Amanda Fisher Coaching

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Three Things That Make My Blood Boil About Pinterest Core Workouts

A simple search of “core workout” on Pinterest yields a frightening amount of shitty core workouts.


To be fair, there were about four “ok” ones.


And….after scrolling for probably 15 minutes, the rest were either not ideal, not factual, not safe, and…..most of those were from people who appeared to have no training or knowledge or education in actually writing and appropriate core workout.


Also, the language surrounding these workouts is absolutely horrid.


“Lose the mom pooch in x days….”


“Best exercises to destroy your belly pooch.”


“The x day flat belly challenge.”


“X day Muffin Top Challenge.”


“Shrink your belly in x days.”


“Perfect pregnancy prenatal core workouts.” (OMG you guys, this one made me cringe, the exercises were SO not ideal for a pregnant body)


My favorite part about scrolling these disasters is when the writer of the workouts has no idea what an exercise is called, so things like “butt ups” and “lean backs” are born.


Oh, and the plank a day pictures…..where there is so much anterior pelvic tilt that the woman in the photo isn’t even remotely targeting her core because her abs are out of the game (and her low back is probably sore like woah). Though, I suppose, it does make for a nice fitness model pose picture when her ass is in the air….*sigh*.


My blood boils, ladies. It BOILS.

Because instead of providing credible, factual, USEFUL information, social media (in this case, Pinterest) is just a place to get more garbage from, and to fuel it further down into the lives of women.


Let me tell you the THREE biggest things that really make me want to rant and rant and rant about Pinterest core workouts…..


  1. They are not user specific. I mean, duh, how can they be. They are poorly designed workouts that have a mish mash of exercises that *feel* like core muscles working and burning. BUT, the graphic they are designed on is so pretty, and tells you in so many words how THIS CORE WORKOUT is going to five you a flat tummy. If you can’t feel my sarcasm, I’ll spell it out. And “the core” isn’t trained by a mish mash of exercises easily displayed on a pretty graphic. It works through a variety of exercises during a workout that don’t always feel like muscles working and burning, maybe sometimes it does. It also works during the rest of your life too, during a healthy breathing pattern, how well you carry yourself with posture and alignment. This varies person to person, core to core….because bodies are DIFFERENT and have different “things” going on for them.

  2. They portray that “toning” your core, or melting at the midsection is done via a specific workout instead of a multifaceted approach of proper nutrition, strength training, and stress management and sleep. Just because someone writes “this core workout will shrink your midsection in two weeks” on a fancy graphic doesn’t mean that workout will ACTUALLY shrink your midsection in two weeks.

  3. Just because someone writes a core workout on Pinterest….doesn’t mean it is legit, credible, SAFE, factual, TRUE, or based on any sort of knowledge or training so they can advise other individuals. I DO know some legit professionals who pin some workouts, and they ARE credible. But, that’s probably like 4%. The other 96% is spewed up onto Pinterest boards from people not credible to provide such information, and shared to the masses of women wanting to consume this information. So, consider your source I guess is what I’m saying. And, don’t share things you don’t know to be true might be good advice for all of us (about core workouts, or life in general).


Here’s the thing. There is more to a healthy core than just a workout. SO MUCH MORE. How do we breathe, how we do sit, stand, and rest in positions? How do we exercise? Do we have any special considerations, injuries, or weaknesses that would impact any one of these things? Are we choosing exercises that mimic real life AND how the core rotates, doesn’t rotate, and how it protects the spine? SO MUCH to consider here.

And so, I’m offering you a chance to learn how your core works, how to work on breathing, how to stand and sit and rest with your core in mind. Oh, and….the big exercises to look to when it’s time to go to the gym. I’m actually putting on #CoreBoss for FREE beginning January 10th, and I’d love to have you join me. My goal with this course is to get women thinking critically about this stuff, so THEY can be their own guru, and not rely on Pinterest to vomit up crappy workouts for them. #CoreBoss is 100% online, and 100% FREE. Please share this with your best girlfriend who could use this information and stop the madness with allll the sit-ups, alllll the time, mmmmmkay?


Three Pieces Of Fitness Advice I Would Tell My Younger Self

You know how you look back to who you were a year ago, five years ago, 10, 15 and want to tell your younger self a whollllleeeee bunch of things that you wish you had know at the time?

