The Fitness Industry: What’s Broken and Where to Go From Here

Today, we have Dr. Darian Parker on the show. He earned his Ph.D in Sports Education Leadership with an emphasis in Behavior Modification from UNLV. He earned his Master and Bachelor degrees from James Madison University in Kinesiology. Dr. Parker is a certified personal trainer through the NSCA. Dr. Parker has been in the fitness and wellness business for 21 years. Throughout the course of Dr. Parker’s career he has served several roles in the fitness and wellness industry. 

He has worked extensively in both the academic and private club sector as a Director of Education for a Career College, General Manager of a high end luxury residential fitness club and National Director of Fitness for a global leisure management company. 

Currently, Dr. Parker is the Co-Owner of Epic Leisure Management LLC., the Owner of Parker Personal Training LLC. and the co-founder of a podcast host and guest connector platform, F.EM. Dr. Parker is a featured writer and presenter for national fitness organizations. Dr. Parker is also the host/creator of Dr. D’s Social Network, a podcast devoted to genuine, open and honest conversations with people from all over the world.

Now, let’s dive into the episode!

My episode with Dr. Parker on HIS podcast:

1-Exercise isn’t always about losing weight, but also for building a healthy relationship with our minds as well. You may find that the mental benefits often are more motivating to move your body than molding your body to look a certain way.
2-When we start interweaving different types of support or education, we can offer a broader spectrum of mental AND physical fitness.
3-Just because you may enjoy exercising, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you are meant to be a trainer. There is so much more that goes into being able to hold that role and provide what your clients will need.
4-Understanding your personal reasons, as a whole, for moving your body can help you feel more connected to exercise and appreciate it more.
5-Having proper training not only sets YOU up for success as a trainer, but also ensures that your clients will be more successful as well. Not having proper training can be a dangerous position for you and anyone you offer to help.
6-Saying yes to everything just for monetary gain doesn’t always come from a place of integrity. Spend time working on yourself and also truly seeing others and the what is really behind the curtain.