ZWL-NY Times-Trainers


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In yesterday’s New York Times Sunday Review Frank Bruni writes,

“The ranks of trainers metastasize and the adulation for them swells, even as their precise function grows fuzzier — or more variable from trainer to trainer and client to client. Trainers are the new priests. Trainers are the new escorts. They’re paid listeners, paid talkers: friends for hire, who charge by the hour, water not included. And they’re ludicrously apt emblems of, and metaphors for, this particular juncture in America, where people of means seem to believe that there’s no problem — from a child’s grades to a belly’s sprawl — that can’t be fixed by throwing money and a putative expert at it. Anything can be delegated. Everything can be outsourced, even perspiration.”

Well said!

You may be thinking that Bruni’s opinion is a contradiction to the DIY advice in The Zen of Weight Loss, but I say “Nay-Nay!” ZWL asks you to step up, recognize and embrace;

          • how your body-mind-brain work together,
          • how your body responds to fuel,
          • how you can make smart choices about your exercise,
          • how do discover your motivation,
          • how to incorporate movement into your life,
          • how to learn to be mindful of your body/life, and eventually
          • how to build your plan and stick with it.

This is the course you must follow in order to develop your personal fitness program. (Just as when you are proactive with your physician regarding your healthcare — be in control and ask questions.)You will be better able to work your program with the help of a trainer. To that end chapter 27 is all about Personal Trainers and what you should look for as you search for a trainer to hire. This is a survival chapter for our readers. Because not all trainers have the same level of expertise, and Bruni certainly brings this to the forefront in his opinion on Sunday morning. Armed with knowledge from ZWL you will be better equipped to choose wisely. It was not our intent to put personal trainers out of business — myself included — but as a certified trainer I do think the public needs to be protected.

“Not all trainers are created equal. Make sure the person you are hiring is qualified with a recognized agency. You may be fortunate enough to find someone with additional education as a physical therapist. Ask them to discuss the limitations you might have due to previous injuries. They should be willing to speak with you.” ZWL

Don’t end up like my friend, Vicki. Overweight and out of shape her brand new trainer had her stepping on a plyo-box a good 18″ high. She tore her ACL — no insurance. She remains injured and still uses that trainer. This remains a mystery to me. Don’t end up like Vicki. Learn to understand your body, any limitations you have, and your goals. Then find someone willing to keep that in mind as they decide your exercise prescription for health.

Be Well!

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