I thought I would hop on the band wagon.
I love hearing about 'back in day'. And it really makes me angry now, when someone in the gym - normally a trainer - will say, "hey, you're looking bigger these days? So much for only training for strength!". YOu know, as if when people can see me I do my low rep DL's, squats etc, but when no one's looking I sneak away and get some 'bodybuilding' sets in! Why-aye-otta
It genuinely confuses them when you say, "if you get stronger, you'll get bigger". And they'll say, "but.... but... you won't get bigger if you train low reps all the time".
Firstly, why not? Secondly, I, and anyone else who only trains for strength does NOT only train at lower reps. Jeeeeeeeeees.
It's amazing where the world is now in the health and fitness industry in that the popular ideaology is not really the most affective, but the best advertised. I guess the more people don't see results the more money they spend trying to achieve their ultimate goal. If everyone could do a quick google search, say "I'm a mesomorph and want to lose weight and tone up" and all of a sudden they had a program that would get them in great shape in 2 years with 3 a week work outs then 2 a week maintenance workouts, then gyms would go broke, right?
I'm not sure if they would go broke. I mean, training is a long term thing. Most lifters raise the bar as they get closer to their target as well - so you're most likely always chasing something.
I do think that the "fitness industry" just tells people exactly what they want to hear, which is essentially, "getting in shape is easy". You know, lifting fast is bad, lifting full ROM is bad, using mostly free weights is more dangerous than the idoit proof machines. Don't hold you're breath during lifting. Don't let you're heart rate go above * whatever *. Stand in a quarter squat hold on a vibrating platform and you're essentially doing an intense full body work out.. etc etc
Or the latest one i'm seeing - "hey, if you want to bulk up, spend 20-30 minutes messing around on an agility ladder" (one of the funniest things i've seen recently - new trainer with a new toy).
If people trained hard they would see results and I believe that would make it enjoyable. The problem is the stigma - if a middle aged 'mom of 3' came into the gym and there's a big free weights area and it's actually getting used by lot's of people, they will probably be put off by it. God forbid there's puffs of chalk floating around as well. So maybe if everyone trained properly it would have a knock on effect and put potentially new members off from joining.
Of course, the majority of paying members don't actually go to the gym, January excluded. I've been told this by a few gym managers and loads of trainers. I could believe it as well.