Strange Questions from Client Consultations
Unusual Questions Clients Have Asked
Nobody wants to look like a fool. But if you don't know something, how will you learn unless you ask? When I meet with clients for their initial consultation, I tell them, "There are no stupid questions." I want them to feel safe asking me whatever's on their mind.
Most of the time I'll get questions about favorite foods, muscle pains or how to develop specific areas. But every once in awhile, I get a question that takes me by surprise. To save you the embarrassment of asking, I'd like to share a few of the more unusual ones I've heard.
"Is beer the perfect after-workout drink?"
No. You may enjoy a beer when you're thirsty, but it's a bad idea after a workout.
Your body puts all it's attention into taking care of the alcohol first. Any foods you may have eaten are changed into fat and held onto until the alcohol is digested. Then the fat is carried away for long-term storage. After a workout, you want energy from food to build muscle, not have it stored as fat.
Even worse, alcohol is an appetite stimulant. Drink it after a workout and you can trigger cravings that may be hard to control.
"I like to keep things simple. What's the ONE exercise I can do for best results?"
You might as well ask me how to catch a unicorn. There is no "perfect exercise." If there were a single mythical movement that could workout all body parts equally well, then every trainer would be teaching it.
You wouldn't expect a doctor to be limited to just one test if you were sick, would you? There are lots of different exercises because people have lots of different needs. As our bodies change and grow, the things we should do to get in shape change. If you're doing the same thing month after month, you'll quit seeing progress. You're going to have to learn some new moves.
"Am I too fat to exercise?"
Nobody is too fat to exercise. If your body mass index is higher than 30, you should have a doctor clear you before you start. Plus there are some conditions that require medical supervision. But once you've been cleared, there's no reason you shouldn't start moving.
Remember that the intensity of a workout varies based on your physical condition and abilities. Somebody who weighs 400 pounds with asthma is going to have a very different workout than a 150-pound marathoner. But both people will see improvements with a regular program. The sooner you start, the sooner your body can begin reaping the benefits.
"Will you train me naked?"
Are you hiring a trainer or an escort? As a personal trainer, my job is to help you set goals, and then design workout programs that help you achieve those goals. I'm a motivator, a confidant and over time we will hopefully become friends. But I'm not going to be stripping for you, and a consultation isn't a setup for a date.
"I need to lose 25 pounds in a month. Can you help me do that?"
Nope. It's simply not possible to drop that much weight, that quickly, without jeopardizing your health.
Don't get me wrong. There are medical conditions that can create dramatic fluctuations in weight. But if you're not dealing with a medical issue, then what radical weight loss programs do is help you lose muscle while hanging onto the fat.
Pound for pound, muscle burns more calories than fat. When your body experiences dramatic weight loss, it goes into starvation mode and dumps muscle. The fat hangs on. As you lose muscle, your metabolism drops, you get weaker and amount of food you can eat to maintain your lower weight steadily drops.
If you didn't put it on in a month, you're not going to take it off in a month.
Are there any other odd questions you'd like to ask? Feel free, because the answers you get might be just what you need to hear.
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