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?
Definitely! These shows give unrealistic results for the average adult who puts in 8 hour days of work, 5 days a week.
These shows…allow the contestants involved in them to simply take away every other distraction in life…to focus all their energies on losing weight.
As for the ideas we can glean from this show…yes, they may have cool new ideas for training clients…but often times I have seen some of the worst motivation skills ever…by trainers yelling at their clients, screaming at them…that may work for a tv show…however it does not work for society in general…many people want training to be fun…they do not want to be scared and intimated, dreading their next session with a trainer…or they will not come back…they will get discouraged…and they will drop out of a program altogether.
Piggy backing off of Stephen Landrum…the other factor is nutrition…most people do not have a nutritionist preparing a menu for their eating patterns…nor do they have a cook who prepares it in the most healthy way possible either.
People can also view these shows…and start to envision that this is what a personal trainer does…and they see the contestants going through hell…it may actually de-motivate them by the sheer intimidation factor that they view with some of the motivation techniques as trainers on these shows shouting and yelling at the contestants.