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Despite all the advancements made in the fitness industry, it’s still filled with misinformation. Sometimes the intent is malicious–someone purposely tries to deceive you by playing on your emotions and fears just to sell you a quick fix.

 

Other times it’s an issue of our current reality of 15-second social media posts by influencers trying to grab your attention.

 

It can be hard to differentiate between information and entertainment on social media. I’ve seen many entertaining fitness posts lately, but the information offered leaves much to be desired. Sometimes it’s simply a person with good intentions who don’t have the education and clinical experience. They are trying to help, but they have a superficial understanding of fitness and its science. Or they’re sharing outdated information.

 

If you’re new to my list and you don’t really know me yet, my name is Candace Bordelon. I’ve been a personal trainer since I was 19, and I’m now 52. In my 30+ years of experience, I’ve trained thousands of people. In my past ten years of nutrition coaching, I’ve helped hundreds improve their health by lowering blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol and increasing their energy and quality of life. I have a unique combination of formal education (BA, BS, MA, Ph.D.) and hands-on experience, allowing me to develop finely tuned skills and intuition. And I’m constantly researching, taking classes, getting new certifications, and learning more to help my clients.

 

I’ve also faced considerable physical challenges and often have chronic pain. I have two herniated discs in my lumbar spine and another in my neck and have had a total hip replacement. So I empathize with people who are battling injuries and chronic conditions. I understand what it feels like to be scared and unsure about what to do.

 

The more I work with different clients, the more I realize how much disinformation is out there. So I decided to write this email, sharing eleven hard truths about fitness that I wish the public understood but sadly, often doesn’t.

 

So here we go.

 

1. Cardio builds your lungs and strengthens your heart.

But don’t do cardio to lose weight. It’s an ineffective way to burn fat but an excellent way to improve cardiovascular efficiency. This means your heart and lungs won’t have to work as hard to keep everything going, putting less strain on your body.

 

2. Just because you didn’t get sore doesn’t mean you didn’t get a good workout.

Soreness usually occurs whenever you do something new or add a layer of difficulty (like adding more weight). Soreness can be a byproduct of hard work but isn’t required to get results.

 

3. Exercise should not be your weight loss method.

To lose weight, attend to your nutrition. Exercise will help build muscle, improve cardiovascular fitness, increase joint mobility, and improve posture and flexibility, but the calorie expenditure will never compensate for what you eat.

 

4. The scale is not the only indicator of progress.

You can lose fat but build muscle and the scale won’t budge, but your clothes will fit better, you’ll look more toned and tight, and you’ll lose inches.

 

5. All-in programs, total transformations, and restrictive eating will always backfire.

And when the pendulum swings one way, it will always swing back the other way. That’s why people yo-yo diet and constantly lose and then gain weight.

 

6. Facebook, Instagram, and Tik Tok would be boring if fitness professionals shared what really works.

Why? Because it’s the basics that bring the most benefits. Stop looking for creativity and entertainment in your trainer or fitness instructor. I worked legs yesterday, and you know what I did? Squats, deadlifts, lunges. The same thing I teach. Seriously, the best way to improve is as follows: same shit, different day.

 

7. If Instagram Fitness Influencers told the truth, it would be this:

  • They don’t do 90% of the wacky exercises they post
  • They photoshop their pics
  • They get paid to endorse products they never use.

 

8. Hire a coach who understands you, your body, your challenges, and your goals.

A trainer who works with bodybuilders is different than a trainer who works with the general population. A trainer who works with 20 and 30-somethings is different than a trainer like me who works with people over 50.

 

9. Many trainers, especially the new and the young, use their body as their billboard.

I know trainers who constantly post photos of themselves in bikinis, skimpy workout clothes, and dance costumes. There’s nothing wrong with that (not shaming anyone), but that doesn’t tell me what they know, who they help, and what they can offer a potential client. Look beyond the body and see if they are really trying to educate and help people first.

 

10. You’re not going to ruin your fitness because you had one bad day, and you’re not going to get ripped because you had one good workout.

You won’t get skinny eating one salad, and you won’t get fat eating one pizza. It’s what you do consistently 80-90% of the time that will create change.

 

11. If you emotionally eat or exercise, experience feelings of guilt, shame, or “not good enough,”

then you have to do this inner work FIRST and lay the foundation before going on a diet or exercise program. The best program in the world will never work if you don’t deal with your relationship with food first.

 

Shine on,

Dr. Candace

 

 

(Photo by mr lee on Unsplash)

HI, I'M CANDACE!

I am a science-based wellness coach with over 30 years of experience specializing in helping people 40+ reduce pain using corrective exercise therapy, get stronger through smart fitness programs, and increase energy and vitality through sustainable nutrition.

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