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The future of personal training by Shay-lon

Good morning, dears!!

Surprise!! No playlist today 🙂

I´ve met Shay-lon  a few months ago. I liked her energy and honesty on every post and any topic. Her blog, Staying healthy isn´t a crime-Fitness is a lifestyle choice is a must read. She is a recent graduate in exercise science and next month she becomes a certified personal trainer.

You may disagree, I think students and recent graduates are great sources of knowledge. I also think I´ve found a jewel and I would like to share it with you. I´m pleased Shay-lon has accepted my invitation to contribute to this blog.

Please, give a warm welcome to my new colleague and friend, Shay-lon. Sure you´ll enjoy her insight as much as I did:

To begin with, personal training in the beginning served purposes that helped people like Arnold become a fitness icon and helped athletes do better in their sport or event. It was a huge deal to look a certain way depending on who were at the time and what kind of activities you partook in. It wasn’t always called personal training but rather “coaches”; people that wanted to see you succeed and do better than the competition but nonetheless they wanted to make sure you looked the part. Also, the movement and exercises back then were hardly enough and things started to expand a bit in the 2000s when science was updated and we had people taking more risk to try something new to see if it worked and the purpose of it. Today, in my opinion I feel that personal training has become ever so very popular; especially among young people and it serves so many purposes that pretty much anyone could benefit from having a personal trainer. On the other side of things, it is slowly becoming a competition between trainers versus a learning experience and it is becoming a commercialized job that seems to want to push people to make money from having more clients. Once a upon time we actually cared about people’s well-being and health, now it seems the majority of trainers only care about the profit and their own physique and less about how they can make a difference in someone else’s health. This doesn’t mean all personal trainers feel the need to take, take, take and give 50 percent but it means some don’t have a problem with doing so. The expectations of personal trainers today is that we perform these same tricks you see people on Youtube doing to get exposure and to lie their way into making others think the exercise they are doing is beneficial and get paid for it down the road. The sad part is, this is what people want to see; people doing these ridiculous exercise (i.e lets take a basic dumbbell bicep curl and now make into a handstand dumbbell bicep curl and do it while on the roof of your house) yes this is extreme but this is what people are doing, being extreme! Not everyone who has a 6 pack is qualified to make meal plans and give people proper exercise advice but for whatever reason people would rather work with a female or male who looks like the hulk with no certification then work with someone who has background experience, certification, and educational background and still looks fit enough where maybe their muscles are not necessarily bulging but they can run a good mile under 6 minutes. You see my point? I personally think that if we continue to allow “clowns” to run our fitness industry most of us will be out of a job because our standard movements and exercises won’t be enough for people anymore.
Although I do believe that people might grow sick and tired of the games and decide they would much rather do exercises and movements that are beneficial to them versus “cool” and take a risk in potential injury. I am not saying we should ignore technology and not progress & come up with more movements/exercises, because in our field, we have to continuously keep up with new stuff and always work to get more experience BUT this doesn’t mean we need to stretch things to the extreme where people are now doing off the wall stuff just for the $$ and for the exposure. In my opinion the future of personal training should increase job wise; especially since everyone is now on this fitness kick and Crossfit lifestyle change, but the quality of personal trainers and fitness gurus seems to be declining and since we seem to want to always compete against other personal trainers and fitness professionals; it won’t help one bit because we will constantly be trying to “up our game” to whatever heights we have to in order to gain more clients and more money.

People like myself who love advanced movements but still see the benefits in the more standard/basic movements will have a hard time finding clients who are willing to work with us (not for the cool exercises and big muscles) but for the information, the experience, the and the purpose of making sure our clients gain confidence, and are not relying on us for the duration of their life but at some point will then know how to perform these exercises without our constant having to monitor their every exercise. The goal I have as a personal trainer is yes, I want to gain clients, I want to make money, and yes I want exposure too so that people have something good to say about who I am as a person BUT I also want my clients to eventually leave the nest and be able to take what I have shown them for however long I am with them and be able to continue down a healthy path. What is the whole point in keeping your clients hostage to the point where they need you for the rest of their lives? you haven’t done your job correctly if you have clients who never leave the nest; eventually our clients will need to be able to handle a healthy lifestyle change and make their exercise regimen their life without us being there, that is why we train them and help them to do so, not hinder them and have them rely on us for as long as possible. I do believe keeping in touch is the way to go, and some clients I might have for 6 months, some for a week and others for 2 years but if they met their goal within that time frame, the new goal is to teach them to be independent. So overall, the future of personal training depends on the quality of trainers and their history, experience, and background, education. The future could turn out bright or end up in a haze.

Thank you for reading, I hope that you all have enjoyed hearing my perspective and hope to have some good feedback.

