Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Bill Would Impose Tougher Regulations On Personal Trainers

"The association lobbied against similar legislation introduced in 2008 and 2009 in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maryland, Georgia, Louisiana and the District of Columbia. The difference is that the other states required personal trainers have a state-issued license. IHRSA officials say that’s unnecessary because the industry has gone to great lengths to regulate itself. There are currently 10 fitness trainer certification agencies that have been accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. Getting trainers or gyms to shell out more money and navigate more red tape for state licenses would be burdensome and costly, according to an IHRSA new release issued earlier this year. ‘That could have the dual effect of reducing the number of fitness professionals providing personal training services, and, in turn, the number of consumers pursuing physical activity,’ said Amy Bantham, IHRSA’s deputy vice president of government relations.”

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