A story broke a couple of days ago about Tom Brady’s personal trainer getting banned from the Patriots. The trainer, Alex Guerrero, has been in the news multiple times this past year for the “revolutionary” work he’s done with Brady to keep him playing at an elite level at the ripe age of 40.
Often times, the general public makes the assumption that elite athletes and celebrities work with trainers who are the absolute best at what they do. Or, that these athletes and celebrities themselves know exactly what’s best when it comes to health and fitness. Earlier this year, Brady released his personal health bible, The TB12 Method, which has been met with much criticism from the scientific community.
It makes sense that the most athletically gifted or famous individuals would have the income available to afford the most expensive trainers. Sadly however, due to the lack of standardization in the fitness industry, the majority of these trainers are actually UNDER qualified. And the TB12 Method probably isn’t the best resource to consult for your health. Just because it worked for an outlier like Brady, doesn’t mean it would work for you and me.
The trainer who was banned from the Patriots has been around the industry for years. In the past, he was a known snake-oil salesman. He marketed a product called Supreme Green, which he claimed cured cancer in 192 out of 200 people. If this was true he would have already won a Nobel Prize. The only reason he had been given so much of a leash was due to Brady’s trust in him and how integral Brady is to the Patriots’ success. It’s well-known that the Patriots have a systematic approach to winning; everything from their football strategy, to their training and medical practice. It’s an approach that no longer tolerates deviations like unique training approaches that have shady reputations.
A lot of athletes and celebrities perform at the highest level and look amazing not because of their trainers, but in SPITE of them. Brady probably doesn’t need the same level of proper training as an uncoordinated 16-year old trying to play college football in order to maximize his athletic potential. The latter would benefit very little from Brady’s training. So what’s the takeaway here?
Number one is to look at the qualifications and education of the trainer you are looking to hire. Then when meeting with them they should have a basic and sound philosophy on how they are going to approach your individual needs and goals. Finally one of the biggest indicators someone DOESN’T know what they’re doing is that they have an answer for every single questions you may ask. The best trainers know what they know for a reason and more importantly know when they simply don’t know the answer to a question and refer to another professional with expertise in the area.
by Dan Cerone