Sunday, July 8, 2007

History of Personal Training

The personal training profession undoubtedly has an early birth. Pictures on tombs indicate that weightlifting may have been practiced in 2500B.C. By the sixth century B.C., strength training was predominant in Greece. More currently, professional strongmen appeared as entertainers in traveling shows in the late 1800s and early 1900s in the United States and Europe.

During the 1920’s, Jack LaLanne began to develop fitness programs and fitness equipments which served as the groundwork of modern fitness movement, at that time his idea was considered weird but history confirm that he is a cutting edge health and fitness practitioner for his time.

Dr. Thomas DeLorme during 1940s brought some respectability to weight training by showing the health benefits of weight training to likely patients. In 1960s the modern fitness movement began with Dr. Kenneth J Cooper when he introduced the term AEROBICS, and the fitness and health craze had it main stream start. Cooper’s philosophy focused on disease prevention and stressed the importance of having epidemiological data to support the benefits of regular exercise. Dr. Cooper is recognized as the founder of modern fitness movement.

The idea of personalized programming, as we defined today is well over 100 years old. However the terms like fitness professional, personal trainers, personal fitness trainers was not associated with the early days of our industry.

Gaining a sense of the early years of personal training involves some difficult questions. Were some male trainers just entertainers of wealthy women? Are some trainers really nothing more than personal gigolos? Well you’ve probably heard it all … In the formative years of personal training (1984) it was not correct to characterized personal training as a profession as the field was too new and due to questionable integrity, character, commitment and professionalism.

The rapid expansion and development in the industry are truly astonishing. Personal training has a growth rate of 25 percent per year (Reed 1999) and today personal trainers are recognised and respected professionals every where in the world. This is amazing news for the new trainers comming into the industry.

Today there is no doubt that personal fitness training and new innovations in the fitness industry still has a rapid growth, and the benefits of fitness to all of you are enormous according to recent researches.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Expected something regarding training, looks like you are not only a trainer!!!

A promoter of your profession as well!!!

Nice article.

Murad

PERSONAL TRAINER said...

Murad:

Thank you ...

Yes i do promote personal training as a career for that reason i myself togather with other sports professionals have formed a Sports and Fitness Education Provider called Sports Education Academy of Maldives where courses are conducted on Personal Training, and Physical Fitness Instructions and so on ...

Have a good day

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