I’ve noticed an interesting and potentially damaging movement in the fitness industry recently; one which I believe is holding trainers and their clients back from developing their full potential.
It’s a movement towards cynicism.
A cynic can be described as a person who has little faith in human sincerity and goodness.
Adopting a cynical stance or attitude is closing your mind to new possibilities.
As a consequence it limits your potential.
Adopting a sceptical stance, on the other hand, allows you to make informed views and choices.
Being sceptical means being inclined to question the truth or soundness of accepted ideas.
The world of health and fitness is full of contradictions. It’s awash with new theory and ideas.
Much of the time those ideas contradict previous ideas; they can even be diametrically opposed.
As such your current way of thinking on any given subject, like nutrition or training, is frequently challenged.
The easiest thing to do when your current views are challenged is to take the soft option and adopt that cynical stance.
Dismiss whatever the idea might be as nonsense. Pour scorn on it. Cynics, at their worst, sneer at other viewpoints, mock contrary ideas.
Considering new ideas with a degree of scepticism, though, can bring its rewards.
It’s doesn’t mean that you’ll end up with a new opinion but it will mean that you’ve considered the options, weighed up the evidence and formed your own opinion.
Recently, I’ve read about a new theory on hydration.
Given that I have strong views on the subject; that many of us are walking around in a state of constant dehydration and consequently feeling awful because of it, it’s extremely difficult to consider another viewpoint.
But instead of dismissing this new way of thinking about hydration, I researched it and it made a lot of sense. It was backed up with scientific research as well.
That was quite tough to take. However, I remained an open-minded sceptic.
So what I also did was speak to people who had adopted this new approach. Then I tried it myself.
For me that was enough to form an opinion.
As it turns out this new way of thinking on hydration wasn’t entirely for me. But it did highlight elements in my own hydration protocol that needed addressing.
As the exclusive partner in the UK for Pinsach & Rial Hypopressives, our remit is to bring Hypopressives to the public and health and fitness professionals.
Generally speaking, the general public are very receptive to Hypopressives.
They’re often attracted to it because it has a track record relevant to the problem they’re trying to resolve. At worse they’re sceptics.
We like sceptics because it means we have to know what we’re talking about and be able to provide research and anecdotal evidence to support our claims.
However, what we do find is that when a client commits to Hypopressives training, our work is done in terms of convincing them of its efficacy.
Their results speak for themselves.
Convincing fitness professionals can be a whole different challenge.
While some are the sceptics that we look for, many are the cynics that drain your energy.
When we talk to them about Hypopressives, it’s like all they hear us saying is: ‘Your way is wrong but we have the answer.’
In truth what we’re actually saying is that we’ve found a way that at worst might improve on the way you currently do things but most likely will complement what you do.
But to hear that message you need a sceptical mind not a cynical one.
Nikki Caputa is a health and fitness coach who works one-to-one with clients and runs her own fitness camps in Fareham where she trains groups.
Nikki is also an ambassador for Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution and a UK Hypo-presive Method Trainer.
She helps people master a fitness technique that targets the core.
Visit fab-body-fitness.co.uk. Follow Nikki on Twitter @nikkifit mum1