Disclaimer: When I come to think about it, there are people who studied physical education for three years, then further spent years attending workshops and getting a Master’s + a certification in personal training. While others self proclaimed themselves as passionate gym rats and wrongfully informed the public of health / fitness related issues. Seriously…. I dedicate this post to my real trainers, Alex & Majed. I feel with you with the rise of wannabes in your respective field.
So far we have all been transfixed with the rise of fashionistas and lifestyle bloggers that we did not notice a new segment lurking and paving way until it was too late. Let me introduce to you the “Fitness / Health influencers”. Who are these people? how much do they know about the fitness industry? Are they eligible in giving out health-based advice? and what about those amateurish(my favorite) fitness workout plans? Honestly? NO! (being polite). Let me rephrase that: honestly? FUCKING HELL NO!!! .
These last few years, almost everyone embraced the ‘healthy’ lifestyle trend. Hello Quinoa, Kale & smoothie, yoghurt & quail. And the list goes on. Ok dont get cross with me, oats, brown bread, egg white vs egg yolk drama, etc…… Some of us, started going to the gym regularly, others went a notch up and hired a personal trainer. Whereas a few, jumped on the boxing -wagon and started kicking a heavy bag left & right, Yogis & certified health coaches multiplied by the dozen. I applaud all of you who suddenly realized how precious life is. Living in a polluted and junked up world, you decided to take matters into your own hand(with or without guidance & help) and become healthy, fit, strong, yadi, yadi, da!
However, this stops here. Quite a few of you, stuck in a 9-5 corporate jobs, bored and taking solace at the gym only, decided to share your newfound wisdom with the rest of the world. And most importantly, for being cool, hip and all.
(You know social media being the trend now. Influencers being invited here and there. Freebies and perks. Having a social life, literally).
There are more important factors to take into consideration and I do not blame you for wanting to become popular (because let’s face it, that’s the sole purpose of amateurish self proclaimed influencers). I blame corporations who give you importance based on your fake number of followers and do not vet properly nor differentiate the real fitness freaks from the wannabe passionate ones.
Let me ask you something, apart from listening to your trainer’s advice on which exercise suits your body & goal, the articles you have read online on the benefits of such and such food component, who are you to claim yourself as a sports influencer and spread, most of the time, bullshit cliches info to your “followers”?
Did you even know that not all body types might be suitable to the circuit training you are proud of completing? That your food intake surely is suitable to your body type and not each and every one of us out there.
You are a fitness influencer? Then tell me, why doesn’t your figure prove it? I am not asking you to flaunt a model body type , but seriously you must show at least a strict minimum of toned muscles or some abs instead of some bulked up tricep and biceps. Furthermore, being fit does not mean you gulp down burgers and fries and then head to the gym and shake that booty. Eating healthy permits you to indulge in cheat meals but every once in a while and once you started building muscles and shredding those belly fats. Not before. But hey, life of an influencer is hard with all those free launching invites right? Mini- burgers anyone??
Dear Influencers, I do not know you personally, you seem like good kids figuring out life and all that jazz. I admire your passion and drive. However, try to take constructive criticism maturely and work on it, instead of only embracing happy, positive and (sometimes useless) interjections from your followers. I am not here to make friends nor to blindly be part of your fan club. I am especially not jealous (your goal & lifestyle is not what I aim for). I am just me, pointing out what the majority of people are saying in closed circles and yet do not dare to blurt it out.
Good Luck and I’m off to the Gym! (to train with a certified personal trainer in the field for more than a decade and no I am not entitled to share my fitness passion with you, YET!). Thank you!