The Only Fitness Article You’ll Ever Need to ReadThat world is designed to appeal to your insecurities and constantly throw information at you, convincing you that you have problems and that they have the instant solutions. Be nice to yourself, good things take time, and you are a good thing.
The Only Fitness Article You’ll Ever Need to Read
By: Niki Sims, Barbell Logic Staff Coach and VP of Internal Relations
Alarm goes off. You wake up. You open up Instagram.
After taking a few too many minutes to scroll through your feed and mindlessly absorb the updates from smiling people with abs and buddies on cool vacations, you get your day started. Shower, look at yourself in the mirror and try to find some abs, get dressed and head to work, no time for cardio this morning, but for sure tomorrow.
The morning passes, and you have a salad for lunch because you’re trying to eat healthily. Someone comes back to the office with pastries. You have one because you were “good” for lunch. A couple of hours later, and you’re feeling like a piece of shit about that scone and hop back on Instagram. More people having fun with their muscles. Let’s head over to SomeMagazineWithaSmilingJackedGuyOnTheCover.com and pick out a workout plan for tonight.
By the time you leave that site, you have 3 different ab, arm, and leg routines and are suddenly concerned that, while you don’t know what your body fat percentage is, you’re damn sure it needs to be under 15% within the next two months.
Okay, time for more research. Subscribe to some strength coaches and bodybuilders and functional fitness experts on YouTube. Watch some tutorials and follow all the ‘grams. CrossFit is too dangerous for you, but you for sure need to do things in sets of 8-10. Some fats are healthy, meat is probably bad, but protein is good (note to self: find a meal planning service w/ vegetarian options). You need carbs to get strong. Strong is lean. Lean = jacked. None of that = you. You need to lose weight, cuz that graphic of 12% body fat looked pretty good.
After work, you “do legs” and, hell, some arms too and find out when the next yoga class is. Then it’s off to drinks with friends where you’ll end up eating wings and, fuck, maybe a burger. Some more drinks and bed at 11.
Wake up, repeat. This time the internet tells you that you need to work on your core. And man, keto seems like it’d be a sure-fire way to lose some weight fast. That worked for a buddy, but not for long, he doesn’t look that great anymore. That won’t be you. Let’s research that today. Lots of studies to go through. Seems like all of them work, and yet none of them work. Sweet.
Mad cardio later. Legs before or after? Are deadlifts bad?
🛏11 pm in bed. 🛏
😱Instagram. Internet. More solutions. More questions. More confusion. 😕
👉Try this one. Try that one. 👈
💰Pay for a trainer. Spend hundreds on spin classes and fancy shoes and meal plans and hot yoga. 💰
🍖Carbs are good. Carbs are bad. Avocados are good. Tequila is fine. Lentils instead of meat. Healthy fats only. 🥑
Fuck, it’s January, how did you gain 15lbs??
You Can’t Buy Fitness
What are you doing with your life?! What have you learned in the last three months by being reactive and chasing instant fixes? You have to stop researching and subscribing and trying to buy fitness.
Stop bouncing around and succumbing to “THE workout routine for a leaner you who gets more boners and has huge arms. -Tom Brady approved” and give yourself a break from jumping around from “THE only diet you’ll need to live forever and never be hungry and never get heart disease and always have really nice teeth” to the next “The 3 foods you love that are giving you belly fat and holding you back from getting a raise!”
Go on an internet fitness detox (#linkinbio). That world is designed to appeal to your insecurities and constantly throw information at you, convincing you that you have problems and that they have the instant solutions. Hype comes from sensational taglines and biased or inflated studies. Yes, being informed is important, but too much informational input leads to paralysis by analysis. And the (not-so-)secret to success tends to be simple and repetitive. Shift your focus from information input to consistent action output.
Your body will react to consistency. After all, it’s habits (good and bad) that got you to where you are right now. It’s not the one bender you had last Saturday. It’s the 3 weeks of Sunday Funday per month and skipping breakfast and overdoing it at dinner on the reg.
There are good things in your routine, too. What are they? Identify the habits that you are proud of and make you feel good and give them some momentum. Maybe start with some other simple changes, like committing to just one workout program.
Then, give yourself some time to honestly and lovingly analyze the results. Seriously, be nice to yourself, good things take time, and you are a good thing. Let your work breathe and then figure out what is or isn’t working. Let yourself learn from what you’ve been doing. Don’t beat yourself up over something if you don’t love the results, and be proud of things that get you closer to what you want.
There is no “finish line” where you are standing on a podium of results all dehydrated greased up getting ready for your photoshoot (unless you want to be a fitness model). You won’t find a happier you on the internet, and you can’t buy fitness. Every single day is a result AND a process. Find joy in your consistency, and I promise, you’ll end up enhancing to the good parts of you.