Should You Read Fitness Magazines?

Earlier this week a client and I had a conversation about all the misinformation in the health and fitness industry.  She told me that in her old life, meaning before she was a member of Merle Hay Fitness, she would read magazines and try to piece together a diet or a workout plan.

The only problem was that each magazine, and sometimes articles within the same magazine, contradicted one another.  In one she would read that paleo was the way to go, and yet another told her that being vegan was the only true answer.

It was the same with exercise.  She’d piece together routines from different exercises she found, but in the end the routines were ineffective and dare I say “unsafe”?

Magazines must keep you interested in reading month after month. They purposefully go out of their way to create controversial topics and provide half-hearted solutions to tough problems.

After all, we all want a lean body and rock hard abs in just 15 minutes a day, right?

You see, if magazines really gave you the answer they’d be out of business.  They’d basically say to eat as many real, whole foods as possible.  Limit sugars as much as you can too.  Basically the more “real” you can eat – the better.

As for working out… be active every single day.  If you want a specific routine then focus on functional exercises – ones that mimic every day activities like a row or squat. 

Magazines can’t tell you the whole answer because it’s not really that complicated or sexy.  So they sell you the sizzle instead of the steak and hope you don’t mind.

My job is to get you results. 

That’s a huge difference.

I know quite a few fitness models that have graced covers of fitness magazines and I can tell you that they do not look like the cover you see.  They go into prep mode for a cover and once they get the shot… they go into recovery mode.  Meaning they go back to doing healthy things like drinking water.

It’s a weird world, my friends.

The point of this article is one thing: most of us spend time and money trying to piece something together for our health.  The results are non-existent in most cases.  This leads to burn out and frustration and the dreaded yo-yo’ing of the number on the scale.

So as with anything, if you want to see results in the fastest, most efficient, and safest way possible then the answer is to work with an expert.  Get on a plan and get the right program for your goals.

If we haven’t had the chance to meet yet, then let’s get something scheduled.  You can email, text or call me to book a private 30-minute consultation with me.  There’s no hard sell and no pressure to join anything.  We just spend some time together chatting about your goals – what is it that you really want from life?

I’ll share what we do here, answer all of your questions, and show you around.  If you like what you see and hear then we can talk about the services I provide.  If not, that’s ok too.  Like I said, it’s just a conversation and I’m looking forward to it.

Talk soon,

TJ Brooks
Owner, Merle Hay Fitness, Inc.
cell: 515-344-4462

About The Author

TJ Brooks

T.J.'s expertise lies in finding faster ways to get clients results through nutrition, training and lifestyle modifications. His passion comes from helping others maximize their potential and success by providing professional support and guidance, and teaching them how to make a sustainable lifestyle change.