The fitness world is constantly evolving. In the past few years, we’ve seen a shift in personal training styles, an emergence of new exercise trends and a development in fitness technology. It’s a great time to be a part of the dynamic health and fitness sector, with new career opportunities constantly cropping up. Which got us thinking, as our industry continues to evolve, what does the future for fitness professionals looks like?
A few ideas on how the next generation of fitness professionals might spend their working day…
Elderly Wellness Consultant
Older adults are living longer, thanks to more active lifestyles, better healthcare and a focus on healthy eating. As our Older Adult Fitness Coaches will agree, more and more individuals over the age of 60 are taking up a healthier and more active regime. So, it’s no surprise that we’ve seen an increase in personal trainers specialising in exercise for older adults.
As the average older adult age increases, the elderly will require assistance with not only maintaining an effective exercise programme, but also health, hygiene, transportation, meal preparation and housekeeping. Fitness professionals may take on a more varied role to assist with other aspects of elderly living. Taking care of our nation’s elderly will generate millions of new jobs for those with the right skill sets.
Psychological Athletic Coach
Professional coaching will continue be high in popularity, thanks to the perks that come with working alongside sports stars and professional athletes. Though the future of technology will allow coaches to work on a much more intuitive level, with assessment of emotional reactions, self-discipline and personality, which can all affect fitness performance. A new breed of psychological fitness coaches will emerge, to help people improve their outlook, and therefore their performance.
Personal… Personal Trainer
In the same way that a personal assistant will usually work for just one or two CEO’s of the same company, personal trainers may be employed by a family, on a permanent employment, or even live-in basis to keep everyone active and healthy. Parents will hopefully be more aware of the need for an active lifestyle for their children in order to prevent the current obesity crisis from rearing its ugly head. These roles will be more likely to be appointed by the middle classes, as the rise in social esteem and longer working days bring on a need for focus on wellness for the whole family.
AI and Virtual Healthcare
Several new tech startups are already making strides in health sector through tele-medicine, virtual consultations and body and voice recognition. Using augmented reality, fitness professionals of the future will be able to consult with patients, either via video-call, reducing the need for face-to-face appointments and long waiting times. The development of artificial intelligence and tele-medicine should take the pressure off GPs and allow for slicker and more affordable healthcare. Exercise Referral Specialists will benefit massively from future technology, allowing them to efficiently assess and monitor patients.
The shift in fitness-related roles comes from the emergence of better technology and more streamlined skill sets thanks to specialist qualifications (like ours). This will allow us to work slicker, smarter and to maximise our time in today’s hectic working day.
From a recruitment perspective, the most coveted skills for employers are also shifting with the times.
The top skills today compared with what will likely be most important in the future…
Complex problem solving
Co-ordinating with others
It goes without saying, the future is bright in the world of fitness! If you’re considering getting started on a fitness career, speak to us about our range of Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer courses. Where will your career take you?