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.
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
I don’t think it hurts our industry, as long as we keep educating our clients and/or any potential future clients that there is a lot more going on in the show that we don’t see. It’s a long process and these people are operating in a very controlled environment where they get to workout many hours a day, they have their own chief and they are being monitored 24/7 by a dietitian and medical staff. This is very hard to duplicate in the real world where most of us live and work.