So yesterday I came across this article, about a personal trainer who has decided to gain weight to better understand his heavier clients. He is currently working on getting to a “goal” weight of something like 265, at which point he is going to live with his “new” body for a while and then work to take the weight off. I guess the goal is to ultimately train alongside his clients–now that he understands them better, they can understand him better, too!
On the surface, I think this comes off as an interesting (even if I hesitate to say “good”) idea. As the fitsugar blog post author points out, though, the issue is far more complicated than this experiment would have a person believe. As a personal trainer, this guy has made a commitment to health and fitness that his overweight clients have not been able to make in the same way. His gaining weight and then sitting for a while with it is not going to change his psychology, nor will it change theirs.
I believe this guy has the best of intentions (and I choose to believe this rather than thinking that he’s just trying to pull some sort of publicity stunt or drum up new clients in a tough economy) but I don’t feel like I can really get behind the concept. It does, it has to be said, raise some interesting issues related to weight loss, motivation, and human psychology, though.
So what do you all think? If you were one of this guy’s overweight clients, would you be comforted to know your trainer was working so hard to experience what you do on a daily basis that he had stopped working out and was feasting on fried Snickers bars? Or would you just find that insensitive and useless? I’d love to hear your thoughts.