So recently I noticed tonnes of people spam promoting this thing called Fit Club on Facebook. And I even received a flyer at my doorstep. Fit Club is a mass outdoor training group created by Herbalife and promoted by their distributors. Here’s one of their flyers.
Before I go on to explain why anyone who really wants to get into their best shape should avoid Fit Club, I’m going to give credit to Herbalife/Fit Club because despite everything I feel wrong about them, they have actually achieved something.
Firstly, from their photos, it seems like they have successfully
fooled attracted a lot of people to join their mass training groups. Secondly, they have provided a cheap, sociable way for people to get some exercise! It may be sub-optimal in terms of effectiveness (how much focus can the coaches give to each member?) and technique (do these coaches have the necessary qualifications/experience?), but it’s better than sitting on the couch all day.
So with such benefits Fit Club is able to provide, what can be so bad about them? First and foremost, Fit Club is being run by “wellness coaches” who are leniently selected, whether or not they are certified for personal training or have extensive diet or training knowledge. Remember that Herbalife is a multi-level marketing company. Do they really care that they are hiring the best and most knowledgeable health experts to sell and represent their products? No! Their first priority is to expand their downline! If you ever have been approached by a Herbalife distributor before to join them (I bet many of you were), the first thing most of them will try to sell to you is the idea of starting your own business, getting passive income and making money, NOT ask if you have extensive knowledge about fitness! People join Herbalife to make money, not to research, learn and educate people about fitness! And honestly, Herbalife distributors are so damn annoying!!! They just keep bugging people to join the MLM! Seriously!
Secondly, Herbalife products are crazily overpriced. And it makes sense why. If a sale of a product has to produce profit for the distributor, his/her upline and Herbalife themselves, the mark up must be high! Look at the examples below. And I just found out something VERY fishy about their products. Neither Herbalife.com or Herbalife.com.sg displays their products’ ingredients or nutrition facts. Hmm.. I wonder why.
By the way, if you intend to join Herbalife to make some money, watch this video of former Herbalife distributors telling their story of how they were cheated of thousands of dollars!
After writing this article, I bet some Herbalife distributors & supporters will try to flame me back and debate my points with some stupid fitness myths. Here are some which I’m expecting and I’ll answer them right away.
Herbalife Supporter: But I’ve gotten some results from Fit Club. It works!
Me: Any beginner who is sedentary and is eating a diet full of junk food can see some improvement by adding just a bit of exercise to his weekly routine and replacing some of those junk food with wholesome unprocessed food. Anyone can do that easily. However, after a short while, the improvements will stall and this person will have to find ways to continue making progress. You will need precise and scientifically-backed methods to continue getting stronger and leaner.
Herbalife Supporter: You don’t know anything. You gain all your muscles from steroids!
Me: I’ve been training for 12 years, read dozens of books and magazines written by top athletes and researchers, took a course by one of the most scientifically-based training centres in Australia, trained with and talked to top local athletes and fitness professionals, read research journals about diet and training, interviewed two top professional bodybuilders (including a legend), competed in 9 bodybuilding contests (won one and placed well in others) and I’m still in search of new knowledge. How about you? 🙂
Herbalife Supporter: Training in the gym is so anti-social! I rather train in a big group.
Me: Think again. Unless you’re really unfriendly, you are bound to make friends in the gym. And these people may even your brothers/sisters in iron for life! Best part is, they won’t try to sell you anything or ask you to join an MLM! 😀
Herbalife Supporter: But I don’t want to be big and bulky like a bodybuilder! I just want to get fit. I don’t need advanced training/knowledge and those bodybuilding supplements.
Me: Firstly, the goal of a bodybuilder and a recreational person is exactly the same – to build more strength and muscle and to be as lean as possible. It’s just that bodybuilders take it to the extreme. As for supplements, both bodybuilders and recreational people need the same thing – nutrients (protein, carbs, essential fatty acids, fibre, vitamins, minerals, water). It’s just that supplements are marketed differently! And there is no advanced knowledge or basic knowledge. There’s just RIGHT and PROVEN knowledge or crap. So stop believing in crap!
Herbalife Supporter: But I’m old and weak. I can’t lift weights or my bones will break.
Me: The opposite is actually true. Instead of weakening your body, weight training has been shown to strengthen muscles, bones, ligaments and joints. Just start light, slowly build your way up and most importantly, get someone with the right knowledge to train you! 🙂
And if my blog post isn’t enough to make you stay far far away from Herbalife, here’s some links to other articles about Herbalife:
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