When I first saw this video I was mesmerized like a deer caught in the headlights. I never saw a workout like this using just the weight of the arms to define contours. But when you look at Gweneth Paltrow’s arms as well as the arms of the developer of this technique, Tracy Anderson, this is what I want– smooth, firm, non-lumpy arms. It looks hard and I got tired just watching the clip. But after seeing it a few times, I put it on full screen and was able to follow along albeit slower and not for the whole thing. Its quite a work-out, but fun and interesting– a whole lot more entertaining than hositing weights. But I don’t know if this type of exercise should be done everyday. Maybe every other day?
As a matter of principle I don’t take celebrity health and beauty advice. I would rather get my info from people who were trained and licensed, rather than just good looking. But the video got me thinking– what are the credentials I should look for in a person offering fitness advice. When it comes to skin care there are just a few avenues– dermatologist, cosmetic surgeon, esthetician all have established training programs, a few associations and state wide qualifying exams. But when it comes to fitness the field is much more crowded.
There are literally dozens of organizations including National Board of Fitness Examiners(NBFE), Fitnation, Academy of Applied Personal Training Education ( AAPTE), and National Personal Trainer Academy (IPTA). Some like the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) are online programs while others like Hofstra University have a campus based training program. And most of them have their own exam for certification.
And then there are the qualifications for participating in the program. College grad? High school diploma? Just strong? Exercise programs should be based on basic anatomy to yeild good results and avoid injuries. Do you know which fitness credentials to look for in a trainer or program?