Fitness Experts – Who is Right? Who is Wrong? Are you Confused?

I actually don’t believe in the term fitness expert. I don’t consider myself an expert.

I am a student of fitness. I consider the other bloggers, readers, people who comment, and product owners as one big mastermind. I soak up knowledge, look at and consider the newest philosophies and fine-tune my approach over time.

What I recommend today is slightly different than what I would have recommended 2 years ago. Two years from now, it will be slightly different than today.

fitness experts

[I can easily understand how someone could be completely thrown off by all the conflicting advice online. With the Internet, this becomes even more confusing. There has never been so much information available at the click of a button.]

Almost an Unlimited Amount of Approaches Will Work


With fitness, there are so many effective approaches to achieving the same result. Take me for example…my favorite method of training is low volume heavy weight training under a calorie deficit. I also like to add in HIIT followed by a bit of steady state cardio.

This allows people to get stronger while dropping body fat at the same time, which increases muscle definition at a rapid rate…without increasing muscle size. Is my method, the only one that I believe in? Not by a mile…

I Like to Think of Training Methodologies Like Martial Arts

Is Karate better than Tae Kwon Do for self defense? Well, we could argue between the two all day, but they both work extremely well when one becomes skilled in their particular discipline.

Obviously a black belt in Karate will crush a beginner in Tae Kwon Do, but does that prove Karate to be superior? I don’t think so. This is the same with different methods of training.

A 20 year gym veteran is probably going to look more impressive than a beginner no matter what methodology either of them is using.


[Speaking of Martial Arts…I plan on taking a Krav Maga class in the near future. It is an Israeli method of close range hand-to-hand combat. It was perfected to teach people to protect themselves in some of the violent areas of Israel.]

Test Out Different Methods from Time to Time

Going forward, I am going to spend the 3 months of winter each year trying out a completely different routine. Right now I am going through Coach Steer and Coach Murdock’s BBFL routine. I have never done anything like it and noticing some great benefits such as joint mobility and flexibility.

Last winter I did Craig Ballantyne’s Body Weight Circuits for three months. I have no idea what I will be doing next winter. Bottom line…even I don’t use my own workout methodology 100% of the time!

Don’t Take Your Advice from Just One Person

Let me be the first to tell you to not just use advice on my site as the place to get 100% of your fitness info. You will be much better off learning from many.

I still learn weekly from a large mastermind of blogs, paid products, and people who comment on my site.

When Scientific Studies Contradict Each Other?

This is a tough one! It is another reason it helps to have a cluster of sites and friends you can talk to regarding a subject. I really like Brad Pilon, John Barban, Mark Sisson, and Lyle McDonald as a start when it comes to analyzing the findings of scientific research. I also look in the comment section of my own site and use that as a resource.

Most of the time I will use this collective knowledge as a tool to find out what I consider to be the true answer.

What to Do About Information Overload?

My suggestion is to pick 1-2 “core sites” to learn from and spend 50% of your time there. Within a core site, you will find links in the articles and comment section.

These are typically people contributing to the same mastermind group. You will run across dozens of sites through one large core site. Out of those sites, maybe pick 5 more that you will read on a regular basis. Anything more than 6-7 sources and you will begin to feel overwhelmed.

I Believe My Mastermind Group Is the Best Online

I will never claim to have the best blog, but I will brag all day about the collective knowledge of the fitness sites I associate myself with. I also tend to brag to to other bloggers about having the most valuable comment section. I do my best to stay on top of the current research, get things rolling, but the real value of a post is 1-2 months after it is published.

Note: I still believe my methods are hard to beat when it comes to getting the lean and hip “Hollywood” physique. I also think that it is NOT in your best interest to add a ton of muscle to your frame.

73 thoughts on “Fitness Experts – Who is Right? Who is Wrong? Are you Confused?”

  1. Health is also about the health of a mind – obsessive BB is obviously very harmful to health and with so much information out there, it is better to exercise (pun intended!) prudent when it comes to following health advice. A mastermind group is a pretty good idea but be flexible.

  2. I completely agree Rusty, there is no such thing as an expert in any field, you could be good at what you do but there is always more to learn.

    -Alex Allmert

  3. I like that Rusty. Student of fitness! We are all students, I agree, students of life. Except we aonly have one chance of getting it right! Or do we!

