From time to time, parents and/or kids at my school will opt to see a personal trainer instead of participate in our school's strength & conditioning program. We know this is a decision made at all levels of scholastic sponsored and even professional level sports. There are a lot of reasons athletes and/or their parents choose to go outside of the particular organization they are affiliated with: the most popular probably being that said parents and/or athletes think an outside source simply knows a better way to train. This mindset can draw everything from chuckles to outright anger from strength & conditioning coaches. And we all have our stories to tell about these situations.
Sometimes, those parents and/or kids from my school will say that "it's not that we think what you do isn't good, we just want our son/daughter to have that one on one time". I will usually have two responses to this rationale:
1. I have been a "personal trainer" and have even owned my own facility. I am now working in a school, so I've seen both sides of this industry and I'll take my school environment any day. And what we have to offer is the same or better as any outside facility. Furthermore our program is included in the tuition you already pay.
2. In the sport you play, do you have one coach for every player on the field, court, mat, pool, etc.?
Question 1 usually gets me a blank stare and Question 2 is always answered "No". So this begs the question: "Is Personal Training overrated? In other words, if you have a qualified, experienced, and organized strength & conditioning coach and/or staff that can oversee multiple athletes at one time and produce safe results, that is also in a team building environment, why would an athlete need to seek out an individual person to give them "one on one" time, to at best, achieve the same results?