So I’m on a family vacation, and my great uncle starts to tell me how his local “personal trainer” has him “strengthening his core and supporting his running” by doing countless exercises on a Bosu Ball… Here we go again…
I’m SICK of watching and hearing about these worthless excuses for human beings that call themselves a personal trainer bastardize the profession and not only take the money of clients who NEVER get the results they deserve, but also give a bad reputation to the trainers (and THEY do exist) that KNOW what they’re doing, actually CARE about their clients and their results, and GIVE more value in results and experience than get out of their client’s wallets.
And before you send your hate mail, re-read the last paragraph and understand that I DO believe there are EXCELLENT personal trainers/strength coaches/etc. out there. In fact I keep in touch with a number of AMAZINGLY knowledgable, caring, kick-booty trainers and coaches via a couple of mastermind groups. Great trainers and coaches can be found across the country and I personally know of GREAT individuals with training and coaching businesses from Texas to Minnesota, California to New Jersey, Florida to Canada (yes, Canada!), and almost anywhere and everywhere in between.
Bottom line THEY DO EXIST!
But here’s the thing: for every one of the 40-50 GREAT individuals that I personally “mastermind” with, there are probably 500 WORTHLESS trainers that have clients that would be better off spending their money on a restraining order to keep the “joke” trainers at bay! (I’m only half kidding there)
Here’s a hint, if your new personal trainer has you running around on a Bosu ball… you should probably run the other way.
Okay, okay, so I’ve griped about how bad the profession can be, but WHY?
First off, BAD personal trainers don’t have the “answers” for clients that may not be able to perform certain movements. They don’t understand exercise regressions or progressions (think bodyweight squat versus a barbell squat, for a really basic example). They run cookie cutter programs with random exercises that typically revolve around whatever the newest “fitness fad” is (Bosu balls, P90 X, bootcamps, etc. etc. etc.), and in doing so cause two SERIOUS problems: 1. They GREATLY increase the chance of injury by putting 23 year old former athletes through the same program and exercises as an overweight 59 year old, and 2. They DON’T move the client measurably closer to their goals.
How do I tie this back to my great uncle?
Well, my uncle (59 years old and in decent shape) is a pretty big runner. It’s probably his biggest hobby (especially physically) and he’ll go out on 10 mile runs, run the occasional race (more competitive with himself than anything) and hired a personal trainer for essentially two reasons: to protect his body from injuries in his running, and to improve his running performance, prioritized in that order.
So can anybody explain to me what the hell this trainer is doing having my uncle do exercises on bosu balls and “fitness fad” cardio routines???
Evidently his trainer had given him the bullsh*t answer I expected: “we’re going to strengthen your core and improve your balance and that’ll keep you from getting injured.”
Soft tissue therapy like foam rolling and other self-MR techniques? No.
Basic, multi-joint lifts appropriate for his strength level? No.
Different variations of bosu ball squats with pink dumbbells? You betchya.
It’s time to bring up the level of quality in this industry again. We’re working on a few things, but if you’ve got any great ideas–shoot a comment below. I’d love to hear ’em!