Austin Personal Trainer Ross' Blog

A Precision Health & Fitness blog

Purpose of this Blog

      I enjoy teaching people about health and fitness at least as much as I enjoy taking clients through their actual workout sessions. Educating clients about health and fitness is something I have always incorporated into my personal training programs and I believe that learning about exercise and nutrition is a key component for achieving long-term health and fitness success. I have also conducted educational seminars and written newsletters, articles, and most recently an eBook to help further educate people about health and fitness. At this point in my career, it seems natural to start a blog as a way to connect with even more people and help them learn about health and fitness.

     However, I want this blog to be about more than just providing you with additional health and fitness information. If that was the case, I would just keep writing more newsletters, articles, and books. The idea of a blog appeals to me, because my ultimate goal is to create a vibrant community of people who are looking to ask questions, discuss, and further educate themselves about various aspects of health and fitness. As a side note, I hope this does not sound like I think I have all the answers, because there is always more to learn and I am consistently reading journals and doing other things to improve my knowledge. However, my diverse educational background, work environments, and personal experiences have resulted in me learning a lot about exercise and nutrition, as well as giving me a thorough understanding of the health and fitness industry as a whole.

     I do realize there is an incredible amount of health and fitness information already available, especially online, but I believe my particular approach to health and fitness, along with my variety and depth of knowledge, allow me to bring something different from other fitness related websites and publications. Also, one of my greatest assets is being able to take complex exercise and nutrition related issues and explain them in ways that makes sense. Most of the health and fitness information I come across is either so complex that you need a degree in exercise physiology to understand it or, as is usually the case, the information is so dumbed down that is ends up being only partially accurate at best. My approach is to bridge this gap by maintaining the scientific accuracy and integrity of the information, while still making it understandable.

     People often end up being confused about health and fitness, but it is through no fault of their own. There are currently so many conflicting messages about exercise and nutrition that it can be almost impossible to figure out what information is accurate. Also, in some cases, information from different sources can appear to conflict, even when it is not actually conflicting information. This can happen when various sources of information each provide only a portion of the complete picture. In these cases, each source will likely only give you the information that reinforces the particular view they want to promote, often to help increase the sale of a product or service.

     For example, a number of years ago a study came out that compared the physiological responses of milk and whey protein powders. After the study was published, marketers of milk protein supplements referenced the study and used it to say that milk protein supplements were the best. However, whey protein marketers also referenced the study and said it showed that whey protein was the best supplement. In actuality, the study did not say that either protein was best; it said they had different effects. Skipping the scientific parts of the study, it essentially stated that whey protein created a greater physiological response, but the response lasted a shorter amount of time. Milk protein on the other hand, had a smaller response, but the response lasted longer. The information in the study made complete sense, but each marketing campaign only referenced the information that made their particular product sound better and neither side made any attempt to tell the whole story.

     This is just one example, but these types of marketing half-truths are ever-present in the health and fitness industry. In the above example, both companies did use credible scientific information to promote their product, but neither company stayed true to the message of the original study. I decided to include this example specifically, because there was no real manipulation of the scientific data, only a failure to provide all the relevant information. Unfortunately, in many cases, scientific data is taken completely out of context and used in ways it was never intended. These situations naturally lead to even greater levels of confusion, which can often only be clarified by learning more accurate sources of information. However, with so much information available it can be very difficult to find quality sources of information that will clear up this confusion.

     One of the primary reasons for me starting this blog is to help take the mystery out of health and fitness and bring clarity to confusing issues. The good news is that while many health and fitness topics initially appear to be incredibly confusing, they are often not nearly as complicated as they first seem. Admittedly, the physiology and other scientific aspects of health and fitness can be incredibly complicated and overwhelming, but the core issues are much easier to understand. My hope is this blog will provide you with the information you need to make sense of the science and see through the marketing, so you can developer a greater understanding of the core issues. Then, you will probably find that many health and fitness issues that appear complicated not only end up making sense, but they are often really just common sense.

P.S. If you want to read some more of my writing, visit the Newsletter page at Precision Health & Fitness. My newsletter is no longer active, because I decided to write a book and then start this blog instead, but I still have a great article about muscle and joint pain for you to read.

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