If your trainer takes after the trainers on the reality show, “The Biggest Loser” it’s time to get a new trainer.  Rather than tell you – yet again – about the problems with the trainers on the show, I’ll let the following clip do most of the work.

Watch the clip and put yourself in the position of the client; would you want to be treated in this manner by any employee of yours?  Never forget that as personal trainers we are your employees, we work for you.

The personal trainers on the show, “The Biggest Loser” have won the fitness lottery, but have decided not to use their platform to represent the high end of the profession.  They disrespect their clients and the fitness profession with just about everything that they do on the show and have created a class of health and fitness victims.

I was fortunate to learn the right way to do things from some of the people who were responsible for personal training becoming a mainstream profession.  Back in the late 1980s I was taught how to be a personal trainer by the staff of New York City’s Plus One Fitness Clinic.

Training members of Manhattan’s elite – show business, the financial business, the art and publishing world – we were taught that it was all about the client.  And it still is. At some point over the past 20 years personal training became all about the personal trainer; in the mainstream the personality of the trainer became more important than the client.

There is no way that the antics of the personal trainers on the show, “The Biggest Loser” would have been tolerated by the clients or the management back in the day. Your personal trainer doesn’t know what he’s doing if he treats you like you’re on, “The Biggest Loser.”


  1. Dear Sal,
    thank you very much for being such a sceptic and highlighting these issues. I AM SHOCKED to see this kind of behaviour…on television!!! I used to like this show and i got inspired to do something myself, but this is not helping anyone and I have come to dislike it…A LOT. I find your website very very helpful (I did sign up with the Jillian Michaels website and did the programme religiously for 6 weeks only to find that I had actually lost 1 pound…in 6 weeks!!!…so now I have to change things up a little), so thanks for giving all this information, it is very much appreciated. Please do not stop LOL
    Rebekka from Sweden


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