I just read a recent email from one of my colleagues in the industry. Brain Grasso is the creator of the IYCA (International Youth Certification Association) which can be viewed at the IYCA.org. Hands down, this is the elite of youth certifications which is why I am pursuing a level 2 cert from them.
I will only post part of his email since it is long. It does not pertain to youth training, but how most trainers and the public view personal training.
In this true story, you will see why only a tiny percentage of the population actually use a personal trainer and how many trainers are damaging the industry and in turn the overall future of personal trainers.
This is why Breakthroughs To Fitness is breaking away from that part of the industry, and we created our own branch of Fitness Coaches. Our B2F Fitness Coaches are top of the line professionals who are only concerned about their clients during each session.
We are here to set the bar high, so when you start seeing B2F Fitness Coaches around the world, you can be at ease knowing that someone out there is making sure people are recreating their health instead of damaging it.
When you are finished reading the story, comment on a bad past experience you had with a trainer or even some of the horror stories you have seen in the gym.
Dedicated to your results,
Does This Make Sense to You?
Because of potential criminal fallout, I’m not allowed to tell you
where I saw this, greg.
What’s criminal is the fact that this happened at all.
And the criminals in this case shouldn’t be allowed to hide behind
our legal system.
But what can I say?
That’s the law I suppose.
So, with the details muddled and the offenders protected, let me
tell you what happened while I was working out yesterday.
A Personal Trainer was conducting a training session with a
That in itself is not a story.
The fact that I even noticed them at all was based on what I kept
Groans of effort.
Groans of effort that eventually turned into screams.
I mean tribal screams – the kind you usually only hear from elite
power lifters or world-class bodybuilders.
Rep after rep after rep, this middle-aged man was literally
screaming, cursing and grunting his way through the workout.
All the while, his Personal Trainer was paying literally no
I mean at all.
He wasn’t even watching.
His eyes were fixed across the gym at a couple of other Personal
Trainers who had joined the rest of the people in the facility as
we all watched in horror at what was going on.
Only, the Personal Trainers weren’t in shock, disbelief or concern.
They were laughing.
The Personal Trainer who was actually conducting this training
session was looking at his buddies and laughing.
Rep after rep after rep.
I could go on about how poorly the middle-aged client was
performing each repetition and how dangerous his movement patterns
were, but that is not the point of this story.
And it isn’t where I believe the Personal Trainer erred most by not
watching his client…
…This guy was turning greener and greener by the second.
And the laughing Personal Trainer, acting cool to his buddies,
didn’t even notice.
And then it happened.
And anyone actually watching this freak show would have predicted it.
The middle-aged client leaps off the leg press machine (don’t even
get me started on that one), and runs to the closest garbage can.
In a lucky twist of fate, he managed to pull the lid off the top
just as the vomit started soaring out of his mouth.
And the Personal Trainer laughed..
He didn’t once go over to his client and see that he was o.k.
He just laughed, smirked and grinned at his buddies.
The vomit stopped, the lid was placed back on the garbage can and
everyone in the gym went back to there own business.
The smug Personal Trainer walked over to the now completely
exhausted and defeated middle-aged client and says – and this is
not me exaggerating -
“Good job. That’s the price you have to pay. Let’s get back to