When is a “Fitness Expert” regarded an expert?
Is it when the people they train see them in this light? If this was the case then almost everyone in the fitness industry is an expert.
Or is it when you peers and other legitimate “Fitness Experts” consider you an expert. This may be a more realistic method of categorizing someone an expert.
This does not mean that you require some advance degree but it does take a level of learning above some of these degrees. It also requires real world experience with a wide spectrum of the population as well as high level athletes.
It also takes variety in your “education”, drawing knowledge from as many sources as possible rather than just relying on just one or two schools of thought.
I think the last and one of the most important attributes is that you have contributed some original ideal to your field. It is fine to take on board ideas from other and use what you find useful but not till you have personally contributed something original back to the industry you cannot truly be called an expert.
We should all look at those calling themselves “Fitness Experts” and see if they really do meet the requirements that I have mentioned above.
One last note – someone calling THEMSELVES a “Fitness Exert” is probably not an expert because they would not have to say it themselves – others will be saying it for them, others I mean their peers and follow “Fitness Experts”.