Whether they’re believing a bodybuilder, or a celebrity, or a known person associated with fitness (to clarify I’m not talking about the leaders in the fitness industry (or similar), think The Biggest Loser personal trainers intensely working out 350 pound people for 5 hours straight and they’re not even getting proper nutrition intake (may be an exaggeration but I think you can get the point I’m making) , celebrity fads/workout advice, a guy they know they always looked up to for fitness advice (guy giving out really bad advice on TV(Like Doctor Oz saying there’s a natural miracle diet pill/product, or the fitness version of that), bodybuilder friend, or similar), etc. That’s more or less what I’m talking about.), they’ll hear something from them that’s a either a common trend that’s a myth, something that has no evidence to back it up, or/and can even be harmful. And they’ll believe them over me.
The thing is, I’m in good shape but I’m skinny, even though I’m really toned I don’t have big muscles, I feel like it affects my credibility to client’s and athletes when it’s something like my word vs a bodybuilder’s or celebrity.
So how can I handle this, what are the best strategies?
Thanks in advance.
There’s really nothing you “can do” , because people have the right to believe what they want!
However, it’s important to stay professional, provide research materials, and realize that in this industry there are SO MANY trends, “ideas”, fads, the latest and greatest way to do things.
Take a look around at all of the boutique fitness studios opening for instance: The Burn, Dailey Method, Barre, etc, they all have their own “theories” around fitness.
I have determined that this is a huge industry with thousands of ways to do things and as professionals we need to provide clients with solid research and stick with that.