I intentionally left this wide open to interpretation. We all know about things that have been taken off of the market, specifically stimulants and methylated forms of various steroids and cutting agents, but should the FDA make it a regular practice to regulate all consumer supplements? What are your thoughts?
Also, based on your certifications, what is your professional position on recommending supplements? If you’re a club owner, do you sell supplements in your facility?
In a word “yes.” Regulation could and should lead to actual standards in terms of the ingredients in the supplements and also the claims of the purveyors of the items. To me, that’s a good thing. Regulation by the fed DOES NOT automatically mean that the end-users will also be regulated (as in requiring a prescription). Although it COULD result in that, I think that most discussion and consideration of supplement regulation goes to the manufacturers of these “drugs,” to help insure the quality.
As a trainer I do NOT recommend supplements to my clients or anyone for that matter. I leave that topic up to nutritionists, physicians, and RDs. In my opinion this is a subject outside a personal trainer’s scope of practice.
I hope this helps.