People often confuse “personal trainer” to be “fitness enthusiast”.
The best thing about working with a Physical Therapist is that these are people educated in preventing harm and recovering. Personal trainers are great at what they do, but having them learn how to not harm their clients is the best way to start.
There are many fitness ‘leaders’ who may or may not have a PT. To my mind, a leader is someone who through their actions inspire us to follow, not someone who has a particular credential. You have to look no further than most well-respected fitness conferences and the many ‘fitness’ presenters to recognize some of the fitness industry leaders. Also, those who write on the subject, many of whom are fitness only professionals. These are just two examples of places where you can easily find fitness leaders. I think that it all depends upon how a person defines the term ‘leader’ and what it is they are looking to learn from that person.
I started to learn the tricks of our trade in personal training 12 years ago. That’s the time when I met most of my mentors in the industry. But along the way, I’ve learned to choose wisely on who I should be looking up to for me to progress professionally & personally. With a bachelors degree in physical therapy in hand, It helped me to see and separate the ‘outstanding’ from the other trainers who could have been my mentors based on their knowledge, personality & fitness service. So, i don’t think that there’s something wrong in the picture to have physical therapists as fitness leaders – as long as we learn from these mentors how we can safely and efficiently help our clients achieve fitness goals then I’ll give my two thumbs up for them… but, if these mentors can also help me to be a better trainer, then all the respect and gratitude is there for me to give them.
I have a hard time believing you have put much effort into this. Try going to a fitness expo or IDEA event. I have Physical Therapists contacting me about clients and what I did to get them past issues. I have surgeons sending me patients to prehab and post rehab. I mentor and teach Fitness Insrtructors as part of my business. And I am not even a big name on the stage of industry leaders/presenters. Do some networkng and contact searching. The industry has never been stronger or more informed. Come join us and grow. But you have to put in effort, time, and passion. Grow your passion. Join the Movement.