Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: Personal Trainers that Suck, Lack of Progress, and Lift Heavy Stuff

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For those wondering what the picture is on the left, that’s this week’s Cressey Performance nutrition tip. While we do go out of our way to post beneficial tips for our clients – like providing simple strategies to increase fruit and veggie consumption, protein shake recipes, and letting them know that a kitten dies every time you toss an egg yolk into the kitchen sink – we also like to have a little fun from time to time.

Hope you got a little chuckle out of it.

It’s been a busy week on my end, and I have a few deadlines to meet.  Note to my editors:  I love you.

This weekend is looking to be just as jammed pack what with Phase II of the Elite Baseball Mentorship going down at the facility. It’s basically three days filled with talking about anything and everything as it relates to training baseball players, and I’m pumped to hear what Eric Cressey, Eric Schoenberg, and Matt Blake are going to be sharing (even though I kinda already know what’s going to be covered).

On that note, I hope everyone enjoys their weekend, and I’ll see you back here next week!

Personal Trainers That Suck – Derek Woodske

I love me some rants. And this my friends, is an EPIC rant.  I don’t think I’ve high-fived my computer screen as much as I did listening to this seven minute video.

We can discuss any industry and go on and on and on about how many people within that industry suck.  Just like there are shitty personal trainers out there (and there are A LOT), we can also make a case for all the shitty lawyers, doctors, car mechanics, and librarians out there too.

Because there’s no real governing body when it comes to personal trainers, and access/certification is nothing more than a $99 credit card payment to some random website, it’s not surprising that many people have a bad taste in their mouth when it comes to personal trainers.

Thing is though:  many of the PTs that we deem as “sucking donkey ass (my words, not the internet’s),” don’t even realize how much they suck.  They’re meeting their quotas, they’re making money, they have an arm band tribal tattoo.  Life is good!

Anyways, I think many of you will enjoy this rant and will be nodding your head in agreement as much as I did.

Top 5 Reasons You’re Not Seeing Results in the Gym – Chad Landers (via JKConditioning)

I love this post for a variety of reasons – but mainly because of how beautifully simple it was.  Some people will go out of their way to come up with the most asinine rationales for why they’re not making progress in the gym.

My left big toe dorsiflexion is off.

I didn’t feed my pet bald eagle this morning.

It’s a leap year.

When the truth of the matter is it’s never anything remotely as complicated as they think it is.

Do the Big Lifts Every Day – Todd Bumgardner

I often feel like Todd and I are long lost brothers.  I mean, we both like to lift heavy stuff, we’re both bald, it’s uncanny!

I don’t think there’s ever been a time where I read something he’s written and I didn’t think to myself, “Wow, it’s almost as if I could have written the same thing!”

Needless to say I really respect Todd’s work, and I always look forward to reading his stuff.  This one is no different.

 

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  • Tim

    The rant is by far one of my very favorites. I don’t consider myself any type of “expert”, but when I ask a fellow trainer (nationally certified or weekend certified) if they can name the muscles of the rotator cuff, and the response is “uhhh” “ummmmm”. Then I know who is serious about their job and who thinks of it as a hobby.

    • TonyGentilcore

      That’s a perfect litmus test if you ask me!

  • Todd Bumgardner

    Thanks, Tony! Always appreciate your appreciation of things that I write about because I appreciate them. You’re the man. Bald is beautiful.

  • Brian Catalano

    Perhaps the best and most truthful part of the rant was at the 3:16-3:25 mark “they care about their back yard”…

  • Chad Landers

    I just saw this Tony! Thank you so much!

    • TonyGentilcore

      Glad to help spread the word Chad!