The Danger of Online Lifting Culture – “Lifting for Likes”

by Binyamin Mellish

by Harry Oram

An interesting time…

We, collectively and globally, are at a very interesting point in time for young, aspiring athletes in almost every part of the world. Never has more information been available online – so that young athletes can make huge advancements towards their personal goals even if they lack the resources to a coach or a quality gym. Solutions can be found online, coaching, tips; programming, and “how to’s” if you don’t have access to certain equipment or want to train while on holiday for example.

The dangers arise however, when the content creators need to keep creating content in order to stay relevant and maintain their source of income.

The Big PR Lift is King

In the world of lifting, especially on Instagram, the big PR lift is King. People enjoy that max effort lift, watching another person achieve something they’ve never achieved before and so you in turn might fee inspired to do the same. Surely, this is a wonderful thing, to be inspired and to have inspiring role-models.

The issues arise however, when your feed is flooded with only PR videos. That if this is all you see, as a young lifter, you might seem to think that this is the only way to train.

“Lifting for Likes”

@Squat_University is, in my opinion, a quality platform that promotes good form and quality technique in order for you to see safe, lasting and longterm improvement Recently they posted an interview conducted with Jordan Syatt @syattfitness, discussing the issues with – “lifting for likes”:

I see no problem at all following personalities that inspire you to train and work hard towards your goals, being inspired to better yourself is a great thing. Just ensure that the information you are consuming is balanced and well informed.

Just a few other platforms I’d recommend are @moveu:

And personalities like Ido Portal; who has always advocated mastering basics and pursuing knowledge and awareness of your own body:

Be as informed as possible

Whatever your background, whatever your passion – it will only benefit you to make sure you have as much access from a variety of sources as possible. Even in situations where there is debate over a certain way to do things. It is better, in my opinion, to know that there is a debate, and both sides of the debate; then to be full ingrained into one school of teaching, and not realising there is a bigger picture or other views; views, that you might prefer or suit you better.

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