Earlier this year I was interviewed by the College of Contemporary Health on my views about how personal trainers and the fitness industry are helping with getting Obese people moving, also how indoor cycling could be used as part of a weight loss program.
If you have read my blog post the fitness industry is a load of HIIT you will already know my stance on the fitness industry encouraging over-weight or obese people into their environment. I had the opportunity to take the finished on-line course – “Making the move – working with obese clients” and I found the course compelling, enlightening and somewhat disturbing.
There is a section in the course which talks about stigma and discrimination towards obese individuals. I took a paragraph out of the course to highlight something to you all..
Using the Implicit Association Test, other research of 246 exercise science students demonstrated a significant anti-fat bias. Being female, white, and having a lower BMI were all associated with stronger anti-fat bias. The research also found explicit attitudes among the students that fat people are lazy, physically unattractive, buy too much junk food, and could lose weight if they really wanted to do so (Chambliss et al. 2004).
There was other stats in the course content, suggesting that some fitness professionals find fat people revolting! What did you join the fitness industry for? To be “fitness famous?” Well great in this day and age anyone can become fitness famous, but what about helping people get results, and not the ones who need a little push in the right direction, but those who need a complete lifestyle change. That journey from the sofa and inactivity to a life of good health and activity. Perhaps you are unsure of your own abilities on how to train such clients?
This course is aimed at Personal Trainers, but after completing the course it I believe GP’s and all health care providers would benefit from this course. The amount of detail, latest papers, research, documentaries in the content is outstanding. I believe all health professionals with this amount of information would start giving more realistic advise to their obese patients, help set them more realistic goals. Understand how to talk to their clients, what barriers they may need to get across and to start talking to them as a person, an individual. How GP’s should recommend to their patient that they seek out a fitness professional to help train them. Fitness professionals and GP’s need to work more closely together. Just like it takes a fitness model to be trained, tanned, trained to pose, it’s a team effort. Everyone needs help and support; it takes another team to help get obese clients to a position of health and well-being.
If you are interested in this course follow this link. If like me you joined the fitness industry to help people move and have a better and healthier lifestyle then I would urge you to take this course. In this video a representative from Nordic Walking was saying the same thing as me, let’s get people walking, moving then worry about technique.
As again the indoor cycling community raged about SoulCycle wanting to float on the market place, raising millions $, I continuously find myself asking, ‘ Are the lycra clad indoor cycling instructors aiming their energy and focus at the right people?” Let’s not focus on the odd thousand clients riding at SoulCycle, let’s turn our attention to the millions of people who are classed as overweight or obese and let’s look at how we can get them moving. How we can get them into our indoor cycling classes. “*hint – ditch the lycra and be less intimidating!”