The Importance of Hiring a Certified Fitness Instructor -

 The Importance of Hiring a Certified Fitness Instructor 

 Most fitness professionals know that with each New Year, people start thinking about the importance of exercise in terms of weight loss and overall health. Many New Year's resolutions are made to begin an exercise program or increase physical activity. According to the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), more than 12 percent of gym members join in January, compared to an average of 8.3 percent per month for the entire year. New gym memberships also show an increase in March as people focus on the way they want to look for the summer months.

As a certified fitness professional working as a personal trainer in a corporate gym, it is amazing to see how many gym members try to achieve their fitness goals on their own with little or no knowledge of how to use the equipment served for which they choose to use. Often times, members rely on friends they consider "in shape" or "fit" to help them achieve the perceived fitness success they may have, with no real science behind their exercise routines or programs. What most people don't realize is that the difference in one person's body type can often have an impact on how their body reacts to the same exercise done by someone else with a different body type.

Aside from consulting with a doctor before starting any exercise program, it is also important that an initial fitness assessment is carried out by a certified fitness professional. This assessment should take into account health status, fitness background, current activity level, previous injuries, surgery, medication taken, and any restrictions or specific recommendations made by a healthcare professional. These important aspects of a person are critical to a fitness professional before designing an exercise program. A "in shape"

One day in January 2014, because the Los Angeles weather was so nice, I decided to rearrange things and do an outdoor workout. As I climbed the stairs of Culver City in Baldwin Hills Scenic Park, I crossed paths with several groups of people exercising together. There was a group of women I passed twice and the second time one of the women was obviously not doing well. From a distance I watched four fire trucks and an ambulance drive up the hill to come to the aid of this woman. While I haven't figured out exactly what happened to her, it seemed like an example of a friend pushing another friend past her fitness level. A classic example of why it's important to hire a fitness professional

With the annual increase in gym memberships and the number of companies, government agencies and insurance organizations continuing to recognize the benefits of health and fitness programs for their employees, the need for fitness professionals is expected to increase. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, fitness professional employment is projected to increase 13 percent from 2012 to 2022 (CreditDonkey). Surprisingly, given the great demand and expected growth in the fitness industry, only about 13.5 percent of fitness studio members actually use the know-how and services of Certified Fitness Professionals (IHRS).

A certified fitness professional has spent a tremendous amount of time and energy studying many aspects of the human body and the systems that make it up. Some of her coursework includes physiology, anatomy, kinesiology of human movement, nutrition, and movement psychology and programming. With this advanced level of knowledge and hands-on experience to help put them into practice, a certified fitness professional can help a wide variety of clients achieve their fitness goals and achieve long-term success.

I believe that if you have a gym membership or start an exercise program without also consulting or hiring a certified fitness professional, you are doing yourself a disservice. If you do decide to hire a certified fitness professional, do some research about their certifications and experience, and make sure the person is someone you will be comfortable with. It is important that you have a good relationship with your certified fitness professional / personal trainer and that you are confident of their ability to help you achieve your fitness goals. After all, that's what you pay for, and I think you should get your money's worth. Remember to make FLO Life a way of life.

Sources and references

International Association for Health, Racquets, and Sports Clubs (IHRSA)

US Bureau of Labor

Statistics IHRSA 2010 Report


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