I am going to go on a rant, and I am sure some of you will read this and say "I know EXACTLY what hes talking about." Here goes:
I come from a strength and conditioning background. For those of you unaware of what this really means (to me), it means that I have dealt with college athletic teams (mainly football) and studied under other teachers in my graduate program that have dealt with athletic teams, write on the NSCA board, have the same certification and "mindset" that I do, etc.
When I was in undergrad I was a personal trainer for my school. At that point in time "fitness" had already been a part of my life for years, and so I think to an extent I "knew" what I was doing and thus looking back, trained my clients a little different than I do now. My knowledge and progress really took off, however, when I went to grad school for an MS in Exercise Science conc. in Strength and Conditioning. It is really hard to explain, because for those who have never been "in" the inner circle, you won't be able to understand it. I got into olympic weightlifting, really learned the biomechanics behind how the body REALLY moves, had graduate level classes on periodization, witnessed studies on "functional" movements and EMG activity, etc. etc.
I think I have developed what I want to call "training elitist syndyrome" where I can't help but get personally "hurt" or annoyed when I see someone in the gym making a nasty face because someone is doing a squat with a decent amount of weight on the bar, or some 40 year old woman wearing a headband doing sets of leg abductors with a water bottle in her hand and talking about how successful her workouts have been. I feel like what I have been exposed to as far as lifting and science is SO FAR out of the realm of this horrible "fitness" field that continues to grow at an alarming rate that I am finding it impossible to work with people and at the end of the day not go home and sigh and facepalm.
I feel like I have already "met in the middle" as much as I can. Meaning, so many people get this idea that a "workout" gets them breathing hard. This makes the field of personal training way too easy. It's like I don't even have to use my brain anymore. The person I'm training would be happier with me and feel like I'm a better "trainer" if we did a circuit with short rest breaks of just a bunch of random **** thrown together than if I tried to apply periodization with core lifts and their variants planning for the long term.
People just don't get it. It almost feels like a conspiracy, and I know it isn't but thats how it legitimately feels. And I know how they feel, because I was there. People don't even realize that there are "other" things out there. You could take someone who has been lifting for years and show them someone doing a snatch and they wouldn't even have a clue what it is. Its like trying to describe an elephant to a cardinal.
People are inside their little bubbles, and if you are unfortunate enough to have your bubble popped, then you will hate life. Because you won't be able to relate to anyone other than the people that have been there as well, ever again.
I am actually embarassed to be connected to people that do all of this balance and "core" "functional" type training. It's not that its "wrong" per se but trainers these days don't even know why they do it sometimes. They just think thats the way it is. My clients aren't happy with me if they aren't "tired" enough and then complain to me when the workout was "too hard" and they were sore for a few days. People complain about how their shoulders are weak and then after weeks of getting them stronger they want to do other stuff because they feel that IM the weird one for doing what I'm doing.
Its very hard to explain, and like I said, you won't know what I mean unless you've been there yourself. Try taking a client that someone else trains for a day (if they are sick, out of town, etc) and see what they say when you don't do 50 sets of crunches and make them pick up a weight that makes them struggle before they get in double digit reps. They will make you feel like YOU'RE the bad one because its different.