Trainers Hate Him

Trainers Hate Him

Updated May 06, 2014 at 02:25PM EDT by Brad.

Added Oct 30, 2013 at 06:57PM EDT by Don.

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“Trainers Hate Him” is a quote from an online bodybuilding supplement advertisement claiming that personal trainers are frustrated by a man who uses their product. The phrase is often quoted in fitness-related discussion forums in response to implausible claims related to fitness and bodybuilding.

Origin

The phrase was first used in a series of advertisements for the Force Factor bodybuilding supplement (shown below) that began appearing online as early as August 2011. The ads typically featured a man with prominent upper body muscles accompanied by a paragraph claiming that “Cambridge scientists” had discovered a powerful new muscle-building supplement.



Spread

On December 4th, 2011, Yahoo Answers[2] member Reef submitted a question asking if people had seen the Force Factor ads. On January 10th, 2012, BodyBuilding Forums[6] member PuNjAbixxPheNoM posted one of the Force Factor ads in a thread titled “Trainers hate hm.” On February 19th, 2013, a “selfie”: photograph of former professional bodybuilder Andreas Cashling to the /r/pics[3] subreddit, to which Redditor Juggernaut1 commented “Gym Trainers hate him!” On May 16th, Flickr[5] user kadigan uploaded a mock Force Factor ad featuring a painting of the fictional character Popeye by Deviant Artist axlsalles.[4] On August 1st, Sonic the Hedgehog fan blog Not Another Sonic Blog[8] posted a two-pane image of the character Tails transforming into a muscled version (shown below, right).



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Derivatives

Similar advertisements for other products have circulated online as well, including a “dermatologists hate her” skin product ad (shown below, left) and a language professors hate him" language-learning product banner (shown below, right).



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External References

[1]BodyBuilding Forums – Trainers hate him

[2]Yahoo Answers – You now that guy on the force factor ad

[3]Reddit – 60 Years Old

[4]Deviant Art – The Sailor

[5]Flickr – Trainers Hate Him

[6]BodyBuilding – Trainers hate him

[7]Cheezburger – Personal Trainers Hate Him

[8]Tumblr – Not Another Sonic Blog

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