We can act like getting in great shape is a quick and fun fix, but we know we're fooling ourselves.

Because of my job, when I think of the word “fitness”, it may take on a bit more specific a meaning than it would to the average Joe.  The masses often think about fitness as a gateway to health, physical activity and maybe even eating well to support it.

Being fit should give you perspective on reality and balance. Not make you lose sight of it.

As always, society finds a way to make an example of the hard time it has demonstrating modesty or balance. I’m not about to act like I’ve got the answers, but for a fitness professional, it brings up some alarming observations worth discussion.

If you think you're hardcore, you're probably wrong. And maybe a little stupid.

Fitness and nutrition culture has missed the mark when it comes to the sensationalized ideas of body image, diet and even seeing results.  In an article I wrote a while ago, I brought attention to extremism that exists within this community. If you’re not a strength guy, you’re a bodybuilder. If not that, you’re a powerlifter. Or a CrossFitter.  Unfortunately there’s very little common ground to be found among the personalities of members of each of these camps, when there definitely should be.

Extremism has found its latest victims.

Certain things in the world of fitness and health can only be taught through experience. After ten years in the industry, I’ve only now started to realize that I can refer to myself as a trainer who’s done some decent time in the game.

That’s long enough to notice the revolving door that is fitness and diet trends, and long enough to realize that extremism is far from dead.