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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-13-2018, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
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To help or not

I have a few guys that are new to my gym that have been coming around the same time lately. One is new to this the other (from what he stated) was an old gym guy who has been off for years via an injury.
They work out together and there are so many things I see wrong with form, theory, etc in what they are doing. And they are really hurting themselves more than helping. The guy who is new to this seems to like to pick my brain anytime the other guy isn't around. I love helping people and he seems to listen to the tips I give him when he asks.
I am trying not to make the other guy mad, but I am thinking about asking the other guy if he would just like me to train him..
Do I mind my business and just answer questions when he asks and watch him get hurt, or do I just offer the help at this point.

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-14-2018, 11:52 AM
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First thing ? Are you qualified as a trainer ?

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Well from a legal standpoint there are no qualifications needed like with a lawyer or anything.
But as far as I'm concerned I feel I am more than qualified. Not many people are in the kind of shape I'm in. Without drugs I would say 99% aren't in my kind of shape and I haven't always been lean so I have learned the hard way. My step son is also in his second year in a physician program in college and still asked me when he can't figure something out.

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You answered your own question sir .

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post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-14-2018, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
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I think I will offer to help. I just know how it goes sometimes hopefully it's all for the better

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There are absolutely “legal” qualifications to be a personal trainer. And exams to prove competence and a very specific scope of practice ( what you can and cannot do”
Anyone can think they are a trainer but if someone takes your advice and gets hurt the next question will be are you a certified trainer and by whom. The answer will be.... but your honor.....

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post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-14-2018, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
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I should have said if I was charging him. I thought it was clear I just wanted to help out. And yes this is America anyone can sue for anything.
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Accountability has nothing to do with whether you are charging someone or not. As long as you realize the risk and you are comfortable with it then the decision is yours.
Same as choosing to wear a safety harness, or not, when in a tree stand.

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If it were me, I would gladly answer any question that was presented to me, but beyond that I would mind my own business. When I was working out a lot, I always had some exercises that were the ones I preferred to do and there was always someone telling me what I "should" have been doing instead. Most folks go to the gym to have a workout, clear their mind and whatever else they do. They are not trying to be Olympians.
I have a saying that I usually stand by pretty hard that "no good deed goes unpunished." I hope I'm wrong, but regardless of your intent, I just see this blowing up in your face and you ending up being the bad guy in some way, especially with all the machismo that exists in a lot of gyms. Just my .02. Do what makes you happy and I wish you the best whatever it is.
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Great point. No good deed goes unpunished is so true.

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