My name's Simon Darius and I've been a fitness professional for more than 25 years. Over this time I’ve witnessed fads, trends and crazes ranging from the perfect machine to tone your thighs, to latest and greatest therapy to boost your well being. I'm astonished by what can be sold to the general public under the guise of health and fitness and over the years I've tried to help clients and colleagues alike avoid wasting time, effort and money. Unfortunately I’m often fighting a losing battle. Credulity it seems is woven into the human psyche!
So apart from the years of experience, what other attributes do I have to write a health & fitness blog?
Well, in 1988 I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education and in 1991 I obtained a Masters Degree in Sports and Exercise Science. Since then I've been certified by the NSCA as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist and the ACSM as a Health Fitness Instructor, all of which I hope suggests I do have some idea of what I'm talking about.
My personal position as a skeptic was born out of an inherent wish to differentiate between truth and fiction and by my personal interest in science. I studied sports science at Sheffield University and was tutored by some exceptional professors. They helped me hone my scientific aptitude and gave me the tools to be the skeptic I am today.
As a fitness professional I want to highlight invalid and unsupported health and fitness ideas and direct people towards ideas that are evidence based and beneficial. I'd also like to think that along the way I could teach people to be a little more skeptical themselves. We shall see......
Welcome to The Fitness Skeptic.