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    Why do I see trainers pushing supplements on people fresh off the couch?

    All too often I see the "personal trainers" at my local gym (X-Sport Fitness) leading the hot-of-the-couch trainee through all the supplements they should be buying.

    Why? I see absolutely no reason for this. The reason, I'm certain, is because they get a cut of what they sell. That makes me angry.

    Please, someone prove to me that I'm ignorant and everyone needs supplements, regardless of their current fitness state or goals. Otherwise, I'm going to throw stuff next time I'm in there.

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    agreed with Min0 . Profits!

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    because they are stupid.





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    You have to understand, new trainee are recruit in this business, so their knowledge is zero, the trainers recognize these people and makes money on them.

    In my country(Israel) it's popular in the famous gyms like holmes place, the trainers gets some percentages from the gym, the main supplements they sell is the Ultimate Nutrition line, like the Prostar whey. (in israel the Prostar whey cost about 70$ for 5lb jar, because of that, trainers sell to the trainee the supplements without any problem(the "sell" them crap things how it's good and etc).

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    It's just wrong! From a business perspective, I understand the premise of profit margins and the affect supplements can have on that. But selling people into something they, without a doubt, have no need for is wrong, possibly even dangerous.

    More and more I feel the need to work a business plan, get investors, and start my own gym. I may not be certified in personal training, or diet & nutrition, but I'm well informed enough to know when gyms are doing things wrong.

    Well...at least I've never let a PT talk me into anything. Hell, I've never used a PT let alone the peops on here and my been-lifting-for-decades dad.

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    Hi,

    Well you right that it's wrong, but sometimes money is the first things for people and they have to find the easiest way to do money, and sometimes they make money on the trainee and sometimes they even makes money on their best friends.

    In my country the supplement business is not so well, stores sell the supplement in high price (compare to USA the price is double and sometimes x3), some trainers import personally supplement and sell them to their trainee in double price(compare to the price that they bought).

    They sell them junk supplements like uneffective fat burners and cheap whey proteins like ultimate nutrition prostar whey. the problem is also that the gym club encourge them to do it because they profit without do anything.

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    Well probably because the gyms are selling sups there at the gym and they are told to try and ush the sups onto their clients. But yeah total stupidity, theres nothing a guy fresh off the couch needs other than a good solid diet along with some rest and recovery.

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    it depends on what supps though, there are a few that I have no problem recommending to a beginner adult:
    • multi-vitamin
    • whey protein
    • EFA's





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    Maybe they hire part time GNC employees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zombul View Post
    Maybe they hire part time GNC employees.

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    comission + if it gets them better results this reflects very favourably on the trainer for their training and their recommendation of the supplement.

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    When I was a member at Bally's, it always frustrated me to see an obvious newbie in a salesperson's office having supplements pushed on them. The trainers there are such used car salesmen. Someone trying to get into shape needs a good workout and diet plan before they should start getting into supplements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I Are Baboon View Post
    When I was a member at Bally's, it always frustrated me to see an obvious newbie in a salesperson's office having supplements pushed on them. The trainers there are such used car salesmen. Someone trying to get into shape needs a good workout and diet plan before they should start getting into supplements.
    this is true. I think a lot of people have become "desensitized" to personal trainers because of this. They think that everytime they walk in the gym, a trainer will try and sell them something. I hate that hard sell bullshit.





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