In my opinion only if you are seeking attention for yourself. And how would you rate trainers? What should your criteria be based on (Number of sessions? Successful vs. un-successful cases? Years of experience? Income? Number of certifications and degrees?)?
How would you verify all of the above information? Not to mention that our industry is unregulated and there is no one set standard(s) to measure up and be accountable to. For this reason alone I would have to say no. And personally I don’t care being part of any wall of fame. I do this because I’m enjoying doing so and my satisfaction comes form the way my clients feel about themselves and the things they are able to achieve because of their hard work :-)!
I’m sure the opinions on this question will vary.
I am with Harris on this one. How to decide who is in and who is not is all but impossible because criteria for success can be many, and most of them are completely subjective.
IDEA has a Personal Trainer of the Year award and also awards Lifetime Achievement.
We have a distinguished Board of Directors who vote, and all nominees must be approved by the BOD and the Officers of the PTHOF.
Yes, IDEA has the Personal Trainer of the Year Award and Lifetime Achievement award and we would love to work with them…but NO One can give the Personal Trainer Hall of Fame Award but US…we own the US Trademark.
Just trying to get help from great PT’s and companies to help us find and recognize the Best of The Best…not to compete with them….but work with the companies and people to help the PT industry. We think it is time ALL the great PT companies and PT’s work together to recognize the Best of the Best.
Only 4 -6 PT Hall of Fame Awards will be given a year. We will recognize lots of deserving PT’s with Individual PT Awards…but only a few get in the Hall of Fame.
Let us know if you want to help…or want to nominate anyone.
Ted Gambordella, President
Personal Trainer Hall of Fame.
This is a very subjective industry.
Personal training is so multifaceted that I wonder how you would be able to rank it.
As you know, we are an unregulated industry where “anything goes”, unfortunately.
You would have to have explicate guidelines along with judges that have been in the industry for many years to know what to look for.
Although it sounds like a great idea it’s very hard to implement it for all the above reasons. With so many philosophies, training styles, certifications and so many other factors to include in this answer, I found this an impossible task. We are not talking about professional sports players/athletes where it’s easy to tell who is the best or who are the top players because of their achievements and statistics. In our industry there is nothing to set as a standard that will distinguish one trainer form the other and even more to tell who is a ‘Hall of fame” candidate and who is not. In your mind, who would you consider a trainer worth of Hall of Fame? How far would you go? The trend in our industry is changing so fast that by the time I finish this answer there will be many more new trends created out there that one day they will be the main event in a conference or a symposium.
Would you consider a trainer who instructs only bodybuilding to be the standard that everyone else would measure up to? Or someone who teaches CrossFit? Or kettlebells? Or tactical fitness? Or obstacle course training? All of these training philosophies are so different that it’s almost impossible to know which one to choose as the rule that all others will have to be judged by. Having people in your board picking one trainer from another as the best trainer out there is a good way to chose among candidates who are judged against other trainers from a similar background. The only way I can think of solving this problem, is if you are choosing those trainers who have the most impact in their field. I’m not referring to the celebrity trainers, because I don’t believe those trainers are any better than many others in our industry (they just happened to be in the right place at the right time).
This is a subject that requires a lot of thought and research if you are going to be fair to those whom you are nominating and choosing to be the winners. Can you provide us the process you have in place in order to choose the best trainers out there? What are the factors you are considering or go by when looking for the “Hall of Fame” trainers?
Again, this is only my opinion.