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Fitness Industry Scams - Simple Simon - 11-10-2018

I'll list mine. Feel free to question or add. 

- Consuming protein builds muscle.

Protein will only build muscle if there is a demand. Plus, protein requirements for this are grossly overstated. 

- Exercise to lose weight

The amount of energy utilized when exercising is so small that it can not have a significant effect on weight loss.

- Aerobic exercise of 20 min+ burns body fat.

Technically a correct statement, but the actual amount is minimal.

- Exercise stimulates your metabolism causing your body to burn additional calories during the day.


Again, technically a correct statement, but the actual amount is minimal

- Resistance training builds muscle so yo will burn additional calories. 

Again, technically a correct statement, but the actual amount is minimal.


RE: Scams of the Fitness Industry - TruthSeeker - 11-10-2018

- 5x5
- squats&deads
- bulking routines
- mass routines
- fitness YouTube channels
- Scooby
- skaterboard squats
- Vince Gironda 8x8
- Smolov
- cardio in the gym
- supplements
- eating around the clock
- naturals can get to 5% body fat (just lol)


RE: Scams of the Fitness Industry - Simple Simon - 11-10-2018

(11-10-2018, 06:46 PM)TruthSeeker Wrote: - 5x5
- squats&deads
- bulking routines
- mass routines
- fitness YouTube channels
- Scooby
- skaterboard squats
- Vince Gironda 8x8
- Smolov
- cardio in the gym
- supplements
- eating around the clock
- naturals can get to 5% body fat (just lol)

- Supplements to build muscle or burn body fat are a scam. But for general health, I think they are beneficial. Eg. Protein powder is convenient, carb powders can assist recovery, vitamins IMHO are beneficial. 

Why is cardio in a gymnasium a scam? If you mean for weight loss, then yes. But for general health?


RE: Scams of the Fitness Industry - NattyRobot - 11-11-2018

Gotta eat big to get big
GOMAD


RE: Scams of the Fitness Industry - TruthSeeker - 11-11-2018

(11-10-2018, 09:27 PM)Simple Simon Wrote:
(11-10-2018, 06:46 PM)TruthSeeker Wrote: - 5x5
- squats&deads
- bulking routines
- mass routines
- fitness YouTube channels
- Scooby
- skaterboard squats
- Vince Gironda 8x8
- Smolov
- cardio in the gym
- supplements
- eating around the clock
- naturals can get to 5% body fat (just lol)

- Supplements to build muscle or burn body fat are a scam. But for general health, I think they are beneficial. Eg. Protein powder is convenient, carb powders can assist recovery, vitamins IMHO are beneficial. 

Why is cardio in a gymnasium a scam? If you mean for weight loss, then yes. But for general health?

It is a scam because you are paying to run at one place. You can use the same energy to do something that translates into real GDP.

- adding inches to your arms routines
- occlusion training
- reverse dieting


RE: Scams of the Fitness Industry - Simple Simon - 11-11-2018

^ I don't see how that's a scam; it's not promosing anything else.

Adding inches (of additional lean body mass) to your arms. Well, that's dependant on genetics. So I guess saying it will work for everyone is a scam.

I've actually never heard of the last two.


RE: Scams of the Fitness Industry - Jonesy - 11-11-2018

My favourite scam is this bro wisdom that that warns that cutting too quickly will result in muscle loss... "you don't want to lose your gains that you've worked so hard for in the gym" is what we're told when about to rectify rippetoe's gomad nonsense.

It's ingenius because it keeps the noob in a constant state of fear and confusion as opposed to just losing weight. Extra scam points for convincing the noob they'll be OK as long as they get enough protein in the form of whichever brand of whey you're peddling.


RE: Scams of the Fitness Industry - Simple Simon - 11-12-2018

^ I've actually not heard that one. But then, I've been out of the BB literature world for over twenty years.

On a related point, I think the bodybuilding term 'dieting down' - as opposed to the general term 'dieting to lose weight - for naturals is a scam. The idea that, in theory, after you've bulked up and put on 20 lbs of lean mass and 10-20 lbs of bodyfat, you can then 'diet down' and lose the bodyfat while keeping the lean mass.


RE: Scams of the Fitness Industry - Jonesy - 11-12-2018

I think the recurring issue with all these scams, is to overcomplicate everything with bro-science that requires people to stay in the cult for as long as possible. Losing weight can't be a simple act of restricting calories. The gurus need to sell us a diet or a study or a product to ensure we keep those gainz.


RE: Scams of the Fitness Industry - TruthSeeker - 11-13-2018

- low bar squats,
- power cleans
- most of Alpha Destiny's theories
- nutritional plans sold online
- Instagram "fitness wisdom"