Good morning y’all, let’s just get right into things – hold on tight.
Here’s the word of the day:
This past week I had the chance to interview one of “the most sought after” voices in the fitness industry. Chance of a lifetime, right? Probably so but I turned it down. Now, before you roll your eyes and click over to another tab let me explain why I chose not to share his message, not to interview him, and, quite frankly, why it really rubbed me the wrong way.
Fitness is a lot like politics. No one has the same opinion, everyone’s going to judge you, and unless you stand for something you’re going to fall for anything. What works for you may not work for me. Kind of blows the marketing scheme out of the water but you get the gist.
My issue comes with the people within the community who believe everything they say is the most correct, most healthy, most universally satisfying. We’ve all fallen for one scheme or another, the newest trend, or even the best friend who meant the best. Heck, there are even days we are sold a bill of goods from the strangers’ faces looking back at us from the magazine rack. Our inboxes are filled with emails with get skinny quick schemes, how to drop 30 pounds in 30 days, and how to turn heads at the gym (PS it’s not because we’re strong and able but that’s a different rant to be had).
Just because someone labelled this guy (or anyone else) the Know-It-All Of Know-It-Alls doesn’t make him the best, most knowledgable “expert.” Period.
The education is varied almost as much as our bodies themselves. As I mentioned, what works for you won’t always work for me. I believe about the only universally satisfying factor is that if you work you will improve.
Onto Part 2: Those with certificates.
Congratulations – you have a certification – that does NOT make you a guru. Yes, you have had to pass a test or two and hopefully apply some job related skills to obtain that certification but you don’t know sh*t.
To become a personal trainer it takes between 1 to 6 months – have you lost your mind?! You want someone who has been looking at bodies for a month or half a year looking at your body and telling you what’s going to work?! I sure don’t.
Athletic trainers, Physical therapists, MDs go to school for years to get into a position to treat patients. Yes, I said it, if you go to a personal trainer you are a patient. Take your physical health as seriously as you would if you were to see a doctor. Many personal trainers see you as a client though, it’s amazing how much verbiage can change things. Do you value yourself enough to consider yourself a patient?
How many times have you gone to the best doctor is XYZ field or physical therapist or, if you’ve been exposed, to athletic trainers and they, themselves have been possibly out of shape or a little less than the peak of their fitness? They are at the top of the field though, they must be doing something right. Physically trainers however make money on perceptions and results. When picking out your next physical trainer it’s likely to look at his or her body first, reviews and recommendations second, and if that person makes the cut, finally (and maybe) their credentials.
We’re fed lies that there are easy fixes, that those fixes are healthy and sustainable. Some of these qualified individuals are even feeding us this BS from the platform of being planted in front of the fitness community and being told to prevent, diagnosis, and treat what symptoms or ailments we have. It’s possible these people don’t know any better (yet another rant) but some do and some see it as the only way to make money. Either way it’s crap and not ok to put our lives, our families lives, or the lives of the community in danger ever but especially for misrepresentation and greed.