Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Personal Training License within Sights?

It's nice to see the state of New Jersey is sticking its neck out there and getting the rest of the government to engage in some sort of talk regarding personal training licensure.

According to a report by IDEA, ...."On October 6, 2008, Senate Bill 2164—the “Fitness Professional Licensing Act”—was proposed in New Jersey. This legislation would require that a governor-appointed board oversee the licensing and regulation of personal trainers and group fitness instructors."

If every state adopts a similar bill to advocate regularity for the personal training profession, it can help in one area moreso than in any other....

RESPECT from other professions.


  1. I like your point, John...very true, as I feel we deserve more respect. I am curious to see how this plays out. My main concern is I don't want anyone telling me how to do my job. :( I guess this wouldn't be a problem anyway, because Big Brother can't be staring over my shoulder 24/7, lol! Heck, chiropractors are licensed...and that's not saying much. Not trying to offend any pro-chiro people out there, I have just witnessed WAY too many "questionable" acts done by chiros (in regards to false diagnoses, billing out for services not rendered, placing patients on long-term treatment plans, and lying in general). So if chiros are licensed, and they are doing all sorts of lame stuff, what difference will it make to the gazillion trainers out there acting just as unprofessionally? i'm rambling... :D

  2. We have had a Government backed PT registration scheme here in the UK for a while (Register of Exercise Professionals) it has worked really well and got alot of cowboys out of the industry!


  3. I'm currently doing starting strength, and I found your blog via

    I think that licensing will only lead to standards in the field that will favor ideas that are currently popular. Suggesting sane things, like squatting to parallel, deadlifting, etc., could easily become reason for losing one's personal training license.

    Right now, there are good personal trainers and bad ones. With licensing, you reduce choice, and you risk standardizing on the wrong ideas.

    Use your blog and any platform you have to compete in the realm of ideas, not the apparatus of the state. I think the training ideas you advocate will win on merit.

  4. the consumer assumes that "trainers" are licensed. After all, their hairdressers, nail techs, and massage therapists are. Licensing is no guarantee, agreed. But it will at least ensure that those practicing have met some minimum standards. Right now there are none.Anyone can call themselves a trainer. Licensing will drop the bottom of the pyramid and will decrease the number of trainers. This will lead to trainers ability to charge more for their services. Club industry is not in favor of this because they want to be able to hire cheap labor (unqualified trainers) and pay them minimum wage. Licensed trainers will be harder to find and recruit but we will all be making a lot more than we are making now.


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