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Feasibility for the use of a standardized fitness testing protocol among Australian fitness industry professionals

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Purpose: There is currently no standardized testing protocol for assessing clients' fitness/health within the Australian fitness industry. This study examined the perceptions of the feasibility of using a standardized testing protocol among Australian fitness industry professionals. Method: In 2014, 1,206 registered fitness industry professionals (aged 17-69years) completed an online survey. Perceived feasibility for using a standardized testing protocol was assessed based on responses to 6 items. Respondents were classified as having a high level of perceived feasibility if they reported all 6 items to be definitely feasible. A multivariate logistic regression analysis, adjusting for demographic and fitness industry-related factors (e.g., qualification/years of experience), assessed the likelihood of having a high level of perceived feasibility. Results: Overall, 25.5% (95% CI [23.1%, 28.0%]) of the sample perceived the use of a standardized testing protocol as highly feasible. Items ranked most often as definitely feasible were undertaking training to use the protocol (55%) and conducting follow-up testing every 6 to 12weeks (52%). After adjustment for the effect of confounding factors, casually employed professionals (OR = 0.63; 95% CI [0.45, 0.90]) and group instructors (OR = 0.58; 95% CI [0.41, 0.82]) were less likely to perceive standardized testing protocols as highly feasible. Conclusions: Among a large sample of Australian fitness industry professionals, slightly more than a quarter perceived using a standardized testing protocol to be highly feasible. Group instructors and casual employees perceived lower feasibility. Further research should determine the barriers to implementing a standardized testing protocol across the fitness industry.
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Exercise testing, fitness testing, public health

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Bennie, Jason, et al. “Feasibility for the Use of a Standardized Fitness Testing Protocol among Australian Fitness Industry Professionals.” RESEARCH QUARTERLY FOR EXERCISE AND SPORT, vol. 89, no. 3, 2018, pp. 380–85, doi:10.1080/02701367.2018.1486965.
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Bennie, J., Wiesner, G., Vergeer, I., Kolbe-Alexander, T., De Cocker, K., Alexander, C., & Biddle, S. (2018). Feasibility for the use of a standardized fitness testing protocol among Australian fitness industry professionals. RESEARCH QUARTERLY FOR EXERCISE AND SPORT, 89(3), 380–385. https://doi.org/10.1080/02701367.2018.1486965
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Bennie, Jason, Glen Wiesner, Ineke Vergeer, Tracy Kolbe-Alexander, Katrien De Cocker, Chris Alexander, and Stuart Biddle. 2018. “Feasibility for the Use of a Standardized Fitness Testing Protocol among Australian Fitness Industry Professionals.” RESEARCH QUARTERLY FOR EXERCISE AND SPORT 89 (3): 380–85. https://doi.org/10.1080/02701367.2018.1486965.
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Bennie, Jason, Glen Wiesner, Ineke Vergeer, Tracy Kolbe-Alexander, Katrien De Cocker, Chris Alexander, and Stuart Biddle. 2018. “Feasibility for the Use of a Standardized Fitness Testing Protocol among Australian Fitness Industry Professionals.” RESEARCH QUARTERLY FOR EXERCISE AND SPORT 89 (3): 380–385. doi:10.1080/02701367.2018.1486965.
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Bennie J, Wiesner G, Vergeer I, Kolbe-Alexander T, De Cocker K, Alexander C, et al. Feasibility for the use of a standardized fitness testing protocol among Australian fitness industry professionals. RESEARCH QUARTERLY FOR EXERCISE AND SPORT. 2018;89(3):380–5.
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J. Bennie et al., “Feasibility for the use of a standardized fitness testing protocol among Australian fitness industry professionals,” RESEARCH QUARTERLY FOR EXERCISE AND SPORT, vol. 89, no. 3, pp. 380–385, 2018.
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Method: In 2014, 1,206 registered fitness industry professionals (aged 17-69years) completed an online survey. Perceived feasibility for using a standardized testing protocol was assessed based on responses to 6 items. Respondents were classified as having a high level of perceived feasibility if they reported all 6 items to be definitely feasible. A multivariate logistic regression analysis, adjusting for demographic and fitness industry-related factors (e.g., qualification/years of experience), assessed the likelihood of having a high level of perceived feasibility.
Results: Overall, 25.5% (95% CI [23.1%, 28.0%]) of the sample perceived the use of a standardized testing protocol as highly feasible. Items ranked most often as definitely feasible were undertaking training to use the protocol (55%) and conducting follow-up testing every 6 to 12weeks (52%). After adjustment for the effect of confounding factors, casually employed professionals (OR = 0.63; 95% CI [0.45, 0.90]) and group instructors (OR = 0.58; 95% CI [0.41, 0.82]) were less likely to perceive standardized testing protocols as highly feasible.
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