Jake's no cowboy fitness trainer
IT TOOK Gladstone's Jake Allen two years of training and study to become a qualified personal trainer.
"I wanted to become a personal trainer because I enjoy being able to turn my passion for fitness into a profession," Jake, 23, said yesterday.
The Jetts Gladstone trainer says the best part of his job is being able to help his clients achieve their fitness goals.
Earlier this week celebrity personal trainer Michelle Bridges turned the spotlight on to personal trainers.
With the country's alarming obesity levels, the demand for personal trainers has hit an all-time high, but The Biggest Loser judge believes it is important for trainers to be properly qualified.
"It seems like every second person is a personal trainer," she said.
The certified fitness instructor of 27 years said the number of people working in the health and fitness industry without official qualifications was on the rise.
However, Jake isn't one of the cowboy trainers.
He says the safety of his clients is his number one priority.
"We want them to be able to achieve their goals, but be safe at the same time.
"We make sure everyone uses the right form and knows what they're doing before they start exercising so they don't end up getting hurt."
Fitness Australia spokesman Andrew McCallum says people need to be selective about who they train with to ensure their own safety.
"We want more people to exercise but we want them to do so safely and with trainers who are qualified and registered," Mr McCallum said.
Jetts Gladstone requires all of its trainers to obtain their Certificates three and four in fitness and undertake CPR and first-aid training.
Jake runs free gym sessions to ensure clients are using the correct techniques.
According to the Yellow Pages website Gladstone, with 12 personal trainers, has one more than Rockhampton. Bundaberg has 19 personal trainers.