Trends in Personal Training
Trainer Survey: New survey shows trainers are confident and profession is growing.
Personal training continues to grow, despite the political and economic turmoil of the past few years. Responding to the 2004 IDEA Programs & Equipment Survey, IDEA personal fitness trainer (PFT) members reported positive directions in their profession.
Highlights of this first-time survey showed trainers are experiencing
- continued sales of personal training, with one-to-one sessions being the most popular
- high usage levels of both portable and stationary equipment
- blending of personal training with Pilates or yoga
- strength training emphasizing equipment, although body weight training has a presence, perhaps owing to the number of trainers working in clients’ homes
- diversification into lifestyle coaching, nutrition assessment and use of the Internet
Personal training businesses need to customize their programs to their particular locations and clienteles. PFTs working with the equipment available in large multipurpose clubs will report different program and equipment use than those working in clients’ homes or smaller personal training gyms. Despite the potential disparity resulting from work locations, there is a lot of consistency among the trainers.
IDEA PFT members who gave us permission to use their e-mail addresses were sent three e-mail invitations to link to a Web-based survey in April 2004. The 157 trainers who responded represent 36% owners, 13% personal training directors, 10% fitness directors, 2% general managers and 33% “other” titles.
When the difference between the mean and median numbers is large, then a median is provided. Why? The mean (average) is found by adding together all the numbers and dividing by the number of responses. But very large numbers and very small numbers create a wide range, and that range can make an average less representative of most of the people. You can see this by looking at the number of personal training sessions offered per week.
The median is the midpoint, meaning 50% of respondents answered above and 50% answered below that number. A median is useful because it helps eliminate the distortion that an average can cause.
With an expansion of services (lifestyle coaching, sports conditioning, Pilates, yoga and online client reminders are on the growth list) and predictions of growth all around, the outlook for personal training is optimistic. This is good for PFTs—and good for their clients, who are inspired to fitness.
For the latest research, statistics, sample classes, and more, "Like" IDEA on Facebook here.
Client retention is critical to the success of your business. But are you really doing all you can to let members know they’re your priority? Do your personnel understand your expectations for their roles in client retention? If you don't have established criteria, it may be time to develop a road map for yourself and your employees. Use these seven basic steps—suggested by Richard Gerson, PhD, in his book Members for Life (Human Kinetics 1999)—to get your retention program on the right track.
- Have a clear member service mission, vision and philosophy. Communicate these to your employees, and then train and empower them to carry out the service mission.
- Provide clients with quality products, services and care.
- Listen closely to your clients and then act on their suggestions. Do the same for your employees.
- When serving clients, pay attention to your own intuition and have your employees pay attention to theirs.
- Treat clients with respect, trust, fairness, honesty and integrity.
- Communicate regularly with clients, including current clients, former clients and your competitors’ clients.
- Expand your product, program and service offerings carefully, ensuring that you can continue to provide quality member service while you grow.
Reprinted with permission from Human Kinetics.
© 2004 by IDEA Health & Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited.
- Abdominals/Core Conditioning
- Body Image
- Boot Camp
- Cardiovascular Training
- Career Issues
- Client Advice
- Client Handouts
- Coaching/Lifestyle Coaching
- Consumer Education
- Continuing Education/CECs/Home Study
- Corrective Exercise
- Disabilities and Diseases
- Fitness Handouts
- Government Initiatives
- Group Fitness
- Health Clubs/Fitness Facilities
- Inactive Market/Inspire the World to Fitness
- Industry Issues/Trends
- Injuries/Injury Prevention
- Legal Issues
- Marketing and Sales
- Medicine/Medical Profession
- Nutrition/Healthy Eating
- Personal Trainer Institute West 2013 Blog
- Personal Training
- Program Design
- Program Trends
- Research/Exercise Science
- Sample Classes
- Sample Workouts/Program Design
- Self Improvement
- Special Populations
- Strength Training
- Technology/World Wide Web
- Weight Management
- Women/Women's Health Issues
IDEA Fit Tips
|Extreme Interval Training
In this course you'll learn goal-focused intervals and over 50 dynamic exercises and drills to create extensive and intensive training formats.
|Cut to the Core
This is a raw, unedited video filmed live at the 2009 IDEA World Fitness Convention™. Cut to the Core is packed full of core-focused exercises that aim to improve the way you look, feel and live.
|September 2011 IDEA Fitness Journal Quiz 4: Plyometric Training
This continuing education quiz is an in-depth look at plyometric training. Plyometric exercises—jumping, bounding, hopping, arm pushing, and catching and throwing weighted objects such as machine balls—are movements that involve rapid eccentric and concentric muscle actions.