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The Fitness Professionals Licensing Act – What do you think?


I am sure many of you are aware that, as of right now, there is no legal definition of personal training in almost every state. But all that may be changing soon, starting with “The Fitness Professionals Licensing Act”. This act, which is currently on the ballot in New Jersey, would require by law all fitness professionals to be licensed by the state and it’s committee. The committee will be created to determine the requirements for being a licensed personal trainer and to outline best practices. And anyone who is not licensed will not be legally allowed to train people. If it passes in New Jersey, there is a good chance others states will follow.
So what do you think? Check out the proposed bill and leave some comments: Click Here

If you have been in the industry for the awhile, you know that “universal certification” has been a popular and heated debate for at least the last 10 years. There have been panels of the most successful professional trainers who have weighed in on this topic at fitness conferences. And it is obvious, there are major advantages and disadvantages to both paths. Our industry is in its infancy, and the path we take now is critical to our success and ultimately our collective destiny.

Personally, I see personal trainers, at their best, as highly transformative agents of health, wellness, and spirituality, capable of nothing less than helping humanity regain its balance with the natural world; expand our collective intelligence and transforming the world we live in (if you think I am crazy, read my post “Are you a personal trainer or a brain enhancer”).

I’ll let you guys know where I weigh in later on, but for now, check it out and let me know what you think Click Here

As always, keep your business fit.



Johnny Fitness

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Jonathan Angelilli aka Johnny Fitness has worked as a full time trainer for over 8 years, has completed 9 certifications, trains several celebrities, and is currently the Training Director of Dynamic Results, an upscale fitness and lifestyle company in NYC. He has directly coached, managed, and mentored over 100 personal trainers in the last 5 years alone, and owns a highly successful consulting company for personal trainers. His coaching clients have achieved amazing results including making more money, helping more people, and creating more opportunities for their fitness business.

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2 Responses to The Fitness Professionals Licensing Act – What do you think?
  1. Jacob Levy
    May 24, 2011 | 3:55 pm

    What I think is that, while understanding that any personal trainer should be properly licensed, martial arts is in a different realm entirely. As a recently promoted 4th Degree Blackbelt, Instructor, and hopeful School Owner, with a 4 year degree in a completely unrelated field. I feel that this legislation, while well-intentioned, will have mostly a negative impact on martial arts as it is truly intended to be. Most serious martial artists, obviously, do not have a degree in physical science. And when I say this, I intend no disrespect to those that do have such degrees, my point is only that most Instructors only have attained whatever level they have attained through love of the martial arts not because of it being a form of exercise. It is intended for self-defense and combat, exercise is merely an ancillary benefit. Its great and all but not the ultimate goal. I personally know some personal trainers who received their 1st degree as I got my 4th. They are in great shape, 6 packs, all that. Can’t fight their way out of a wet paper bag.

    On the other hand, I, with over 20+ years of experience can’t teach a beginner’s class because my degree is in Chemistry not Physical Science. Granted, not all martial artists are in as good of shape as I am but again thats not the point. Some schools do not focus on fitness at all. And focus on meditation and things of that nature.

    I completely understand the desire to create a legislative body to regulate the industry, but how do you regulate an industry where each branch is as different as the next. Should Akido be legislated the same way as Ju-jitsu should that be regulated in the same manner as TKD or Kung Fu? What about MMA? EACH of these different styles entails different facets of training, each requiring a different level of fitness, each with different risks, etc. Are there similarities? Yes. But not enough to warrant one massive, general legislative body. Could there be one body that regulates and handles complaints, investigates authenticity of schools? Sure. But there should be no collegiate education requirement. I and 1000s of other quality instructors would need to spend ANOTHER 4 years in a classrooms just so we can go back to teaching what we already have 10, 15, 20, 30, or even 50 years of experience in. Suddenly, those 1st degrees with 3 years of experience are the legally recognized experts whereas those who TAUGHT them are now ineligible to get in front of the class, nay, are prohibited by law from teaching. I see little good and much harm coming from this bill.

    For lack of a better phrase, any jackass with a phys. ed degree and a year of karate could teach and be legally licensed but a long respected member of the martial arts community with no college level education, making a living running an honest business is forced to shutdown. Its pathetic.

  2. Johnny Fitness
    May 24, 2011 | 11:19 pm

    Awesome comment! Thanks for sharing your ideas, I appreciate it! I saw “The Karate Kid” when I was 9 years old, and then studied Shotokan Karate for 5 years! Lol. I now practice with a tai qi/qigong master and practice internal martial arts for healing & self-cultivation. You bring up some interesting points. JF

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