Dear Practice Friends,
I mentioned last month that a number of our instructors are participating in a summer study program that will help them complete their American Council on Exercise (ACE) personal training certification. The course covers a broad range of fitness topics (above and beyond traditional strength training and cardiorespiratory training) including: leadership; teaching techniques and communication; behavioral change and health psychology; injury prevention and first aid; professional and legal responsibilities; and defining the role and scope of practice for a Certified Personal Trainer. As I went through this it dawned on me that you might like to know a little bit more about our code of ethics and our scope of practice.
While Pilates Instructors have a narrower focus than that of a personal trainer, we are still considered “fitness workers” in our industry, and our responsibilities to our clients are the same. For that reason I chose to adopt the ACE Code of Ethics for the studio, which are principles of conduct that we follow as we interact with our clients, our colleagues and the public. Here it is:
Practice Instructors will endeavor to:
- Provide safe and effective instruction
- Provide equal and fair treatment to all clients
- Stay up-to-date on the latest health and fitness research and understand its practical application
- Maintain CPR certification and knowledge of first-aid services
- Comply with all applicable business, employment, and intellectual property laws
- Maintain the confidentiality of all client information
- Refer clients to more qualified health or medical professionals when appropriate
- Uphold and enhance public appreciation and trust for the health and fitness industry
- Establish and maintain clear professional boundaries
A scope of practice defines the legal range of services that professionals in a given field can provide. Here are some of the guidelines that we ascribe to from the IDEA Fitness Association’s Scope of Practice for Trainers:
- Personal Fitness Trainers do not diagnose, but they do receive guidelines from physicians, PT’s and other medical professionals.
- They do not prescribe, but they do design exercise programs and refer clients to an appropriate medical professional when exercise prescription is needed.
- They don’t prescribe diets or recommend specific supplements, but they do provide general information on healthy eating according to the MyPlate Food Guidance System, and can also refer clients to a registered dietitian for a specific food plan.
- Personal Fitness Trainers do not treat injury or disease, or rehabilitate, but they do design exercise programs and help the clients follow the physician’s or therapist’s advice.
- They don’t counsel, but they do coach, and can refer clients to a qualified counselor or therapist.
It’s not uncommon for clients to ask the instructors about muscle or joint issues that are bothering them, and you may have heard us reply, “well, I’m not qualified to diagnose,” or “you might want to get that looked at by your doctor” and this our way of honoring the boundaries of our profession.
We care a lot for our clients, and this includes you. When you are in pain or need advice that lies outside our scope, then we want to make sure that you get the advice that you need from the person or people who are qualified to provide it. As fitness instructors, we are part of an Allied Healthcare continuum that includes physicians, dietitians, physical therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, massage therapists and mental healthcare professionals, and we refer to all of these professionals in an effort to help you stay healthy, happy, and wise.
Practice Staff Gets CPR/AED Certified
Last Friday afternoon, Kettering Fire Fighter Bill Korb was came to the studio to (re-)certify members for the Practice Staff in CPR as well as using an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). I am happy to say that everyone passed with flying colors. It’s not rocket science, but it is super valuable information and worth going over every two years.
FYI, Practice has it’s own AED Device in the studio for emergencies. Happily, we haven’t had to use it yet, but if we do need to, we’ll be ready!
The studio will be closed on Saturday, July 4th for the Holiday.
Monthly Class Calendar and 2015 Rates
2014 pricing will remain the same for 2015.
Welcome to Practice!
A warm welcome goes out to our newest members of the Practice community, who started with us in June: Beverly Benge, Bruce Benge, Marisa Bogert, Kim Borowski, David Burckle, Lourdes Cervantes, Reka Juhasz, Sawyer Long, John Murphy, Tealy Schroeder, Danielle Weidner
We are thrilled to have you with us. Welcome aboard!
Research: To Lose Weight, Eating Less Is Far More Important Than Exercising More
We hate to hear it, but it’s true. Aaron E. Carrol in NY Times gives us the skinny on weight control:
“Exercise is good for you, for many reasons, but studies show consuming less food is the key to weight loss.”
Research: Global Diabetes Rates Are Rising as Obesity Spreads
Sabrina Tavernise in the NY Times’ Health section details the significant rise in type 2 diabetes worldwide. Yikes.
Research: Poor sleep linked to toxic buildup of Alzheimer’s protein, memory loss
Thanks goes to Michael Kunesh who forwarded us this article by UC Berkely Researchers who “have found compelling evidence that poor sleep – particularly a deficit of the deep, restorative slumber needed to hit the save button on memories – is a channel through which the beta-amyloid protein believed to trigger Alzheimer’s disease attacks the brain’s long-term memory.”