I decided to change this because I personally hated the other one.  After I posted it, I just couldn’t stand it.  I since chose to re-write it in a different, more readable form.  At least that’s my opinion.

Dr. Anthony Abbott
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1.  Personal Trainers

It seems logical to believe that personal trainers would be the best source of health and fitness information.  Sadly, this is often not true, but it can be.  Allow me to elaborate.

Uneducated Personal Trainers

These people are a representation of how to do things the wrong way.  Some personal trainers have received their certifications off the internet in less than thirty minutes without prior knowledge in the field.  Don’t believe it?  Check here.

Educated Personal Trainers 

The two main university-level personal training certifications are from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).  These trainers usually have a fairly strong knowledge of health and fitness concepts.

However, I also think there may be an even higher standard.  Call me vain, but Fitness Institute’s graduates have a 100% pass-rate on the NSCA and ACSM exams.  Those exams have pass-rates that are around 55%.  Despite the difficulty for everyone else, Fitness Institute’s graduates pass it with ease.

With that said, I have some level of respect for several trainers with varying other certifications.  The main issue is that you as the client should educate yourself as to just how difficult your trainer’s certification was to earn.  If it was super easy (like an “only pay if you pass” scheme), then you’re probably in danger.



2.  Medical Doctors 

For some reason, some medical doctors just can’t seem to understand what a “field of practice” is.  Sometimes when I watch their shows or read their books, I just want to bang my head into the nearest hard surface.  Only a quarter of Medical Schools require even one nutrition class.  Their exercise science education is just as dismal.

Don’t listen to your medical doctor’s health and fitness advice.  He/she simply isn’t educated in the field.  In the same vein, don’t ask a personal trainer, physical therapist, or dietitian for medical advice.  That would be what we like to call “stupid”.



3.  Physical Therapists

Go to a physical therapist if you have any physical injuries.  Your educated personal trainer understands how to make you fit and healthy post-rehabilitation.  They don’t understand how to diagnose and treat nerve, bone, ligament, and tendon damage.



4.  Dietitians

Last but certainly not least are our friends who went through their bachelor’s degree program, a 12-month supervised practice program, and then passed a national certification just to spread the love of nutritional knowledge to all.  They are by far and away the most knowledgeable individuals when it comes to nutrition (well, other than PhDs in Nutritional Science).

If you want to delve deeper into the issue of dangerous personal trainers, you can read an earlier write-up of mine here.