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Fitness Scammers (Such as Brittany Dawn) Are Helping the Industry? (article)

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Fitness Scammers (Such as Brittany Dawn) Are Helping the Industry?
By Matt Weik, April 17th, 2019



In light of the whole Brittany Dawn Fitness scam (which is still going on by the way), I’m going to actually help people understand why this is a GOOD THING for the industry. Many of you might be scratching your head as to how this is a good thing, but it actually is. Here’s the bottom line… Are there fitness scammers out there? Absolutely! When one of the fitness scammers gets exposed, will more follow suit and get exposed down the road? You bet they will (which could actually prevent them from even starting if they were smart). In the end, this opens the eyes to the people out there who are looking for solid plans to help them reach their health and fitness goals and gives business to more of the good trainers out there in the fitness industry.


Breathe Out… Breathe In
Breathe out with the bad fitness scammers and in with the good certified professionals out there. With social media being as big as it is, that unfortunately opens the door for people who want to act all inspirational and motivational to con and scam people. Anyone who looks like they fit the part seems to be able to flock to social media, call themselves a personal trainer or nutritionist, and take on clients. No one even thinks twice about asking them for proof of their credentials – I mean, after all, they are jacked or pretty. Right?

I think the news of Brittany Dawn has opened the eyes to many people out there and they are now wondering who they can turn to for help. If you can’t trust someone with 500k+ followers, who can you trust? That’s part of the issue. Why are we putting so much trust and focus on follower counts? Just because someone has six-figure or more followers doesn’t mean they are anything more than just a pretty face or a nice body. What people don’t realize is that many of these women who are on social media have such a high follower count because they post racy pictures that are used for some guys personal spank bank and nothing more. People don’t actually care about these online personalities, they are simply there to follow the images.

With all of that being said, when fitness scammers are exposed and it makes the news (like it did with Brittany Dawn), it puts the microscope on the fitness industry as a whole which, in my opinion, is a good thing. People should be more aware of the “trainers” they are working with. If I’m paying someone good money to train me, I want to make sure I’m working with the best and not someone who sells me a cookie-cutter program and then expects me to pay hundreds of dollars (or in the case of Brittany Dawn, never get the program even after paying for it).

I hope when fitness scammers like this get called out that people will do more homework on an individual. There are trainers who say what she did “gives the industry a black eye” when in actuality it gives the fitness scammers a black eye while the good personal trainers who are actually certified and have credentials will end up with more clients who are doing their homework and looking for someone who is highly educated in their field.


How Can People Find Good Trainers?
For starters, the industry needs to continue calling out fitness scammers. If someone is giving out bad programs or cookie-cutter plans, they need to be exposed so others don’t fall victim to their fraud. It might sound mean but I hope these fitness scammers who got exposed never find work in the industry ever again and that all of their clients disappear and go find GOOD, HONEST trainers to work with.

So, how can you find good trainers to work with? It’s actually not that hard. Here are some things to ask.


Are you certified?
Find out if the person you are looking to work with is certified – and have them show you proof. Many of these fitness scammers are not certified and are basically recycling programs they were given or ones that they found online or in magazines.


Do you have a degree?
While it’s not necessary, I’d put a trainer with a kinesiology or exercise science degree up against anyone with just a certification and see who brings more value and knowledge. While continuing education and staying on top of trends and research is important, those with a degree in the field tend to have a deeper knowledge of the human body (unless someone did extensive research on their own and are self-taught which I would applaud).


How long have you been training clients?
You would need to take their word for this unless you do your own homework on the person to validate what they are saying to be accurate. A trainer who has longevity in the industry versus one that is just starting out “should” have more hands-on experience with helping clients from all walks of life and (should) be a better choice than someone who just started.

The bottom line is, people need to stop falling for individuals online and on social media who claim they are trainers simply because they know they can take advantage of people due to their huge follower count. There is no correlation between intelligence when it comes to training and the number of followers you have. All it means is that you have a lot of images that people like for whatever reason.

Don’t get fooled by these fitness scammers. Do your homework before you get out your credit card and sign up to work with them. And by all means, when you see fitness scammers out there, expose them so others don’t fall victim. We need to clean up the industry and take out the trash.


Read my related CJM thread from February 2019 here
 
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The Brittany Dawn Fitness Saga Continues… To Get Worse (article)

By Matt Weik, April 24th, 2019



If you have followed my previous article about Brittany Dawn Fitness and her scam to many previous clients, you would have probably followed that up by watching her apology video if you hadn’t already seen it, then her updated apology video, and all of her Instagram posts clapping back at haters and showcasing her Range Rover and trip to Hawaii. Wait, what?

