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What are you getting from your (insert any health care provider)?

If you are working with a trainer, strength coach, doctor, physical therapist, etc., really ask yourself, “What am I getting from this person?”

The reason I bring this up is because I heard something incredible yesterday. Incredible from the standpoint that it was hilarious (to me) and sad (for his clients) that he is actually ripping people off like this.

This trainer, when his clients come in to work with him, starts the session by saying “what do you want to work on today?”


What a joke! Seriously, are you running some sort of restaurant? Is this an ala carte menu? “I will have some core work, a little bit of legs, and some biceps curls to day. Hold the stretching.”

Honestly, this guy is a total joke. If you are a trainer and you are not developing a program for your clients,’ which focuses on their needs and limitations (which you should be determining; not them) then you are wasting their time and their money. If you are a client that is accepting this sort of treatment from your trainer, then you need to stand up and let this person know that you deserve better. It is YOUR health after all.

It is really sad that there are those in the field of health and wellness, and the entire medical field really, that prey on people who (a) don’t know any better and (b) assume that because you have credentials and fancy letters after your name you must know what you are talking about (despite asking them what THEY want to work on when they come to see you). I’ve said it once and I will say it again; some of the dumbest people I know have a PhD or Doctorate. They have all the fancy certifications and they pretend like they know what they are talking about. They even believe so much in their credentials (which means they passed a test really) that they have an ego about it and speak down to others, despite the others having more experience and knowledge than they do. It is really sad.

If you are working with someone, and this can be anyone really, not just your personal trainer; this can be your doctor, physical therapist, nutritionist, chiropractor, etc, ask yourself “what is this person doing for me?” Do they have my best intentions at heart? Are THEY making an effort to get ME better? Or, are they simply taking advantage of the situation?

Think about the situation for a second. You are going to these people because you have a problem. Maybe your are sick, in pain, need to become more active and lose weight; either way, you have a problem. You are in a vulnerable state of mind. You are turning to these people for help and it is very easy to accept what they say as gold, since you really don’t have anywhere to turn. At some point, just step back and ask yourself if this is the right person for you. Look for the truth!

Till next time…..

Dishing you your daily dose of the truth,