Personal Fitness Professional - January/February 2017 - 5
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
Lindsay Vastola | firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim White | www.jimwhiteﬁt.com
A few months ago, I was speaking to a client,
reinforcing with her the importance of quality
sleep. She had been stuck in an unhealthy cycle
of foregoing sleep to ﬁnish her to-do list, catch
up on work, prepare for the next day, etc., and
it was directly impacting her health, energy, productivity, workouts and mindset. The thing is, I
had the very same conversation with her just a
few months prior. And again a few months prior
to that. I'm sure these conversations are all too
familiar for most of you reading this.
The irony was that I might as well have been
talking to myself. I was no different than this client; I was pushing late nights so I could catch up
and get ahead. Or so I thought. Why wouldn't
we just simply change our sleep habits?
I realized that until we value something, we will
never make that something a priority. And certainly not priority enough to change our habits.
While I fully understood the importance of sleep, I never made it a priority because I put
more value on getting my to-do list done. Likewise, until a client values quality food, they
will continue to make poor food choices. Until someone values exercise, they will never
make time for it. We all know that you can't force anyone to change a habit to do something they don't intrinsically value.
Education is no different. Until we value the importance of education, we will never
make it a priority to invest time, money or energy into learning. And if we don't make education a priority for ourselves as ﬁtness professionals, we will remain stagnant. And frankly,
there is too much at stake to remain stagnant in this industry.
This 2017 Winter issue is inspired by the value of education in our profession:
` Do you know what pills your clients may be popping before workouts? Brandi
Binkley and Dr. Tracy Hagemann provide a comprehensive list of over-the-counter
drugs and their effect on exercise.
` What circle are you in? Nick Tumminello illustrates the four common mindsets of
ﬁtness professionals when it comes to continuing education.
` Jim White, our 2017 PFP Trainer of the Year, shows how vision, risk and follow-through are imperative to success in our Journey to Success proﬁle.
` If you're reading this magazine, you likely do value the importance of education.
We hope you ﬁnd helpful the 2017 education calendar in this issue with upcoming
events, workshops and conferences to use as a planning resource for the year.
I challenge you to reﬂect on your own value of education. Are you regularly investing in your
continuing education? Are you making time to read, attend workshops and network with
others? Imagine the impact of our industry if all ﬁtness professionals valued education in
the same way we value exercise and eating well; we would take the industry to a new level.
Committed to your success,
The ongoing rewards
Our 2017 PFP Trainer of
the Year winner, Jim White,
highlights the value education has had in his career
and how success hinges on
How has education
played a role in the success of your career?
Not only did my college education help
contribute to my career, but it was also what I
learned outside of the textbooks. I always kept
up on my CECs by reading ﬁtness and nutrition
books while taking as many ﬁtness and certiﬁcation classes as possible.
What are your plans for your continuing
education in 2017?
I love going to ﬁtness conferences and events to
maintain my CECs. This allows me to network with
like-minded ﬁtness professionals, try out the latest exercise equipment and attend motivational
seminars. Every time I leave a conference, I feel
recharged and ready to step-up my ﬁtness game.
What advice would you give ﬁtness
professionals in determining their continued
Look for CECs that will give you the most bang
for your buck. Continuing education is not only
needed to fulﬁll your certiﬁcation status, but
should also be used to further your career.
Where do you see opportunities in
continuing education for ﬁtness professionals
to invest more time, money, energy?
I feel that a Master's degree will be the entry level
education in the near future. I always recommend
to invest in higher education. If that is not an
option, contact your local college or community
college to enroll into various classes that can
beneﬁt your career. I also believe in self-study. I try
to read a book a week to further my knowledge.
I recommend reading a variety of books as the
personal trainer is the jack of all trades and we
need to be educated on various topics.
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