Signs That You Should Not Take Somebody’s Advice

Fitness “influencers” are a dime a dozen these days, and most of them are full of crap. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to tell the good from the bad. The following is a non-exhaustive list of signals that you can use as an indication that you should definitely not that person’s fitness advice. These should not be taken as black-and-white laws but rather as rules of thumb. In other words, there could be some exceptions, but the signals will be accurate most of the time.

  • They wear Gym Shark
  • They have #aesthetics in their bio
  • They’re 18, absolutely massive, and constantly bragging about how they’re “natural” (they’re not)
  • They wear gloves at the gym
  • They tell you that it’s not about calories
  • They’re not in very good shape themselves (I can’t believe this needs to be said but it does)
  • They use Bosu balls for basically anything
  • They tell you that you can get “more with less”
  • Their workouts are extremely complicated
  • You never see them using barbells
  • They have a degree in exercise physiology yet can’t squat 2 plates at depth
  • They’re trying to sell you a program with the word “abs” in it

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