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.

What's up, Doc? Do you even lift?

If you want me to be honest, I’ll say this:  As far as we’ve come where health and fitness are concerned, we’ll still be in a place of relative darkness until we all get on the same page as a community.

Until then, the Tracy Anderson Method and cash-grab systems like it will still be among the top trending workout systems on the internet.

And you need to get your head out of the clouds.

My industry sorely lacks a dose of reality when it comes to promises it claims it can keep concerning a prospective client’s results. It doesn’t help the situation when many commercialized fitness experts make resolve to “reshape your body in 6 weeks” while oiled and nearly naked on screen.