Fitness Industry Politics= A Fat & Confused America


We are in a time where America is fatter and sicker than ever. More than 65 percent of the population is overweight or obese. Adolescents are being diagnosed with adult diseases, some resulting in death. This current epidemic of diabetes & cardiovascular disease is too often blamed on genetics. The real issue, exempt from those who work hard to control their genetic deficiencies, is America’s lack of movement and opting for unnatural foods.

Unfortunately, what we find in the fitness industry is a bunch of politics, drama and pissing contests as to which method for hypertrophy is bogus, why Johnny Guru sucks, or a handful of blogs written on the flaws of the newest pseudo diet and its lack of qualitative research.

The industry is full of massive egos that are relentless in tearing down the work of others, overcomplicating everything to display some form of intellectual superiority and having absolutely nothing to do with helping those who are really in need. So whoop-de-doo, this dude’s macronutrient ratios differ by a 5% flip flop from the guru with a PHD…or this coach’s periodization model isn’t certified “hardcore”. These are minute details for the average person who isn’t trying to shine on stage in a banana hammock or go to a meet and lift a total that outweighs a mammoth. These people are battling for dietary and training supremacy, loving their own voice, all while taking turns in a little circle jerk of fellow like-minded gurus.

Now when “leaders” begin using BS science or defend their methods by quoting research that was done while dinosaurs roamed, by all means, call them out! Especially if their methods are doing their clients & readers harm or leading them in a complete different direction towards reaching their goals. It’s near criminal negligence as people are investing their time, health, and money. I have no problem with other leaders tooting their horn and helping us sharpen our BS detector. But battling over the little details? It’s confusing the hell out of the average reader who swings back and forth with information from countless “experts”.

All things aside, America needs to slim it down and fitness leaders need to step it up. I’m eager to continuously learn to improve my ability as a trainer. In light of this, I want to be right and I’m doing my best to stay up to date with what really “works” and what doesn’t. But damn me if this ever becomes the center of my focus. Fitness is my field of endeavor because I want to educate others on how to eat and move better.

Let’s not tear down what had been working for someone just because we don’t agree with it 100%. If it’s helping them move more than they did before and actually makes exercise enjoyable, encourage them to continue. If a diet has someone finally consuming natural foods after years of poor eating, let them be. Unless these things are hurting them or they approach you for professional guidance to achieve a specific goal, be a leader and inspire them during this fragile time of improving their life. Better fitness leaders=better America.

I’m done. Peace.


Published by Nick Knowles

Nick is a certified personal trainer through the National Strength & Conditioning Association who has worked with hundreds of individuals around the world and coached a wide variety of clients ranging from special forces, active duty, first responders, law enforcement, paraplegics, mixed martial artists, powerlifters, endurance athletes, large group classes, rock climbers, high school and collegiate athletes, youth teams, general population (weight loss), and clients with special needs. Education being at the forefront of his approach, he has been a guest speaker at corporate wellness events, college job fairs, and has also taken on a handful of interns who have found successful careers in the fitness industry. He is also a former NCAA division 1 wrestling and competitive powerlifter.

One thought on “Fitness Industry Politics= A Fat & Confused America

  1. recent comments on “7-second Workout” seem to fit this category. lots of criticism seems to write it off, but I have tried it a few times and for 15 minutes it does a decent job for a fast workout. Isn’t it better to get the average person doing SOMETHING as opposed to sit around, or join a gym, or use somebody’s favourite equipment?

    I’ve been doing kickbox and TKD for over 5 years so I’m no stranger to a hard body-weight workout, and the 7-minute works for the average person on so many levels. You don’t need equipment or a membership so there is no “hurdle” to starting or keeping up. It’s also scale-able in that you can push your intensity level. So overall it seems like the sort of thing that could get somebody off the couch and introduced to the start of a workout routine.

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