At first I wasn’t sure if I should post about this but I figured people would find it informative and possibly a bit entertaining (I thought it was hilarious when I first found out). The funny thing about the fitness industry is that it really is the only health related field that is completely unregulated. What this means is that anyone can legally charge somebody for health, fitness, and nutritional guidance. There are no requirements by law that you must have any type of education, certification, or pass any type of board or state licensing exam. Contrast this to every other health related field like physical therapy, occupational therapy, and dental hygiene where you are required to go to post graduate school, pass a board, get a state license, and maintain your continuing education. Even cosmetologists are required to go to school and pass a state exam. So to summarize:
- Cutting someone’s hair without a license: ILLEGAL
- Giving a pedicure without a license: ILLEGAL
- Cleaning someone’s teeth without a license: ILLEGAL
- Telling someone to do 3 sets of 10 of squats as part of their occupational therapy without a license: ILLEGAL
- Telling someone to do 3 sets of 10 of squats on a bosu ball because it “activates their core” while selling them raspberry ketones through your MLM: TOTALLY LEGAL!!!!
I hope that sounds as ridiculous to you as it does to me. The problem with this lack of a filter to actually become a personal trainer is that a ton of people who are not in any way shape or form qualified to personal train people or give them nutritional advice actually put themselves in a position to make a living doing just that. Most of the time, they’re not ill intentioned, they just don’t know the proper pathways to becoming a qualified trainer. Unlike becoming a doctor, where everyone knows you can’t just say you’re a doctor and instead you actually have to go to school for it, people tend to just wake up one morning and say “Hey, I’m a personal trainer, pay me.” This is why NBS makes all of our trainers get a top level certification, why we make them all go through our trainer development program, why they all participate in monthly continuing ed and are given a continuing education allowance, and why we have five exercise science degrees on staff. We don’t want to be like every other gym, we want our facility and our trainers to stand way out from the rest of the industry.
So without further insight into the personal training industry, as a gym owner I get to experience all kinds of pains in my butt of which some still make me chuckle. This is one of those. The gentleman in this photo (who’s identity has been hidden) has decided that he will now become a personal trainer and what better way to advertise yourself as a personal trainer than taking a picture at Memphis’ Best Gym where the best trainers in Memphis are. And at the insanely low and outside of industry norms price of $15 a session, what a deal he is giving us! Now, I don’t mean this to be a personal attack on this man who used to be a member at our facility but the fact remains that an industry in which anybody can present themselves as an expert is going to struggle with quality control. The best thing you can do is educate yourself so that you don’t waste your money, time, and health taking direction from the wrong person.