Castle Personal Training is a Corstorphine, Edinburgh based company who specialise in weightloss/toning and Pre and Post Natal exercise.
Just a very quick one today, I keep bumping into more and more Personal Trainers who think it’s acceptable to sell Herbalife to their clients and more and more people who are pressured into buying into the Herbalife scam.
It’s very simple; If your PT sells you Herbalife products he does not care about you and is only after filling his own wallet.
A quick example of the typical Herbalife product; Instant Herbal beverage with tea extracts.
It’s difficult to find prices for Herbalife products but I have managed to find the following for this;
In Australia this goes for $55 per 100g. (Source)
In America this sells for $83 per 100g (Source)
In the UK, through one of the major gym-chains, you can buy this for £18 per 100g.
Now let’s have a look at the ingredients and see if it’s worth even the £18 charged by people at the gyms in the UK.
An ingredients list can be found here (Big 2.6Mb PDF File) but let me list the main ones;
Maltodextrin; A tasty highly processed additive that’s being added to loads of processed foods.
Fructose Powder; In other words, sugar.
Green tea extract; So Green tea. Not magic superhuman tea, just normal green tea.
Natural caffeine powder; In other words, caffeine…which you also find in normal tea but they have added a bit more than you find in normal tea.
Those are the main ingredients, the rest of the stuff they claim is very good for you makes up less than 0.5% of the ingredients
So, other than the highly processed Maltodextrin which acts as a sweetener, you have green tea with sugar and added caffeine.
1 serving is approx 1.7 grams, according to Herbalife, so you get 60’ish cups of tea with sugar (and chemicals) for £18.
M&S makes expensive tea, we all know they are quite pricey. Now let’s buy their tea through an online “world-wide shipping” company who sell “britfoods abroad”. In other words, let’s find a way to really pay over the odds for tea.
Per 20 bags you would pay £2.41 (Source). So we multiply this by 3 and we pay £7.23 for 60 bags. Add a kilogram of M&S sugar to this (from the same website) for which we’d pay £2.17 and we pay £9.40 for 60 cups of tea with sugar, but without the artificial sweeteners.
I think you’ll agree that I have been quite fair in my comparison. I for one, definitely don’t pay £2.17 for a kilogram of sugar and pay a hell of a lot less for my tea.
So even though we went as expensive as possible we only spent half of the price that Herbalife charges for the same amount of tea and sugar. So why would you pay anymore?
I had a chat with a Personal Trainer earlier this week and he said “But I only sell Herbalife meal replacements (MRPs) and then only to people who have very bad eating habits and having a meal replacement is better than having a Macdonalds”. This sounds fair enough, until you realise that the Herbalife MRPs cost up to 10x more than other available MRPs (Available online through websites such as myprotein.com and bodybuilding.com.) so the only reason he really sells it is because he gets £6 per MRP box he sells. If your personal trainer cared about your eating habits and helping you out by suggesting you take a Meal Replacement Product he would give you the link to one of the above sites and not try to sell Herbalife to you.
Really, as soon as a personal trainer tries to sell Herbalife to you you should tell them to go away and probably try to find a different personal trainer. After all, if they are trying to flog you expensive products that you don’t need how can you be sure they don’t give you slightly worse training in an effort to keep you around for longer?
Dump them, fast..it’s the only thing to do.
P.S. I don’t recommend any of the above websites to you. I wouldn’t recommend supplementation without knowing you and have never purchased anything from Britishsupermarketworldwide.com or any such websites as it’s a silly way to buy tea 🙂