Trainer Struggles to lose weight

fattrainerThis post pertains to the news story regarding the personal trainer in Australia who put on 90 pounds in an attempt to identify with his clients. You can see the ABC report
on Youtube. Before you go looking for the video read this. I will provide a link at the end of this post.

First of all I must say that this is one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard in my life of 43 years. This man is an unbounded, confounded fool. First of all, to become obese so you can understand your clients is like a financial planner purposely going broke. Or maybe it’s like a dentist purposely letting his teeth rot. Or it could be like an oncologist purposely doing everything possible to contract cancer. All done for sake of understanding clients? Horse manure!
This is ridiculous, unscrupulous and outright unprofessional.

Next he’ll help the poverty stricken by becoming one of them. He states that he’s doing this for the purpose of empathizing with his clients. Well listen and hear me good.

The fact is that this is a self-serving publicity stunt. I am in no way against publicity, but let’s just acknowledge what it really is. It’s not about walking a mile in another’s moccasins. He can’t replicate the journey of someone who struggles with weight. He’s a fitness guy. He will get back in shape. All the while this little performance for the camera will trivialize the real challenges that people face that are really trying to change their lives.

When this is all over, the cameras will flash and on the surface he will seem triumphant. He’ll be interviewed and talk about how hard it was.

When the smoke clears there will be fitness pros like me who really love and empathize with the people we work with still giving it our all on a daily basis.

And in the long run we won’t need the P.T. Barnum act to know that what we do is good.

Check out the report HERE.

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