Top 5 Outrageous Health And Fitness Fads of 2016
Fitness Expert Travis Jones Cracks The Lid On The Top 5 Outrageous Health & Fitness Fads of 2016
Some of you may know Travis Jones, Australian fitness expert with over a decade of experience in the industry and founder of Result Based Training gyms. He’s cracked the lid on some of the most outrageous fitness fads of this year – and he’s not holding back.
* insert a giggle after every Fad *
1. Functional Fitness
The concept that fitness can be anything but functional is an entertaining differentiation. Any strength and conditioning, aerobic, Pilates or dance-based exercise will promote greater ‘functionality’ (or movement) in your day-to-day activities.
You don’t need to pay the big bucks for a fitness program because it has ‘functional’ in its title. We encourage you to move more and make better choices – whatever that means to you.
‘Detox’ and ‘cleanse’ are buzzwords aiming to promote shake and supplement sales.
The concept that your body can only properly ‘cleanse’ unwanted toxins and speed up fat loss by consuming a liquid diet over several days or weeks is one of my favourite fads – not just of 2016 but of the last few years.
Your body does a pretty good job of cleansing itself of toxins through your liver, kidneys and other very sophisticated natural processes, rendering those strict, painful and depressing cleanses obsolete. Plus, the binge that follows often undoes any imaginary fat loss results anyway.
They are just that: supplementation to a sustainable diet program that is rich in nutrients and suits your lifestyle.
Supplements are never the solution to fat loss. Be consistent with your training and nutrition, get enough sleep, manage your stress levels – and then consider expensive supps. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is: Gardenia Cambodia, I am looking at you.
4. Clean Eating
This is a concept we rally against at RBT: unless you have a habit of dipping your food in washing detergent before you eat it, there is no such thing as ‘clean eating’. Like most food fads, at the core of ‘clean eating’ is fear; if it’s not the fear of dairy, fat, carbs, gluten or sugar, it’s of other so-called ‘dirty’ foods.
To put it simply, there are no good or bad (clean or dirty) foods: eating in excess of any food can lead to weight gain and poor health – sweet potato as much as your favourite chocolate mud. Understand the balance of macronutrients your body requires – and yes, people need all macronutrients – and you will achieve your health and fitness goals. Fear of food only leads to a poor relationship with food, which leads to binging, deprivation and, ultimately, metabolic damage.
So please… eat a piece of cake if you want it. Just understand how it fits into your flexible diet.
5. Body Blade
A funny looking piece of fitness equipment that relies on vibrations to yield results, it makes you feel like a ninja warrior but look more like Jane Fonda in a 1980s aerobics video. Without strength and conditioning workouts, you might as well just sit on a washing machine and hope to melt the fat away.
To burn body fat you need to expend more calories than you consume, which relies on building lean muscle and boosting your metabolism through your nutrition protocols and metabolic conditioning training. If you don’t have these fundamental basics down pat, the Body Blade will just have you standing around getting dizzy and feeling like a fresh pot of aeroplane jelly.
Opt for the more efficient home fitness products available that are better value and yield better results. You’ll be much less likely to poke an eye out.