There are so many styles in the fitness community. On the exercise side you have HIIT, metabolic resistance training, physique training, power lifting, and Zumba just to name a few.
On the nutrition side you have things like 5 meals a day, Warrior dieting, IIFYM (if it fits your macros) and, of course, intermittent fasting (my personal favourite).
This blog is not to say which one is right and which one is wrong. They are all tools. Use the wrong tools and you probably don’t have a chance of hitting your goals.
Use the right tool and you’ll hit your goals faster and more precisely than the average gym goer.
One of the biggest issues I have with the fitness industry is that people will align themselves with a specific way of doing things.
They will say things like,
“I’m an intermittent faster..”
“I follow IIFYM…”
“I’m an evidence based fitness trainer…”
…and so on and so forth.
The problem with this line of thought is that they confine themselves with one style and one way of doing things. They automatically box themselves into one way of thinking.
One philosophy to rule their lives.
To be bound by any traditional fitness style or philosophy is the sure way to be a mindless fitness enthusiast.
But, to be a practitioner and allow yourself to follow different lines of thinking is the true path to fitness genius.
Just because one person says it doesn’t mean it is the gospel. Just because science proves it doesn’t mean that it will work for you.
You have to search for your own truth. You have to allow yourself the freedom to follow different styles, to live them, to breathe them and to allow them to affect you.
This is how you can find the ultimate truth about what works for you.
Be your own science experiment. Try new shit out. Immerse yourself into different ways of thinking and different ways of getting in shape.
This to me is becoming a true individual. To not be swayed by the masses but to be influenced by yourself.
When it comes down to it the best way to stay in shape is to follow programs that fit your own lifestyle.
But to be able to do that requires HARD WORK and discipline.
You have to be able to put your head down and follow a program in its entirety to see if it actually fits your lifestyle.
You must go to your extremes to find your balance.
And in this sense, this is where you find your own truth.
Do not be a follower. Do not be one of the masses who blindly follows someone else’s gospel. Do not attach yourself to any style and identify yourself with it.
Be a seeker of your own truth when it comes to the game of fitness.
Eventually, you’ll figure out what works for you. What you’ll find in the end is that it is totally different than everyone else.
Now go out and find it.