I already had two degrees in human sciences (physiology, anatomy, etc. studies), basically premed and a DDS (dentist), when I realized that exercise and athletic performance were my really interests. But back then exercise instructors were considered to be psuedo-professionals. The world of exercise physiology/science was just starting. So:
1) I would have followed my interests and not tried to be the “scientist” of accepted professional studies.
2) I would have sought out the people that were creating the field of exercise science.
But now that I know what it is that makes me tick, I work hard at learning all I can. I learn and I teach, that is what makes me what I am. A fitness professional!!