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Personal Trainers

Overview of Fitness/Exercise Workers

There are a variety of types of fitness workers including personal trainers, group exercise instructors, and fitness directors. They lead, instruct, and motivate people in exercise activities such as strength training, stretching, and cardiovascular exercise.

Personal trainers work with individual clients to determine fitness levels and reach fitness goals. Group exercise instructors work with groups of people in sessions that include aerobic exercise, stretching, and muscle conditioning. Fitness directors supervise fitness centers or health clubs and design exercise programs for members.

History of Personaly Training and Fitness Careers

In ancient China, the philosopher Confucius recognized that physical inactivity was associated with certain diseases. Cong Fu gymnastics was developed to encourage regular physical activity. The ancient Greek civilization held development of the body to be as important as development of the mind. The18th century saw the growth of gymnastics programs for fitness in Europe. During that century in the United States, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson both recommended regular physical activity for health purposes. The 20th century presidents, Theodore Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, and John Kennedy all recognized the importance of physical fitness. In the 1950s, Jack LaLanne's fitness show was featured on television and exercise became popular.

Current/Future Situation a Personal Trainer

There are currently more than 219,000 fitness workers in the United States. Most work in fitness centers and health clubs. Employment opportunities in this field are expected to increase much faster than average through 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-2009 Edition. An increasing number of employers are recognizing the benefits of fitness centers and wellness programs for their employees' health. The aging baby boomer population is very concerned about staying fit and living a healthy lifestyle. They currently represent the largest number of users of health clubs, and this trend is expected to continue.

Career Descriptions/Places to Work a Personal Trainer

Fitness workers work in health clubs, hospitals, universities, yoga and pilates studios, resorts, clients' homes, and places of business. Most fitness workers specialize in only a few areas of exercise activities. Some who work in smaller facilities may combine duties such as teach classes and act as a personal trainer.

Many fitness workers are part time with flexible schedules and freedom to plan their classes and training programs. Some work weekends and evenings to accommodate their clients' schedules.

The median annual salary for fitness workers is approximately $27,500 and the highest 10% earn more than $58,000 annually. Successful, experienced personal trainers can earn much more.

Day in the Life a Personal Trainer

A typical day for a personal trainer often begins in a health club. He reviews the progress notes of the clients he will see for the day and plans the exercise program for each client according to individual needs. When a client arrives, he greets him and explains the exercises for the session. He may demonstrate some of the exercises, and he will help the client improve his technique and performance. At the end of the session which is usually one hour in length, he will measure the progress made by the client and review his goals. They will set the client's next appointment. A personal trainer will usually see a few clients each day. It is very satisfying to help clients make progress toward their fitness goals.

Graduate/Professional Quote

"It is easier to maintain good health through proper exercise, diet, and emotional balance than it is to regain it once it is lost." – Dr. Ken H. Cooper

Stat/Fact/Tip of the Day

Most fitness workers need to be certified. There are many organizations that offer certification in the fitness field. Knowledge of proper exercise techniques, human physiology, assessment of client fitness levels, and development of appropriate exercise programs are all necessary for certification.

Due to the physical nature of the job, excellent health and physical fitness are necessary for fitness workers. An outgoing personality and the desire to motivate and help people are very important to those in this field.

Usually, a bachelor's degree in exercise science or a related area, as well as experience, is necessary for a management position in health clubs or fitness centers.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-2009 Edition