There’s so much BS in fitness these days that it’s become virtually impossible to know who to trust or what to believe in.
Well, how about we shoot down 10 of the most ridiculous fitness trends today to make things a little easier for you?
Ridiculous Fitness Trend #1: Overly Complicated Exercises
If you’ve ever used Instagram to catch up on what’s new in fitness, you’ve probably seen all these fit people doing all sorts of crazy (and usually dangerous) exercises that they promise would get you ripped in no time.
You know what I’m talking about: so-called fitness gurus squatting on exercise balls, combining 20 different exercises into one movement (and doing them all incorrectly), and using bands in exercises that don’t require them to make things more challenging instead of just lifting heavier.
The problem with these crazy exercises is that they not only put you at risk of getting injured, they’re also almost always so complicated that you can’t even lift heavy enough weights to actually trigger a positive response in your body.
Sure, they may look impressive. These people are doing it for the views after all. But they do absolutely nothing to get you closer to your fitness goals. Save yourself the time and stick to exercises that are scientifically proven to work.
Ridiculous Fitness Trend #2: Workouts Designed for Targeted Fat Loss
If you ever come across a ‘fitness guru’ telling you they have a workout that can help you lose fat in your tummy, arms, thighs, or any other specific part of your body, just move on to the next one. They clearly have no idea what they are talking about.
Spot reduction is a myth. You can’t tell your body where to lose fat first. Even if you do a thousand crunches a day, if your body wants to target your arms first, then that’s what it’ll do.
So, your focus should instead be on just losing fat. Period. The fat stored in your problem areas would naturally disappear once you get to a low enough level anyway.
But don’t go so low that you start having health problems. Make sure you stay within the recommended range.
Ridiculous Fitness Trend #3: Starvation Diets
While it’s true that to lose fat, you need to consume fewer calories than you burn, that doesn’t mean you can pick any number you want. You need to cut your calories just enough to make progress, not eat so little that you mess your metabolism (and other bodily functions) up.
Keep in mind that when it comes to losing fat, long-term results come from long-term lifestyle changes—and there’s no way you’ll be able to keep starving yourself long term.
You will crack eventually, and when that happens, there’s a big chance you start eating way more unhealthy stuff than you did before you began your diet. Unfortunately, by then, your metabolism would already be so messed up that you’ll get fat much faster too.