COACH ROZY’S FRIDAY FIT TIP HOT TREND #5 – Educated & Experience Fitness Professionals

Updated: February 25, 2016


Educated & Experience Fitness Professionals

We’re hitting the Top 10 Hot Trends for 2016. This week – #5. Educated and experienced fitness professionals will be hot. This year, we saw more personal trainers that are celebrities – or should we say celebrates that think or want to be personal trainers. With more and more “want to be” trainers getting into the fitness market to make money, the trend for 2016 will be for forks to start emphasizing the importance of national fitness certifications and credentials more than ever.

Meet the new kind of fitness professional: the enter-trainer. Enter-trainers don’t simply instruct us—they motivate us, inspire us, and empower us—in class, and on social media and TV. They push us to try a little harder and do a little more. It seems to be paying off: Americans are exercising more now than they have in the last seven years, according to a recent Gallop poll.

What many people don’t realize is that our favorite enter-trainers—as inspirational and knowledgeable as they may be—don’t necessarily have a next-level understanding of fitness. While your job probably required a degree or training of some sort, the personal training world is essentially the wild wild west.

The problem is – people tend to trust trainers – especially if they are fit, good looking and sound like they know what they are talking about. Many folks assume all trainers have a degree or at least completed a 500-hour course in the way most professionals need to. But anyone can call herself a personal trainer, even if they only took a weekend course. And a large following or a celebrity endorsed DVD doesn’t necessarily mean solid ethical advice backed by real science. An example that was just brough up in performance circles was a blogger who has almost 100,000 Twitter followers, but recently got in hot water for making nutrition claims without backing them up. Remember – the loudest voices aren’t always the most scientific ones.

The Rise of the Enter-Trainer

celebrity trainerThat hasn’t stopped many people from shooting to success. With millions of fans on social media, loyal blog followings, and an increased TV presence, a personal trainer has more of a platform than ever. And since many of these trainers also happen to be gorgeous models and charismatic actors, we look up to them; we double tap their motivational instagreams, envy their $400 leggings, and gawk at their six packs. (Hey, nothing wrong with a little ab-spiration.)

See lots of times, trainers don’t just train you: They dish out diet advice after class, offer questionable solutions to injuries, and frame unfounded (sometimes controversial) tips as universal truths. We can chalk some of this up to the fact that some people are good at their jobs and some people are bad—a reality in any industry. But while no trainer knows everything, the best ones admit it. Perhaps uncertified trainers are already self-conscious about their knowledge level and don’t want to appear uneducated.

So What Should You Look for in a Trainer?


If you’re kicking ass in class and calling it a day, you may not care if your instructor has a bunch of official-looking letters after her name. Example: If you want to spin, and your instructor knows a ton about spinning, that might be all you need.

But things get iffy when you’re lifting heavy weights or trying to reach a specific weight loss or training goal. Look for a national certification, especially for any one on one training. Certs like the NSCA-CPT, the CSCS, the ACSM, ACE and other organizations require hours of studying fitness fundamentals and a guarantee that your trainer is continuing their education (these organizations require trainers and coaches need to get recertified every three years).

Do We Need More Regulations?

Some say doing your own research isn’t enough. Last year, the District of Columbia passed a law to regulate personal training for the first time. The Board of Physical therapy will implement the new standards next month, but it’s unclear what they’ll actually be.

While protecting gym-goers from unqualified trainers is important, not everyone is on board with getting the law involved. Exhibit A: CrossFit, DC’s biggest gym chain, has opposed these regulations from the start, saying that they “will make fitness more expensive and less accessible.” Other experts agree that raising standards are good but can see barriers to enter the industry could pop up for folks that are making a living training.

No matter how (or if) these changes affect you and your workout, remember: You can get bad fitness advice anywhere (oh hi, Internet). The key is to always do your research and make sure your trainer’s background aligns with your goals.

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