Why do trainers not compare philosophies when they seek certification(s)?
The main organizations in the fitness industry still teach the same questionable philosophies they promoted 20-30 years ago, why do fitness trainers not question them? Compare ACSM, NSCA, ACE, NASM Vs Gray Institute (FAFS), RTS (Tom Purvis), Check Institute (Paul Check) and make an inform decision!
Good marketing + Good timing + Desperate consumers.
Until the certifying bodies can effectively educate the marketplace about what makes them different/better/more effective for a specific population, the masses will continue to do what's always been done.
With all due respect, I'm confused by your question. Could you please clarify the following two points:
1) How do you know trainers are not comparing philosophies/content when seeking certifications? Have you talked with a lot of trainers about their process?
2) What exactly are the "questionable philosophies" you are referring to?
Great question...could be that newbies getting certified would not know what to question and/or what the other certifying organizations are teaching to compare and question.
I think there are plus and minuses with each organization/s. Some fitness companies/clubs only allow you to be certified with a particular organization of their choice to get hired...that's bad policy.
It is clear that the conventional wisdom is to move for the sake of movement and your trainer must be qualified or the gym wouldn't have hired him/her. That falseood, is exactly what got us here...
Fortunately, our recent history and the work of people like Gary Gray, Gray Cook, Paul Chek and Others has allowed us to really dissolve those things that truly don't matter, or only contribute to maintaining the status quo. As a result, those of us who know better get irritated at those who obviously "don't" know better. Ultimately, I think organizations like NCCA and those few other gems will provide the forum for true professionals to elevate themselves as the TRUE professionals, especially as more accountability is forced upon not only the lame-duck certifying bodies, but the lackey trainers who pummel their clients into the dust.
When we know better we do better. (or at least this is what is supposed to happen).
People need to find real mentors who will sit with them and give them options. It's true, many don't know how to chose certifications.
When I started 25 years ago, I hear about ACSM, ACE, AFAA and YMCA. Today, there are 1,000 of national, international, college and in-house fitness gym certifications. many are great teacher trainings but many are not accepted for employment requirements.
Those of us who have being in the field since 1912 should mentor the notice instructors and trainers.
I love Sonja's answer... totally agree with you, Sonja :-)
I would also imagine that many people looking to get certified assume that all of them are basically the same, even though they are not.
I hope that this helps.
Philosophies in fitness evolve, and I usually have to tweak mine to be better understood by each client I work with.
And a philosopy is not something you get from studying one way of doing anything. A new trainer can't really have a philosophy yet. It takes years of experience and education to develop a philosophy. They can have an outlook or operate under a set of constructs. But a philosophy needs roots. And even once developed, a philosophy evolves with time.
From there, it's our responsibility to look into current science in the areas of our practice. That's were continuing education comes in.
As far as competing theories, there are highly educated people with peer-reviewed, statistically significant studies that sometimes come out with opposite results. The key is to understand where each theory is coming from, and apply the most relevant one to our clients.