I’ve been thinking about that lately, with fitness stuff.

What would I tell younger me about fitness when I was a young punk?  Lots!  It’s actually sort of hard to limit it to just three things, but I carefully sifted through 15 years worth of “stuff” and came up with these three.

It’s three helpful things to consider if you are just beginning to “fitness” or in your early 20’s like I was when I started “fitness-ing.”

You are busy, and so am I, so we are just going to get right into this today, ok?

Here goes.

Find exercise and fitness that YOU enjoy.  You know what makes fitness really damn hard?  Doing things you don’t look forward to doing.  Instead of trying to force yourself to follow training plans and programs and the 21 days to a better butt challenge on Facebook, do things that you can do multiple times per week. Things you like.  Things you (mostly) look forward to doing.  I write mostly about strength training, but guess what?  There are many more things you can do that just lift.  I love to lift, so I always do it, it’s easy for me to do to “fitness.” If you hate it, try other things, and find what YOU love.  What about walking?  What about finding different trails and doing some exploring?  What about low impact exercise like swimming if you struggle with joint health?  You can pretty much make anything fitness, if you find ways to get better at it.  So a few things, find one or two that jazz you up, and do them!

Use exercise and fitness to create a stimulus in your body, and not just to burn calories.  Most people fall into the trap of focusing only on caloric burn when exercising.  Here’s the thing, there is SO MUCH MORE to consider than that, and super important stuff too.  Use fitness to create an endorphin hit.  Use fitness to create a powerful hormonal cascade in your body that helps you preserve or increase your lean muscle mass, and helps you blast body fat.  Be strategic about the amount of fitness you do, so you don’t fall into the trap of jacking up your stress hormones so you are constantly wired and have an out of control appetite to show for it.  The amount of calorie burn isn’t as important as the response you get from the activity.  Logging hours and hours of exercise each week just to show a huge calorie burn isn’t efficient or smart.  Creating just the right stimulus YOUR body needs, in a manner that you can keep repeating, is how you will do well in this game.

If the Kardashians are doing it, it likely could be done better, smarter, or safer.  I know that’s sassy, but here’s what I mean.  Many (not all) the people who we see on TV training celebrities are….well, sorta dumb.  I’ve watched the Kardashians do some really shitty kettlebell swings and follow really weird diets, and also do some things that aren’t safe for the early postpartum periods that they exercised in.  I’ve not really seen them train their body as whole, or do much things that will help them be better humans (fitness-wise AND otherwise, lol).  Celebrity trainers themselves would also be included in this statement – Jillian Michaels and Tracy Anderson come to mind (eyeroll).  Now, Ben Bruno, a well respected trainer of celebrities IS a super smart and productive coach, buuuutttttt I don’t see too many other instances.  And oh by the way, this would include many popular Instagram fitness profiles as well.  Just because someone says they do fitness and post workouts on Pinterest and have tons of Instagram followers DOESN’T ACTUALLY make them good at fitness and knowledgeable about how to help YOU with fitness.  So, it they are super popular, and all in your face about fitness and beast mode, look deeper is what I’m saying.  Look for their experience and education when they catch your eye, mmmmmmkay?

There you go, younger Amanda.  Those are three things I would tell you that would save you loads of time spinning your wheels with fitness before really falling in love with it.

What would YOU tell YOUR younger self?  I’d love to hear!

The Red Pill Or The Blue Pill….Which Will You Choose?

Nutrition……..

Well, I call it nutrition.  Or “how we eat.”  Or, really……”the intersection of eating for health and eating a few treats.”

Sometimes,  “nutrition” seems to get shuffled about and mixed up with “dieting.”

Can they be the same?  Yes, sometimes.

But there’s this crazy thing between nutrition and dieting.  It’s like this little fantasy land, where magical things exist that wipe out calories, or eating certain ways or foods trump calories, or the notion that nutrition and health somehow have to be painful.  Or that just because you watched “What The Health,” you are now an expert at nutrition and that vegan is the answer and the only answer.  My friend Christina has a good name for the person that lives in this fantasy land – unicorn princess ponies.  And I dig it.  HA!

