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Disordered Eating

“Your ideal body weight is the range where you feel healthy and fit, have no signs of an eating disorder to maintain that weight, and have healthy functioning immune and reproductive systems.”   Dr. Carol Otis

I am not a Registered Dietician, nor do I hold myself out as an expert in nutrition science, biochemistry or food psychology.  That said, I am not without some knowledge on the subjects and happen to know a few people that are very sharp in those areas. I subscribe to the idea of eating like an adult, and enjoying a variety of foods.

Each state in the United States has its own set of nutrition laws(1) and personal trainer certifications draw professional lines when it comes to dietary advice and prescription. The prescription of supplements is generally outside of a personal trainers scope of practice. This of course does not mean there are not trainers profiting, or recommending them.


“It is the responsibility of the personal trainer to educate clients about the risks of disordered eating and to avoid promoting risky weight loss behaviors or setting unrealistic goals.”  NSCA Essentials of Personal Training, 2nd Ed.

There are short, and longterm medical and psychological implications associated with disordered eating, which includes anorexia and bulimia nervosa, in addition to fad dieting,highly restrictive diets (I.E. the Grapefruit diet) or more extreme dietary approaches.

“You who are so good with words, and at keeping things vague…”                     Diamonds and Rust, Joan Baez

As a trainer, you were hired under the presumption that you were educated and professionally competent.  Whether it be the truth or not, your words still matter, at least to an uneducated population. An inappropriate comment, questionable supplement advice/prescription or unrealistic goals or before and after photos(2) can serve as a trigger for someone already susceptible to disordered eating.

Nearly 100% of all disordered eating cases I’ve come across over the decades involved the use of questionable supplements.

When friends or acquaintances present me the supplements they are being told to purchase, I immediately check labels for a few things; Is this a single ingredient or multi-ingredient formulation? If multi-ingredient, is anything marked as “proprietary”?,  If multi-ingredient (with or without a proprietary formulation), how many ingredients contain stimulant, diuretic or laxative properties?  Lastly, “What does this formulation contain that has evidence of being effective for the users intended purpose, and what is the strength of the evidence?”

Remember, I stated that I’m DON’T consider myself an expert in these matters.  Las Vegas odds suggest there is a 50% chance that I know more about the product than the person selling it to you.

1. http://www.nutritionadvocacy.org/laws-state



Personal trainers that suck (Part 4, just back from the gym edition)

More of the worst!


The Danger is my middle name trainer.   The things they will put clients through never fails to both amaze, and frighten me.   Tonight for example, I observed a trainer try to make a 50+ year old lady hop up onto aerobics steps.  Although it was only two-steps high, a fall for an elderly person is never a good thing…and fall she did, on her butt (low back injury you say?)    Maybe the trainer didn’t know any better, maybe they trainer….who is far younger and athletic… could perform the technique without any problem, maybe the trainer is training the lady in very basic parkour, maybe the trainer was making stuff up on the spot.

 That’s a lot of maybes.  One thing I do know for certain, the trainer was hired off the floor and doesn’t appear to have any experience training elderly clients.


“Man…Pookie….Bro!…those fat burners your trainer hooked you up with have got you looking shredded!….and ashy…here bro…I have some supps my trainer sold me that will keep you classy, never ashy!”

 The always pushing supplements.  Unless the trainer also happen to also be a registered dietitian they have NO business pushing supplements.  Even registered dietitians cannot say with 100% certainty how a supplement may/may not effect you, especially if you are taking medications.


“Wait…isn’t there supposed to be something written on here?”

The doesn’t give his/her contact information trainer.   Sounds sort of like they don’t  care about you or don’t want you to bother them doesn’t it?  It sounds that way because it IS that way.   Seriously, in what other situation does a person whom you intend to conduct business with NOT give you their number after they have yours?


The “So what do you want to work on today?” trainer”  In my opinion, the only acceptable time this term can be used is if there are only a limited number of agreed upon sessions.  For long-term clients, I regard this statement as your trainer killing their own credibility as a supposed expert in the field of personal training.  Furthermore, I can guarantee any workout that was delivered in this manner will be either (a) Made up on the spot or (B) Be rather generic and tailored to your particular need.  


The has no short-mid-long-term plan trainer.  (1)   Decent trainers think 3-6 months in advance with some going as far as twelve months.  (2)   Great trainers think about the lifetime of the client. 


“Looks like a good time to post a status on Facebook…need a self-pic too!”

 The Texts/Facebooks/Tweets/E-mails during your session trainer.  Once again, this shouldn’t require much explanation.  What could possibly be so important during your paid for time that an electronic communication couldn’t wait 30-60 minutes? 



“Ok Bro…hold it right there…..be back in a sec!”

The leaves without justifiable reason while supposedly training you trainer.  Yes, there have been examples of trainers walking off “I’ll be right back” and not coming back with a weight/prop/instructional material.  Matter of fact, I’ve heard of this happening twice lately (albeit at different times and different gyms.) 


“Spot!…SPOT!!!!! Sh..Shhh…Shhiiii…ugggggghh”


50 Shades of Trainers – Part 3

For those of you just joining the 50 Shades series, I invite you to the visit the previous blogs located here : https://mytrainerchris.wordpress.com/2013/04/17/50-shades-of-trainers-part-1/

and here:


now on to part 3…..

21.  Trainers: If you are not motivating, dependable or care about your clients results then you don’t belong in this career field.

22.  Clients:  If you are going to frequently no-show on your trainer without giving notice then you can expect a few outcomes: (1) Every workout session you DO make will be legs day.  (2) Your trainer won’t bother putting together any long term programming for you, and simply make up your workouts on the spot.   (3) The trainer might fire you. (4) You won’t see results. (5) If your a member of a box gym, your trainer will warn other trainers about your flakiness.

23, Adding visual emphasis to #22, Personally I consider you lucky if all you get is leg day workouts.  This is better than the other possible outcomes.  That said, you will wish you had one of these installed in your home:

Post Leg Day

24.  I’m convinced that one of the secrets to an effective workout is “looking cool.”    By this I mean lifting something or performing an action that is within your physical limitations and with proper form.  In my opinion, this young lady looks pretty cool:

SkirtSports_Gym-1024x1024While this man looks decidedly uncool:

back leg press



26.  A good trainer will keep #’s 24 and 25 in check, provided they are #21 and you are not #22.   Pretty cool how I linked those bits together huh?

27.  You trainers job is to motivate, educate, innervate and eventually graduate you into a lifestyle of fitness.  Their job is not just to “deliver a workout” or “scare your fat into a coma.”

28.  A good trainer knows when you truly need assistance, and when you need to accomplish something on your own.

Light weight baby

29.  There are, and always will be overly chatty people at the gym.  While I have nothing to support my belief, I firmly believe this is where the idea for noise cancelling headphone technology originated.  Overly chatty clients are something a good trainer can control, Overly chatty trainers cause me concern.   During my private workouts I try to focus on my own work and prefer the least amount of distractions possible.  There have been days I truly felt like this:


….and I know that I’m not alone in this sentiment.

30.  Your trainer should not be trying to sell you supplements beyond what has been medically proven as safe.  The list is fairly short: Protein, Creatine, Branch Chain Amino Acids, Multi-Vitamins and Fish Oil.

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