Social Media is taking the internet by storm the past year. It has grown from something only the in crowd knew about to something your grandmother is talking about. It is no surprise that the fitness industry is embracing the social media storm and running with it.
It is now commonplace for fitness professionals to stay in contact via Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Many of them have embraced the simplicity of posting a video to discuss an important fitness topic. This is all wonderful for the people who need this information. It is so much easier to get real time feedback on fitness issues now.
I personally use video at my fitness accountability blog, http://thefatburningmachineblog.com and I find it to be very rewarding. It is a great way to connect with my readers and it gives them a glimpse into my personality.
I am also using social media as I move towards my first ever body building competition in August 2010. I am tweeting updates with the hashtag #bbmjm and posting blogs both here and at http://thefatburningmachineblog.com. Through the use of social media, I have managed to create a network of accountability partners who are following my progress and encouraging me to achieve my goals. It is exciting and rewarding at the same time.
I believe that social media is the ultimate fitness tool. It puts you in touch with hundreds or even thousands of people all at one time. Your message gets distributed in a viral fashion. It is incredible.
When I think back to the early 1900’s and how slow information travelled and now, in 2009, how information is out there immediately, I have to smile. I knew that bodybuilding.com got raided by the FDA before it was announced on my local news station. I found out through social media. I personally tweeted the winner of Mr. Olympia 2009 the minute it was announced.
There are many people who feel that Twitter is dying, but I disagree. I like the idea of being able to give up to the minute input on a workout or other fitness related endeavor. In fact, this gives me a new idea. I might just update Twitter during my workouts. I can talk about how I am feeling mentally and physically. I can post what is going through my mind at that exact moment. If that works I might just add a Twitter update page on this site. It will be a place where you can go and read my entire Twitter stream all at once.
The ideas on how to use social media are countless. Take some time to think it through and leave me some comments on what you thought up.
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