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The Ultimate Fitness YouTuber Fail: Editors’ Harshest Review

by Gym Slacker

The WORST Fitness YouTuber Ever (HARSH!)

Why You Should Be Wary of Fitness YouTubers

If you’re a fitness enthusiast who follows online content, particularly on YouTube, you might be interested in knowing who the worst fitness YouTuber is. After all, it’s crucial to be aware of who you should avoid taking advice from, right? In this article, we’ll delve into the problem with using the term “suboptimal” and explore an alternative that can benefit the entire fitness community.

The Rise of the Suboptimal Buzzword

It seems like everywhere you turn in the online fitness world, someone is throwing around the term “suboptimal”. Whether it’s through video reviews or comments on posts, countless individuals claim that certain fitness practices or programs are suboptimal. To me, it sounds like the new version of “CNS burnout” – a buzzphrase that everyone used to explain why their training wasn’t going well.

However, I believe that “suboptimal” has now become the “mommy pay attention to me” format for fitness social media. Many individuals posting fitness content online lack substantial material, resulting in resorting to criticizing others and labeling their practices as suboptimal to gain attention from their audience.

Understanding the Importance of Context

As a fitness professional, I’ve never made it a habit to criticize other trainers or influencers. Instead, I value and promote the next crucial buzzword in fitness: context. In reviewing someone else’s training or program, understanding the context is vital. Rushing to label something as suboptimal without considering the context showcases a lack of knowledge.

Knowledge about the context in which someone is training helps you understand why they might choose certain methods. Ignoring context and making blanket statements based on personal expectations is problematic. It’s essential to recognize that individuals have different goals, limitations, accessibility, and needs.

For instance, a beginner with limited access to equipment and a history of injuries will train differently from a four-time Mr. Olympia like Chris Bumstead. This exemplifies the importance of context. Similarly, comparing exercises like a barbell row and a chest-supported row requires considering context. Before labeling the chest-supported row as suboptimal, understanding that the individual may have a lower back problem preventing them from performing bent-over rows is crucial.

The Pitfalls of Ignorance

Combination exercises often receive criticism too. People claim that they can’t be optimal since the limitations of one exercise hinder another. However, what if the combination serves a particular purpose, such as creating a conditioning effect? Additionally, exercises like a dumbbell front raise and a plate trap raise may appear similar, but they serve different purposes. One targets the shoulders, while the other focuses on the lower traps. How can one be deemed better than the other without considering the context and purpose?

Case Studies in Context

Even my time with the New York Mets taught me the significance of context. Whenever a player suffered an injury, the training staff would receive numerous letters speculating on how and why the player got hurt. However, these speculations lacked the actual context surrounding the injury and were often based on newspaper reports that omitted crucial details. For example, an adductor strain might be mistakenly called a hamstring strain.

Similarly, when Lebron James posted a video of himself squatting, online critics were quick to judge and label his technique as suboptimal. Yet, they had no context regarding why he squatted in that particular manner. How did they know that his trainer hadn’t programmed it for a specific reason? Research even supports the effectiveness of quarter squats for basketball players, improving their on-court abilities like jumping and explosiveness.

Don’t Jump to Conclusions

Before dubbing someone’s training as suboptimal, it’s imperative to understand the context surrounding their practices. Just because it doesn’t align with your own goals or methods doesn’t mean it isn’t optimal for someone else. Fitness is a personalized journey, and what works for one person may not work for another.

If you want a step-by-step workout program that considers all these factors and takes the guesswork out of your fitness journey, head to the ATHLEAN-X website through the link below. Their program selector can help you find the one that best matches your goals.

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MeetFluence June 18, 2023 - 10:26 am

Jeff just give us the damn names and we will take care of it

Bruce Clifton June 18, 2023 - 10:26 am

So u think hes worse than v-shred??…'worst' riiiight, and no im not a fan boy, i just dont think u should chuck 'worst' out. Do u think hes actually causing people to harm themselves? Honest question

ChocolateNoodle June 18, 2023 - 10:26 am

Excuse me, OPTIMAL OPTIMUS is definitely more optimal than Optimus Prime.

nks432 June 18, 2023 - 10:26 am

Sean Nalewanyj is essentially a hulking high school girl who has made his entire fortune from cannibalizing Jeff. He's basically baked his bread off Athlean X.

Ronald Watson June 18, 2023 - 10:26 am

Thank you Jeff! 👍🏾

Hugh Jazz June 18, 2023 - 10:26 am

Reminds me of how I trained 15 years ago: I used to do concentric parts fast and slow eccentric to gain explosive power. Gym bros flocked to me to give their sh*t advice. Dude, no. I'm training to hit harder and faster. I can kick your face from 5m across the room. Shut up.

Juan Manuel Blanco June 18, 2023 - 10:26 am

I Love your work man!!! You are an awesome story teller.

T Mar June 18, 2023 - 10:26 am

This is a great video! Context is why I live!

