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Misleading before and after photos.
Believe it or not you see these all the time.
The amazing results you see that are often claimed to have happened in such a short space of time can often be up to 10 years apart.
The same is true for the shots that people have angles the shit out of, filtered to within an inch of existence and sharpened so much that you’ll get cut just by gazing upon them.
Yep, after seeing plenty of colleagues/friends share their transformations photo’s to gain a nice hefty chunk of appreciation this elf us that have been in their lives for some years recognise the before picture, and it’s old.
These will of course pack the desired punch needed.
While the photos are all real, the story is misleading and that just bugs me.
If you’re going to compare a photo of yourself then 6-12months apart is a good idea as it will allow you to share the lessons you’ve learned in that time with your followers and fans with some honesty and for the purpose of helping them, not just boosting your likes.
This is of course not to say that a collage of your journey from day one isn’t worth of praise, oh no it is, so long as you exhaling how long the expanse of time covered from photo 1 to this present one is.
A year by year comparison will do many things:
1 – Show how progress is slow and change is gradual (for the most part)
2 – That consistency wins out in the end
3 – Change need applied effort (explained in lessons learned in each photo/reflection)
4 – Provide a true account of your journey, the progress/ & regress because that happens too
5 – Keeps you humble
We could list many more things here however I’d like to keep the one short for once.
In closing, be honest with your photos, your stories and worry less about trying to be impressive for the sake of it.
Share your knowledge, experience and let people know that you too struggled to get where you are and that one day, if that’s what they want, they can get there as well.
I’m going to let you in on a secret held closely by those in the fitness industry.
The majority of us have no real clue what we’re doing.
Honestly, in the early days apart from knowing a few basics on from (even that is questionable) when it comes to putting together training programs we’re woefully underprepared.
This is speaking from experience.
Initially what got given to people was nothing more than copies of what had been found in books or learned in passing by those more experienced.
This wasn’t really programming, it was merely getting people to exercise and expend energy.
Don’t get me wrong, for the larger population of gym-goers all they want is to feel like they’ve done something, they care little for the details or even if what they’re doing is optimal for them.
So long as they enjoy it that’s all they care about.
Do you know what, that’s 100% cool because if it keeps people training then it doesn’t really matter if their coach/trainer doesn’t really know what’s going on, so long as the client is happy that’s the priority.
It took me years to really get a good grasp on programming.
Even then there was still a lot of gaps.
Of course, over time a deeper understanding has been gained and now more can be seen in each successful program/protocol that is out there.
Has this improved my ability to coach/plan?
Yep, without a doubt.
Has it been something I will share with my clients?
Nope, most don’t want to know. They just want to be told what to do, how hard to work and that’s it.
Sadly the only people care about the quality and details in training programs are the coaches (and a few unique clients).
Thus you don’t have to be good at the above to do well in fitness, you just have to give the people what they want, a solid business tactic.
One word of warning though, the approach of giving people methods without understanding will only really work on beginners.
This is why you rarely see a PT/Coach in a gym wh works with anyone at the intermediate level or higher (they lack the depth of knowledge to do so), and do you know what, this is a good thing because it’s almost more hassle than it’s worth.
Being someone who has gone through various stages of learning and coaching I can tell you this much, no one really cares how much you know.
No one cares that a decent program can take several hours to write, in fact, most will be just as happy with something you cut & paste from the internet (cookie cutter stuff).
The only person that will ever know is you.
If you want to delve this deep then these three books are good places to start:
– Super Training by Mel C. Siff and Yuri Verkhoshansky
– Periodisation by Tudor Bompa
– The Transfer of Training in Sport by A.P. Bondarchuk
You can also find a lot of great info online for free.
Another gem of a book is Viking Warrior Conditioning by Kenneth Jay.
The choice is yours, my friends.
If you dislike an objective view of things then you best stop reading.
You won’t be judged, shamed or have your profile smeared.
Yet if you are someone interested in hearing a few bitter pills to swallow then please continue on.
I’ve heard many a conversation in many a gym over the years.
In the last decade though there has been an underlying tone in a lot of them; life, the world or however you describe it seems to owe ‘them’ (the collective them, as in everyone) something.
The world, people, what/whoever doesn’t own you jack shit.
In this life while there are those born with a silver spoon in far better stead than others and are presented all the opportunities, that doesn’t mean that just because you haven’t had this that you’re owed something.
People have become very weak-minded these days.
Take the example above, I’m sure you know someone who has it all.
They never asked for it all, they just happened to be one of those few who happened to get it due to the hard work and sacrifice of someone in their daily at some point.
Same will be true for your progeny.
Whatever you achieve and the foundations you lay will be used but hem to get a better foothold in life.
The people of the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s all did this for their young.
Then there was a time of bountiful harvests, follow day people gaining the attitude of being entitled and this is where things started to go wrong.
Sadly we are entitled to nothing in this life.
To be alive and have things as good as we have them is already a gift.
Don’t believe me?
If you’re reading this then I’d say you’ve already got it better than some who either will never have the chance to use modern technologies or others who have had their basic humans rights stripped away, not naming any northern countries or anything.
This is why I love fitness.
It keeps you humble because you don’t get results without effort, sacrifice and time given to the iron gods.
True enough some people have better genetics.
If you feel yours are lacking and that you should have better ones then I truly hope that txt time you choose to be born of better parents.
Think back to school, you had all the gifted kids and most of them now will be nothing more than a memory because they wasted the 3 space head start they had and rested on their laurels.
Anyone who gets a head start in life while lucky isn’t guaranteed success because the world doesn’t owe it to them, remember that.
So my dear friends, have you ever felt that you deserve more than you have?
That you’re owed something for nothing because reasons.
Sorry buttercup, you ain’t.
Neither am I.
We may not ever get what we feel we deserve, yet is what we feel we deserve actually what we are due? – Now there is a good thought.
Do what you can without the thought of reward just because you can.
In the end if you’ve given whatever you see as a priority everything you have to give you’ll probably be satisfied with what you have in the end.
Don’t except the world to cater to you for nothing.
Life doesn’t work that way for most of us.
Also if you’ve been one of the few to start severals steps ahead of the rest I am happy for you, truly. Now use that opportunity to do great things and don’t fuck it up.
To everyone else I will say one last thing….
There’s always a bigger fish.