The United States Registry of Exercise Professionals
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5 Traits That Set REP's Up For Success

February 17, 2023

The third week of February celebrates American entrepreneurs as part of National Entrepreneurship Week. A congressionally-chartered initiative founded in 2006 and relaunched in 2017, it highlights the values of diversity, inclusion, equity, education, and collaboration needed for the growth of entrepreneurs.

The health & fitness industry is an industry which fosters entrepreneurship. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, almost one quarter of the 306,400 people working in fitness trainer and instructor jobs in the United States in 2021 were self-employed.

Many successful entrepreneurs exhibit five traits. These include openness (curiosity), conscientiousness (organization), extroversion (seeking the company of others), agreeableness (compassion), and emotional stability (composure).

Many of these same traits set certified fitness professionals up for success. Individuals seek out certified fitness professionals for a number of reasons, including to: provide individualized and small group programming; explain safe form and technique; share expertise and information; monitor their progress; and hold them accountable. Fitness professionals who genuinely enjoy being with their clients, are curious about their clients’ motivation to exercise and serve as compassionate sounding boards for their clients are well positioned to help them achieve their exercise goals.

Check out our registry to find a certified exercise professional near you.