I think the others have said much with regards to your question. All are valid. But, in your question i see something positive. Much like the Global Peace Prize there is a strive to do the best you can for the work you do. Did the people do it to receive the Peace Prize? i doubt it. They did it because their heart was into what they were doing. Should individuals be recognized for their effort? My opinion is yes. I love to read of others success. It teaches much. And, I like to keep learning. However, if this ” Hall of Fame” is utilized as a money maker, like everything else, the validity will be of no real use to anyone. Brian
I would echo what Harris said. The fitness community is a broad one. And the days when personal trainers cared ONLY about strength and muscle mass are gone. Health and wellness, go hand in hand with physical culture. I am aligned with the mind body world, but consider the fitness community mine as well. IDEA feels like a home because it welcomes all who work to serve the cause of increasing health and fitness of the greater community.
I had a look at your site. What I noticed is that your experts are fairly weighted toward body building and the martial arts. These two things are well represented within the personal training, and fitness coaching, and fitness professional communities. But part of the strength of an organization like IDEA is its inclusiveness. Those of us with different backgrounds learn from and support each other.
The exact words IDEA uses to describe what they look for in their personal trainer of the year:
“The IDEA Personal Trainer Award recognizes an individual IDEA member who is a certified personal trainer spending at least 15 hours per week actually training clients one-on-one and has demonstrated exceptional leadership, business management, motivational and instructional skills, and who has inspired his or her clients to greater personal growth and a higher level of fitness.”
I think that last sentence is really important. The leader is not the one with the most press, or the most awards, or the most money, but the one serving the needs of the clients.
In a way the question is moot for me. I work in a very small and quiet way, and am happy to do that, grateful to be allowed to help whomever I can. But I honor those who are able to do more, and love that IDEA gives them the spotlight.
If your award is about how much the person has done to serve those who need it that is great. If the award is for those who manage to get famous or rich it would not matter to me. If the award recognizes that the bodies being trained are as important as the one doing the training, rather than buying into the cult of personality than I would be for it.
Baseline, Harris is right: you need to be very transparent about the metrics of the choice of recipients, and you need to find a way to take into account the varieties of training.
Personally, I don’t think so. I can understand why others might champion the idea, but for me personally, the idea doesn’t sit well. If there was a hall of fame for personal trainers, why not have one for postal workers, sanitation professionals, truck drivers, etc. All of these people provide an important service just as personal trainers do. Do we really need a hall of fame for every profession? Note the word “service” I used in the last sentence. As a personal trainer, I feel that this profession is innately about serving others and helping them achieve their goals. My satisfaction comes from seeing my clients succeed. It’s not about me at all. My clients are doing the work – I’m just providing the appropriate tools and motivation to point them in the right direction. I’d rather see a client hall of fame.