We’ve talked about following fitness girls before, so you know my take on the subject.
I told you how I used to follow one person and tried to learn everything about their habits: what they were eating, what workouts they were doing, what they were wearing etc…
Then, I would find another girl and do the same… then again… and again…
I ended up with hundreds of ways to do cardio, hundreds of ideas about which diets to follow and hundreds of opinions on ‘good vs bad’ foods. Okay, total exaggeration there, but you get my point, right?
The obessesion with following fitness FB pages, IG accounts, Twitter accounts etc… drove me insane and I know it’s driving you insane too.
It’s great to use these pages for inspiration, tips and advice, but what they say or do has to be taken with a grain of salt in most cases. Why? Because of these two reasons:
She is lying to you.
This isn’t to be rude, but how the heck do you know that what she is telling you is true? Where is her information coming from? If she’s recommending her favorite fat burner pill to her followers, how do you know if she has ever taken it? Is she sponsored by whichever supplement company she is promoting?
2. She is not giving you the whole story.
Okay, so you just saw her tweet about having “crushed 30 sets of legs that day! #beastmode #shredded #traindirty”
That’s great, that’s really good for her, but does that mean you have to do 30 sets for your leg workout? No. Maybe you have only been lifting for 2 weeks, maybe you have never picked up a weight in your life. Maybe you have been lifting for years. These three scenarios would call for a different approach to leg day.
Maybe this fitness girl usually does 15 sets on leg day and this was a one off. Maybe this fitness girl works legs once a month (okay, would not recommend that personally, but who knows), maybe this person’s definition of beastmode is not your defintion of beastmode and what she did was a lot less intense than what you would do with 20 sets.
I am not trying to discourage you from following fitness girls’ pages and accounts, but I do want to caution you. Personally, I love following other fitness fans and those in the industry, but instead of trying to copy what they are doing, I just congradulate them on their successes and support them while they are on their journey.
What you need to do is seek out help, find what works for YOU. Find your ‘formula’, ‘style’, ‘plan‘ that you like and then you won’t need to feel the urge to scramble and copy little tidbits of each fitness person’s style. You won’t be confused, trapped and frustrated anymore.