Is it ok for personal trainers to be fat?

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  1. Is it ok for personal trainers to be fat?


    Thoughts?


  2. Are they fat like bodybuilders think powerlifters are fat, or fat like they've never trained fat?
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  3. and are they old and fat and unable to lift anymore? or perhaps an ex powerlifter that cant lift anymore?

  4. Perhaps someone is just doing it for the job and paycheck. If they have the knowledge, work well with people, and are helping others be healthier then what does it matter how they look? I agree that I'd rather have a in shape trainer but does it really matter?
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  5. I guess its no different than having an unhealthy doctor, or a sober bartender.
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  6. Quote Originally Posted by Sean1332 View Post
    Perhaps someone is just doing it for the job and paycheck. If they have the knowledge, work well with people, and are helping others be healthier then what does it matter how they look? I agree that I'd rather have a in shape trainer but does it really matter?
    I understand. Just sometimes it is easier to believe someone that practices what they preach. Out of shape trainers seem like hypocrites.

  7. Quote Originally Posted by Able825 View Post
    I guess its no different than having an unhealthy doctor, or a sober bartender.
    So true. So many docs tell their patients not to smoke or to quit and then you see them light up on their break.

  8. Quote Originally Posted by Able825 View Post

    I understand. Just sometimes it is easier to believe someone that practices what they preach. Fat trainers seem like hypocrites.
    I agree. Everyone has to make a buck somehow. If they know what they're doin then **** it
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  9. Here's my take; while I do agree to some extent on the "practice what you preach" angle, there are some variables.

    I'll use myself as an example; while I currently don't actively train anyone, I'm certified (NSCA-CPT) to do so. Do I look like a trainer? No, but I have been ripped before, and I know what it takes. Why not now? Because I'm focusing on another path (powerlifting), and while I could stand to drop 20-25 pounds, I just don't want to.

    That said, I feel (and I could be wrong) that I have credibility because I can be/have been lean, now I do compete and am fairly strong, and I've been a post-college competitive athlete. These things IMHO make me a credible source of training & diet knowledge.

    Louie Simmons has fattened up, but would any if us question him? Dave Tate has been huge, ripped, now he's walking with a cane...would we question him?

    Again, perspective. How you accept a trainer fully depends on where you've been. Would a soccer mom who needs to drop 25# be good with it? I'm certain she would, and I'm sure in most cases she'd do well. Would a dude who has worked with Skip Hill on diet and Brian Carroll on training gain anything? Not f'n likely.
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  10. Another thing-I do judge trainers based on who they have and who they still use as industry resources to expand their knowledge. I don't mean reading an article either, I mean been in the mix with someone as their coach, been to a seminar, etc.

    If you tell me Shelby Starnes does your diet, you're working with John Meadows on your training, or you picked up a tip from the EliteFTS LTT seminar you attended...well you'll have my attention.

    The best trainer/coach still has a coach of their own.
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  11. Entirely true man. It seems to me that all my fellow trainers in my area are completely content with where they are. By this I mean they passed whatever test they needed to take and take people on circuit strolls using every life fitness machine in the gym. Do you know that since I have been training at this particular gym I have not seen one trainer other than myself attempt to "teach" someone to squat deadlift bench ect. Work on hip mobility or even train specific movements. Its seems the common throught process is I lift I I run I'm fit. I'm here for me and listen to what I say because I look to be in better shape than you.
    This is laughable and it is one of the few things that makes me irate in the gym (along with simple etiquette and cleanliness)

    Bottom line is idgaf about how you look, how shredded or lean you are or how fast you can run a mile or even how much you bench.... to be honest as a trainer all of your personal accolades should mean Jack diddly squat.
    You should be judged on your ability to help a client reach their specific goal and surpass their own expectations while simaltaneously broadening your horizons by networking with other knowledgeable trainers, physiologists, or simple literature.

    Trainers should be judged and trusted on grounds of their knowledge and clients success.

  12. ^^^ Excellent post. However, I'm going to address one specific thought.

    How will a potential trainee be able to assess your knowledge and it's relationship to their needs without knowing where you've been or what you've done? These are questions I have asked of others (assuming they're not well known) just to assess my compatibility.

    I also have volunteered this information to trainees to let them evaluate MY qualifications in relation to their goals.

    This is a very extreme example; if somebody came to me and wanted to compete in their first BB show, do I really have the knowledge and experience to help them? No, I legitimately do not because I've never dieted down for a show.

    Now if a 16 y/o kid wanted to train to make the varsity football/baseball/whatever team, would my experience there be helpful? You bet, because I've DONE it. I've helped others do it.

    Like I said, probably fringe examples because a large portion of people just "want to get into shape"...basically look good naked.
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  13. would you go to a dentist that has bad teeth?
    get a tatoo from someone with no tats themselves?
    or use a financial adviser that is personally broke?

    it is just hard not to judge a book by it's cover.

  14. your job as a trainer is to sell "fitness" to people.

    if that trainer isn't in shape themselves, it's like they don't even buy into the very product they themselves are selling to others.

    there are only 3 reasons why a trainer could be out of shape.
    1. they lack the knowledge to get in and stay in shape.
    2. they lack motivation.
    3. they are injured or have a medical condition.

    only #3 is an acceptable option for someone who's profession is fixing others #1 and #2.

    but i also understand the argument that a good coach doesn't necessarily need to play the sport.
    just look at professional sports coaches that are some of the most unfit individuals, but they are amazing motivators and can get the athletes they train into amazing shape.

