Top 5 reasons people become a personal trainer

1. HELPING PEOPLE

Personal training is about helping people reach their health and fitness goals. Most individuals seeking the guidance of a personal trainer want to improve their general fitness, reduce pain, improve their athletic performance or lose weight. With 70% of the U.S. population considered to be overweight or obese, the need for personal training services is more important than ever!

There are obvious health risks associated with being overweight, but there is also the aspect of people lacking confidence and feeling apprehensive about their body.

Whatever the reasons, people are in need of help and motivation when it comes to safely and effectively incorporating exercise into their regular routine. When they look for help, they will turn to a fitness professional who has a passion for sharing knowledge and changing people’s lives!

2. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

The continued rise of people who are overweight or obese has driven the weight loss industry to reach an astounding $2 billion dollars. Fueled by the need for healthier living, the personal training industry is expected to continue to grow by more than 16% between 2015 and 2020.

Fitness professionals who can help clients reduce their weight and reach their goals safely and efficiently are currently and will continue to be in high demand.

3. INCOME EARNINGS

With the growing industry comes growing pay for the professionals within that industry. Fitness professionals have witnessed their mean incomes grow 26% from 2010-2014. With the demand for personal trainers continuing to increase, you can expect incomes to rise as well.

This shows that while the industry continues to expand and the outlook remains high for all fitness professionals, it is important to seek education and certification from the right organization!

4. INDEPENDENCE

Schedules can be flexible as you work with your client base to determine training times and availability. You can be your own boss as an independent trainer, guiding your own schedule and business. The industry is also open to entrepreneurs who have the drive and ambition to build their own brand and business.

5. BECOME A FITNESS EXPERT

Many people want to become fitness experts. As a successful fitness professional, you can become the go-to individual for a community’s health and fitness needs, ranging from the local gym to the media. Through strong business development and a commitment to success, you can even grow to become a national expert as well.

There are many reasons to become a personal trainer. The most important is a passion for fitness with a focus of helping people. The first step to your new and rewarding career is to begin your educational journey. By growing your knowledge, you will be on the path to developing the skills necessary to guarantee success in your career.

Source: https://blog.nasm.org/certified-personal-trainer/top-5-reasons-to-become-a-personal-trainer

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Map in iOS app

Navigation is a crucial part of many mobile applications today. We might not even realise that behind something simple as finding car for rent, food delivery or Pokemon hunting there are some big tech: GPS (satellites in the Space!!!), Google/Apple/Microsoft maps services and, of course, intelligent mobile device with plenty of microcircuit. In FitRadar we use maps services to help trainers set training location by selecting some infrastructure object (gym, stadium, public location) or set some point in unnamed location by the river or lake for many open area activities like yoga, cycling or as simple as walking.

There are simple and clear requirements for map services:

  • present map to set a point for location
  • clustering (show single point on map with number of events instead of plenty points)
  • address search

Personally I try to utilise native platform solution (when it exists) for any problem. Obviously, I started with MapKit. But there is no way to ignore Maps SDK for iOS from Google. Or even check Bing from Microsoft. Integration process for all of them is relatively simple. Some require developer account and developer key creation. But let’s compare how they work.

Map and pin

All three candidates can do simple map presenting and selection random pin with coordinates pretty well. Also displaying simple map vs satellite is very good in all SDKs. Google maps can use

Clustering

Clustering for MapKit is something they support almost out of the box. For Google Map there is custom plugin. Which seems to be supported for a very long time. I wasn’t able to find any Bing map. (Please, share a link in comments if I’m wrong.)

Address search

Google Maps SDK is and absolute winner in this category. For some reason only Google pays attention not only to world wide known places like London or New York, but it also knows something like tiny beach, on border of Riga, Latvia.

Of course, it’s not something you may advertise on WWDC, but local citizen will appreciate when volleyball trainer organise next meeting at “Salaspils pludmale” app will know exactly where it is.

Bonus

Another “+” for Google Map iOS SDK is ability to use app custom colors to match app desing. This design is a JSON file which can be edited manually (or at online editor) and shipped with app bundle.

Again, I wasn’t able to find similar functionality for Apple or Microsoft maps, but, please, feel free to add in comments if they exist.

Conclusion

So, for today, obvious choice is a Google Maps SDK for iOS. I hope some day Apple bring it attention to MapKit and make it useful for all customer around the world, including some tiny country like Latvia.

Except where otherwise noted, this work is in the public domain.

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P.S.S. Text by Dmitrijs Beloborodovs