What my school taught me is drastically different from what my certifications taught me. School was about exercise science (what is best for clients). Certifications taught me about trends (what clients may want). Should certifications be evidence based or trend based? How do we reconcile what is best for clients with what they may want?
Having read your response to your question, I understand your perspective.
Here is where I stand.
For me it doesn’t matter whether it is a workshop, course, certification or whatever, even if it is trend, here is what I am searching for from a cognitive perspective:
What is the theoretical framework of the certification, workshop, trend etc.? If the “author” of the certification, workshop, trend, etc. can not respond to the question or it is not indicated in the certification, workshop, trend and the two then I do not subscribe to it.
Here is an unfortunate reality. If you ask most fitness professionals what is the theoretical framework from which they design fitness programs or utilize coaching approaches many won’t be able to respond. Hence, your question is quite valid. It is up to us, however, to continue to encourage our colleagues to utilize theoretical approaches when it comes to developing fitness/wellness programs for our clients.