In 2016 I wanted to become a personal trainer, so I studied the NCSA textbook, or National Strength and Conditioning Association textbook. My plan was to work at the Equinox in Washington DC, the one right next to the Ritz Carlton. They were open to hiring me, but I failed the test by one question. I figured that if I was so good at failing tests, I might as well go back to school so I could get more practice at failing and so far I have done a great job of that.
When I compare myself to the plethora of experienced athletes, bodybuilders and sports medicine experts, my knowledge can’t really compare, but what I can offer is a baseline. I can’t help anyone become an Olympian, but neither can your average personal trainer. Despite the fact that I failed the NCSA personal trainer cert, it is considered to be one of the hardest certs to obtain.
This brings me to my first tip, not all personal trainer certs are equal. Some gyms offer certification themselves, but the criteria for doing so is idiot proof. For EOS, a popular gym in the west coast, you just take an online video course and take quizzes with a final. All the answers are online, and you can just google each answer. In about 5-8 hours you can become a personal trainer.
My next blog post is to introduce you into the fitness culture while also leveling the preconceived notions not just about personal trainers, but about every supplement you see an advertisement for. The truth is the amazing bodies you see in advertisements, especially for men exist only because of superior genetics. They build muscle faster. They burn fat quicker, and they maintain their body better due to these genetics.
How fat you are, or can be, is determined by genetics and your childhood. You are born with a given number of fat cells, or adipocytes. Depending on how much sugar and carbs you consume, you can greatly increase the number of fat cells in your body during adolescence. Now, when you are an adult, the number of fat cells is set. So, when you gain weight, you are not increasing the number of adipocytes but increasing their volume or size. Furthermore, when you lose weight, you are decreasing the volume of these cells. So, when you say you want to burn fat, what you really mean to say is that you are shrinking fat. (Desai, Mina, Marie Beall, and Michael G. Ross)
The only way to reduce the number of fat cells is through liposuction during adulthood. This is due to the fact that body has already decided on the number of fat cells you have and will not produce anymore. However, before anyone runs to the plastic surgeon, you have to realize that just because you were a fat kid or teen, it doesn’t mean that you cannot be skinny and lean. It just implies that your body is inclined to store excess carbs and sugars.
Desai, Mina, Marie Beall, and Michael G. Ross. 2012. “Developmental Origins of Obesity: Programmed Adipogenesis.” Current Diabetes Reports 13 (1): 27–33. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11892-012-0344-x.