I feel shows like this have unrealistic results compared to most individuals. This then can make clients expect similar, yet unrealistic results. Still shows like this tend to motivate people and get them interested in losing weight/fat. Do shows like this help or hurt our industry? Your thoughts?
First off, I’ve watched biggest loser from the beginning and I gotta say the thing I like about it, is that it’s proof that severely obese people can slim down and become healthy without hiding behind excuses like genetics or glandular problems. I also think the show gets people excited about fitness and encourages them to seek out trainers.
The down side of the show is just that, it’s a TV show. This means that although it tries to promote a positive message, it does so through unrealistic means and most people do not understand that the things they do on TBL are sensationalized and meant for entertainment purposes and has very little to do with real life.
So all in all, it’s a double edged sword for me. TBL brings people to the gym but leaves them disappointment and discouraged with real trainers who have them losing 1-2lbs a week safely instead of 12 lbs like the see on TV.
I don’t watch these shows, but i’d say they create unrealistic and unhealthy goals. One of our jobs as trainers, is to help people create realistic and healthy goals, so I think these shows are VERY counter productive to our field, as most overweight people are impatient about dropping the weight and aren’t concerned with how healthy their approach is.
Can shows like the Biggest Loser make our job harder, definitely. But, it can do no more damage than those trainers out there who are only doing this for the money. Personally, I think that they do far more harm than the Biggest Loser ever could.
Shows like the Biggest Loser bring what we do to a wider populace and sheds light to people on what they can achieve if they are willing to put in the work and effort. Combine that with a trainer who is passionate about what they are doing, and any goal that they put their mind to can be achieved.
Honestly, I don’t think that any trainer who is regularly active on IDEA Answers couldn’t come up with a better program for these individuals. For me, the issue would be money. How much are you going to pay me? If I’m helping you make arrangements for prepared meals, a small army of staff including a medical doctor and a nutritionist at the very least, not to mention the time that goes into coordinating workouts and making sure that your programs are sound, then… I need compensation that is reflective of those services offered. I think for clients in the top 10% income bracket might be the only ones who could live the lives of biggest loser contestants. As it happens, it usually is the case that we see people with issues like obesity and being unfit are usually in the lower income brackets or at most upper middle class.
Does it make the job harder? Well… It makes it harder to motivate a client. It’s harder to get a “biggest loser” client to understand the reality of what has to happen for successful and long-term weight loss in the real world with limited resources and time.