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National Personal Trainer Awareness Day

National Personal Trainer Day – January 2, 2025

National Personal Trainer Day is an annual day of observance on January 2, when many people start working toward their New Year fitness resolutions. Personal trainers guide, motivate, and train you to exercise correctly. Without them, many injuries can happen due to bad form or incorrect use of the equipment, so they are a vital, often overlooked part of society. Personal trainers should get the credit they deserve for the great work they do.

History of National Personal Trainer Day

Right before the new year is the festive season that leads to overindulgence in sweets and food, so fitness is often at the top of our list of resolutions. This is where personal trainers come in to help us safely achieve our health and fitness goals and make our resolutions a reality.

In the early 2000s, two fitness professionals, Jim Labadie and Joey Atlas saw a significant spike in gym membership subscriptions tied to New Year Resolutions, which usually led to personal trainers’ lives becoming extremely swamped. Labadie and Atlas conceived this holiday as an opportunity to say thank you to the hard-working trainers who turn their lives upside down at the start of each year to help us reach our fitness goals. According to Labadie and Atlas, personal trainers put plenty of effort into planning, analysis, and consideration, to make sure the hard work of each individual amounts to something. National Personal Trainer Awareness Day highlights the benefits of a personal trainer to the chances of sticking to your fitness routine and achieving your fitness goals.

Over the years, personal training has evolved, and the advent of technology has played a considerable role. Personal training is no longer restricted to in-person training in gyms or homes; it has moved online. The trainers are also thinking of ways to provide the best digital training without impacting the final goal. They form digital membership platforms that boost accountability and post online workout videos for their members.

National Personal Trainer Day timeline

American College of Sports Medicine

The American College of Sports Medicine is established and is the first organization to certify fitness professionals.

20th Century
The Rise of Personal Training

Personal training comes into existence the way we know it today.

Fitness Godfather Opens Health Club

Jack LaLanne opens America’s first health club in Oakland.

Jack LaLanne’s Exercise Programs

Jack LaLanne launches a televised early morning exercise program specifically for homemakers.

National Personal Trainer Day FAQs

How many days does a personal trainer take?

One to three days a week is ideal. Once a week is fine if you’re on a budget, but three times weekly helps you learn exercises faster, which will be economical long term since you might not need a trainer after some time.

How long should I stay with a personal trainer?

There is no shortcut to exercising and getting the desired results. It requires effort and patience. You should ideally stay with a personal trainer for three to six months in the beginning. 

What does a personal trainer do daily?

A personal trainer evaluates a client’s needs and goals, then makes a workout schedule and a nutrition plan, in some cases, for them.

Are 30 minutes with a personal trainer enough?

Sixty minutes is the most popular duration among trainers and clients, but some experts say a session doesn’t need to be that long. Some trainers start with 30 minutes for most clients to see if they are serious or more interested in a conversation.

How To Observe National Personal Trainer Day

  1. Give a shoutout to your trainer

    If you have a personal trainer, give them a shoutout. Write them a thank you note or appreciate their efforts on your social media.

  2. Hire a personal trainer

    Even if you’ve already started your fitness journey without them, it’s never too late to hire a personal trainer. They can evaluate your journey and goals, help you achieve them correctly and with long-term term results.

  3. Get started on your fitness journey

    If you haven’t already, use this day to get started on your fitness journey. Exercising is vital to staying fit and healthy. Start with simple walks if you’re not up for intense workouts, but hire a personal trainer so that you can get it right from the very beginning of your journey.

5 Important Facts About Personal Trainers

  1. Earliest forms of personal training

    The earliest forms of personal training focused on combat, war, or an athletic career.

  2. No degrees necessary

    A personal trainer doesn’t need a college degree to be certified or successful in guiding people to reach their fitness goals.

  3. Personal trainer restrictions

    Personal trainers are, however, not qualified to give medical diagnoses or physical therapy.

  4. They don’t work out all the time

    Contrary to what it might seem, personal trainers often place more priority — and spend longer hours — on their clients’ nutrition and fitness to focus on theirs.

  5. Gyms and beyond

    Not all personal trainers work in a gym; some offer online training, while some freelance with individual clients.

Why National Personal Trainer Day Is Important

  1. We recognize the importance of a personal trainer

    Personal trainers consider each client’s requirements before making a plan. They understand that one size does not fit all. They understand medical history, strengths, and weaknesses, and help in achieving realistic fitness goals.

  2. It’s a mentally and physically draining task

    Trainers not only help you get fit, but they also have to remain fit themselves. You wouldn’t trust a fitness trainer who isn’t fit themselves, right? They work hard on themselves while training others to do the same.

  3. They are not given enough credit

    Fitness trainers can go a long way to help you become your fittest self, yet they aren’t given enough credit for that. They’re not just standing there supervising, they’re your biggest cheerleaders.

National Personal Trainer Day dates

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