As a member of IDEA Health & Fitness Association, I will be guided by the best interests of the client. I will provide facilities and staff for effective exercise and lifestyle programs; ensure that staff maintains the education and experience necessary to appropriately train clients; uphold fair business practices and safety guidelines; and use truth, fairness and integrity to guide all my professional decisions and relationships.
Thank you, Jason Karp, for your letter “Is Certification Enough?” in the October 2003 Speak Out column. This is a conundrum I have not been able to grasp. How can a 1-day—or even a 4-day—certification possibly surpass a 4-year degree or be equivalent to a master’s? How can anyone say that certifications—most of them given as multiple-choice exams, with no practical component—are more valuable than 4-year health-and-fitness-related
degrees, most of which include a practicum or an internship?
by Patricia Ryan
Profile of Personal Training
Insights from the 2003 IDEA Fitness Programs & Equipment Survey Personal Training Climbs
87 90 A comparison 87survey results of 83 over the years demonstrates growth in every area of personal 87 87 training. 80 66 71 56
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90 87 71
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Editor’s Note: In the October 2003 issue of IDEA Health & Fitness Source, we asked readers whether they thought clients were more concerned about trainers’ education and experience or about their physical appearance. Here are some responses:
My clients are more concerned about my educational background than my physical appearance. However, when they arrive for their initial consultation, they are surprised.
As a member of IDEA Health & Fitness Association, I will be guided by the best interests of the client and will practice within the scope of my education and knowledge. I will maintain the education and experience necessary to appropriately teach classes; will behave in a positive and constructive manner; and will use truth, fairness and integrity to guide all my professional decisions and relationships.