Warning: Rant to follow:
Not here…but on an Irish fitness forum…they seem to be concerned that my ‘tone’ would upset people…and that if there were complaints…that they’d have to ‘act upon them’…whatever the hell that means. Well that’s yet another internet forum to which I will not be returning.
I think what actually offended and prompted the warning was probably not that I was simply commenting on the fact that people constantly complain about how crap and useless fitness instructor, personal training and strength and conditioning courses are…keep in mind…most of the people making these comments have actually done one or some of these courses. I think the thing that actually offended was the fact that I’m willing to bet that a good proportion of the moderators of this particular site either a) Teach and instruct for these organisations or b) That they got their ‘qualifications’ from them and are actually just annoyed with themselves for being useless when they did the course and feeling like fools for sitting there and lapping it all up or…and this is just a shot in the dark…c)That many of the board sponsors and advertisers just so happen to be these self same courses that even one of the moderators at the site who has done one of these courses…thinks that they are rubbish…and rather than being worried about me emotionally damaging someone with my commentary…they may have been more worried about their advertisers being miffed…but then again…I could be wrong…I often am.
I just find the hypocrisy of these people complaining incredible…and I just don’t understand it….these are the same people who sat through the rubbish presented to them during these courses with their mouths shut…saying nothing…in most cases…then regurgitated it all for their exams. One of the posters admitted as much…which just plain annoyed me…sitting there doing the course…knowing that the instructors are spouting rubbish…then doing the exam and giving them back this same rubbish in writing…then getting your qualification and THEN whining and moaning about it AFTERWARDS…is just pathetic. These people should give themselves an upper cut.
These courses are run as businesses and I find it appalling that people put up with the level of garbage and erroneous information that is dished out and do absolutely nothing about it…please tell me…in what other industry could this possibly be served up and accepted by the people actually paying for it? Language courses where no one learned to speak a word? Cooking courses taught by people who couldn’t turn an oven on? Where else but in the fitness industry would a bunch of people sit there and listen to instructors go on about only performing quarter squats because squatting to parallel or below is considered by them to potentially lead to permanent injury? Please….someone tell me?
The reason that the fitness industry and personal trainers have such a bad reputation is because people out there know that we put up with this rubbish. To sit there and listen to it and ‘learn’ it for exams when you know it is wrong…and say nothing…they realise that we’re either incredibly stupid or just plain cowards.
I actually want to know from anyone reading this blog in Ireland if there is actually a fitness instructors qualification that is good? Is there anyone here who has one that they are proud of?
End of rant.