all other industries, personnel in the Singapore Fitness Industry can be
broadly classified into 3 main categories:
- the TOP 5% - the ELITE Performers
- the Average Majority
- the Bottom Rung (or the
In this article, we are concerned with
the first and foremost category, and will attempt to explore the
main characteristics which distinguish these ELITE, TOP Fitness
Professionals - regardless whether they are
Yoga teachers or
personal trainers - from
the rest, and how YOU too, can also be like one of them - by
after some of these characteristics.
In no particular order, these are the
main features that an ELITE fitness professional in Singapore possesses
- based on our research:
1. TOP Fitness
Professionals are Dedicated To Their Craft
Many of these TOP performers are
DEEPLY-PASSIONATE and DEDICATED to
They spend large amounts of TIME,
ENERGY & MONEY in finding out more and learning more about their chosen fitness vocation.
Even when they're not coaching or training their
clients, they invest much of their time in studying scientific publications, attending industry talks,
courses, workshops, seminars, exploring new training/dietary
methodologies so as to help their clients better, and of course,
polishing and refining their art of communication, coaching and
These professionals often also possess
the rare virtue of HUMILITY - knowing that despite all their knowledge,
there is still often SO MUCH MORE to learn about their field; and
correspondingly, they often have this unquenchable THIRST and DESIRE for MORE
knowledge, and MORE of anything and everything related to their
2. TOP Fitness
Professionals Practice What They Preach
Ironically, in today's complex
many so-called "fitness professionals" simply do NOT practice what
they preach or advocate to their clients. Instead, these individuals
often portray the VERY behaviours and lifestyles that they warn their
own clients about!
Such contradictions could be seen in
habitual manifestations like: alcohol-consumption, smoking, drug
abuse (both of recreational and performance-enhancing varieties),
late-night partying, binging, or simply NOT bothering
to stay in shape at all.
You can be sure that
these "fitness professionals" will NOT make it to the TOP category of
their chosen profession - as long as they continue in their current
mindsets and lifestyles.
On the other hand, we find the ELITE,
TOP performers exhibiting the exact opposite characteristics. These performers are
those who "Walk The Talk" and show tremendous Professional
in every aspect of their own lives.
These individuals often lead Clean,
Disciplined Lives, and are truly an INSPIRATION to their clients, as
great Role Models to their fellow peers.
It is therefore NO surprise that they are where
they are now, given their self-discipline and ability to lead by example.
3. TOP Fitness
Professionals are Lifelong Learners
The fitness field is constantly
evolving, and new fitness knowledge and discoveries are continually
being churned out from the various exercise- and sports-science
TOP fitness professionals therefore
realize that there is always so much to learn about their respective fields
and often dedicate themselves to Lifelong Learning in order to stay
relevant and up-to-date. They realize that there is NO SUCH THING
"Having Arrived", and hence, adopt a HUMBLE attitude
towards knowledge and learning.
These TOP professionals are often
pursuing one certification after the other, and are often characterized
by having Multiple, Advanced or Specialty certifications/titles to their
4. TOP Fitness
Professionals Lead Balanced Lives
Contrary to what many think, TOP
performers are NOT your typical "Gym Rat", "Muscle-Head" or
From our observations and studies, we find ELITE performers often to be
extremely WELL-BALANCED and HOLISTIC
individuals, who portray the following characteristics:
Sound Educational Backgrounds
Possess Healthy Family Relationships
and/or Strong Family Support
Have Wide Range of Interests
Outside the Fitness Realm
fact, we are quite surprised to find a number of them to be 'ALL-ROUNDERS'
- having the abilities to juggle diverse
roles in their lives.
For instance, here in Singapore, we can find top-notch fitness pros
living out multiple roles in their lives. Examples include:
number of devoted, 'full-time' fathers and mothers,
an accomplished musician,
an avid volunteer community worker,
and even a Culinary Expert!
The lesson to learn is this: having a LIFE outside of fitness seems to BOOSTER one's chances of rising to the TOP of the
Books and experts that we consulted with, credit this phenomenon to the
fact that these
other 'outside' influences, pursuits, or interests - as we may call them
- often help in DEVELOPING one's character to the FULL; which in turn,
helps these individuals to project a more POSITIVE IMAGE and
ATTRACTIVE PERSONALITY to all those around them - including their
prospective clients and business partners. Any wonder they are where
they are now - at the
PINNACLE of their profession?
In summary, we have just shown you some of
the prominent characteristics of our very own TOP-RATED fitness
professionals here in Singapore. We know that NOT everyone is born with the above
characteristics. But, in truth, ANYONE can learn and adopt some of the above
characteristics - if they really want to, and are willing to change and work for them.
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