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The Future of Personal Training

Thanks to technology, advances in exercise science and new information about diet, the future of personal training could be incredible. Innovation in equipment, technology, and research means there's a lot to come to the world of helping people achieve a healthier, more functional body.

Personal training goes high-tech

The internet has connected the world. Personal trainers will need to become increasingly connected because people now expect fast, efficient service and communication through the internet.

Rather than begin and end at the gym, personal training services in the future could involve a set of digital services that includes fitness apps, text messaging or even virtual reality. Even now, personal training takes advantage of technological innovations like heart rate monitors, smartphone apps, messaging and video recording so trainers can take on many more clients. Location is no longer a factor; if someone wants a particularly well-known trainer to help them, technology can make it possible regardless of place.

The Future of Personal Training for Groups

Group training is a fun way to keep motivated and enjoy the camaraderie of shared effort. Online streaming classes like Peloton already allow exercisers to reap the benefits of group training sessions from their homes. Peloton is an exercise bike that connects the rider to live and prerecorded classes any time they want to exercise.

The Peloton concept could expand to include group dance or kickboxing classes. Exercisers may one day access a broad range of instructor-led exercise classes from their internet-connected smart TV.

Read more: How Many Calories Does a Cycling Class Burn?

The 24-Hour Fitness Trend

More facilities that offer 24-hour access to members than ever before. From shift workers to insomniacs, the convenience of having a workout space available at any hour and every day means that one day, most gyms may be open all the time.

According to a 2013 article at Smart Company, over 11 percent of Australian gym members chose where they exercise because it was open at all hours. Personal trainers may also find new opportunities serving people who train during the overnight hours.

Trends in Personal Training Certification

The most significant trend in the future of personal training may be certification. Possibly, the days when anybody could call themselves a personal trainer may be gone. Gym goers want to be sure that their trainer knows what he or she is doing. Although no U.S. state currently requires personal trainers to be certified or licensed to work, savvy exercisers and gyms owners may eventually refuse to employ personal trainers that aren’t.

Read more: Top 10 Best Personal Trainer Certifications

Trends in What Personal Trainers Teach Clients

Increasingly popular training methods like HIIT, suspension training and fitness boot camps could one day be more common than conventional weight training and aerobic exercise like the treadmill or stair stepper. This may change what exercisers expect from a commercial gym. The future of personal training may look more like current CrossFit classes than a traditional trainer with a clipboard.

The Future Cost of Personal Training

It’s difficult to predict the future cost of personal training, but current trends may give us a good idea.

The growing popularity of group fitness, the trend in small groups of people sharing a personal trainer to save on costs and the rise of remotely taught classes like Peloton, may mean that costs are heading down.

When an instructor divides the hourly cost of their services among a large number of clients, it means they can charge less while making more. If the instructor made $75 per hour training one student, they could instead charge each of three students $35 per hour and earn more than before. Gyms can reduce class fees because they may be sharing a remote-based cycling instructor with other gyms, reducing what each facility pays for staff.

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About the Author

George W. Citroner is a freelance journalist covering science, medicine, and health.

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