I’ve been looking forward to this article for a while mostly because I love fitness, am a fitness professional, and enjoy using IG both for personal and professional reasons. Instagram and Fitness sit at this interesting cross-section of a social media platform centered around imagery and an industry primarily focused on visual appearance. It’s like they were made for one another. And while there is a lot of good that comes from this pairing it has also allowed some of the worst parts of the fitness industry to thrive and excel.
I had this client — let’s call her Jane — who came to me with the desire to lose a significant amount of weight. From the initial consultation I discovered Jane wasn’t new to weight loss or the health and fitness scene. She had experimented with a lot of different diets and exercise routines in the past all with some amount of success, but nothing all that long lasting. Not an unusual story especially for female clients.
I still remember the first time I walked into a gym for my first workout flying solo. I was in 6th grade and about 11 years old. I had been begging my mom to let me go to the gym with her for a couple of months - mostly because I was self-conscious about my weight and thought it would make me a better athlete. Our agreement was that I could go to the gym with her, but I had to first meet with a personal trainer so she could feel comfortable that I would be safe while I was there and have some idea of what I was doing.
I’ve worked with a number of people over the last several years teaching them how to eat and exercise for their health goals. That experience has given the opportunity to experiment with a lot of different workout plans and schedules as each individual has a different lifestyle. However one common thing I’ve seen is that everyone has a really difficult time sticking to a set workout schedule.
Ever heard of the “diet cycle?” You know that thing that people - especially fitness professionals - start bashing every year right around New Year’s? Yeah that thing. . .Truth is I can’t be that critical of those who talk about the “diet cycle” in a negative light because I’m fairly confident I’ve made YouTube videos, blog posts, and countless social media posts about it too. But now I’m looking at it differently.