The video below is well worth a look. It offers a brief, yet powerful example of just how important the gym can be. What’s detailed throughout is something I’ve witnessed firsthand with many inner city boxing programs. The storyline is usually quite similar. Young, at risk teens find the gym as a way out and safe haven from the violence that surrounds them.
In my opinion, it is stories like this that need more attention. The fitness industry is one that’s often filled with internal battles and debate. While many prominent fitness professionals argue over whose methods are superior, there are millions of people around the world who still don’t do anything. Rather than bickering over whose rep scheme is superior, why not focus some of that energy towards getting more people involved in a healthy and active lifestyle.
As a trainer, I don’t care if someone trains differently from me. I’m happy just to see them exercising. Whether they opt for a different approach is irrelevant. Any trainer who suggests that their way is the only way is a fool. As I’ve said many times before, almost anything works. Regardless of what exercises you perform, it certainly beats a life of inactivity and neglect.
Get up, get moving, and encourage others around you.
“Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate.”