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Unread 09-01-2009, 10:46 AM
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Unread 09-01-2009, 10:54 AM
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You linked the lat pulldown article by mistake.

http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/tra...l-trainer.html
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Unread 09-01-2009, 11:01 AM
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Same situation in the UK. Can't see anything changing. Skilled PT should retain members, but managers can't recognise one when they see one.
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Unread 09-01-2009, 11:04 AM
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Same situation in the UK. Can't see anything changing. Skilled PT should retain members, but managers can't recognise one when they see one.
Another reality (and this is true of others fields such as massage) is that working for a commercial gym if you're competent is a waste; you end up giving 80% of your income to the gym. So the good trainers invariably realizse this and find a way to train without having to pay the gym so much. this leaves the incompetents to make up the majority of the staff.

And of course, there is the added issue that the entire gym industry is predicated on having a constant influx of new people; they give a damn if anybody actually hangs around and most of their money is made by people who buy memberships and never show up. they aren't interested in results because they don't have to be. They want numbers.
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Unread 09-01-2009, 12:07 PM
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The article rings true - I've always wanted a good personal trainer to really help me work on my form and help me design programs, but EVERY SINGLE ONE I've used or seen training others has been *really* bad. I saw one the other day teaching a guy how to leg press and he had the guy pushing the stack while barely even bending his knees.

Will you be my personal trainer, lyle?
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I'd like you to start with zero reps. Which might be more than that.
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Unread 09-01-2009, 12:31 PM
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sounds like too much volume. I'm going to have to see your certifications and bench press numbers to verify that you know what you're doing.
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Well, I can' bench 700 but I can do 70X10 so the tonnage is the same.
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Unread 09-01-2009, 12:42 PM
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kinda ot, but watch me tie it in:

I was working out yesterday, just started. Saw a skinny kid getting ready to bench and he put 225 on the bar. Thought to myself "no way"....sure enough, he brought the bar about half way down, moved it up an inch and next thing you know he was crushed. Someone ran over and pried the bar off. He kind of smirked, then just took a plate off each side and started doing random sets of 135 - butt off the bench, bar about 8" off his chest at the lowest, twisting horribly. I went about my workout, but would walk by every few minutes and he was still doing random sets of 4-7 with 1' rests 30 minutes later. He must have easily done over 100 reps. so 135x100 = 13,500 lbs he should have been able to press, right?

Oh, and he desperately needed a good personal trainer.
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Unread 09-06-2009, 07:16 PM
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or maybe he needs to stay away from the magazine rack. =P
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