Think you have a crazy fitness question? Ask away – your Certified Personal Trainer will have a answer to any question you throw their way!
Throughout the years of my time as a personal trainer and just working in the fitness industry in general, I have encountered a lot and I mean A LOT crazy questions from different people. I’ve had people come up to me at the pump at the gas station because they saw my Gold’s Gym shirt. I have had new, old and potential gym members reach out to me. I have also had many of my own clients inquire about different topics during their time training with me. During all this time, I have made so many great memories and have also learned things myself!
I have had questions that have been laughable, some that are of understandable concern and some which have just flat out blown my mind! If you don’t know the answer to a question, you have to ask to learn, right? Some questions can just catch a person off guard every now and then. I decided to share some of my favorite inquiries that I have experienced during my time as a Certified Personal Trainer and to provide you all with my answers. Take a look below to read some of my most memorable…
Q: “I bought this sweat cream and want to know how long it is going to take for me to lose weight. I have been rubbing it all over my stomach and arms and I haven’t seen any change. What am I doing wrong?”
A: Unfortunately, sweat cream is a marketing scheme. There is not cream, lotion or topical on the market that is going to make you lose weight. Sweat creams work by causing the temperature of the skin on your body to raise, primarily in the areas that you rub it on. All it does is make you hot and uncomfortable. You aren’t sweating fat out through your skin. All you are doing is causing yourself to lose water weight that will eventually be put back on once you are re-hydrated.
Q: “I want to lose weight in my stomach. I figured if I ate less all my food wouldn’t go there. So if my food doesn’t go there, I can’t gain weight, right?
A: This is absolutely incorrect. For this particular scenario, the person was unaware that our bodies have an organ that is our actual stomach. They were thinking that all the food we eat just lands in our torso region once we consumed it, then sat there causing mid-section weight gain. It is very important to remember that our bodies need food to survive. By eating the right healthy foods, our bodies will use the nutritional components as positive fuel sources to benefit us. On the other hand, not eating will only cause our bodies to store the existing fat. Deprivation makes your body scared to let go of the fuel sources that it has already stored up, causing you to keep your weight on.
Q: “I have a class reunion I need to be at with my husband in 2 months and I need to lose around 80 pounds. You can help me do that, right?”
A: Well, I can definitely assist in helping someone lose 80 pounds, but it will most definitely not be within a 2 month time period. Safe weight loss is incredibly important. The ideal amount of weight to lose each week (if you have a significant amount to lose) is between 2 and 3 pounds a week. I can totally respect the fact that people want to look good for events by a particular time, but there has to be some acceptance of the reality that it takes TIME to lose weight. It doesn’t happen overnight. Once you accept that and put in the effort, it will make all the difference in trying to meet your goals.
Who knows? Maybe you have wondered the answers to some of these questions yourself! In my line of work, it’s sometimes hard for us as trainers to remember that everyone isn’t as informed about weight loss, nutrition and health as we are and you know what? It is absolutely, 100% totally OK! Ask your questions and get your answers! Like I said earlier, you never know until you ask so don’t be scared or feel silly. It may take us by surprise sometimes, but it doesn’t change the fact that we trainers are here to help you in every way we can. So, ask away!