Your fitness blogger,
Shay-lon xoxo

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Afrika Bohemian
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Afrika Bohemian

I loved this so much and I think it has given me an idea for a post; “who looks like the hulk with no certification then work with someone who has background experience, certification, and educational background and still looks fit enough” I experience this a lot since I started teaching yoga and it is so uncomfortable that people want to see instructors doing hand stands rather than teaching something beneficial

fitnessgrad
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Thank you to everyone who has read this and enjoyed it. I hope my point got across well enough. I appreciate the support! I love personal training and fitness, and I am happy with my major, I am unhappy with the kind of people who “run” the fitness industry, not everyone is bad news bears but when I see more videos on Youtube about an exercise that shows no benefits and less videos on exercises that could help a wide range of people; it burns me! Btw, I will take a look at your blog post too!
Chape this was done very well and I am so happy you allowed me to be a guest post on your website! you have been nothing but a great mentor and kind person since my blogging and I continue to wish well for you and will continue to read your post 🙂 Thank you so much.

Hugs,
Shay-lon

fitnessgrad
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Reblogged this on Staying healthy isnt a crime-Fitness is a lifestyle choice and commented:
This is my guest post blog on the future of personal training. I was nominated by a friend and mentor and I was honored, I hope that all will enjoy the read 🙂

reackson
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I just want to ask a question. Who do we really blame for the problem? Do we blame the fitness industry or do we blame the consumer?
Are people buying it because we are selling it or are we just selling it because it is what sales best?
Hope that makes since?

fitnessgrad
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Hmm, didn’t realize someone had such a question! lol. Well, might as well answer since I am here now.
In my opinion we need to blame the industry, we can blame the consumer for not being knowledgeable, sure. But hey, isn’t that our job to relay the correct information to the consumer? I don’t know anymore. Once upon a time, I would have said I am partial to the industry because we weren’t selling bull**** products to make a quick buck (excuse my language) but now, from what I am gathering, the industry is headed toward the opposite direction (screw results and make money) who cares if someone doesn’t meet their goals, I will just tell them they need to eat this, try this, take this, and wear this and everything will be just fine. You get the point? No one wants to be an actual personal trainer these days; they want the name but not have to do the work. The sad truth is, I am a consumer; just as Chape is, and I have made the same mistakes as other consumers in this industry because I wanted what they want: QUICK RESULTS; so sure it is the consumers fault for buying into this, but it is the industries fault for giving people false hopes, no progress and sponsoring people who have no idea what it means to actually personal train someone.

reackson
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Here is the background. Most personal training do not learn business and often hate the business part of training. So for the most part personal trainers just want to make a living. That is one thing a dislike when personal trainers are criticize about trying to make money. Even if you want to say More money. Look at all the other people getting crazy rich at the expense of some ones health. A 5 minute Doctor visit can cost $100 dollars. Then you get charged $200 for $5 medication. Junk food industry the reason for the visit, they are crazy rich.
Anyway if you cheat the system as a personal trainer these days you will not last long. So that process takes care of itself. Back to the original question “who is the blame”? It like the chicken or the egg. People are only going to pay for the results they want. Learn to eat healthy a few people show up. Learn to lose weight by eating healthy it is almost guarantee to double the number of people. Again we still have ask why do we need to add lose weight or put quick in front to get more people to show up. We have to get them to show up so we can educate them.

fitnessgrad
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Hm, makes sense. I can agree that we are not as business savvy as we should be because of our lack of interest sometimes. Although that is a choice that some make & I hope that I can be a bit different in a sense where the business becomes just as important as my workout for the client. We shall see in later dates..
I like to think I won’t last long as a cheating personal trainer but it seems like they last long enough they make a great amount of income; so that even then if they lose their credibility; they will still have earned so much income from countless lies and false promises. Sometimes it becomes too late.
Yes, using keywords can make a difference in how many people become interested in listening to you. Certain words stick out like a needle.

fitnessgrad
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Haha, really? yes because most trainers turn into models who then turn into false trainers because they are given a script and product and told to sell the product and get paid more than they would as a normal trainer, how would I know, I don’t, but just my thoughts.
Do you really know personal trainers that have went out of business? I do and love to hear about this.. how come they did not like the business aspect? is it that bad?
Good point Chape, now I have myself wondering the same exact thing.. like once I get certified, should I bill to make a living or should I bill based on what I could offer? I mean honestly.. I could almost get away with billing people more than what is necessary with the way things are going. lol.

reackson
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You may not even make a quick buck. It is called “Know, like, and trust”. It is really to new way to do business. I am not a business savy person. If you want to make more money and do it long term you have to get people to “know, like, and trust”. Consumer they maybe want with bad intentions, but they have more knowledge and leverage. So the bad sleezy people that constently push their crap, probably just have more money to waste on bad marketing. Remember the best marketing for personal trainers is word of mouth or giving quality information. Again the timer is counting down for the bad ones.

reackson
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This is a response to most trainer are models. Think about if they have no education, knowledge, or caring concern do you really think they can do much beside pose for pictures= zero results. That add up once the next model comes they are forgotten. I know it is upsetting but would you rather have a two year career or a 20 year career.

forkwardthinkingfoodinista
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