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The damn photo contest again (Sam and Tracy vent) #tbt

Yesterday the voting for the best women’s Precision Nutrition “transformation” started. I know this because during our fitness challenge I did the program (in 2014) and though there was lots to like, I absolutely despised (and wasn’t a part of) the photo contest. Sam isn’t a big fan of that either. Last year we ranted about it. Here’s our rant. I only want to add, “It is 2019–surely we can find better ways to evaluate progress than a photo contest of women in swimsuits.” (Tracy)


Something more recent blog readers may not know is that before we turned 50, Sam and I each took at turn at the Precision Nutrition Lean Eating Program. We both came away with mixed feelings. Some of the info was helpful and the focus on “healthy habits” matched a lot of what we already thought. But we both absolutely despise the photo contest. And since we are former clients, we each get an email encouraging us to vote on the best “transformation” every six months (every six months they have a new group commit to a year of coaching). That happened this week. And we started venting to each other all over again. Now we are going to vent about it to whoever wants to read on…


What I hate most about the Precision Nutrition photo competition is the dishonesty.

In the very early 1980s my very best friend…

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One thought on “The damn photo contest again (Sam and Tracy vent) #tbt

  1. Did you see Bernardi’s defense of the photo contest?

    The TLDR is that he recognizes that before/after shots are limited in what they show, are often faked, and seem to make health markers secondary to aesthetics. THEN he goes about justifying them as potentially motivating and inspiring, showing progress over time that might not be obvious to someone without them. He provides tips on how to use them correctly, including recognizing they’re not for everyone. . . .

    What struck me about your critiques of them is how it didn’t seem individualized to your needs, so you basically had a wasted month of “coaching,” while everyone else presumably “prepared” for the photo shoot. I don’t know how I’d react to being part of that kind of competition, but I know I’d be ticked if I was paying for coaching and didn’t get that individualized attention. His own advice is to recognize that they might not be for everyone, and there are lots of ways to show progress–seems like his program doesn’t meet his own standards.

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