/Agree with most above posts.
Definitely bad news bears for the crossfit community. But at the same time, I’m fairly certain people who join it sign a waiver that pretty much releases crossfit and its affiliates from any damage.
Can’t expect much from an organization that emphasizes speed and time over safety and form.
If you know information that could potentially help someone, why would you withhold that information? Should a dietitian be the only person allowed to tell someone that consumption of fast food could potentially lead to heart disease?
I am not cross fit certified but as part of my degree I was required to take sever nutrition classes. As a personal trainer it should be your responsibility to know not only know the exercise aspects that contribute to an overall healthy lifestyle but also the dietary aspects.
Giving food recommendations is a must. What if your client comes into a session having not eaten anything since the day before? What if they decided to eat only a protein bar for breakfast? The will have depleted they glycogen stores during the night and thus will have little to no energy to dedicate to their workout.
I think its a shame, disappointing and can make things more difficult for those of us who stay within our scope of practice. Often times clients come to us with different thoughts of what services we can provide. Sometimes this comes from experiences they’ve had with other trainers, gyms, programs, etc. I try to explain to them upfront my scope of practice as laid out by my certifications (ACE personal trainer and health coach). If they want something other than what I offer, I refer them to a dietician who can give them a more detailed plan. Most of my clients are ok with this once they understand why I practice the way I do (liability, education, etc).
Like many of the others have said, in the end, staying true to the professionals helps ourselves and our clients.
I will agree with everyone else. Those with a higher standard of care, who choose to stay within their scope of practice, will sleep better at night and take better care of their clients.
Don’t worry, Susan, people know you are a professional.
For example, the people who like to overdo it are getting hurt and asking me questions.
You have to keep in mind that your scope of practice isn’t a set of “laws.” There really isn’t anything to stop any of us from acting outside of our scope. However, the organization that gives us our certificates will deny us of insurance and/or support should be be caught practicing outside of our scope (typically this will be the case when some legal action arises, like when a client files a lawsuit for being injured while performing an exercise under your supervision).
The scope of practice should be viewed as a set of boundaries govern by the level of education we receive for that certification (or as a prerequisite for that certification). If we follow our scope, then we are acting on information within what we were trained for. Generally, the organizations that has their members follow a scope of practice are those that holds themselves to a high standard. They are also the ones that can provide insurance to their members.
This is something to consider when potential clients asks why they should pick you over someone with a weekend certification. You hold yourself to a high standard, understand that you don’t know everything and will seek help from other professionals to fill in what you don’t know, and ultimately keep your clients safe while they work towards their goal(s). If you stay true to that, you’re likely to retain the clients that you want.