i predict at some point these two excellent fitters will have published portfolios. here are some of my fits, done at slowtwitch road shows. look at the position of the fellow who started this thread. ask yourself if it's likely he'd have ended up with his fit if i was his fitter. further, after he saw these videos, prior to seeing me, don't you think he'd have as a reasonable expectation that his fit would look like these others?
don't you think that's a reasonable standard for bike fitters to adhere to? otherwise, as you and others rightly put it, how do you know in advance of paying your money what it is you're buying?
Maybe fitters should be prepared (and clients should feel free to ask) to provide prospective clients examples of their fits for similar individuals. For example, a 50 year old woman may see some of these fits of 30 year old super skinny super fast guys and think this fitter is not applicable to me. I think that sort of client would really like it if the fitter could show some examples of people they have fit that are similar to this client, that could be valuable and a social media link does not do a great job of this. Maybe the next time you update your "What to Look for in a Fitter" guide, you should add don't be afraid to ask for examples of fits for clients similar to yourself. And fitters should advertise "I have fits lots of different athletes, probably someone that looks a lot like you, feel free to ask for examples!"
I know that a good fitter is a good fitter and that there is nothing fundamentally different between fitting men and women, between fast and slow, etc, but I don't know if everyone knows/believes that. It is kinda cool to think that this is a sport where for not a crazy amount of money, you can have the same service done by the same person that does that service for people at the top of the sport.