My name is Evan, and I am not a guru.
I am not a personal trainer. You wouldn't look twice at me if you saw me at the beach. I'm not here because I've "unlocked" the secret to getting ripped.
Yes — I am a 30 year old husband and dad on my own fitness journey, but I still have a long way to go.
What I am is a trained researcher, information gatherer, interview, writer, and journalist. I'll use those skills to bring you the best possible information on your journey to get the body you've always wanted.
Here's what I'm all about here at The Trusty Spotter:
My simple, 4-point code of... honor?:
I'll never review anything I haven't personally tried: Anyone can regurgitate manufacturer descriptions or someone else's ad copy. I'm not here to write longform sales letters that convince you to buy stuff. I'm interested in things I think might help me, and if it works (or doesn't), I'll happily tell you about it. I may, however, create product roundup lists based on extensive research in order to help you make an informed buying decision, but I'll never pretend I've used something if I haven't.*
I'll never sell my own workout programs: I can't stand people who work out for 6 months, start a blog, and suddenly start selling their own "programs" and "systems." Getting in shape is a great accomplishment! But it doesn't mean you're qualified to give exercise advice to other people. I'll never push you to buy my 'eBook' full of fat-burning secrets, unless I get inspired to go get a personal training degree. (Don't hold your breath)
This site is and always will be (mostly) for recreational exercisers: Workout-life balance is super important to me. I think you ought to have a few drinks if you want, eat dessert from time to time, enjoy good meals with your friends and family, and skip the gym (on rare occasions!) without feeling suicidal. I also wouldn't even begin to know how to give advice to someone who's been lifting weights for 10 years and is getting ready for a competition. If that sounds like you, glad to have you here!
I am body positive: You're here because you want to improve your physical fitness and/or make your body look a certain way. That's awesome, that's why I'm here too! But if you're looking for memes that poke fun at fat people or articles that shame people for not being super into working out, you won't find that here. What other people do with their bodies is their own business.
Email me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org
*Note: I may receive customer referral fees from companies mentioned on this website. However, all opinions are my own and based on my own experience and research.