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.
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.
/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.