In this months edition of our tips page we would like to address a growing trend in the Las Vegas fitness industry. There are many Personal Trainers in Las Vegas who advertise themselves as, “Independent Personal Trainers.” They are not employed by any business yet they provide a profit oriented service to consumers. They commonly pay rent to a public access fitness center like Anytime Fitness or a large gym like Las Vegas Athletic club. There are many things a consumer should consider before hiring an “Independent Personal Trainer.” These trainers often charge significantly less money than legitimate Personal Trainers. There are several reasons why:
1.) They are conducting business illegally. If you provide services for profit in Las Vegas, Clark County, State of Nevada, it is the law that you must be a legally registered business and have both a state business license and a local business license for the area you service your customers.
2.) They often lack legitimate credentials to work as a professional Personal Trainer. Many “Independent Personal Trainers” have little or no college education in the areas of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, exercise science, or fitness program design. Many of these trainers claim to have extensive field experience which means virtually nothing to a professional organization that certifies high quality fitness professionals like the American Council on Exercise or the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Some of these trainers may even lack the most basic qualifications required to use the title, “Certified Personal Trainer.”
3.) They have no permanent place to conduct business. They will often bounce from gym to gym on a monthly or yearly basis depending on who’s offering the cheapest rent. We have heard of many instances where the “Independent” Personal Trainer just disappeared from the gym they were renting at after collecting large sums of money from clients. Clients have nothing more than a cell phone number to locate the trainer and the gym will offer no help to the consumer often claiming, “he/she does not work here, it is none of our concern.”
Independent Personal Trainers often work cheap. As you can see many of them have not made any investment in an education, certifications, licenses, professional specialty training, etc…They are not held to any standards of professionalism or excellence in the field. When you hire a Personal Trainer you are putting your health and your physical safety in their hands. Please think twice and be fully aware of the qualifications of your potential Personal Trainer when making a buying decision.
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