Maybe it’s my age or the amount of time I’ve invested in health and fitness (40 years now), but I’ve grown more and more dubious about the industry over the years. I see and read daily about outright dangerous applications of exercise and nutrition (and that’s not an opinion, it’s based on facts from people getting hurt from or during exercise or engaging in some cockamamie diet) and yet these folks still follow aimlessly like sheep to the slaughter.
I’m the first to admit that I don’t have all the answers or always know what’s “best”, but I can tell you what is inherently dangerous from my years of experience but even more so, by just using common sense. You don’t have to have too much experience to know that controlled exercise movements that protect the joints and soft tissue are less stressful (in a bad way) to the body than ballistic movements that yank and tug. You also don’t need much experience to know that drinking a cup of coffee with a stick of butter in it probably isn’t the best option for optimal health and yet, the sheep continue to follow.
One of my favorite books – one that I recommend often to people – is a book called the “True Believer” by Eric Hoffer. It’s about how people can become blindly caught up in mass movements and have absolutely no idea what or why they are tagging along other than everyone else is. If you want to follow along, then do so with caution but do yourself a favor and become educated, understand the risks and make sure they are worth the rewards.