For the most part, I don’t really like the way personal trainers are portrayed there. The “in your face,” tough love, barking orders, style of most of them may grab the viewers’ attention, and be sensational for television, but quite frankly in my now 18-years’ of training experience (yikes!) I find that most “regular” clients don’t respond well to that, particularly in a one-on-one situation. Perhaps that works best in a group setting (I’m thinking boot camp here) since group dynamics are more at work there, and the individual members of the group may not feel singled-out and that any yelling and screaming is not directed specifically at them. But if I trained one of my individual clients by screaming in their face, particularly when they were already experiencing an emotional breakdown (e.g. crying etc.), not only would I feel bad, but I’d probably do a great disservice to that client.
I also feel that because of the perceptions of what the trainer-client relationship is (or should be) like based upon these shows, many first-time clients are (or may be) turned-off to seeking out the services of a trainer (unless of course the client likes that style of interaction – which in my experience MOST don’t). Again, that does a disservice because then the very clients who may need our help, may not seek it because they are, quite frankly, afraid!
Just my two cents.