An assessment of competence and challenges of fitness instructors in Kampala District
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This research was intended to find out the level of competence qualifications and challenges faced by fitness professionals in Kampala district and this was to be achieved through designing and distribution of a questionnaire to fitness professionals that asked about their gender, age ,level of education, certifications both local and international, benefits they attained from these certifications, core disciplines of a fitness course they have attended, the challenge they face in doing their work and suggestions to those challenges. Most of the participants in the study where males (90.1%) and only 2(9.1%) were female in addition to this most of the participants were learned above the level of a certificate (90%). 3(13.6%) individuals where internationally certified while all of the participants had each at least attended a local fitness training. Some of the benefits the participants say they obtained from these trainings and workshops include added professional experience, more confidence in doing their work, certification that comes with the trainings among others. The response to the attendance of a core course in fitness was more biased to the end of strength and conditioning (77.3%), fitness programming (81.8%) and less biased towards biomechanics of sport and exercise (36.4%). Some of the challenges faced by these professionals included poor working conditions, lack of certification centres, lack of hands on training for sports science and fitness graduates that leads to less connection between the work world and theory among others. Some of the suggested solutions to the challenge where government intervention in the fitness industry through setting up of policies and procedures that certify instructors as well as adding more funding into the industry that will enable grow towards more lofty standards than it is on now, creating a minimum wage policy within the industry and also improving the facility standards or working conditions of the instructors in gyms and other work places. The researcher recommends further research to be done on a grand scale into the competence, qualifications and challenges of fitness instructors in Kampala district and Uganda as a whole to obtain a bigger picture of what is really going on in this industry.