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Are Personal Trainers Forgetting Their Role?

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Are Personal Trainers Forgetting Their Role?

So over the last 12 months, I’ve seen trends where Personal Trainers are creating content on various topics that I would deem as outside our scope of practice.

A common one is PT’s weighing in on Anxiety, Stress and Depression.

Now first of all, let’s look at becoming a Personal Trainer.

To become a PT, you can get qualified VERY easily. Some courses could be just a weekend, others range up to weeks/months.

There’s no entry requirement except for having cash in the bank.

It is a relatively easy path into the fitness industry, however; what will really define a good PT is what they do after they get qualified.

The world of health and fitness is ever evolving which leads to new information, maybe debunking old info and new training methods coming out.

In the area of nutrition, it’s a mine field.

There’s so much conflicting information out there that it’s up to us to keep up to date on it, find scientifically researched methods to give the best information to our clients.

But back to my original point.

The PT course allows us to get insured and TRAIN people who are looking to improve how they look, feel and perform.

Add in a Nutrition Qualification and we can then give nutritional advice to aid in fat loss, muscle gain or performance.

So why do many give advice on how to overcome Anxiety, Depression, etc.

My belief is that this is completely outside our scope of practice.

If anyone is suffering with their mental health then they should be referred to a professional who is qualified to deal with them.

Just because we read a few Tony Robbins’ books and feel Ok with ourselves, doesn’t mean we know what’s going on with other peoples minds or lives.

The role of a Personal Trainer is to TRAIN people.

Our role is help people improve how they look, feel, and improve their health through good nutrition.

A byproduct of such improvements may lead to them having higher self esteem, confidence and increased satisfaction in life.

But that’s not guaranteed.

So while exercise is shown to improve mood etc., we cannot play doctor and pretend we have the answers.

We need to leave it to the professionals who have spent years studying and practising.

We’re noways qualified to weigh in on medical issues or mental health.

So I always advise everyone, never be afraid to seek help or talk to someone.

It could be a friend, family member or professional help.

But never be afraid to talk.

Have a good weekend.


Colm Duignan

Colm Duignan

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