If you walked into a gym, what would you be more impressed with, a PT with less overall size but a good six pack or a PT that obviously knew his way around a squat rack and the big lifts, lots of mass but not ripped?[/quote]
If I walked into a gym, and I decided to judge a book by it’s cover, I’d be more impressed with the leaner guy because the odds are that in the standard issue “Staff Trainer” shirt he’s probably wearing, he’d look more “athletic*” while the larger dude would look more “musclehead-ish*.”
This is just my experience from working in commercial gyms. The trainers who were BAF and SAS looked like goons (and often acted the part, but that’s another story), while the 44-year old trainer who taught the power abs boot camp class twice a week was built like a gymnast (in a good way.)
But like Vroom touched on, it depends on the client’s goals. The larger, more built trainers generally worked with college kids, while the leaner trainers drew the middle-aged crowd and most of the women clients.
Now, if I didn’t have any prior knowledge and I was Average Joe walking in off the street, I’d probably see a “huge, mass monster personal trainer” and think ‘Wow, roids work. Go figure.’ Again, that’s my perception of the public’s view on the profession.
*: Yeah, sorry. I hate those terms as adjectives too.