Summary

Enjoy discussion, debate, and revealing research about the modern personal training industry! Bias is a common feature in everyone’s life, but when bias becomes ingrained that it leads to fundamentally incorrect misconceptions that influence fitness trainer, coach and client behaviours, it has the potential to derail goal achievement and may even cause harm! Is there a growing requirement within the job role of the modern personal fitness trainer, that is not being addressed in vocational education? What are the problems of operating beyond professional scope of practice? All these are addressed in this important 2-part episode as we unravel details regarding fitness-related confirmation bias, misconception and public health misinformation!

Guest biographies

Dr Alex De Lyon

Dr Alex De Lyon: an internationally accredited Personal Trainer and Health & Exercise Specialist with over 14 years of experience in health and fitness. He holds a PhD in the field of Sport & Exercise Science, an MSc in Sport & Exercise Psychology, and a First-Class degree in Sports Coaching & Performance. Alex’s research has explored the role of fitness professionals in public health, with a particular focus on the knowledge, skills and qualities required of personal trainers. His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, presented internationally, and included in fitness and leisure reports. Alex has worked on projects with The English Football Association, The Lawn Tennis Association and The British Academy. Visit Dr Alex’s PT website.

Dr Dan Jolley

Dr Dan Jolley: course coordinator for Fitness at South Metropolitan TAFE, in Perth, Western Australia. He teaches professional fitness certifications in Australia. Dan completed a PhD in Educational Psychology, looking at the knowledge, and sources of information, of personal trainers. He has also earned a BSc in Exercise Science, and an MSc in Exercise Physiology. Dan has worked as a strength and conditioning coach in cricket and Australian Football. He represented Australia in American Football as both a player and coach and was the strength and conditioning lead for the men’s national team for the 2011 & 2015 World Championships. Visit Dr Dan’s website.

Episode content: Bias, misconception and public health

In part 1 of this episode, we discuss the PT Dr’s primary findings in their published research on bias, misconception and public health, and then we open up about the impact these findings have on the wider fitness industry.

  • 3:34 Bias, misconception, and justifying our past choices
  • 8:37 The impact on the wider fitness industry
  • 9:56 Professional experience does not associate with increased knowledge
  • 15:22 Fitness professionals are an important, but undervalued health resource
  • 18:07 Education providers, fitness trainers, and employers may not be fully aligned in serving public health needs
  • 20:34 Protecting the fitness professionals scope of practice
  • 23:18 Qualified trainers acting in opposition to the knowledge taught
  • 28:05 Pressure from employers to work outside of current knowledge and skills
  • 35:22 Is there a place for self-taught ‘expertise’ or do all skills need formal certification?
  • 40:16 Defining the scope of practice and leveraging professional referral

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