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.