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: Wilmslow Personal Trainer | Why believing everything you read is bad for you

Wilmslow Personal Trainer | Why believing everything you read is bad for you

21 Nov

I used to believe in a lot of things I probably shouldn’t have, Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, The Easter Bunny, Magic, that brown milk used to come from brown cows, that girls don’t fart, and that gorilla fighters were actually gorillas – the list is endless, I literally believed everything.

But one which I really believed, and also something that a lot of other people still believe in (no, not that eating crusts will make your hair curly, or that weeing in a swimming pool will turn it a different colour) is that everything you read in magazines or commercials is actually verbatim and holds truth to everything.


I remember watching TV when the Ab circle pro came on, for those of you who have never seen this contraption then I have provided a picture to show exactly what BS they were trying to sell. The premise of this machine was that all you had to do was about 3 minutes of work, swinging from side to side would achieve the equivalent of doing 100 “abdominals” what ever that means – that statement in itself doesn’t even make sense, your abdominals are a muscle, so you would essentially achieve 100 of them? –  Me no understandi

They would also use some super ripped model to advertise it, which is fair enough, that’s how advertising works, they make you feel inadequate without their product so that you buy it.

Which is why I am here to say ” NO! you are not inadequate, you are awesome, don’t buy that crap” – or believe in it for that matter.

My mum is the worst for this, our old garage had everything in it from, a cross trainer, to inner thigh compression tools, to a fit ball, which has dare I say it only been used once in its entire life, and that was probably just to sit on to imitate a space hopper. – kids of the 80′s will be familiar with this.


Moving on to the next thing you need to be aware of, and that is,  Celebrity Endorsed Items.

 Be very careful of these people, they will put their name to anything just as long as they make some money. Yet we all get brain washed by it.

If Kim Kardashian wears sketchers then they must be good and I surely will get a butt like hers, won’t I?  That’s more or less the thought process that goes through everyone’s head when they see it.

Diet pills, calorie control pills and fad diets are more common than ever.

“Take two capsules before your main meal and you lose weight… that’s it” – holy fuck balls, it’s magic!

No scientific evidence is needed here, just a quote will do, she look’s like a trustworthy advocate of this product though, especially since she has put her signature on it.


Note : Anything that claims to do something in record time, or less than 5 minutes , or for that matter, anything without any real effort is in fact a load of crap, so throw it away, and if anyone tries to sell you something like this then you have permission from myself to punch them in the face.


This takes me to the next subject in question, and that is Fashion, and Beauty Magazines – Don’t read them, they will only make you feel ugly, and confuse you more than Lindsay Lohan’s sexuality.

Taking a sneak peak in any of the common magazines that people read everyday, it’s plain to see that they are awash with nonsense.

What you need to realise as the consumer and reader of these magazines is that they are there to do one thing, and one thing only, SELL. It is also the way reality TV game shows work too – but we can save that for another day.

Which is why they usually get printed with either the latest celebrity diet, or with a fabricated success story of someone who lost 4 stone by twiddling their thumbs and playing tennis on the Nintendo Wii. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. I used to get told that anything worth having doesn’t come easy. This rings true with fitness and health, if it suggests you can achieve an amazing body with minimal effort, then it’s probably BS.



But, that’s not to say that everything out there is rubbish

If you want to read anything that will resemble the truth about fitness you can find it one or two ways:

1. Here – of course

2. Another Fitness Pro’s Website

3. Fitness Magazines with content written by professionals


So there you have it, a brief look into why reading everything you see isn’t actually good for you. Now go forth with a new found knowledge of the world, and share this with others. – and keep checking back here for real information of course.





 What did you believe in when you were younger? Are they worse than what I believed in?  I’m interested to hear your thoughts. Comment and share!



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