I don’t believe they do give a fair representation. The results that are achieved by the participants are usually untypical of the average client. As well, the sheer intensity of the programs that are show on TV in my opinion are too intense for the beginner or even intermediate client. It is amazing they get away with what they do. I do believe these results can be achieved but it would be on an individual basis. All results and programs are should be personally developed depending on the clients goals and abilities. This is why it is called personal training…
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They are the worst influence on the fitness industry. First they are bad representation. Second due to the power behind the media.
They are unrealistic. I do not want to even get started on how terrible and corrupt these shows are. As much as I am not a fan of television and media (bad representation) I hope to change this!
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In my opinion, they do not. They only give the viewer a snippet of they types of work and lifestyle changes it takes to successfully become healthier. Most of these types of shows give the unreal perception that life-long health and fitness issues can be dealt with in a short and condensed time frame.
In addition, because most of these shows take the subjects out of their “real world setting,” it is seldom applicable to the normal viewer since they probably will not be able to sequester themselves from their real lives while they attempt to deal with their fitness issues.
1. The problem I have with these Biggest Loser type shows is that they use scale weight. As we CPT’s know that body composition is a more accurate measurement of fat loss or muscle gain which, these shows do not take into account. Then they call them a loser when in fact they very well may have actually lost more fat than their opponent but because muscle weighs more than fat.
2. They do not go into the 80% Nutrition & 20% fitness aspect to healthy weight loss and keeping it off afterwards.
Holly St.Lawrence BSc, NASM CPT, NTP