Hell, I’m fortunate then! At Oz (formerly 24 Hour), the douche bags there apparently have no idea that their gym contains free weights.
If I needed a machine or a station at the cable stacks, I’d be screwed. Unfortunately, if you need a swiss ball to stretch on (or whatever else blows your hair back), every Goddamn trainer has one…where they are using them for the sake of using them. But that’s what they’re uneducated clients have seen to be the ‘thing’ on the Today Show, so the trainers are like any other business person…they give their customer what they want.
This is great if they’re buying a washer, but not when it comes to buying health advice and training.
As stated earlier,‘I am ashamed to have been a personal trainer,’ I too feel this way. It’s a shameful, vane and greed-ridden profession that has absolutely no credibility in any other field of health.
I can’t tell you how many assbags that I’ve met along the way that were the most self-absorbed, manipulative, greedy, over-paid, arrogant yet insecure son’s of bitches that would sell their mother’s ashes just so that their bank account was always going up.
HOWEVER, there are a select few that are amazingly talented professionals that actually give two shits about their INDIVIDUAL clients. They are truly artistic about program design and have an amazing social capability that I personally could never develop (I’m a dick). I liken this to any other art:
while there are those few that shock and continually amaze us, the majority are just hacks that are there for all of the wrong reasons…music comes to mind here.