Erik Ledin – 5 Bad Pieces of Advice Trainers Give

When it comes to fitness, it seems like everyone has advice. However, personal trainers are paid for their fitness advice, so we fitness enthusiasts often feel compelled to believe what they say. Personal trainers are just people like anyone else, and they can have their own biases and unsubstantiated opinions just like the rest of us. In a recent article, Men’s Fitness released a list of fitness advice you should not take from your personal trainer.Erik Ledin

“No pain, no gain.”

This, the oldest of fitness clichés, and one of the most egregiously misleading. Soreness felt post-workout is a tell-tale sign that a workout has done its job and gains are imminent. Pain during a workout is a tell-tale sign that something is wrong. Just because a move is difficult does not mean it should hurt. If you feel pain, stop what you are doing immediately no matter what your trainer says.

“You should take____”

Personal trainers cannot give dietary advice beyond the normal “Eat your vegetables, get enough protein” variety. Personal trainers who push supplements on their clients are overstepping their bounds, and could be doing a great deal of harm. For real advice about what you should be taking in tandem with your regular diet, consult a nutritionist or your doctor.

“It works for me.”

A personal trainer works for you. As a result, he should not simply be basing his advice on how he got fit. An exercise that works for a young, fit person may not work so well for someone with a few more years under their belt. Remember that a trainer is training you and should be basing advice around your body and your goals.

“Squats are bad for your knees.”

Squats have been shown by university studies to not only that they do not pose a threat to knees, but have been shown to increase stability and joint health. While certain physical conditions may prevent one from performing the exercise, the idea that squats are bad for the knees is hardly a universal truth. If your trainer tells you this, then they need to not be your trainer any longer.

“This will melt belly fat.”

Spot reduction is a myth and any trainer trying to sell you on it is either lying or does not know what they are talking about. Fat has to be dropped from the entire body. Working a particular area of the body will not only not make the fat leave that area, but it will make the muscle beneath grow larger, making it appear fatter. You and your trainer need to look for a total body solution to fat loss.


Healthy Eating Helps to Build Muscle

erik ledin weightThere are many ways to build muscles. As you begin to employ weight training, you will quickly feel your body getting stronger. However, there is another important element to add to your routine if you want to build muscle bulk as well as strength.

To really build up your muscle size, particularly if you’re a big guy, you need to greatly increase food intake and make sure that you are eating consistently, every day. It may be hard to eat as much food as you need to not only maintain, but also gain weight. You may feel too lazy or not feel a great appetite. However, eating a large amount of food consistently is the only way to really bulk up and gain desired muscle mass.

Gaining muscle is not an easy endeavor. It requires enough tension and volume accompanied by enough calories to help to build the muscle. Building muscle is a slow process and takes consistent work and time to see results.

Many people identify the fact that they want to lose fat while gaining muscle. This is very difficult because as you cut back on calories, your body responds with hormones that dictate it should preserve body fat. Additionally, if you are operating on a caloric deficit your body will not waste valuable energy on building muscle. Therefore, the only way to build muscle is to ensure that your body is getting enough food. Even if it feels counterintuitive because you’ve just scaled back your diet to help with weight loss, you need to ramp your diet back up to help build muscle.

This can sometimes be a balancing act. Eating more will make you gain weight, but if you are training correctly it will build muscle. There may be times that your fat to muscle ratio will change and you may need to diet again to get to where you want to be. The bottom line is that building muscle is a slow process and you need to feed your body to help muscles develop.