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?
Id say yes, but it can be kinda rectified.
The problem these shows bring is that they give people unrealistic expectations of what a trainers job is and what attainable goals are. Its also easy to forget that the 1 hour show can cram in as much as a YEAR of training.
Thats much more time that most people put into the gym. They’re also taking into account the persons nutritional needs and meeting the trainer as many as 7 or more times a week.
I remember one episode where a trainer had a client do a “Flight or Flight” workout. First workout was to “set the standard” and get a 450lb man running. He hadnt run in as much as 30 years. That was a lawsuit waiting to happen but the trainer pretty much had ABC on his side.
We dont have the luxury of taking on a client 24/7 a year with the financial backing of a corporation.
Best thing to do is educate who you’re working with and hope they take it to heart