REAL strength and conditioning/fitness professionals "in the know" need to somehow band together and get some kind of licensing going to train people and give out advice. I mean come on, you have to have a certain license to work on someone's hair but not with someone's body? How does that work? Perhaps the CSCS and CPT could become the license? At the very least, narrow it down to one respectable certification.
A friggin plastic surgeon even tried giving out some ridiculous exercise advice to a client of mine last week. When will it ever end? Let me just say this. I don't go around telling people about getting face lifts, what medicines to take or what they need to do about their heart surgery. Stick to what you know and let people like myself do our jobs. Thank you.
In regards to unqualified trainers, I have plenty of clients right now who I'm working with to undo issues and imbalances that "trainers" they were with before me created, due to a lack of any kind of knowledge whatsoever with proper program design or assessment. (Thats only the start of it) Studying for a week and taking an online certification course does not make you qualified to train people, believe it or not.
Oh and by the way, teaching Zumba or Bootcamp does not make you a qualified strength and conditioning professional, sorry to tell you. So do us all a favor, and stop trying to teach exercises you don't even do right yourself to a group of people who have no business doing them either. Leave your impingement pushups to yourself.
Last but not least, if you think you are hardcore and know what you are doing because you read all of the latest Muscle and Fitness or Shape magazines, you are sadly mistaken. Do yourself and others a favor, and leave your terribly imbalanced anterior dominant program to yourself and your mirror, and stop messing up other people's bodies along with yours. Those cutoffs and the NO Explode you take every workout really don't make you that strong or big by the way. As a matter of fact, I have seen 120 pound girls outlift you by hundreds of pounds.
Myself and many qualified individuals in this field have spent and spend hours upon hours training ourselves, training all varieties of clients, reading books, reading articles, studying research journals, attending seminars, watching videos and dvd's, competing, networking, getting respectable degrees and basically live strength and conditioning, fitness, and anything dealing with the body and its performance. Exercise and Sports Science is so much more than the average person realizes. In depth anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, nutrition, bioenergetics, strength training science and I could go on. Quite frankly, its an insult to us when some of these uneducated people go around misinforming the general public. There is always more to learn and just when you think you know a lot, you realize you know nothing.
The reason I get frustrated is because I am so passionate about what I do, and I just want people to receive the service and teachings they deserve to get. I wanna see people get better and reach their goals. If more people understood these things, more people would be much better off with the way they feel, the way they perform and with the quality of their lives. Hopefully more and more people will come around. Any thoughts from my fellow brothers and sisters in pain or anyone for that matter? I would love to hear them.