What makes a trainer better than another? Education? Real life experience? Are trainers worth $500 an hour? Television promotes the sensationalist craze over celebrity trainers such as Julian Michaels, staring on TV shows such as “The Biggest Loser.” The fact is just because they have a pretty face does not make them an expert in the field, and it does not mean they are worth the price they claim to be.
According to Tracey Anderson; trainer to Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna:
“Only 3-pound weights,” Tracy says. “No woman should lift more than 3 pounds…I like definition – not bulk.”
I’m not even sure where to begin with the absurdity of this statement. What about oversized purses, groceries and kids that women carry? I’ve never met a child who only weighed 3 lbs. This isn’t the 1950’s anymore, women aren’t damsels in distress. Weightlifting should be empowering and results based. I have to assume that Tracey believes that “lifting heavy weights” will cause a woman to bulk up. Women have a much smaller amount of anabolic hormones particularly testosterone, so they chances of them “bulking up” to unsightly proportions is slim to none. This statement alone leads me to question any real exercise physiology knowledge she may possess.
A great personal trainer or fitness expert will incorporate fitness into the lives of their client in order to transform their body and their mind. The fitness lifestyle is not one of crash diets and trendy exercises. There is no need to reinvent the wheel with gimmicks and absurd movements. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.
The thing to keep in mind is that these celebrity trainers are a business; they are in it to make money. It seems that every couple weeks there is a revolutionary, redefining way of losing fat, and that simply exists because people are so hopelessly desperate for change that they buy into it.
That is my exercise rant for the day, as always you can contact me at Galen@phenomenalfitness.com
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