I refer to this case quite often. One of the other unfortunate outcomes, was there is now a backlash in the industry that disallows us to comment on any aspects of nutrition or supplementation whatsoever, unless you are also a licensed nutritionist. Kind of sad, since we do have to know something about that stuff to pass our certification exams. But this is all the more reason that a trainer with an acceptble certification would know not to reccommend ephedra for a woman with high blood pressure, for goodness sakes!
Anyway, now you know why I remain relatively silent about nutrition and supplementation.
There is yet another issue here. Quite often, people choose their trainers because they want to look like them. Although this was not the case in this incident, since it was a male training a female, many people feel that if they follow the excact exercise and nutrition program as their "idol" they will look as good. Not true. But given that ephedra products are often the "breakfast of fitness pros" , its easy to see how a pro who is able to keep a really low level of body fat due to use of an artificial substance will be able to serve as sort of a false inspiration to others. It is partially the industries fault. The New York City fitness scene always required an unreasonable thinness of its trainers. And in the boom boom years of the 80s, aerobics instructors were teaching about 4 high impact classes a day, while starving themselves to create an image.
Ever wonder how they did it?
I find it interesting that Bally's bought Crunch shortly after this happened. Bally's is known for having some pretty powerful lawyers and you really don't need to wonder why they need them.
Oz's implications bring up another question. Can a ski pro at a top resort be not a pro at all, but a fake?