Personal trainers have been around since the pioneering days of Jack Lalanne, the godfather of fitness, opening up the nation's first health and fitness club in 1936. Since then, we have had incredible growth in the health and fitness industry, with the addition of group exercise instructors, health coaches, life coaches, and wellness coaches. In the last two years, the fitness industry has grown more than ever, and we were globally introduced to virtual instructors, even though virtual training has been around for much longer. With the introduction of virtual fitness and the industry's evolution in the last 90 years, does the word trainer still encompass everything we need it to in 2022?
The fitness industry changed in the last ten-plus years, where personal trainers and group exercise instructors merged to become small group training coaches—taking the best of two worlds, group exercise, and personal training, and merging them into the next level of coaches. For most, the word personal trainer or trainer is synonymous with fitness, and usually, someone hovering closely with a clipboard, timer, and tactile cueing while counting your repetitions. It draws in many people in the hopes that they will be guided towards a better level of physical fitness. The future is now, and in the virtual environment, the things a personal trainer can do are impossible. The innovative minds at FightCamp have searched the earth to find you the best of the best, but before we go there, let's break down what it means to be a personal trainer or trainer.
What is a trainer?
The qualities of a (personal) trainer are that they traditionally have proficient knowledge of body mechanics. They understand that there is an adaptation process to progressive overload which requires them to plan each progression. The attraction of personal trainers is that they can create programming to fulfill the need of an individual. Most national personal training certifications focus on the trainer's ability to develop and execute their programming, often leading to the trainer training the program, not the actual client. The knowledge of body and programming is considered a hard skill (what makes it safe and effective), and most training certifications don't focus on soft skills, which makes it fun.
What is a Coach?
The qualities of a coach, according to the International Olympic Committee, are that they are positive, enthusiastic, supportive, trusting, focused, goal-oriented, knowledgeable, observant, respectful, patient, and a clear communicator. Notice how this is a blend between hard and soft skills, as those are skills that consider the emotional aspect of training. A good coach is "focused on helping the individual to unlock their own potential". Inspiring you to believe in your greatness and potential is more complex than it seems. Coaches can connect with their students where the session experience is the highlight because they know how emotions tie into the overall class.
So, Does FightCamp use Trainers or Coaches?
The FightCamp Trainers are the 2022 mixed version of a trainer and a coach.
Your FightCamp Trainers are the embodiment of forever students, who, on a weekly and monthly basis, continue to up-skill their knowledge through continuing education. This education is far more than just anatomy and physiology; it is learning how to speak in a language you can easily understand to create a safe and effective space. The FightCamp team is committed to bringing in other subject matter experts who coach them to bring the fun and excitement to you so that you feel as if you are in the same room with them. It takes hard work to stand out from the crowd, and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are about 500 thousand personal trainers and group exercise instructors in the United States alone. Of those fitness professionals, few cherish the idea of earning their better every day and pursuing continuing education beyond what the bare minimum beyond staying certified is.
The FightCamp Trainers all have an accomplished competitive background in boxing, kickboxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai, and mixed martial arts. Take all of these competitive traits, add them to the FightCamp Trainer's knowledge of body and presentation and rest assured that you are among the finest trainers in the world. At the end of the day, the words coach or trainer are just titles; what is most important is if the person named either of these titles truly embodies the finest qualities and pursues greatness. FightCamp Trainers are committed to creating a safe, effective, and fun class every time they stand in front of the camera to guide you to be the best version of yourself.
Train Like a Fighter
Take your workouts to the next level and train like a fighter with the at-home connected fitness solution used by world champion boxers Mike Tyson and Floyd Mayweather. FightCamp has everything you need to work out on your schedule, with premium boxing equipment and hundreds of on-demand strength, conditioning, kickboxing, boxing, core, and recovery classes led by real fighters. As Mike Tyson said - “FightCamp is the next level of training!”