Personal Trainers Warn of the Dangers of Nutritional Supplementation


In gyms across the country workout partners attempt to help each other with nutritional insights for muscle gain, enhanced performance, anti-aging and weight loss. Sometimes these ergogenic nutritional aides for performance enhancement can be toxic. Personal trainers with accredited certificates are experts in healthful nutrition supplementation products and warn clients about dangerous or excessive supplements. Accredited personal trainer education uses current well researched textbooks. One focus of these current texts is supplements and ergogenic aides.

What teenage boy doesn’t want to bulk up and do well in sports? Most of us have heard of the dangers of androgenic-anabolic steroids. Yet, there are estimates of 3 million recreational adolescent steroid users. Without guidance to avoid steroids young men may suffer from the consequences of irreversible organ damage, hepatic neoplasms, carcinomas, tendon damage and psychiatric disorders. Trainers have the knowledge to steer students and athletes to healthier supplementation for enhanced athletic performance.

Caffeine for example is relatively safe taken in safe doses, between 250 to 700mg, which is approximately two to three cups of coffee. Caffeine can enhance athletic performance. It reduces fatigue, enhances alertness and improves concentration. Caffeine does not cause dehydration, or electrolyte imbalance. Personal trainers know safe dosages and train students that excessive consumption may lead to anxiety, nervousness, upset stomach and even vomiting. Everything taken by mouth should be consumed in moderation.

Whey protein is another relatively safe ergogenic nutritional supplement. This complete protein contains all eight essential amino acids and occurs naturally in cow’s milk. Personal trainers advise clients to consume whey within an hour of an exercise bout due to rapid absorption. Further, whey contains glutathione an antioxidant and has minimal lactose for those who are lactose intolerant. Whey protein aides in protein synthesis, a highly coveted effect for athletes and those involved in exercise programs.

Personal trainers with the current advanced accredited certificate education would discourage chitosan and ephedra. They would caution and monitor any use of the supplements of chromium, conjugated linoleic acid, ginseng, L-carnitine, pyruvate and St John’s Wort. Systematic review and regulation of nutritional supplements does not exist in this country. Risky supplements abound.

In the fight of obesity personal trainers would be aware that phentermine, tenuate, mazindol, acutrim, and dexatrim all cause nervousness and insomnia. Orlistat can cause diarrhea and meridian can cause elevated blood pressure. A trainer would discourage these medications and encourage clients to drink plenty of water, utilize more calories than consuming and exercise for weight loss. When faced with a client taking these drugs a trainer would suggest that their client seek medical care. Then, the trainer would closely monitor the client in the gym. Personal trainers with accredited certificates are far better sources for nutritional supplementation information than workout partners.

Dr. Ellen Frohriep, DPT is the founder of American Institute for Online Careers.

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