The Personal Fitness Training Field
is unregulated. While the General Public has learned to seek
out a "Certified" Trainer, I've personally located
over 300 certification agencies, some good, some not so good,
and some bordering on criminal in their business practices.
The fact is, with laws as they stand today, there isn't any
required licensure in the fitness industry.
The top trainers
are self-regulated. They strive to maintain a standard
of excellence. They are committed to bringing about
results in their clients. While the certifications are
not nationally recognized, there are some that hold more water
than others. In my opinion, elite trainers will hold
a Personal Training Certification through the National Strength
& Conditioning Association and/or the American College
of Sports Medicine.
is only one qualifying factor. If you are considering
retaining a trainer, you should make sure that trainer has
worked with other people like you and has delivered the results
that you seek. It's also important to find a trainer
who commits not only to taking you through workouts, but to
educating you. As you've found if you've read through
the various sections of this site, people are failing to get
results because they're misled. A Professional Fitness
Trainer must take some responsibility for battling misinformation
and empowering his or her clients with education.
I conduct extensive
work with trainers and write regularly for Personal Fitness
Professional magazine. I also speak at the National
Conventions urging trainers to maintain a standard of excellence
in an industry where that standard is so desperately needed.
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