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webcake:

--- Quote from: Earl1972 on March 18, 2009, 07:05:58 PM ---don't most of the people that use personal trainers just want to lose weight?  that's the impression i get at bally's, where the majority of people using trainers are middle aged and obese

why should they be trained like athletes if they just want to lose weight?  i laugh when i see these trainers counting pushups or have them do some kind of sqaut with the ball pressed up against the wall

none of these personal trainers do those exercises, heck most of them do bodybuilding type exercises

and doing pushups and jumping jacks is something anybody can do at home, why pay somebody to watch you do them in the gym?

these people just want to get their weight down and look somewhat decent, why not train them like a bodybuilder?  teach them how to properly lift weights because most don't have a clue and bodybuilding is a great way to take off the pounds, which is the goal of most clients wouldn't you say?

E



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With most clients, yes they do want to lose weight and "tone-up".

Training them like a bodybuilder could work, but it isn't always ideal for weight loss. And it can get boring for an average client. Do a set, rest, do another, rest, another exercise, rest etc etc

That's why circuits are probably the best. You are always moving, good momentum and you can change them up quite easily. Going to the gym 4-5 days a week may be fine for you, but for others they cannot sacrifice the time and don't really enjoy going to the gym.

It's all about keeping the client motivated and interested. Typical bb'ing style training is boring.

Earl1972:
i don't think these people enjoy any type of physical activity, that's a large part of the reason they are obese

the trainers at my gym have their clients do pushups, situps, bodyweight squats, machine pullups, cable exercises and occaisionally watch them do laps around the track
 
how are those exercises more interesting than bodybuilding training? and why the hell are trainers so fascinated by those exercise balls?

i've never seen a decent physique on a man or woman in a gym that didn't lift weights

these clients never look any thinner and what is all this talk about functional training?  as if a guy that benches 300 lbs doesn't have any functional strength ::)

E

webcake:

--- Quote from: Earl1972 on March 18, 2009, 08:59:25 PM ---i don't think these people enjoy any type of physical activity, that's a large part of the reason they are obese

the trainers at my gym have their clients do pushups, situps, bodyweight squats, machine pullups, cable exercises and occaisionally watch them do laps around the track
 
how are those exercises more interesting than bodybuilding training? and why the hell are trainers so fascinated by those exercise balls?

i've never seen a decent physique on a man or woman in a gym that didn't lift weights

these clients never look any thinner and what is all this talk about functional training?  as if a guy that benches 300 lbs doesn't have any functional strength ::)

E

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I can't really comment on American PT.....but i am a Personal Trainer/Fitness specialist and i studied for 18 months.

I think the average Aussie PT is better qualified/trained than the average American PT. That being said, you can do the quick route in Aus and be a PT in all of 6 weeks.....but those guys never last more than a year or so.

"Cross Fit" is very popular here in Aus now. Quick, outdoors and just do like boxing/running drills/BW exercises and stuff with kettle bells and stuff.

There's always going to be shit trainers.......just make sure you aren't one of them.  ;D

Earl1972:
i'm not a trainer, i just don't think the trainers in my gym are helping their clients achieve their goals

i think they should be taught how to properly lift weights, why pay somebody to watch you do jumping jacks and waddle around the track?

E

webcake:

--- Quote from: Earl1972 on March 18, 2009, 09:12:42 PM ---i'm not a trainer, i just don't think the trainers in my gym are helping their clients achieve their goals

i think they should be taught how to properly lift weights, why pay somebody to watch you do jumping jacks and waddle around the track?

E

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I totally agree, and any trainer who wants to make ok money and build a good reputation should too.

Watching someone run laps on a track is poor effort.....teach them how to exercise correctly, motivate them and keeping it interesting for the cleint is all there is to it.

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