The Fitness Butler June 18, 2023 - 10:26 am

Well said Jeff. I’ve followed your channel for years, and as a personal trainer myself, I’ve learnt so much from you. Great video, speaking nothing but the truth!! 💪🏻

Floffy June 18, 2023 - 10:26 am

This stuff is only gettin worse with the huge amount of fitness shorts channels that provide contradictory tips and don't even perform the exercises with good form

Weekend Warrior June 18, 2023 - 10:26 am

I've never heard this term, but I've heard a lot of people say their way is the only way… Good video.

Joe Spearo June 18, 2023 - 10:26 am

Lmao 3:04 I felt that “no it’s not.” In my soul

GGGG June 18, 2023 - 10:26 am

I honestly thought this was common sense. Is it really this bad?

Off The Chain Fitness June 18, 2023 - 10:26 am

Context baby! I’m in great shape thanks to Jeff, I’d like to add that many like to be intellectually jerked off to feel better and so will spew intellectual bait so when others agree they feel good for a moment but as Jeff said, you are not there for the whole course of what’s happening.

TheLastInferno June 18, 2023 - 10:26 am

The way Jeff sat on that chair was sub-optimal 😉

JJ S June 18, 2023 - 10:26 am

Excellent, honest video.
You and Arnold have been the biggest influences on my resistance training and having returned at 57, are keeping me motivated long after my body wants to stop.

Bow Elkmeat June 18, 2023 - 10:26 am

V-Shred exits the chat.

Martin Shields June 18, 2023 - 10:26 am

Good…but……NAME Names!

Sam S June 18, 2023 - 10:26 am

That's why jeff is the best

lewygeorge22 June 18, 2023 - 10:26 am

Fitness is very much like beauty.
It is in the eye of the beholder.
I believe there is no right or wrong way as long as you do it safely and trust that change and results take time and dedication.
Jeff you have helped me reach goals i never even knew that i could get, thank you for all that you do.

Erxi Shang June 18, 2023 - 10:26 am

Yea, guys like Sean Nal think he's always right & smart but inreality there's so many holes

Netram C June 18, 2023 - 10:26 am

We need more informative videos like these shown to younger ones. The misconception of a roided up millenials that took 10 years on steroids to achieve something that looks like being ripped with usually "sub-optimal" workout routines… often leaves younger ones on a misguided path. But the use of popular meme's and slang combined with flashy editting often outweights professionalism.

Eric C. June 18, 2023 - 10:26 am

Seems like a suboptimal response to criticism 😂

Swapnil Amberkar June 18, 2023 - 10:26 am

Destroying with knowledge and logical reasoning, i like it

Keith Russell Combat Strength June 18, 2023 - 10:26 am

The Optimus Prime part got me LMAO

Holy Spirit Crew June 18, 2023 - 10:26 am

Recently subscribed to you man, and really like what I see and hear!

OneBlueLagoon June 18, 2023 - 10:26 am

Thank you for being a voice we can rely on and trust in this particular world, you will likely never know the extent to which you are appreciated by everyone you've affected, but here's at least my thanks from my own personal journey through everything.

Peter Kurg June 18, 2023 - 10:26 am

Mate, I love your videos. This one is a ripper – I am a coach [soccer] with some qualifications in neuroscience, as well as team training, and have a simple approach which is to avoid a deficit mentality. Saying something is sub-optimal is exactly that. If we are looking for optimisation in terms of performance, which I think we always are, then we need to be focused on what we are doing this for. Saying something is sub-optimal without knowing this context is making a judgement without having the full measure. Instead, people need to be mindful of this knowledge gap in themselves and ask the question "why is Lebron doing that?" Lebron is a legend, so if he is doing something I am not familiar with, or if it conflicts with what I think I know, then it is important to investigate why he is doing this exercise. Maybe people who use the term sub-optimal are being sub-optimal? Love your work

Johannes Hardarson June 18, 2023 - 10:26 am

Sub optimal

James Pedid June 18, 2023 - 10:26 am

This video was a little… sub-optimal.

NYCYCLIST June 18, 2023 - 10:26 am

Well said Jeff! All your videos are informative.

Noah Stephens June 18, 2023 - 10:26 am

Jeff calls people out when they are wrong. He also calls himself out when he’s wrong. He models intellectual honesty well. Bravo.

Bobby June 18, 2023 - 10:26 am

exactly as you said, bunch of immatures(no matter their age) if they have little bit of look, then oh they will think they're the best haha

keith13301 June 18, 2023 - 10:26 am

I could be wrong but I think this is mainly aimed against Sean N. Who does seem to rely too much on criticizing other fitness YouTubers especially Athlean-X. Fact is I’m likely unsubscribing from Sean b/c I don’t get enough actual info from him, too many times I click on his video and it’s him badmouthing other people and crying about how he’s one of the only real Nattys. I’m here for fitness info and few do it better than Athlean-X.💪

Troy Mosher June 18, 2023 - 10:26 am

Jeff vs the troll.

Jason Turcotte June 18, 2023 - 10:26 am

It's definitely that douche V-Shred


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