The Truth Behind Viral Tiktok Nutrition and Fitness Trends

Meet Ernie Atkins IV!

Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Ernie Atkins IV attended Sandra Day O’Connor High School where he played football and wrestled before going to Northern Arizona University to earn a degree in Health Sciences.

He’s always loved helping others succeed in what they love which is what drove him to become a coach at D1 Training in Scottsdale. Ernie is certified as an NCSA’s Strength and Conditioning Specialist, ACSM’s Exercise Physiologist, and an Exos Performance Specialist.

As a Coach, he wants to leave others in a better place physically and mentally than when they first came to him.  

Workout and fitness trends tend to be “dangerous” because they are often not created with the viewers’ best interests in mind. Most of the time these videos are made to look cool or enticing to gain as many views as possible.

Often if a viewer tries these workouts, they’ll find their bodies aren’t prepared for those kinds of exercises which can be harmful and cause injuries. If you’re looking for a trustworthy exercise plan, do your research to find someone that is certified and has the proper training, like the Coaches at D1 Training in Scottsdale.

How can an individual decipher between what is good or potentially harmful for their bodies? 

There are several things to watch out for when looking at health trends on social media. To begin with, anything that offers dramatic results or results in a short period of time, are major red flags. If someone claims their workout or diet will give you quick, easy results they’re either lying to you or telling you to do something that is unhealthy and can have potentially harmful long-term effects.

Listening to your body is also extremely important. If your body is telling you to stop an exercise because you’re experiencing pain or discomfort, it’s best to listen. If your body is telling you it’s hungry because you haven’t been eating enough, listen and grab something to eat.

What are some current viral nutrition plans that you feel are safe and effective? 

When it comes to nutrition and diet there is so much up for debate on what works and what doesn’t. Even experts have differing opinions, which makes it difficult to find a nutrition plan best fit for you. There are a few guidelines I would consider safe when discussing nutrition plans including:

  1. Plans that don’t restrict when you eat.
  2. Plans that don’t ask you to cut out entire food groups.
  3. Plans that recommend whole, natural, non-processed foods

What are some currently viral nutrition plans that you feel are “dangerous” for viewers? ​

It’s wise to be skeptical about viral nutrition plans that you find on social media. Most of the time these recommendations aren’t coming from real experts or are based on ongoing research that has yet to be definitively proven.

Watch out for viral nutrition trends that tell you to restrict when you eat, cut out whole food groups or promise dramatic, fast results. Juicing, detox teas, appetite suppressors, and replacing meals with supplements are all red flags.

The TikTok “Standup” Challenge

I believe viral workout trends have become so popular because the video creators make them look so easy and fun. Content creators have a way of making everything look good – fashion, food, traveling – so exercise isn’t any different. It’s both a good and bad thing.

It’s good because it’s given a lot of viewers a renewed sense of determination and motivation to get in shape or be active. It’s bad because the workouts that these creators are doing aren’t meant for everyone and if someone just jumps in, they could get injured.

How important is the proper form for exercising? 

Proper form when exercising is extremely important. If you are learning new moves without proper form, not only can it lead to serious injury and unnecessary soreness, but it will also prohibit you from gaining the results that you want.

As you perform any exercise you want all the proper muscles to be activated to ensure you’re getting the most out of each movement. If you aren’t sure if you’re doing an exercise correctly, turn to someone with the proper credentials, like the Coaches at D1 Training in Scottsdale, to help you find the best exercise plan and make sure every move is correct.

About D1 Training 
Founded in 2001 by former NFL player Will Bartholomew, and based in Nashville, D1 Training began franchising in 2016. It has 27 locations currently open, with an additional 99 in development, across 26 states and anticipates more than 75 locations operating by the end of 2020.

The brand was recently ranked in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 and was named a Top 30 Gym in America by Men’s Health Magazine. D1 Training has been endorsed by the NFL Players Association as an approved training facility and is a preferred partner of the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

D1 Training is actively seeking qualified, community-minded franchisees with a passion for the fitness industry to continue its growth through single and multi-unit franchise deals. For more information on D1 Training and franchise opportunities, please visit

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