If you spend any time scrolling through Instagram you’ve no doubt seen some fitness posts that made you wonder…Is that even legit? Everyone wants to be the one to come up with the next big thing, and some trends that catch on are pretty ridiculous. Check out this list of trends to avoid, and let me know in the comments what laughable things you’ve seen!
Sorry Kardashians, but waist trainers do nothing good for your body…but they can do some serious damage. Wearing a waist trainer (or, let’s be real, a corset) constricts your internal organs. Yes, including your lungs…so you won’t be able to properly oxygenate your body. They also cause acid reflux, skin irritations, numbness, and bruising. If you want to whittle your waist, try eating well and exercising. That’s no fun, you say? Well, neither is constant heartburn and difficulty breathing.
Abdominal Toning Belts
Look, I get that actually working your abs is hard… Having visible abs is even harder… but there are no shortcuts. Seriously. If it were as easy as shocking the hell out of your muscles, everyone would have them. I love my Tens unit for when my traps are super tight, but for building muscle? Sorry, not possible.
Lift Heavy or Go Home
Resistance training will do fantastic things for your body and health…if you do it correctly. Trying to lift weights that are too heavy will only result in injury. Besides, in order to build endurance (actual strength) I usually recommend lighter weights with higher reps. Sure, heavy weights at lower reps will build mass…but you’re going to look pretty ridiculous walking around with huge muscles if you can’t use them in a functional way.
Dropping the weight makes you look cool
Not to those of us that understand weight training. I know, you’ve seen lots of people get up on the deadlift platform and drop the weight on the last rep. Probably with a loud grunt, because that also makes you cool (nope). Truth is, by dropping the weight you’re losing half of the last rep (and looking like a douche). Picture a bicep curl… The concentric muscle contraction happens when you lift the dumbbell. Lowering the weight is the eccentric contraction, and it’s easy to neglect…But neglecting the eccentric contraction is a huge mistake, because this is where serious muscle growth happens. Try putting as much concentration into lowering the weight as you do lifting it and see if you don’t see faster growth.
Cardio means an hour on the treadmill
NOPE. Guys, this is fine for distance runners…but if you’re trying to burn fat and condition your heart, intervals are where it’s at. HIIT (high intensity interval training) is actually one current trend I can really get behind. Basically short periods of intense work with extremely quick rest periods in between, HIIT burns more fat and calories during and 24 hours after each workout than steady state cardio.
Is there a fitness trend that annoys you? Let me know in the comments!