The fitness specialist represents a professional who is trained and experienced in leading, instructing, and motivating individuals and groups in exercise activities. This includes cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and stretching. The fitness specialist may acquire basic objective measures of health and physical performance prior to supervising an exercise regime with a client. They may also perform periodic functional measures to assess exercise program outcomes.
The education and training required for fitness trainers and fitness instructors varies by their location and chosen area of interest and specialization. The fitness trainer/ instructor can play a significant role in preventive spinecare.
For more information about the role and responsibilities of a Fitness Specialist, please refer to the website of the American Fitness Professionals and Associates at http://www.afpafitness.com/
To locate and learn about fitness specialists who are members of the American Academy of Spine Physicians go to the International Directory of Spinecare Professionals. The directory also identifies those who have achieved credentialed status (Diplomate or Fellow) with the American Academy of Spine Physicians.