I liken it to the red pill and blue pill concept.  You know, if you take the blue pill, it’s all unicorns and rainbows.  It’s dreamy.  It’s like, very chill, yo.  Calories don’t matter.  And it’s all grand because we are living an illusion.

The red pill, however, is the opposite.  It’s reality.  Sometimes it’s cool, and sometimes it stings.  Calories matter, no matter if you count them or not.  Health, nutrition, losing fat or weight…well, they take REAL effort.  Sometimes more than you thought you needed to give, and it’s not always because of food, but because of how you think about food.

Thought it would be high time to talk through red pill/blue pill scenarios today, and get real.  Let’s work through some very common thoughts surrounding food, nutrition, dieting, fat loss, you name it.  Ok?

Blue pill:  I eat clean, so I never have to worry about counting calories, because all the foods I eat are healthy, free of toxins, and calories don’t matter when I eat this way.

Red pill:  I know that eating mostly whole foods is a great approach to nutrition, because these foods are difficult to overeat, and also I get a lot of “health” in them for a small caloric cost.  However, I know that overeating chicken is still overeating.  Just like overeating Cheetos is overeating.

Blue pill: If I just love myself enough, the weight will take care of itself.

Red pill:  If I do the work and practice self-acceptance, and deal with the things I need to deal with (the hard shit and the bullshit), and begin learning how to like myself where I’m currently AT, changing my behaviors and habits might be easier because they are coming from a place of acceptance and love.  They will still take effort though, and that’s ok, because I realize I need to be in this for the long haul.

Blue pill:  I’m so excited.  I’m drinking two shakes a day and eating healthy snacks and a colorful dinner.  These shakes are MAGIC.  The weight is just falling off.

Red pill:  Shut the F up about your shake program.  You are in a calorie deficit!  Which is why the weight is falling off.  It ain’t the shakes honey.  It’s the deficit.  Give YOURSELF credit for being in a deficit and embracing some healthy eating (the meals and snacks, not the shakes).  Don’t give the shakes the credit for the work you put in!  Save your money, your mental game, and the notion that you only need to do this for the next 6 weeks to get the weight off, and figure how how you can eat LONG TERM that doesn’t involve one more quick fix.

Blue pill:  I only eat organic foods.  I don’t allow toxins and pesticides into my diet.  Even snacks.  Organic Cheetos!  So healthy!  So delicious!  So free of toxins!

Red pill:  Organic Cheetos are still Cheetos.  Delicious yes, but you can overeat them just the same as regular ones.

Blue pill:  I only sweeten things with Stevia and Agave nectar.  Because it’s natural, and it’s good for me.  So much healthier than table sugar!

Red pill:  Sugar is sugar is sugar.  No matter if it’s table sugar or Agave, and too much is too much.

As a nutrition coach, and someone with an icky past of diet mindset and food anxiety, I can totally understand the Blue Pill.  I WANT to live in that land.  All those unicorns and rainbows, you know?  It’s all easy!  I can just sprinkle a little fairy dust on stuff, and it’s magic.  I spent a lot of years spinning my wheels in Blue Pill land.

However, I can tell you, I began to appreciate the Red Pill when it came time to owning my own bullshit stories, and when it came time to dealing with why I ate feelings instead of felt them.  To be honest, the Red Pill is freeing because it’s reality and realizing WE control our actions and even if it’s a little harsh at times, we are ready to handle it.  The Red Pill was also my vaccination against the bullshit that the Diet Industry was feeding me.  Once I began making choices based on my MY wellbeing, and not the growth of THEIR bottom line, things, including my perspective, began to shift.

Here’s the deal, YOU choose which pill to take.  Some will take the Blue Pill for a minute or even years, and to be be honest, that’s ok, because they need to learn their path that way.

Some will take the Red Pill instantly, and that’s cool too, because they know they are facing reality with up AND downs.

My program, #NutritionBoss, deals in Red Pills.  I’m not a Blue Pill coach.  I don’t coach in fantasy land, I coach in reality.  #NutritionBoss is for you if you want to sort through your own bullshit with nutrition, learn some habits that will take you far that you can use right now and when you are 90.  If you are looking for unicorns or fairy dust, #NutritionBoss isn’t for you.

Which pill will you choose?

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