We see these every day in stores and on TV and on the Internet. Pills and creams. Ads for the latest fitness device, program, or apparel. Waist trainers advertised by celebrities with six-pack abs. Copper wraps to ease arthritis pain. Programs that guarantee they will confuse your muscles into chiseled marble.
I’ve fallen for some of these gimmicks and now I’m warning you.
Does It Work?
People aren’t made of paste, putty, or gel. Waist trainers don’t actually work to whittle a waist down to a supermodel size. They are glorified corsets that move your flesh around to give you a smaller waist appearance. Challenging regular exercise, proper nutrition for your goals, and adequate nightly sleep shrink your waist. A stronger tighter core cannot be molded with an elastic band around your waist, I’m sorry to say.
Compression bands? Research has proven those copper compression bands advertised by ex-NFL stars do nothing to ease arthritic pain. Even the athletic compression gear we so frequently buy does nothing to improve our performance. It only cuts down on wind resistance during sprinting and that may only make a difference at the elite world-class level.
And muscle confusion? There is no such thing as muscle confusion. A program that touts muscle confusion as the unique advantage for weight loss is bogus. HIIT is a proven strategy for burning loads of calories, and increasing fitness, but please realize that muscles don’t get confused. As I’ve said before in previous blog posts, consistently challenging training sessions are required to create a calorie deficit over time to achieve weight loss. Resistance training is necessary to transform your body into the shape you want. Cardio improves your endurance and cardiorespiratory fitness. Combine the two with the right eating plan for you and you have the perfect solution for weight loss and fitness.
Celebrities and Fitness? Just say no!
Before you sign up for a program, realize that fitness celebrities, even if they are athletes, are not educated and certified fitness professionals. There is no guarantee that what they are advertising directing you to do is based on proven science. Even the current number one trainer in the world today does not list a personal training certification.
Ahem. Would you get treatment from a doctor with no actual medical degree?
Celebrities who rep fitness products aren’t telling you they hired an educated and certified fitness professional who programs their training sessions and diets.
Always Check It Out
As with anything that’s important to you, always check the validity and legitimacy of the source before signing up or swiping that payment card! Keep this in mind and you will not fall for the marketing gimmicks we see so often today.