How to tell good fitness advice from bad fitness advice

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There are so many fitness videos on YouTube and blogs out there and they all have conflicting advice, how can you possibly figure out which ones know their stuff and which ones are worthless?

Follow the Money!
Its that easy!!! Before you even watch that YouTube video, click on the username to view their profile. What are they selling? Supplements? An eBook? A newsletter? Exercise equipment? If they are selling something, keep that in mind when you are watching their videos! Often these people are just using their videos as very well disguised infomercials to sell their product. Next fitness video you watch, ask yourself this question after watching it:

If I follow their advice, how much will I have to spend and who will get that money?

If their video leads you to think it would be a good idea to give them money, then that is a definite conflict of interest. Might they fudge the truth just a bit to make more money? Certainly! Their advice is obviously very biased if they stand to make money from it!
The biggest and best lie of all is one that people truly want to believe. People want to believe they can gain muscle fast. People want to believe they can do spot fat removal. People want to believe they can get ripped abs fast. The unscrupulous YouTube video producers out there will promise you these things … if you give them money! Dont fall for it!!
Having said that, dont be complete jaded. There are a few folks out there who give great free advice even though they sell stuff but they are few and far between.
Want free unbiased advice? I dont sell anything! Please visit Follow the money, I tell you exactly how I support – no mysteries, no kickbacks, no bias.

7 thoughts on “How to tell good fitness advice from bad fitness advice”

  1. That's right, money is the indicator that shows who's on the screen – another fitness businessmen or an amateur who shares things just for the love for fitness.

  2. @Daddyno: Scooby has a donate button. See:

    @Scooby: The T-shirts are pretty good, they are starting to fade a bit (I wash them every week, sometimes multiple times). It would be nice to have some under-armour type shirts too.. maybe there is another t-shirt company that can get you more than 3 bucks, dang, I think I paid $20 / shirt! I will just donate directly to you next time. As always, thanks for the information.

  3. You could add a paypal 'donate' button to your site, although somehow I feel that may contradict your ethos, even though the rest of us might be fine with it. (re-posted due to typo!)

  4. @gmoonit, thanks! I thought I shut down the cafepress store though! I decided I didnt want to sell anything on my website. I think I got $3 from every shirt that sold. What did you think of the t-shirt quality?

  5. Scooby,

    I'd like to think I have donated to you by purchasing your t-shirts (4+). I hope you get a decent profit from them, if not – I will donate to you directly. I do like the scooby shirts , but they are expensive ;)

  6. I'd love grant money but from everything I know about institutions that depend on grants, they end up spending all their time chasing money rather than *doing* anything :( Writing grant proposals can be a full time job and I already have three of those :)

  7. This is just an idea, but do you think it is possible to get grant funding so that you don't have to spend your own money on this? I think it is great what you are doing. It's free and it benefits people.

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