  15. Yeah I follow you, in my circumstance you could say I am lucky. My gym has each trainer"s profile on the wall with our accolades and areas of specific interest. So the majority of my newer clients are all like minded. I also have a fairly untarnished reputation and am a well respected athlete in this area. As it is the place I grew up and I was blessed to compete at a high level.

    As others have said, an average consumer(gym member) is unable to keep from forming an opinion based on your image. Especially in business based on just that, which is why I am eager to advance my career and work solely with athletes.

  16. Quote Originally Posted by lamonster14 View Post
    I am eager to advance my career and work solely with athletes.
    IMHO so much more fun & rewarding.
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  17. Its funny you know, having played a sport in college I looked up to our strength and conditioning guys a great deal and having the opportunity is surreal.

    I have already begun to get my feet wet with my younger brother and our local high schools baseball team. Not only do these kids really want to get better they can actually perform the movements required to take steps in the right direction. And also at their age I'm their buddy not their personal shrink. As I listen to way too much bs as a CPT

  18. Quote Originally Posted by lamonster14 View Post
    Its funny you know, having played a sport in college I looked up to our strength and conditioning guys a great deal and having the opportunity is surreal.

    I have already begun to get my feet wet with my younger brother and our local high schools baseball team. Not only do these kids really want to get better they can actually perform the movements required to take steps in the right direction. And also at their age I'm their buddy not their personal shrink. As I listen to way too much bs as a CPT
    You summed it up pretty accurately.

    To be fair, many of these athletes don't have a lifetime of bad habits to break, don't have many of the job/work/kids/life stressors, and typically have an abundance of time. That said, I so much prefer working with secondary school athletes for all the reasons you listed.

    I equate it to being either a blacksmith or a potter. The blacksmith has to work to reshape metal that has already been once forged by fire and taken its form. The potter gets a malleable, fresh lump of soft clay that they can form, mold and shape very easily.

    The difference is, the metal doesn't bitch at the blacksmith about results, while it has been eating ice cream before bed every night because it's boyfriend left.
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  19. Ummmmm... No! I saw a fat trainer train a fit chick one time and was like wtf?!
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  20. Wouldn't listen to a fat trainer obviously it doesn't wrk for them

  21. Reminds me of the fat trainer at my gym that trains two very good looking Bengals cheerleaders.

    The worst part is he has all of his clients doing the same routine. Irregardless of their age, gender, or fitness level. Smh.

  22. Quote Originally Posted by CincyKiller45 View Post
    Reminds me of the fat trainer at my gym that trains two very good looking Bengals cheerleaders.

    The worst part is he has all of his clients doing the same routine. Irregardless of their age, gender, or fitness level. Smh.
    I've seen that before
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  23. There are definitely some out of shape trainers who know their shyt. Sometimes disease or injury hinders their ability due to old age etc...now to the other end the steroid junkie trainer having an all natty guy doing his routine, horrible form...I mean the worst and just relying on food and steroids to do the work. Oh but he looks good so he must know what he's doing...bull fukking shyt lol

  24. Or the in shape guy who barely pushes his client..instead he texts and flirts and his client barely breaks a sweat

  25. yeai id rather be trained by an old fat dude thats been round and knows his shyt instead of beach body trainer using gear and ****ty work ethics to look good. id be paying for knowledge on form, work ethic, body mechanics, all the stuff that comes with a lifetime of experience. not how to superset chest flys with cable crossovers and stay below 160lbs my whole life like a douchebag

  26. I find it humorous that people equate aesthetics to knowledge and/or ability in terms of training and educating.

    Pretty narrow worldview if your presupposition is that a trainer's effectiveness is only related to their current body composition.
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    Not the most aesthetic physique. Would you let this guy train you? I sure as hell would.
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  28. Quote Originally Posted by Able825 View Post
    your job as a trainer is to sell "fitness" to people.

    if that trainer isn't in shape themselves, it's like they don't even buy into the very product they themselves are selling to others.

    there are only 3 reasons why a trainer could be out of shape.
    1. they lack the knowledge to get in and stay in shape.
    2. they lack motivation.
    3. they are injured or have a medical condition.

    only #3 is an acceptable option for someone who's profession is fixing others #1 and #2.

    but i also understand the argument that a good coach doesn't necessarily need to play the sport.
    just look at professional sports coaches that are some of the most unfit individuals, but they are amazing motivators and can get the athletes they train into amazing shape.
    What if they put in 10-12 hours per day, then head home to a family or another job to support a family?

    Check this guy out on the right:

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    Not exactly in tip-top shape but one of the most brilliant minds in the field of strength and conditioning.

    I have seen more bad trainers that are ripped than bad trainers who are overweight.

    But yes, looking the part does help.

  29. Quote Originally Posted by Able825 View Post
    Thoughts?
    Only if they have a really big ass, indicating they're possibly a powerlifter.
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  30. Quote Originally Posted by Torobestia View Post
    Only if they have a really big ass, indicating they're possibly a powerlifter.
    lol ^

    I should be in a rap video with my butt
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