Tip: Beware of Faux Pros

There are a lot of pros in the fitness field, but there are even more faux pros. Spot them and avoid them. Here's why.

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The access to training info via social media is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, you have access to most of the top strength coaches and trainers. On the other hand, you have the same access to self-proclaimed gurus that are eager to give out trash advice (and often charge you for it.)

Being able to tell the difference is difficult for some, but don't let your excitement blind your common sense. Look for certifications and college educated pros the way you would if choosing a real-life personal trainer or strength coach. At the very least, make sure they've been in the game for a long time and have a proven track record.

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Hint: The 20 year old kid with great abs and even better Photoshop skills probably can't help you uncover your abs. Just because someone is in good shape and has a ton of followers doesn't mean they're qualified. (And fake followers can be bought.)

And there are a lot of faux pros telling people to buy cosmetics that supposedly give you bigger lips, herbal weight loss teas, waist trainers, body "wraps" that dehydrate you, and other pyramid-scheme products. Just remember that these things are rarely what long term results are made of.

Always ask yourself, "Would a Kardashian do this?" If the answer is yes, do not do that thing.

Tim Hendren, CSCS, has been training clients for 13 years in Baltimore, MD. Tim is a body composition and strength specialist. He also has extensive experience working with patients in cardiac rehab. Follow Tim Hendren on Twitter