For me, I spend 100’s of hours outside of “official Continuing Education units” doing reading, research and writing in the filed. I think it’s vitally important to stay abreast of the latest reputable research and trends in our industry because things change, and our clients are often being bombarded with a lot of inaccurate fitness messages.
Thanks Louie for our question.
How many hours one spends increasing their education and how many continuing education credits were counted are two very different entities.
Continuing education is not limited to courses that we pay for. Continuing education comes in many forms, reading journals like the Journal of Strength and Conditioning, ACSM MSSE and Health Fitness Journal, Idea Journal.
I can’t begin to count the hours or money that I have spent growing professionally. What I will say though is that I think it is important that as a fitness professional that my approach remain scientifically relevant.