Yup, so what you’re telling me is that the “apology video” really wasn’t so apologetic and that you truly have no remorse for what you did. And we are going to get more in detail with all of this in just a second. But I do want to put it out there that everything I’m going to talk about and bring up is already all over the internet and mainstream news. I’m not breaking the news, I’m not in the middle of this scam or exposing things, I’m simply reporting on the FACTS that have been presented to me and everyone across the globe.


Mic Drop Just to Pick It Back Up Again… Oh, wait. I’ll Just Put It Back Down
When the news broke about Brittany Dawn Fitness not providing the goods/services to her clients a few months ago, she went into hiding. And for good reason as for years, she was collecting money and not following through with her “business.” Then all of a sudden, she reemerges, says she doesn’t want to hide anymore, and wants to make things right. This is where things get funny.

She reads from her phone during her apology video with what sounds like a dryer running in the background. There was nothing sincere about her apology and no one thought after watching it that she meant a word she said. She goes on the news thinking she could explain the situation and help save her reputation but instead, the news channel ran with the story and further exposed all of the wrongs she is doing and made her look even more like a scammer.

If you go to her social media (Instagram) you will see thousands of people unfollowing her as well as thousands who are bashing her in the comments. For a while, she was deleting comments or simply removing the ability to comment but my best guess is it turned into a full-time job going through all of the comments so she eventually stopped. But it didn’t stop there.

Brittany Dawn Fitness went into her own posts and started firing back at people who were calling her out as if that was supposed to help her case. Not only that but one thing that rubs people the wrong way is when you bring in the good Christian “have a blessed day” in your posts after you literally just stole money from people. So, don’t give us that church-girl BS as a cover – you look like a fool and phony.

As if responding back in her IG posts with attacks on those posting wasn’t enough, she then went to her YouTube channel to take even more shots at people. Real classy. Do you see a theme here? Rather than taking responsibility, Brittany Dawn Fitness decided to play the victim, meanwhile, people still aren’t getting their money back. This brings up our next issue.




I’m Sorry but I’m Spending Your Money on My Trip to Hawaii and Fancy Things
Brittany Dawn Fitness then takes to social media to flaunt her recently booked trip to Hawaii and takes photos while sitting in her prominently featured Range Rover drinking Starbucks. Can you imagine being scammed out of money and then watching your money fund her vacation or materialistic things? That’s pretty messed up. While posting about her time in Hawaii on Instagram, Brittany Dawn Fitness was getting shots fired at her left and right for the timing of her vacation. Luckily, people didn’t sit on their hands and took action.

Apparently, the news of this Brittany Dawn Fitness scam caught the attention of the Texas Attorney General (Brittany Dawn Fitness lives in Texas). News stations began covering the story about the AG looking into things and mentioned at that time, there were 22 complaints filed – with, in my opinion, way more to come as women find the courage to stand up for themselves and fight back for being scammed and lied to.

You see, Brittany Dawn Fitness went on her social media and YouTube channel to say she’s making everything right and will be providing refunds. What she didn’t say was that not everyone would be getting a refund, some will only be getting a partial refund, and that once she provided the refund via PayPal, she would just as quickly cancel the refund and take her money back in some instances. She went on to say that it was an issue with PayPal and THEY were the ones canceling the refunds not her – which I don’t believe for one second. I personally use PayPal for my business every single day and over the past three years have never run into an issue using the PayPal platform.

While in Hawaii, Brittany Dawn Fitness decided she was going to tell everyone (after getting much hate) that she was taking a step back from social media to focus on herself and do some thinking. It just so happens that the timing of this was about the same time the news broke about the AG of Texas investigating her. Coincidence or was she instructed by her lawyers to shut the hell up and stop posting because she’s digging herself a bigger hole and is about to have a butthole the side of a basketball when the AG is done with her and all the lawsuits are filed?


It Didn’t Have to Be Like This
More information I’m sure is going to unfold in the coming weeks, especially when Brittany Dawn Fitness makes her way back to Texas from her luxurious trip to Hawaii using the money she scammed from people who once supported her. But in the end, it didn’t have to come to all of this and if she would have followed through on her word and gave refunds, I’m sure the Texas AG wouldn’t be looking into this situation and potentially dropping the hammer on her – which she certainly deserves. She could have taken a break from social media and tried to start a new life for herself. But she simply couldn’t do that it seems. So, here we are.

As more information becomes available and more unfolds, I’ll keep you up to date and report back. But get your popcorn ready, I don’t see this playing out well for Brittany Dawn Fitness and things are about to get REAL interesting for her.
 
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