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The Importance of Professional Development as a PT
October 6, 2017 | by Suzanne Cox

Life gets busy as a PT! It can be difficult to find and make time for professional development but here are just a few important reasons why it should be a priority:

1.  It’s needed to stay registered.

Fitness industry governing bodies such as Fitness Australia require you to attain Continuing Education Credits (CEC’s) in order to renew your registration each year. Over each two year period you will need to attain 20 CEC’s which can be from a variety of courses that take your interest. You might like to add some more variety to your sessions by completing a suspension training course, kettlebell course or boxing course. Alternatively you might like to be able to really understand behaviour change or better help your clients recover from an injury. There are courses that cover this and more!

2.  It is important to make sure you stay up to date with all the latest research.

We all know that the current research on what is an effective nutrition plan or what is the most valuable type of training is constantly changing! There are also many different opinions and in order for you to decide what your training and nutrition ethos is you need to have as much information as you can to make an educated recommendation to your clients. Many years ago we didn’t know that smoking was that bad for us; ten years ago we didn’t know that long periods of sitting were that bad for us and in ten years’ time there will be something new we have learnt from all the research and study that is being conducted.

3.  The more skills you have the more people want to train with you!

All clients want a fresh, inspiring and knowledgeable trainer. These trainers shine in a gym and clients are drawn to them! In a role where you give a lot to other people it’s really important to take time out for yourself. We often think of this as making time for family, friends, your own exercise and your own personal hobbies but this also includes feeding your own quest for knowledge to avoid burnout and boredom. It’s exciting to try out some new exercises or tools you have learnt with a client after attending a course! You can also feel confident that you have learnt the skills, techniques and exercises to deliver a safe, effective and fun session.

The fitness industry attracts great people with great energy so as an added bonus you can guarantee you will meet heaps of like-minded fitness professionals who are just as passionate as you!

There are lots of options for professional development courses out there. Get searching online and start booking them in!

About Suzanne Cox

Suzanne is the Lead eCoach at the Australian Institute of Fitness in St Leonards, NSW.

This content is not intended to be used as individual health or fitness advice divorced from that imparted by medical, health or fitness professionals. Medical clearance should always be sought before commencing an exercise regime. The Institute and the authors do no take any responsibility for accident or injury caused as a result of this information.

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