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see all the big guys out there that never hired a trainer?

I knew a licensed personal trainer once, he doesn't know jack shit about nutrition, kinesiology, and all of the other bullshit personal trainers claim they're so knowledgeable at. All he knew was work hard & eat right, and scam the stupid suckers $350 every month telling them how to do just that.
The standards for trainers in BC are APPALLING. To get a BCRPA requires you to simply take a weekend course to get a certification saying that you are now a "personal trainer". A lot of these "trainers" are simply normal people going into the field after failed attempts at other jobs. The amount of knowledge required to pass the examination is about as intensive as your average body building book. In fact, if you can tell the difference between your infraspinatus and your piriformis, you'll probably get it. And you probably got one of those guys.

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there are some amazing trainers out there, especially the guys who work with athletes. These guys all have degrees in the field of human kinetics and kineseology and know their shit. Plus they do a ton of internship work in the field and are usually certified with a CSCS- the holy grail of certifications, basically. At that point they are no longer trainers as they are now coaches and work exclusively with athletes. Every major sports team in the world, and every major athlete has a dedicated strength and conditioning staff. I have a friend who has his CSCS and he works with Olympic athletes and professional soccer teams. The amount of knowledge that they have on exercise science is UNREAL. They do not create one size fits all routines for people like you'd see in some random book, but they'd run you through a gamut of tests designed to make you better at your sport. I went to my buddy's gym to get hooked up with a design strength and conditioning program for my sport (wrestling). What he did was measured my vO2 max, resting heart rate and various strength and power tests. He then designed a program for a one year cycle of both in season and pre season conditioning. The program did not involve a single "3x8 bicep curlz" portion. It did involve a ton of Olympic lifts, plyos, sprints, strength work and work designed to improve all of the body's energy systems (ATP-PC, ANA, AERO). It was the best routine I've ever done,and I switched my major to Kinese after.

Exercise science and strength coaching is incredibly intense. If you want to lose weight, or gain muscle it's very easy to do so with reading internet msg boards and doing some body building routine, or some basic research into a diet, but if you want to get faster , stronger and more explosive, a strength and conditioning coach would help. If you are an athlete, it is a requirement. That's if you can even find one to work with a normal 'civilian' as they tend to be up to their neck in professional clients (plus they charge through the roof).
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