When you browse your social media contacts, there's a good chance that you'll have at least one friend who makes regular posts about empowering people to get in shape. Such an individual may be a personal trainer, but it's more likely that he or she belongs to a network marketing structure tailored around health and fitness. You may feel compelled to get in touch with this person if you're interested in strength training — after all, he or she may frequently post pictures and have a strong physique. Before you take this step, however, here are some things that you should know.
Network Marketing Fitness Programs Are Designed To Be Costly
There's a reason that many network marketers on social media don't list the cost of their programs in their posts, but rather encourage interested people to send them private messages. This is a business, and one that is designed to be lucrative for the network marketer and those above him or her, at your expense. While it's true that this person may give you exercises to improve your strength, they'll typically come in stages. For example, he or she may introduce you to some basic exercises, and then constantly invite you to learn more — all for an added fee.
The "Fitness Expert" Might Not Actually Be One
While it's true that the fitness-focused network marketer will have some expertise related to fitness and strength training, you need to remember that he or she isn't an actual fitness professional. This is someone who has received training in network marketing with a fitness focus, but not necessarily someone who is an accredited personal trainer, for example. This can mean that the exercises or suggestions you get for strength training may actually put you at risk of injury, and an injury suffered while strength training can often be serious.
They Have A "One-Way" Approach
There are many different ways that you can strengthen your body, including using exercise machines, free weights, activities such as yoga, and old-school body-weight movements. Network marketers often promote their approach to strength training as being the only legitimate way to get results, and this can be disempowering. For example, if you're traveling and don't have access to the strength training program, you might feel compelled to work out in the hotel gym — but then be concerned that doing so won't be in alignment with your program. If you're eager to learn about strength training, you're always better off hiring a licensed fitness professional, such as a personal trainer, to guide you in this journey.