So as I was flipping through the stations tonight I came across "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition". I enjoy any show on health and fitness and weight loss but this one really made my skin crawl.
The first thing that turned me off was the drama that goes on between trainer and client. The Biggest Loser has some but nothing like this one! One reason i love DVR...so I can fast forward through all that crap-ola.
Ok...i loved how the trainer pushed this guy to climb the Sears Tower (103 flights of stairs) while he weighed close to 400lbs. That shows that the human body is capable of much much more than we think!
Ok...so the show apparently is taped in 3 phases. Phase 1 - they work with the Personal Trainer very closely. Phase 2-they are on their own. Well this poor guy found food as a way to cope with a troubled childhood. He was addicted to food and had been for years. That is why he weighed 490lbs. During Phase 1 he lost 100 pounds when his trainer was with him. It was easier. It wasn't surprising that he gained weight during Phase 2. Addictions are not cured with exercise. At the end of the show the drama peaked as the trainer dropped off Wally at the Food Addiction treatment center. He couldn't look at Wally because he was disappointed that he couldn't help him more. The trainer was disappointed in himself. He thought he had given him all the tools he needed to change...and I was just shaking my head. Did he give him the #1 thing he needed? Tools to change the way he thinks? Tools to help him cope with his past that don't involve food?
ABC could have taken a whole different direction with that show. I sure wish they would have given more time to the addiction part instead of the 'i am a failure'
I have certifications in Body Pump(barbell weight class), Body Vive(low impact aerobic and functional strength training) and RPM(cycling) through Lesmills.com.
I am certified as a Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer through AFAA.