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They Cannot Retain Trainers!

by Jackie
(Virgin Islands)

The real problem at 24 hour fitness is trainer retention, not that so much opportunity exists in the field. Most people fall away after they see the erratic hours, cancellations, hassles and heavy sales pressure. You have a person's life in your hands, their body....that's enough to deal with. But on top of that, 24 Hr and other gyms thrash you to produce or you're gone in 90 days or less. They don't give a crap about the client, just $$$$. They also tell you they will hire you when you're certified but many people fall through the cracks of these false promises. I have seen a 24 HR 'Master Trainer' put women through crazy stepping up onto a bench with heavy dumbbells.....not good. If a trainer asked me to do that, I'd be suspicious and refuse, even though it's supposed to be 'strength stabilization' in NASM's 'OPT' model. The person can fall and be injured severely. There are safer ways to train that produce results without jeopardizing the client. It's like NASM has become the bible for training. I say phlooey, plenty of great bodies were built before NASM came along. Also I think 24 Hr fitness gets a kickback from NASM for every hopeful naive person who buys the course due to their urging, but ends up jobless. I built these arms myself, never needed NASM!!!!

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NASM
by: Kathy

NASM is not the problem. How the OPT model is used and abused is the problem. I am fortunate that the gym I work out doesn't have ridiculous sales requirements. Any certification can be a problem with an inexperienced thoughtless cocky trainer. I am working with people that were injured by a previous trainer that has thankfully moved on to another gym. Unfortunately this guy is probably out injuring other people at another gym.

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NASM is not the problem
by: Anonymous

I earned certifications from ACSM, NASM, and ACE. The NASM program was the most thorough in terms of postural assessment and resistance training. (ACSM focused more on cardiovascular risk factor reduction and ACE on broad fitness and customer service.)

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another reason they cant retain trainers..
by: Anonymous

24 hires many trainers who aren't even certified yet with the promise of greater pay once they are certified and help paying for certification. They put them through their in house training program and then when it comes time to take a real certification exam they don't pass it. They are fired if they don't pass in a specific time.

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NASM is a joke
by: Anonymous

24 Hour Fitness had merged with NASM several years ago. NASM is nothing more than a marketing tool. Anyone with a background in marketing will see how this works. I was a trainer at 24 and was there when they started having NASM-inspired fitness "orientations" designed by NASM staff. We were even told this was so during a district meeting. The OPT model is a great way to make clients feel they "need" more training as it delays results yet promises them later. The customer starts to question their own commitment to fitness. It's really a brilliant, yet sick, plan. I refused to renew my NASM cert again after seeing how it was used to make fat clients' wallets thinner while their waistlines got bigger, by design.

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opt is like a ladder
by: Anonymous

I hope you're already a certified w/ Nasm then you will understand the opt besides it's up to you how to apply and manipulate it. Like isolation training and functional training.


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NASM is a Scam
by: Anonymous

NASM is a for profit scam! Until they become a real evidence based certification like ACSM, ACE and NSCA I will NEVER support or endorse their fake science crap! If you really want the scoop on NASM talk to someone who is RTS certified (Tom Purvis was one of the founders of NASM)

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