I love Pinterest. I learned how to clean my shower with an “at home non-toxic” concoction. I found new frugal ways to decorate for the holidays. I even found some healthy recipes of my favorite foods. So, of course, I look into the “Health and Fitness” category to see what kind of information people were “pinning.”
I have always found cute little motivational quotes that I”ll share on Emerge”s Facebook page. Sometimes, I will see some stretches that help the hips and the lower back. Then I see a LOT of these:
“10 Best Exercises for 6 pack abs”\r\n”Get Carrie Underwood”s strong lean legs with the Cowgirl Legs Circuit Workout.” (I”m looking at the pin as I type this)
“8 moves to perk up your boobs”
Ironically each of those “pins” were attached to a picture of a girl with 6 pack abs or a perky chest. Of course, it would catch the eye of anyone wanting to achieve those things. After seeing multiple pins such as these, I decided to look into them a little further to see how on earth these pins were valid.
The first thing I noticed is that most of the pins sent you to a link of a fitness magazine which does not always thoroughly research their facts OR they choose to leave out that in order to get 6 pack abs, you will have to not only do exercises, but cardio, as well as have a very strict diet, and EVEN THEN it takes time. Ask any figure competitor.
The “Perk up your boobs” pin had me laughing just because I could picture women standing in front of a mirror checking their boob “height” every week to see if they had worked.
And to get the Carrie Underwood legs, for one, you have to be Carrie Underwood. No two pair of legs are the same. You can get lean legs too with hard work and great meal plan. Exercises alone won”t do it.
What I hope people figure out about Pinterest is that it”s like the game “Telephone” we used to play as kids. Facts gets twisted the more they are circulated and people hear what they want to hear.
Don”t get me wrong, Pinterest is a great concept. I find many more pro”s than I do con”s. However, like anything else, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. And if you find something you question, ask an educated trainer. They can separate fact from fiction and give you better advice how to get to your goals based on your criteria.
Kimberly Renoud, B.S., CPT, CES, PES
Emerge Fitness Training