Can someone explain to me why, in the fitness industry, directives are given in a formulation as "I want you to" instead of the regular &quo...

Can someone explain to me why, in the fitness industry, directives are given in a formulation as "I want you to" instead of the regular "do"?

For example, I went to the PT last week and instead of simply saying "hold the dumbbell like this and move your hand back", he said "i want you to hold the dumbbell like this and then I need you to move your hand back". It's like they emphasize their role in it, instead of just telling me what to do. This is the case everywhere, even in youtube videos, where instead of just teaching the movement, they tell you how they "want you" to do the movement.

This is not the case in any other profession. Imagine if you went to the hair dresser, and they told you "I want you to tilt your head to the right now", it's so awkward
Or if the doctor said "I need you to stand on this scale now"

The impression it gives me, is that they want you to recognize their role, almost as if they need to justify it, instead of just treating you, but why is this and who started this meme way of talking? I can't be the only one who's noticed this?

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I realise that this may be difficult to grasp for a sufferer of autist but the use of imperatives tends to rub people the wrong way. Particularly when someone is in a vulnerable situation (as fats and women, the majority of PT clients, are in this context).

    The use of modal language is to reassure such people. The implication is "i want you to do this but if you can't we'll look at an alternative". This is more encouraging for such individuals than "do this or you're a waste of skin", the implication they would draw from the imperative

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      OP here. Fell asleep after making the thread. This answers the question perfectly. I did not think of it this way. Thank you.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >as fats and women, the majority of PT clients, are in this context
      Fats, women, and elderly.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    it's called communicating in a non autistic manner
    if you've ever worked a job you might find your superior saying "hey would you like to pass me that drill?" or "can you do this" or would "do you wanna go rake the leaves" etc.
    people would hate being talked to in the way you describe, you can learn something from these trainers in communication

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      No, that is not it. They aren't saying "if you're able to, raise your hand", they say "now what I want you to do is to raise your hand", which just sounds weird. "Now what I need you to do is to pass me the drill." In no other profession, do people "want" or "need" things from you, they simply tell you what to do in a courteous manner

      This seems more like the reason though for it in fitness though

      I realise that this may be difficult to grasp for a sufferer of autist but the use of imperatives tends to rub people the wrong way. Particularly when someone is in a vulnerable situation (as fats and women, the majority of PT clients, are in this context).

      The use of modal language is to reassure such people. The implication is "i want you to do this but if you can't we'll look at an alternative". This is more encouraging for such individuals than "do this or you're a waste of skin", the implication they would draw from the imperative

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      At my job they put tasks on a slide in front of all of us in an auditorium and simply point to the person who is assigned.
      No words are spoken.
      When you finish the task you return to the auditorium to relax (silently) and be reassigned.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >hey, would you like to pass me that drill?
      Translates to
      >hey, gimme the drill, fricker
      on the job site
      The correct response, btw, is
      >here you go, suck my wiener

      lmao imagine talking like a PT in the trades

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      No I wouldn't like to pass you that drill. Do you want me to pass you that drill?

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        No. I want you to go frick yourself.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Ok im going to the bathroom till the end of a shift, on your orders.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            homosexual

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    because they're just sugar. They aren't required for anything. They know this, but it's important that the client doesn't.
    It's mostly old people and rich people who actively use PT's. Athletes do as well, but they're like 0.5% of the market share.

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    This is just how many Americans talk, same way so many people talk about historical events using the present tense. I too find it aggravating. Probably started on TV and spread through imitation.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    i want you to suck my balls before you consider posting again, OP

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    You can't be a PT if you don't understand that your clients need more than a list of the things they're supposed to be doing, and that much of that list will be done inconsistently or not at all.

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It's just many (but not all) Americans and their inability to think about what they are talking about.

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    because people who use pts are losers who can't think for themselves. Pts try and act like their mates so they keep coming back. I have never seen anyone who's consistently with a pt make any sort of progress

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It's to be polite and also invites a calm response if there's any kind of objection or question, rather than jumping straight to confrontation.

    >I want you to xyz..
    >I'm not sure I can do that right now, can we do abc?

    >Do xyz!
    >I can't do that! I'm leaving and you're fired!

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