For the first 8 years of my career in fitness, I had the pleasure of working in a cardiac rehab program. Of all my work in the field, this was probably the most rewarding. While helping someone etch out a six pack is kind of cool, it doesn’t really compare to helping a victim of a major heart event get back on their feet.
Outside of the small window of prohibition, alcohol has been a legal, socially acceptable form of altering your state of consciousness that everyone over the legal age could enjoy. Booze is everywhere, it’s been handed out at church for centuries, you can get it on a plane ride, even some grocery store chains are encouraging getting a drink during your weekly food shopping run.
As trainers, we see all types of mistakes made in the gym. Some are obvious, some aren’t. Most people can tell you that the obese guy trying a handstand pushup on the cement floor while holding a 40lb dumbbell is a recipe for disaster. However, other mistakes may not be so clear. Some people may look like they are doing everything right, but are making the biggest mistake you can make in exercise, they are training without a goal.