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Nanny state strikes again: Turning “personal trainer” into a heavily regulated profession

August 25, 2015

My latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

How to be a personal trainer: Be ripped

Right now, there’s just one qualification for becoming a personal trainer: Being a hunk.

Or better yet, being a hunky hunk:

“[N]o matter which Bachelor programming you’re enjoying (or being forced to endure alongside your significant other), there exists one recurring and somewhat societally verified job title guaranteed to show up, highlighted in gradient yellow across the bottom left corner of your screen: Personal Trainer. By our calculations, there have been a total of ten on The Bachelorette alone, and the last guy won—though let’s be honest, this was mostly a manifestation of the pull of this pullover.”

But all that may soon change for the masters of the inguinal crease. The District of Columbia is poised to create an official registry of personal trainers based on credentials that have yet to be specified but are certain to become a model for the rest of the country.

Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly, and regulators gotta regulate. According to the Washington Post:

“The problem for personal trainers is that no standards currently exist. Instead, dozens of competing descriptions have been written by gym owners, for-profit training companies and self-proclaimed fitness experts. There are even competing organizations that certify competing tests.”

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Behind this rush to make rules for the mentors of the sixpack-seekers is–you guessed it–that federal health cow to be milked, Obamacare:

“The credit — or blame — for the newfound urgency can be traced in part to President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. A variety of workplace wellness programs and preventive health-care initiatives called for in the law could soon translate into rivers of billable hours for those with credentials to keep American waistlines in check.

“And that means the race is on to be eligible for those credentials, which could eventually lead to the ability to bill insurance companies for services, much like such professionals as dieticians and physical therapists. With billions of dollars potentially at stake, lawyers and lobbyists are engaged in a no-holds-barred fight to shape the nation’s first-ever rules over who has the right to tell someone else how to exercise.”

In other words, we the premium-payers–and also the taxpayers–may soon be helping to subsidize Hilary Duff’s clubbing dates with Jason Walsh.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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One Comment
  1. Lastango permalink

    Excellent point. Just as the mental health mafia did with DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), Phase II will involve redefining exercise and who needs it, along with with identifying whole new pathologies the “profession” and its regulators can set up shop around.

    One other thing: wherever possible, the trainers will be unionized.

    (…and can a parallel racket involving nutritionalists be far behind?)

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