The Biggest Loser Personal Trainers: Would You Really Train With Them?

Monday, January 31, 2011 • Washington, DC 20016

As a personal fitness trainer, I really had no interest in watching the tv show, The Biggest Loser, once I saw the previews of obese people performing exercises they had no business doing. However, my wife started watching it one season, so I decided to watch it with her. Here are the things I really liked about the show: 1. They were exercising. 2. They had a support group. 3. They were being supervised by some medical professionals. 4. They had a healthy eating plan. 5. They made exercise a part of their daily life. Here is the one thing I did not like about the show: 1. THE PERSONAL TRAINERS! Without going into a lot of detail, Bob & Jillian (who were the trainers when I watched a season) really brought shame and disgrace to my industry. Yes, I did say my industry because I've put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into this field for the past 15 years. To make a long story short, safety is our number one priority as a health professional. I've never made anyone in all my years of training: 1. Fall off of a treadmill and tell them to get back on it. 2. Swing a kettlebell with lack of core stability and hip mobility. 3. Continue to exercise with an apparent and serious injury to a joint. Let's be real people! Do you really want a personal trainer like this? I hope not. Here's my solution, hire a PROFESSIONAL personal trainer with the following attributes: 1. Certified w/ one of the following credentials: NASM, NSCA, RTS, MAT, PTAGlobal, Chek Institute, ACSM or ACE. 2. Have a degree in the field or has take some course work in exercise science. 3. Has a proven record of safe and progressive results. 4. Is passionate about his/her craft. Celebrity trainers are not always the best answer for your fitness goals. Let's wake up America.