Many fitness corporations are hiring individuals with only a high school degree and are predicating their entire search criteria on sales experience and communication skills. Individuals who accrue a single personal training certification are calling themselves fitness professionals which is mind boggling to say the least. I also find that many managers have an overtly biased outlook on personal training certifications and place an emphasis on hiring individuals who are certified with the same organization.
I believe that many industries as a whole are a joke. It’s safe to say that many personal trainers are not professional. However the same can be said about many doctors or otherwise highly trained individuals. No matter how high of a percentage of our industry is more concerned about money than fitness, there will always be great trainers and great doctors out there to pull you out of the murky waters of commerce. I am greatful for all you trainers who try your best and really care about your clients. Personal trainers REPRESENT we stand out!