  4. Excellent advice there is so much info out there you need to question and test it yourself … I don’t listen to people who are less fit than I am but am always interested in what they have to say.
    Raymond

  5. I was wondering why I don’t get any bigger or stronger when I lift weights. I have eaten right and loaded up on the calories, I’ve gotten plenty of sleep. I have a routine that a trainer/ bodybuilder gave me at the gym. And I take all the right supplements. I have been lifting for about 4 years and all that has happened is practically nothing….can you please tell me what is going on with me?!

  6. [Speaking of Martial Arts…I plan on taking a Krav Maga class in the near future. It is an Israeli method of close range hand-to-hand combat. It was perfected to teach people to protect themselves in some of the violent areas of Israel.]

    Good choice. I plan to, at some point in my life when I have time, to take Kray Maga as well. I think it is the best combination of all the arts and you train for real world fighting situations.

    With no disrespect to anyone’s martial art discipline – but – I have taken karate and Judo and the way it was taught to me, was more for tournament, arena fighting, and “kata” competitions..

    Furthermore, not saying that people are not dangerous who have mastered any martial arts discipline. It just takes years of dedication to be really good. I think KM can be more practical a martial art if you are short on learning time. But, I could be wrong..

    Great blog…Robert C – The Wholesale Products Guy

  7. Rusty:

    I would like to comment about the term “fitness expert” that you have in the title of the blog. I appreciate you saying “I don’t consdider myself an expert”. You see, I come from the school of thought, too many fitness gurus or so-called experts are using that title without a leg to stand on.

    In academic and many circles, 10hrs or 10,000hrs in a particular field of study or service can call themselves an expert.

    For fitness guys:

    1. Do they have a degree or advanced (Masters or PhD) in exercise science, physiology, kinesiology, etc…

    2. Do they have a top notch Cert. NASM, ACSM, NSCA, ACE?

    3. Have they been training clients for 10yrs or 10,000hrs? For the gung-ho training non-stop 40hrs a week for 52 weeks, it would be around 5yrs to do this, but most likely it would take around 10yrs to achieve the hours.

    4. Do they have their CPR/AED Cert?

    5. Have they taught coursework to others or seminars?

    The closest guy I have found is Dr. John Ellis, founder of NESTA and Adventure Boot Camps….another guy I found is Dr. John Berardi, founder of Precision Nutrition and ScienceLink. There are others, but these guys have in the trenches for a good 20yrs and 10+yrs, respectively.

    I just hope for the day that the fitness industry gets regulated and this whole crap about “fitness expert” will change.

    My 2 cents.

  8. When doing anearobic activity (sprinting or any heavy effort), your metabolism produces 2 ATP molecules (muscle fuel) for each oxygen atom and in aerobic activity it produces 38… which means aerobic metabolism is MUCH more efficient. So to burn a certain amount of calories, you need to jog for miles and miles, or you can just sprint a few hundred metres with HIIT.

  9. J

    Sarcoplasmic hypertropy occurs when the body performs body weight exercises in the six to fifteen rep range if adequate tension is created and you come close to failure. Since most athletic people can do more than twenty pushups it is unlikely that any sarcoplasmic hypertrophy will occur. However if you are currently doing between six and fifteen pullups then you will get sarcoplasmic hypertrophy if the above conditions are met. Its important to realize that high rep(over twenty reps) body weight exercises are particularly useless for creating hypertrophy. High rep body weight exercises can be good for endurance training for athletes and individuals who want overall conditioning.

  10. I have been coming to your site for a while and I have enjoyed your approach on working out to get lean and not look like the Hulk lol. Most of the sites on here talk about getting big, but you are rare in talking about the hollywood look.

    I think you can always learn something new no matter how good you are in something

  11. Rusty

    You talk about BOVA alot in your email, and being an australian myself i feel proud, even though i had never heard of him or had nothing to do with anything he preaches. I wanted to ask you if this guy looks physically like he knows what hes talking about. from what you share he sound like he knows what he is talking about but the best way to tell is is he uses his own methods on himself and has the body to prove it.

  12. Also, since most bodyweight exercises are not near the 1 rep max in terms of weight, and since people usually do more than 5 of them, wouldn’t they generally lead to lots of muscle hypertrophy? But they don’t seem to. I don’t really understand this

  13. Hi Rusty. I have been reading you articles for a while and really like your website. I have a few questions, but the only one I can remember right now is this one. Would it be good to alternate exercises that make the muscle bigger and ones that reduce the strength deficit throughout the course of one or two weeks? What I’m saying is, can I do one week of one exercise and then the next week do the other kind and keep switching off? And, if this works, could I switch off between hypertrophy and creating max tension every few days?

Comments are closed.