There's regulation in almost every industry – you need a specific license to sell a house, you need a specific designation to give financial advice, and you even need a license to be a make-up artist in 36 states, but you don't need a license to be a personal trainer. Does this shock you? It should.
The human body is the most complex machine we're aware of. This is the reason doctors call their business a "practice". They're still learning every day. So why is it that the person helping you with your health and fitness goals doesn't have to have any formal education?
This is a debate that has been going on in the fitness industry for over a decade. In fact, Doug Holt was the Director of Information for the National Board of Fitness Examiners, an organization trying to establish a set of universal requirements for personal trainers and strength coaches.
When Conditioning Specialists was opened as a personal training studio in Santa Barbara, the goal was to create a place where highly educated and experienced personal trainers and strength coaches could come and work with their clients. We achieved that goal and over time, our business has evolved, but the mission hasn't. We believe that to truly help someone, we need to focus on continually educating ourselves and our clients.
We don't operate a once-size-fits-all studio. We're not for everyone. If you're looking for large group classes where you can hide in the back or just come and sweat, then we're not for you. If you just want to go through the motions, we're not for you. If you want to just come and workout on your own, we're also not for you. We're built for people who want real help towards their fitness goals. Our clients range in age from 8 to 80 (no joke) and come from all walks of life. What sets them apart is that they are looking for a safe place to come and work with an expert. That's Conditioning Specialists.
Although there probably won't be any regulation in our industry for a long time, it's important that you make sure your fitness professional has the knowledge and experience to help you towards your goals, not just their own.
Come give us a try for free and you'll experience the difference with working with one of our fitness coaches!