This may end up sounding like a bit of rant.
That’s because – maybe on some subconscious level – it is.
But there’s something I see. Something I continue to see over and over again.
And it’s something that continues to bother me and frustrate others.
Here’s the scenario…
I walk into the gym.
And what do I see?
A row of desperately over weight, completely misinformed individuals struggling through another set of spine-shattering, completely ineffective crunches while their partners giggle away frantically shouting out words of so-called encouragement.
The sight of this makes me want to slap a few people.
In all honesty, I feel bad for them. The effort is there, but they’re disgustingly misinformed.
If I just knew where they were being fed this bullshit, I’d burn down the servers.
I’d do whatever I could to put those people responsible behind digital bars.
For the row of overweight gym-goers with the right intentions and zero understanding of what it takes to build a better body, listen up.
I’m going to make this really simple for you.
Stop with the crunches.
They won’t help you build a better.
They won’t get you what you so desperately want.
The most you can hope for is a messed up back.
I got an alternative solution for you.
Put away the sandwich.
The gym is not the solution to your weight problem. The kitchen is.
With the so-called freedom of choice, you and only you are responsible for what you put inside your body.
So it might be time to make some changes.
Let’s start with the pantry.
Clear it out. Throw out the garbage that’s mistakenly labeled as food. Throw out the processed garbage. The junk food. The stuff that you know if you left untouched for months would still remain nice and shiny. Dispose it neatly into a garbage bin.
Let’s move to the fridge.
Get rid of all sugary drinks. Sugary snacks. Microwaveable meals. Anything that takes zero work to prepare needs to go where it belongs – into the garbage can.
Now we’re getting somewhere.
Think about what you’re consuming on a daily basis. If you can’t think of what your typical day looks like, then take this test and see how the food journal can reveal your true eating habits.
If it’s anything that resembles your typical food pyramid, you got some changes to make.
If your daily meals revolve primarily around carbohydrates (think pastas, breads, rice, potatoes, fruits) and/or if you find that you are constantly sipping on sugary drinks and nibbling on sweet, sugary snacks, you have just pinpointed the reason behind your fat accumulation.
And absolutely no amount of crunches will ever beat out a poor diet.
Not even a million of them.
If your goal is to lose the weight, start in the kitchen, not in the gym. Make it easy for yourself to make the right choices when it comes to foods you are consuming by completely getting rid of anything that can hinder your progress.
Stock up on the good stuff. Fresh vegetables. Meats. Nuts. Berries.
Minimize your consumption of carbohydrates.
And for God’s sake please stop with the crunches.
They can only do more harm than good.
Once your eating habits are on track, then you can move on to effective core strengthening exercises like planks, hanging leg raises, or renegade rows – core exercises that don’t put your spine at risk.
Don’t let yourself be misinformed.
Empower yourself with the right knowledge.
And build yourself a better body.