A major part of avoiding fitness information overload is learning who to listen to and who not to listen to. This is accomplished in numerous ways. One way is to carefully review the qualifications of anyone you plan to listen to. Remember, if someone is going to advise you on how to get into shape, they should have accomplishments in that area themselves. Take a look at the following “expert” resume and get some thoughts going on what you think.
My name is Donald Expert. I’m not a gambling man, but I’d we willing to bet that you’re not satisfied with the rate of progress you are making with your diet or fitness programs. In fact, if you’re like most people, you’re probably frustrated, discouraged and angry because you are working out, dieting, or both and making no progress at all.
I understand, because most of my personal training clients were in the same boat when they first came to me. In desperation, many of them said they'd tried everything and I was their “last hope”. Others had never worked out a day in their lives and had absolutely no idea how or where to begin.
What an incredible, amazing and pleasant surprise it was when they began to see the fat melt away and the muscle start popping out in places they never even knew they had muscles before!
Who knew, after all the wasted time and frustration, that you could achieve amazing results so quickly and consistently with the proper training techniques and the motivation and accountability that you get from an expert personal trainer?
Donald Expert’s Titles:
1987 Mr Colonial America 8th Place
1987 Suburban Bodybuilding Champs 1st Place
1988 Met. Bodybuilding Champs 3rd Place
1988 Mr. New Jersey 5th Place
1988 Atlantic Seaboard Bodybuilding 4th Place
1990 Eastern USA Bodybuilding 4th Place
1989 Garden State Bodybuilding 1st Place
What do you notice right away? Does Mr. Expert give you any real information about his methods? Does he tell you anything about how he is going to fix your problem? How about those bodybuilding titles? Do you see any national championships on the list?
You have to use a critical eye when viewing these things. A long list of titles means nothing if you won Mr. Joe Neighborhood 2009. Why aren’t there national titles on the list?
In addition, any trainer should be able to tell you exactly what you will do with them. They should be telling you what techniques they prefer. I personally would not workout with anyone who didn’t believe in High Intensity Training, but how would I know from this resume whether or not to work with Mr. Expert?
Take your time and study the credentials of everyone you plan to follow. Make sure they are the real deal. Are they in it to help other people or are they just about the money? That’s going to be your call to make and it is an important distinction to see.