LOS ANGELES, March 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Pascale Rothmann, the owner of UEvolution, one of the most exclusive health and fitness wellness facilities in downtown Los Angeles, is seeking more oversight in her industry and a more stringent certification process for personal trainers.
"Anyone can obtain a personal training certification in as little as three months," she says. "There are some online services where an individual answers a brief series of questions and can get certified. It's wrong."
The financial world has oversight from the SEC. If a Wall Street financial advisor is dishonest, if they breach their customers' trust, they can be fined, suspended and possibly even lose their license. Same thing with psychologists. There is a code of ethics that they work under. If they breach the trust of their profession, there are consequences to pay.
In Rothmann's world of training, there are no such rules and oversight. Yes, like any industry, there is a code of ethics, but in her case, it has been breached far too many times. "It's a situation that runs rampant in the industry," she says.
Without oversight, there are no consequences should that trust be broken, Rothmann points out.
There are legal avenues she can pursue, yet it's a time-consuming and costly course of action she is taking in some cases. She also plans to set meetings with senators in her district in the hopes of getting legislation passed.
"This industry has exploded over the last 10-15 years," she says. "Everybody is running to facilities like mine to fix their broken minds, bodies and spirit. We have so much power. We're dealing with many fragile people who desperately need help – and we're doing a great job fixing them, renewing their zest for life and rekindling their confidence. Yet there needs to be more oversight like other industries. There is just too much dishonesty and pouching of clients that hurt reputable businesses like mine."
Rothmann spent more than $5 million to establish UEvolution. She put her heart and soul into it. She spent countless hours to make it the ideal facility for clients to come to so they can rebuild and pamper themselves in a plush environment that is the polar opposite of the typical chain-store gyms.
Yet Rothmann has caught some of her personal trainers taking advantage of her by convincing clients to strike side deals and work with them on the side for additional costs.
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