Personal Training Legislation
Did you know the personal training industry is 100% unregulated? Anyone can call themselves a personal trainer without any type of education or training. I was quite excited when I found out that California was taking steps to require personal trainers to at least have a certification. The California Personal Trainer Certification Bill would require that personal trainers be certified by a nationally recognized, accredited organization or hold a bachelor’s degree in exercise science, kinesiology, fitness science, or a related field. In June, an amended version of the bill was introduced that would penalize professionals for noncompliance. Unfortunately, this bill will not move forward this year. The International Health, Racquet, and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) opposed the bill, asserting that it was “overly burdensome to personal trainers.” The bill was also sent to the Appropriation Committee’s suspense file, and will not move forward this year.
“Overly burdensome????” We expect every healthcare professional out there to be well-educated, but personal trainers are let off the hook because it would be too much of a burden for them to get educated. I don’t know about you, but I would hope that the Orthopedic surgeon who operates on a patient’s knee has the education and experience to do it correctly. So too, should the personal trainer who is pushing his/her clients through strenuous and grueling workouts and handing out nutritional advice, have the education to know what they are doing.
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