Social media is a powerful tool, especially in the fitness world. There are countless fitness accounts on Instagram and Facebook that offer tips on diets, daily or weekly workout routines and selfies of perfectly sculpted people. Over the past year, these fitness trends on social media have increased especially since people have been stuck inside during lockdown.
It’s natural to assume that those who look fit are experts in the field. There are plenty of fitness personalities with millions of followers who are providing tips to their fanbase but it is important to remember that they are not qualified trainers. Just because someone shares their fitness regime on their Instagram pages, that doesn’t mean that their plan is going to work for you. Not everyone is suited to high intensity workouts, weight training or restrictive diets.
It is important to remember that these personalities sharing their workouts are offering just tips. They are not experts and what works for them, may not work for you.
Although these fitness influencers are trying to promote healthy lifestyles, this excessive exposure to fitness culture on social media can lead to low self-esteem and negative effects on one’s body image.
Alexandra Kavanagh is a qualified personal trainer and coach from Arklow, County Wicklow, who is determined to help people get fit using the right exercises. Before attending Alexandra’s gym, clients were using fitness trends they have seen on social media such as 30 day challenges but were left disappointed when the exercises didn’t work. Because of this, Alexandra set up an Instagram page to help people use the correct exercises in order to get the result they are looking for.
I caught up with Alexandra in her personal gym to talk about her Instagram page @aksporty7 and why she became a personal trainer.
If you are in need of a personal trainer, then get in touch with Alexandra on here.