Integrity and Ignorance in the "Fitness" Profession.
A few weeks ago one of Julie’s friends called her to ask about body fat percentages. She and her training partner had their body fat percentages calculated by their personal trainer. Their trainer told this lady her BF % was 25%, but the other an astounding 8%. I laughed. No, seriously, I really laughed.
I originally intended to write how irrellevant body fat percentages are and of how inaccurate the tests are for it. I was going to explain how most athletes perform at their best when they’ve a little fat on them. That there is a point of dimenishing returns with fat loss. But something else caught my attention from this lady’s story.
The trainer used the BF calipers, and used only this method to determine the girls’ bodyfat. That tells me the trainer is either just giving service to the calculation, or knows nothing of how inaccurrate the calipers are. Either scenario is sad.
But what gained my attention about the whole thing was, this trainer told these two ladies such different results and hadn’t the awareness that the two are built similarly and neither are obviously less than 20% BF.
So my question is, does the trainer just not know any better? Or worse, did the trainer purposely tell the one lady she is 8% just to stroke her ego and give merit and result to her Rx’d training program? Either is sad.
And now, the trainer has two clients, friends and training buddies… one has been lied to or misinformed, but has elevated esteem. The other is let down and will question the trainer, the trainer’s knowledge, and ultimately the trainer’s integrity.
The American public has lost faith in exercise, diets, trainers, and gyms because the fitness community has continually lowered it’s standards and integrity to please it’s clients. The fitness community, Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, and the Oprah’s of the world have told us all that "it’s ok to have a "cheat day" or "just listen to your body, it will tell you want it needs" or even "doing any activity is better than nothing". They’re all bull, and represent a lazy, weak path that has lead our society to begin to consider obesity as a disease. Hell, if that’s the case, we should be able claim laziness and lack of discipline on our health insurance too.
The trainer and story I refer to is a good example of all this. The idea of telling clients what they want to here just to keep them coming back is violation of personal and professional integrity.
I promise to never compromise our principles or results to keep a client at CFW. Frankly, a client that doesn’t make honest attempts at improving their health, fitness, and wellness does represent what we do at CFW. These clients are asked to leave CFW. I just won’t take money for no services rendered. But that is only part of it, a client content with mediocracy doesn’t benefit the atmosphere of our facility and does nothing to bolster the motivation of the members of the our highly energized family.
To those in the fitness community that use publications like Muscle & Fiction, Oxygen, or Men’s Health for their training "expertise" and take peoples money but offer no results, get a clue. And um, go ahead get a resume together… CFs and athletic fitness facilities that care about their clients are putting you out of business. No? When was the last time you stopped by your local CrossFIt Affiliate and checked on the clients you used to train?