Why YouTube Is Not The Place To Get Fit

What does being fit mean

Being fit means something else for different people. I’d say it’s personal.

For example, among other reasons, being fit for me means to be able to comfortably compete in Karate competitions. I want peak performance for my sport. But in the same time fitness also means keeping my body strong, training and moving the way my body was designed to move and making sure I do whatever I can to reduce the risk of injuries and recover from the ones I already have.

For other people being fit may mean less aches and pains, while for others a number on a scale.

What does fitness mean to you? If you wish to share leave a comment under this article with the answer.


Why not YouTube Videos



On video or YouTube you certainly see the movements and you can mimic them. It’s not difficult at all. And yes, you can burn calories. You might also lose weight if you keep up.

But do you actually know what you are doing? Do you even care? Or are you pursuing calorie burning and the numbers on the scale? Maybe you don’t, maybe you like and want to do things the correct way?

YouTube is great, but do you know where the movements come from? I mean where they come from within the body, what makes a lunge effective and efficient. What makes a punch strong. No, you don’t know that from a YouTube video, and even if they tell you, you are not sure you are doing it, because you don’t know what and how to feel.

When I post videos on YouTube I always worry about not giving enough and I encourage you to contact me with questions.

Even if you have all the technical points, how do you know whether you do it correct or not?

When it feels “good”? Nope. You will do whatever feels natural to you. But if natural means being slouched (for example) , because that is natural for you now, then you are in trouble. Only someone from the outside can see these mistakes and make you aware of them. A YouTube video cannot.



If you want to progress you must be out of the comfort zone. That’s how it works, that’s what causes the body to go in the adaptation phase where you see results. If it doesn’t reach the adaptation phase there is not much progress.

You can only push yourself so far. Everyone reaches a point where they, themselves, cannot push anymore and that’s where we all need external motivation, which usually comes from a coach.

A coach takes you out of your comfort zone. Now, you might say you can take yourself out of the comfort zone. Maybe you can, but how do you know that’s not actually your comfort zone?



Top athletes have coaches. They know almost everything about their sport, they can coach others, they can train themselves yet they have coaches.

Why is that? As I said before, we all need someone to be behind us and push us out of the comfort zone, make plans, correct technique and so on.

If athletes need coaches, athletes who know what they are doing, then you should consider it too. More so if you are not an athlete, as you were not trained and your muscle memory has not formed.

When muscle memory forms it does so in a correct way or not. If it’s the later it is more difficult to change later on.


I am not trying to sell you into anything. But I am trying to make you aware that, for the moment, technology cannot replace humans and that you should learn how to move in a correct way.


Why learning correct technique? Here are a few reasons:

  • getting more out of the exercise – when you do it correct an exercise is more difficult ,so you get the muscle to work more, and get results.
  • reducing the risks of injuries – whether we talk about injuries that show up in time after months of squatting incorrect or sudden injuries from jumping and running, many times, the injuries have to do with incorrect technique.
  • strengthen the body – a joint is meant to work in a specific way; if your squats or press ups are incorrect the only thing you will get out of them is straining, and you will never truly strengthen your body.


Never use YouTube?

YouTube is not always bad. It’s just that you should do some work before that so you understand how your body functions. If you have already trainer with a coach or trainer then you probably already know more than many other people.

You can get inspiration from YouTube later on after you learn the basics of natural human movement or after working with a trainer who taought you good technique, and can then recommend you good YouTube source. You can use YouTube after you learn correct movement.


There you go. Do you know what you are doing? Has anyone showed you how to use your body in a correct way? As usual, if you have further questions or are in need of advice you know what you have to do.

Alexandra Merisoiu, The Body Engineer, is the Founder of The Merisoiu Technique - Institute Of Health And Human Movement and Dracula’s Retreat. She is also a qualified Low Back Pain Management and Prevention Exercise Instructor and REPS registered.

She specialises in working with runners, beginners and advanced, who want to run faster, further, with less effort and fewer injuries. This is done through natural movement fitness and running technique and mechanics drawn from the many disciplines Alexandra has studies throughout the years, including long distance running.

Since 1995 she has explored how the body and mind works. She has done this through using many different sporting techniques and working with a wide variety of highly respected coaches. Throughout her Martial Arts career she has achieved 3rd Dan Black Belt in Karate Shotokan, runs her own Karate club and is IJKA 2017 triple World Champion, 2016 WMO Martial Arts British National and European Champion. She still competes at an international level.

It is through these learnings, and drawing inspiration from respected natural movement names such as MovNat, IdoPortal and POSE Method of running among many others, that she has created The Merisoiu Technique and has established her own unique transformational programs that incorporate thousands of years of knowledge with Natural Human Movement.

Alexandra’s mission is to challenge the status quo of how to achieve the truly strong, fit and powerful body a runner needs to perform at their best level. This is done through building strong, lasting foundations in the natural outdoor environment; reducing the risk of injuries and educating people on the power of the fundamentals of natural human movement and running mechanics.

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