I am fed up with barely qualified people dishing out fitness advice to the general public. I get so angry when someone, who doesn’t know a quadricep from a bicep , earnestly tells their audience that if they just do what they say they’ll find salvation and a whole new body. Frequently this involves buying their fabulous product.
Below are the three worst kinds of “fitness pros.” I use the term loosely.
Hot Bod: This “trainer” is gorgeous, a former jock or wanna-be model. They are hired for their looks, not their talent or certifications. They only work in “bleeding-edge” health clubs and spend more time looking at themselves in the mirror than their clients.
- Uniform: Anything skimpy, the less the better, must show off boooty.
- Poster Child: Rebecca Cardon from Bravo’s Work Out. Her bio talks extensively about her fitness career but doesn’t actually mention a certification.
BootCamp Bully: A former army or marine guy who “looks” the part. Bootcamps are one of the most popular forms of fitness these days and these guys may or may not be qualified to teach effective bootcamps. There are definitely great programs out there, but there are a lot of bad ones too. Just because you survived bootcamp as a jarhead doesn’t mean you have an inkling how to keep a client safe while their doing squat thrusts, lunges and pushups.
- Uniform: Anything Camo.
- Poster child: Barry Jay from Barry’s Bootcamp. His bio mentions that he started as front desk staff at a health club, but doesn’t mention any certifications to speak of …
Wanna-Be Reality Star: These blokes think that screaming at clients and standing on them while they are in precarious positions is the best way to train. If the client isn’t crying or puking they are not working them hard enough. Workouts are frequently punctuated by evil laughter. Why bother studying anatomy texts when you can just copy those cool moves on TV. In private, they practice their poses for the front of their best-selling fitness DVDs.
- Required Uniform: Close fitting Tshirts with inspirational words on them:
- Poster Child: I have to say it’s a toss-up between Bob Harper and Jillian Michael’s from the Biggest Loser, but I’m going to give it to Jillian for her endorsement of diet pills. She is now facing lawsuits because of it.
I would love your comments here … what type of fitness pro would you like to train with?
Here are my thoughts about becoming a fitness pro.