Unfortunately there is no standardization for personal trainers in Canada and throughout the provinces and territories. Anyone with a business card and a great body can call themselves a personal trainer. Many facilities have people doing their personal training with little to no education and as we all know a little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing. Reputable facilities will not hire trainers with on-line and weekend courses so if you want to be taken seriously as a trainer then go back to school and get the appropriate courses needed to be a safe effective trainer. Such as anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, exercise prescription and design, etc. Reading fitness and body building magazines isn’t good enough.
The trainers in my personal training studio (Phoenix Personal Fitness Inc.) are contracted and need to have a kinesiology degree or equivalent or the Mount Royal Personal Training Certification or equivalent. They need to have current CPR (renewed yearly), First-aid (renewed every 3 years), carry liability insurance for 2 million dollars and have some experience in the fitness industry. My trainers are not cookie cutter trainers and all have varying areas of expertise and knowledge, because every client that walks through my doors isn’t the same and requires a different training experience. My trainers stay current by attending workshops and doing continuing ed. The health and fitness industry is constantly evolving and if you think you know it all then you will never make it in this industry.
A great trainer is a people person and must really like people and want to help them achieve their goals. If you are looking for 9-5 then personal training isn’t for you. We train when other people aren’t working (early mornings, lunch time, evenings and weekends). Trainers with the appropriate credentials will make a good living but you won’t get rich. The trainers of the rich and famous are few and far between.
I have been in the fitness industry since I graduated from university in 1982. It is a rewarding career if you are willing to take the appropriate steps and pay your dues.