Keep an eye on your trainers and how they train. If they use scientific training, periodized training and progressive resistance, then they are on the right track. Fad training, however, is not only dangerous to the participants, but can also be detrimental to your trainer’s reputation.
An example of this is CrossFit. Although this is a hard, efficient and challenging workout for athletes, for the average non-skilled individual, it is not only dangerous, but also impossible. Yet, so many trainers I see in health clubs try to create or perform CrossFit workouts with clients that have no foundation of fitness, nor do they have the skills needed to perform many of the complex movements.
When you ask the trainer why they are doing the workout, the only answer they have is because it is hard. Just because a workout or program is hard, it does not mean that every client should do it. That is the dangers of fad or trendy workouts.
Vic Spatola is the director of personal training for Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club in Greenwood Village, Colorado, a suburb of Denver. Spatola offers consulting on personal training business development. For more information, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.