An interesting topic for a variety of fitness professionals is licensure. Will the fitness industry ever go towards a national license in the United States? This is a topic that can affect many different populations, and has positives and negatives for all those involved. In this episode of the KIPS Podcast, host Tyler Valencia, PhD(c) discusses licensure from the perspective of individuals, fitness instructors, education providers, and gyms.
One of the main talking points discussed in this episode is whether fitness instruction will improve. Depending on your educational background, experience, and current career, your viewpoint on this subject will vary. It’s important to keep in mind that any steps towards licensure can impact those already working in the fitness industry that don’t meet the new requirements. Does this group get grandfathered into the new regulations or do they have to meet the new regulations to continue? Those are tough questions to answer and one of the key reasons why no progress has been made.
Another key point to keep in mind is the perspective of the individual looking for help with their health. The individual needing help with their health most likely doesn’t go to the gym and doesn’t have exercise planned in their immediate future. So would better fitness instruction help this demographic? Isn’t helping this demographic the goal of all fitness professionals? This demographic that doesn’t exercise probably needs help that isn’t changed by a national license within the fitness industry. These are things to keep in mind as you listen to this episode and move forward within the fitness industry.
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