Credit Where Credit Is

Since Alwyn and I don't take credit for creating any of the ideas in this book, we'll give plenty of props to those who deserve it. But credit can sometimes overwhelm the idea that we're trying to get across. Take, for example, the following, which is only a slight exaggeration of the type of attribution you see in some fitness magazines:

"Yes, that's right," says Hannah Rottweiler-Edelweis, Ph.D., R.D., P.T., M.I.C., K.E.Y, associate assistant professor of human binary eschatology at the Frances Fullington Beaningham Institution of Advanced Obfuscation at the University of Eastern South Dakota in Deadwood and author of Humor in America: Why Laughter Could Be Good Medicine, Except When It's Not (Conglomerate Press, 1997). "At least, I think it is."

To avoid all this, we'll have two designations for the experts whose ideas we cite: "*," which means "bunch of letters after his name," or "**," which means "tons of letters after her name."

* will describe experts who most likely have a master's degree, at least one major personal-training certification, and other professional designations, like R.D. or P.T. (registered dietitian, physical therapist).

Alwyn, for example, is a *: M.Sc. (a graduate degree in sports science from Chester College, University of Liverpool), C.S.C.S. (certified strength and conditioning specialist, awarded by the National Strength and Conditioning Association), M.S.S. (master of sports sciences from the International Sports Sciences Association), C.H.E.K. (certified by exercise guru Paul Chek), U.S.A.W. (certified to teach Olympic-style weight lifting), N.A.S.M.-C.P.T. (certified as a personal trainer by the National Academy of Sports Medicine), A.C.E.-C.P.T. (certified personal trainer by the American Council on Exercise), and A.C.S.M.-H.F.I. (certified as a health and fitness instructor by the American College of Sports Medicine).

I don't really qualify as a *, since the only letters I have that matter are C.S.C.S. (My bachelor's degree is in journalism, making me one of the few who will admit he went to school for a B.J. But, for obvious reasons, I don't put those letters after my name.)

** is for someone with a medical degree or doctorate, and then some of the stuff the * designees have. An example is my friend Susan M. Kleiner, Ph.D. (doctor of philosophy in nutrition and human performance), R.D. (registered dietitian), and F.A.C.N. (fellow of the American College of Nutrition).

And at the end of the book, among the chapter notes, I'll tell you more about the studies and books from which we created these programs, and in some cases the *s and **s who conducted or wrote them. That'll give you a chance to look them up yourselves, to see if we merely borrowed or outright plagiarized the ideas contained in them.

Read on, and if all else fails, be skeptical.

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