note: if you are a personal trainer this is not to offend you nor an assumption that I have your knowledge, this is merely an observation of the last 2 gyms I have joined.
Ok so you're fat, way overweight and its not muscle, no lying to yourself about that. You go to the doctor and they tell you your cholesterol is up, your blood pressure is too high and you are on the verge of being diabetic if you don't do something about your weight. Now you've never done sports in high school, shoot back then you didnt have to, and your mother worked so dinners were usually fast food or frozen dinners. So your history hasnt added much experience to your knowledge of exercising or dieting... You go home and decide its time to join a gym. You go online and look up a gym near you and see they have a free session with a personal trainer when you sign up. You think great, now I can get some good knowledge and help so I start to go in the right direction.
Meanwhile a college sophmore looks in the mirror and decides he is sick of being so darn skinny. He isn't scrawny, but he doesn't exactly have a physique he admires. He decides to join a gym as well. He goes to the gym and starts lifting. While working out he notices all the stronger men in the gym and starts to wonder if his lifting routine is good enough. He figures the best place to go is the gyms personal trainer.
So both you and the sophmore both go to the personal trainer with completely opposite goals...
The next week you are both doing the same rountine of step ups , push ups on a medicene ball, and crunches, etc...
1) How can it be right to have personal trainers (who get paid and are certified) give such seemingly bogus rountines to people who are honestly trying to better themselves? Isn't there something wrong when you can't go to a gym and get good information from its employees?
Now I only mention this b/c it really bugs me and I see it all the time at the gym (a very well known gym at that.) I meet a guy at the gym trying to bulk up, he wanted advice and went to a personal trainer (after all they have a degree and certifcation). I saw him doing the most assanine work out routine I've ever seen (with barely any free weights). I have also met others with differeny trainers and similar situations. (luckily the guy was smart enough not to do the guys weird routine, and i recommend this site to him.)
Now I don't know about what you go through to be a personal trainer ( i hated biology I couldn't do it) but something doesn't seem right here. Does anyone else notice this at their gym?
P.S. none of the above situations were mine, just sorta hypothetical