These days fitness is very much at the forefront of most people’s lives. There are also many options for people apart from the few big box gyms we used to only see. Now there are many smaller businesses, some which specialize in particular types of fitness (such as a sole Yoga, Pilates or CrossFit centres) or some that offer a wide variety of everything. Wherever you get your fitness on, it’s important to do your research and find out what credentials and experience your coaches, instructors and staff have. Here are a few things to look for!
Look for professional credentials
A great leap in the fitness industry over the past few years was the recognition of Kinesiologists as a professional body. All registered Kinesiologists are now held accountable to their regulatory body. What this means is they are upheld to the highest standards. Successful completion of a licensing exam and an undergraduate degree is required in order to call oneself a registered Kinesiologist. Each year, RK’s are required to complete a self-assessment to ensure they are continuing to expand and grow as professionals. Having a registered Kinesiologist on staff ensures you have someone who has in depth knowledge human movement, body mechanics and safety that will give you the best results for the longest period of time.
Look for experience
Experience is certainly a very valuable aspect of one’s professionalism. The difference 5, 10 or 20 years makes is invaluable. Experience can come in a wide variety of forms. Simply putting in the years is one aspect. Another can even stem from your coach’s childhood. Having a coach who was active in competitive sports as a kid still counts as years put in. It becomes a part of who you are. The longer one remains in the industry the more they have to offer, the easier it is to see faults in human movement, offer appropriate corrections and the more comfortable one feels doing what they do.
Look for specialty certifications
Specialty certifications can also be an important aspect of one’s professionalism. Continued education is imperative to stay up to date and cutting edge in this fast paced industry. Seeking coaches who continually better themselves through education shows they want to invest in both themselves and their athletes. The fitness industry moves at an exponentially fast paced and without the refreshers of education one can become stale and stagnant. Check out what specialty certs your coaches have and how recently they were done!
These are just a few things to look at to ensure you are getting the best coaching available. At Synergee, we pride ourselves on continually learning, growing, expanding and offering the most professional services possible. It’s our promise to always be educating and bringing back the latest and greatest evidence based training to you.