Episode 029 rant - limitations of a fitpro

Episode 29 Rant the Limitations of a FitPro

Today’s FitPro Sessions Podcast explores your limitations of a FitPro. Neale and I rant about what you can and cannot do with the qualifications you have.

Although this is a rant, it’s kinda more of a helpful guide, giving you the clear black and white rules that you sit within as a FitPro

Many Fitpros are unsure who they can work with and what their qualifications allow them to do. As a result they are taking unnecessary risks with clients and drawing a blind eye to limitations.

This results in a sub-standard service to clients and a gap in confidence and quality. Not to mention that this creates a gap in legal protection too.

Imagine asking your family GP to do surgery on your hip. Or asking your handyman to landscape your garden. 

In all industries there are foundational certifications and qualifications that you build on later, to become a specialist. The combination of experience and knowledge compounds on further quals to make you the BEST person for the job. The specialist.

As a FitPro, knowing the limitations of your qualifications will offer FREEDOM to feel confident in what you offer. It will give a clear black or white parameter of what you can do and who you can work with.

This makes it easier to refer clients to specialists and differentiate yourself as a specialist

Today, Neale and I explore the limitations of a FitPro, so stay tuned… 🙂

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0:30 Introduction to Episode 029 of the FitPro Sessions Podcast
1:30 Not just a rant, a helpful guide to help you understand the limitations of a FitPro
4:00 Failing a PARQ is the clearest limitation
5:30 You lack confidence because you don’t have the knowledge, experience or qualifications to deal with them
8:00 The difference between learning and being qualified as a specialist
10:00 Level 2 Fitness Instructor limitations – who can you work with
11:30 The difference between qualification and awareness when working with special populations
15:00 Are you drawing a blind eye to the rules, to justify your action?
16:00 A particular set of skills that will help you get from A to B
18:00 The 60-second summary:
A) The difference between level 2 gym and Level 3 PT
B) Group or One to One
C) Specialist Populations
21:00 4 questions to check you are inside the limitations of a FitPro
24:30 The importance of Exercise Referral for all FitPros
27:00 Your invitation to our Exercise Referral Qualification
27:40 There are no grey lines, its black or white

3 Principles underpinning the Limitations of FitPro

1. What’s the difference between Level 2 Fitness Instructor and Level 3 PT?

The l2 fitness instructor (gym) allows you to offer single safe and effective training sessions for one-to-one clients in a gym-based environment. 

The level 3 pt includes nutrition, lifestyle, mindset, behavior change and activity to create long term changes and goals via full periodised plans and support.

Find out more about qualifying as a Level 2 Fitness Instructor or Level 3 PT in our Milton Keynes Academy

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2. Group or one to one

The level 2 gym and L3 pt are focused on one-to-one training and small group sessions, where all clients require a similar goal and plan. 

To work with groups there are two main fitness qualifications that are recommended

L2 Exercise To Music (ETM) if you wanna teach aerobic style exercise to music, Including legs bums and tums, or HIIT aerobics workouts etc. You’ll learn musicality, how tow to instruct and correct and how to progress classes.

L2 Circuits if you wanna teach circuit style classes and bootcamps for groups of 4 or more clients. You’ll learn group management, circuit layouts, variables, progressions and adaptations

3. Specialist populations

At level 2 all quals will teach awareness of 4 main special populations:

  • 14-16 year olds,
  • pre and post natal,
  • older adults
  • and disability.

The Level 2 Qualification just offer awareness. The syllabus shows you some key fundamental considerations in case a client asks you about their daughter or pregnant wife. It will also allow you to do the occasional gym induction to these populations with considerations.

However, you cant teach/coach these regularly or consider yourself as a specialist in teaching these populations.

Further qualifications exist to teach you more about each:

4 Questions to check you are inside the limitations of a FitPro

  • Who are you working with at the moment?
  • Do you feel confident to work with these clients?
  • Who do you want to work with?
  • What TYPE of sessions do you want to deliver?

Using these four questions, create a learning plan of courses and qualifications that build your specialist knowledge and experience over a few years. 

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What is the Level 3 Exercise Referral Qualification?

Qualify online in under 6-weeks and work with anyone who FAILS a PAR-Q

We all know it’s beneficial to train clients as soon as possible after being qualified, but what almost no one understands about training clients is that you cannot work with ANY client that FAILS a PAR-Q

UNLESS you’re Exercise Referral Qualified. 

Clients that have common clinical conditions need to be trained by an exercise referral specialist. They may present many conditions or comorbidities such as coronary heart disease, back pain, diabetes, musculoskeletal conditions and mental health. 

The Diploma in Exercise Referral will focus on 5 key areas: 
1️⃣ You’ll learn how to liaise with Medical Professionals to build your network of possible clients and help those recommended from their GP.
2️⃣ You’ll understand the signs, symptoms and basic pathology of 14 common clinical conditions.
3️⃣ You’ll become familiar with the implications and effects of specific medications relating to those conditions.
4️⃣ You’ll confidently plan a progressive adapted physical activity and nutrition programme, personalised to client’s needs and lifestyle.
5️⃣ You’ll competently deliver, manage and evaluate a safe and effective exercise referral session.

Gaining the Exercise Referral qualification will not only allow you to train ANY CLIENT,  it will also give you the confidence to train effectively with clients that have controlled conditions.

Therefore, positioning you as an Exercise Referral specialist, and allow you to access the highly sought after Level 4 specialist qualifications.

What’s more, all of this happens without attendance weekends and additional traveling costs. Meaning you can learn ANYWHERE, anytime.

Check out what’s included below:

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Hayley “Limitations of a FitPro” Bergman

Parallel Coaching

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