It is Motivational Monday!
People have been being deceived since the beginning of time!
Deceived by bogus get rich quick schemes.
Deceived by second rate charlatans selling them inferior products.
Deceived by a slanted media spreading false truths.
In the fitness game, deception is very prevalent. All you need to do is take a gander at social media.
How hard a trainee trains means much more to me than how a trainee looks.
I have seen trainees who are lean and muscular but their training effort is absolutely lame. Genetics play a part, but genetics will only take you so far.
Obviously, this person has had some help (read between the lines, drugs) along the way to attain that look.
I have seen trainees who are lean and muscular who bust their rears when they train. I always respect when the input (training effort) matches the output (physique).
Someone who is all show but no go is only fooling themselves into thinking they are truly in shape. They look like Tarzan but play like Glass Joe.
The vast majority of the pictures you see online makes it seem like everyone who is in the gym is a living Adonis. The reality is that they are nowhere near that.
Now, there are folks online who have actually earned their physique through hard work and consistency. I personally know some of them.
When I see them in person there is no drop off from the pictures that they post when compared to their real physique.
There are also folks online who have earned nothing. They do not train hard, smart, or with a sense of urgency. I know some of them too, and what they do in the gym is an absolute joke.
When I have seen them in person they look nothing like the picture they posted 39 minutes ago while they were in their own doctored version of “beastmode.”
Where did that small waist go?
Where did those massive arms go?
Where did those quads, hamstrings, and glutes that would make a stallion jealous go?
Their pictures online make it seem as if they have discovered the ultimate training and nutrition plan. They appear like comic book characters.
How does this happen?
The answer lies in one word…filtering.
Filtering is more common in the fitness industry than any other. If you can make yourself appear superhuman then you can sell your snake oil supplements to the masses and get paid.
There is nothing wrong with making money, but making it in that fashion has no value.
You can filter images to make yourself appear more muscular.
You can filter images to give yourself more hips and more butt.
You can filter images to make you look super lean.
You can filter out all of your blemishes and marks.
You can filter images to look however you want them to look.
The lesson of the day is to not believe everything that you see online. Fellas and ladies, this applies to online dating too.
Gentlemen, she may look like an angel in her picture, but when you show up to the first date and she actually looks like the Joker what are you going to do?
Ladies, when you see the man online who went from a small punk to an in-his-prime Arnold Schwarzenegger overnight, you should be very skeptical.
Right under his picture will be a link to buy his “60 Days To Maximum Muscle” program too.
As wise men have said for centuries “Believe half of what you see.”
I’ll holla at you next time.
The People’s Trainer,
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