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Hi All,

As most of you know I have been involved with the training, assessment and quality of personal training, sports therapy and nutrition qualifications for some time now. This is a role that I find very rewarding!  I thought that I would talk a little about my thoughts on the training of Personal Trainers.

Our industry is such a different place to what it was some 15 years ago when I got started we have seen so many changes, most for the better.

For me one of the key improvements has been in terms of the training that personal trainers now get, we like many industries have a well established sector skills council (Skills Active). Their main role has been the identification of what skills and knowledge a given job role in our industry requires. This information is then used to develop standardised courses for the industry. These courses are of much higher quality than the ones in the early days and this has led to a massive upsurge in the effectiveness of personal trainers out there on the gym floor!

For me being involved with the training and assessment of these qualifications is a great honour as we really are on the coal face of shaping the industry’s future talent!

My main point behind this blog post is that many people who come on these courses and outsiders looking in on the academics of personal training often overlook the depth of knowledge that personal trainers now have. The amount of knowledge in the areas of anatomy and physiology alone is huge. This is in stark contrast to personal trainers of times past many of whom were unqualified, others with basic mainly practical based qualifications, and only the few having good practical and theory based qualifications.

Just remember that personal trainers today are more than just heavy gym users, if your unsure have a chat to your local personal trainer.

If you want to train as a personal trainer why not look into a personal training course?

Tom

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