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10 Things Your Trainer Won't Tell You - My Perspective

Posted Oct 30 2008 10:42am

I most say I am so offended by some of the article that are published in magazines and on the internet. My latest discovery was and article written by Renee DeFranco of Smart Money Magazine making HUGE generalization about the personal training industry. 90% of the information is so embellished I almost puked!

She runs the gambit by claiming personal trainers job descriptions are too confusing because of new specializations, Personal trainers will push you until you collapse. Allowing their clients to become autonomous is a big fear because the trainer doesn’t want to loose the client. Trainers love to gossip about their clients. Trainers leave their clients if they find a more prosperous position in life, and Personal Trainers tend to act as nutritionalist with their clients although the law forbids this.

Well folks, don’t believe everything you read. having been in the health and fitness industry for over a decade, I have seen both competent and incompetent trainers. Never the less the incompetent never last long, as is survival of the fittest. The real facts are 180 degrees to De Franco’s article. Trainers are also educators who do their best to motivate and educate their clients so that health and fitness can become a lifestyle for them someday. The hope is that their clients can become autonomous with their training and also make sound nutritional choices at home and when eating out.

It is very rare that you find a trainer who will openly name a client and discuss medical and personal issues. Trainer sometimes come to me to discuss a “masked” client with hopes of getting tips on how to train or rehab them. This is perfectly legal and within industry standards. Trainers are not gossip hounds, and seldom bring their work home!

I believe most personal trainers offer nutritional guidance , which is within the scope of their education. Dietary prescription is outside their scope and most do not engage in this practice. Most trainers such as myself, refer their clients to registered dieticians for meal plans .

Yes, their are a few bad apples in every industry who defy the standards, but that is not the majority. The problem I have with this article is the broad generalization and finger pointing.
I will certainly send a letter to De Franco with my perspective of her article.

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