Commonly Used and Often Misused Fitness Terms Part 1: Sports and Exercise that Involve Lifting Weights

This is part 1 of my series discussing commonly used and often misused fitness terminology. Part 1 covers the meaning and differences between the terms: resistance training, weightlifting, powerlifting, and bodybuilding.

     This is the first part of my series dedicated to explaining fitness related terms that are often misunderstood and misused. When discussing fitness related topics, or any topic for that matter, it is important for everyone to use the same terminology. Otherwise, using terms in different ways can easily lead to a miscommunication or misinterpretation of the information. With that in mind, I will discuss various terms that have specific meanings in the health in fitness, but are often misused in all forms of media, even by people who call themselves experts in the field.

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The Problem with Health and Fitness Today

This article takes a look at current problems in health and fitness and discuss how the industry is failing the public. It also provides suggestions to help separate quality information from the abundance of manipulative marketing.

     The unfortunate fact is the health and fitness industry is becoming increasingly more and more about marketing and sales and less about providing quality information, products, and services. Of course, selling has always played a prominent role in health and fitness, but these days, making the sale is more important than ever. It is now common for companies and individual sellers to spend most of their time and energy developing better sales pitches and marketing tactics, as opposed to developing better products and services. In other words, health and fitness is becoming less about helping you succeed in reaching your goals and more about finding ways to manipulate you into buying a particular product or service, regardless if it will benefit you or not.

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