meant to self promote. The people behind most of these blogs and tweets (the ones I KNOW at least) rarely are found out at 5:00 AM running or making a mad dash for Flatwoods after work to get a couple of loops in. And most of those that ARE out there, don’t blog or tweet (which I find amusing), though they ARE good at Facebook entries, which I think is great! I know there are some that hate when people post their recent workouts or meals. I personally find it motivational, especially when I know they are out there giving it all they can. The frustrating thing, for me, is when much credence is given to those that are not out there. Personally, I am out there 5-6 days a week and I was questioning how much I should write about or post/tweet because, well, I am still overweight. What right do I have to write about my training and nutrition when I am still in the shape I am in?
I liken it to someone I work with. We are measured in the number of “projects” we have on our plates. Right now I have 13 open projects. They have 3. Yet, they are the one singled out for recognition, presentations, etc., because the 3 they work on are high visibility projects. The funny thing is that the work associated with them is all phone time; selling basically, and once the WORK needs to be put in on development, or authoring a white paper it gets handed off to someone else (me in many cases). It’s all sizzle but no steak. I have run into a number of “Ironman coaches” (this is how they bill themselves) who have never completed an Ironman, or ANY 140.6 mile race, yet people still pay them as a coach. That should be the first question you ask when seeking out a coach. Would you hire a swimming coach who never swims? Yes, I am SLOW and FAT, but I HAVE competed in these events and do know a thing or two, especially how to get through them as a SLOW and FAT guy. I would never presume to offer advice to an athlete that runs an 8:00 mile about how to win a marathon. I have no idea. It would be like me, a member of the NSNG Ladies Group (one of only two men I might add), giving advice on women’s issues. It’s not my place, and I have been allowed to remain in that group because I understand this and keep my mouth shut.
So, everyone, when you read blogs, or tweets, or Facebook, please use some discretion on whose opinion you put value on. I know I put stuff out there all the time, but I try to stay informed, and I am quick to point out that I am by far not an expert and that everything I post or say is MY point of view and from MY experience. I am a lifetime student and I gather information from everywhere I can and filter what works for me and what doesn’t.