“The shortage of adequately trained strength specialists in local gyms renders the incorrect use of supplementary resistance training as a real possibility for for serious athletes.” Supertraining 6th Ed (Expanded)
Translation: There are many trainers out there instructing others in methods that they themselves don’t know. The downside is that the limitations of these trainers may only be obvious to well-qualified and experienced trainers. Degrees,titles or number of letters following a persons name provides no guarantee of their actual quality.
No trainer started off their career perfectly, nor does any know all there is to know. The good ones grew over time to become what they are today, and many would openly state they are still students and far from where they hope to ascend. This is the importance of continued education, reading broadly, mentorship,asking questions and the practical application of time under load.
100% of my business is through referral from a current athlete, they were a previous athlete or they come to me on the gym floor, often after by being referred by another gym member. My business relies on several key things; (1) Honesty and Transparency (2) Not getting anyone injured (3) Results.
I spend a significant portion of my income addressing #2 and 3, and I always ask myself “How can this be made better?”
Over the past 48hrs I’ve come across an article on a trainer hospitalizing a man after a singular workout (1) and witnessed a feeding frenzy of MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) Personal Trainers trying to recruit a prospect. The former I have linked below, in the latter case, an individual simply asked if an MLM product was an effective business tool or waste of energy.
Interestingly, not one MLM trainer responded to my counter-post showing that when tested by a third-party, the product fails to live up to anecdotes and sales pitches.
FACT: In the online presence of qualified trainers, the MLM trainers typically get roasted when they try peddling their products.
Can an MLM trainer be good? I suppose they could,after all a non-MLM trainer isn’t always good themselves, but I am suspicious of those that are in the sales and recruiting portion of MLM. To me it is a violation of professional ethics and breeches the typical trainers scope of practice. Its bad when I know details of their product BETTER than they do.
For example, the last sales pitch I received told me that by drinking their special concoction my body would be in near instant ketosis (2). I asked “How would I know that?” I was told I could pee on a special urine strip and it would show my level.
FACT: Don’t bring anecdotes to a science fight.
Science problem: I could take a big dose of ALA (Alpha Lipoic Acid) and it would render the same results while my blood panels would remain unchanged. The urine strip would only show I pee’d out what I drank, as once in ketosis my body would be ketones as fuel, and not peeing them out.
If the trainer is strictly a consumer of the product then I’d have no issue. That said, I believe it has been historically well-established that those who actually know nutrition and have an ability to interpret actual research tend to avoid from MLM products. The reasons should be crystal clear.