Taking on the fitness industry with a holistic approach


As with many industries, the health and fitness sector has its own set of very well-established and heavily ingrained ‘rules’. These range from the way that we teach certain exercises and movements through to the approach that PTs take to combating weight loss. In many cases, these systems and processes have been around for decades, and have worked for so long that there isn’t any real desire to change things up.

Taking a fresh approach to health and fitness is a big part of what we do at Onfit Training College.

A fresh approach

But have they really worked? Taking a look at the Australian population, it’s clear that plenty of people are not in the shape they’d like to be, with 63 per cent of adults overweight or obese, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. If the techniques and training that we have are really as good as they can be, then our population should be in far better health.

Taking a fresh approach to health and fitness is a big part of what we do at Onfit Training College, and the most important piece of the puzzle is considering the psychological side of things along with the physical.

An exercise-centric weight loss approach simply doesn't work for everybody. An exercise-centric weight loss approach simply doesn’t work for everybody.

Physical versus psychological

For some PTs and professionals within the industry, fitness begins and ends with exercise. The focus is firmly on which exercises will result in the greatest gains and the biggest overall improvement to the body. This works incredibly well for clients who are already in shape, and particularly with high-performing athletes who are used to the strenuous routines of getting and staying fit. But how well does this approach translate to those who may be struggling with their weight and want to make a change?

In this demographic, the hurdles are not so much physical as they are psychological, revolving around food relationships and the specific reasons why their weight may be a problem. Understanding these factors is the spine of Onfit’s Certificate IV in Weight Management, which represents a drastic departure from what the industry has been doing for decades. It’s our hope that graduates will be able to shake things up by providing a new set of tools, and most importantly, to help clients achieve their goals.

While this goes against the common tenets of the industry, we firmly believe that the next five to 10 years will see a huge shift towards this holistic approach across all aspects of health and fitness. Aside from this, providing a more rounded education to graduates of all our courses is one of our core values – with a focus on the business and personal side of fitness, rather than being limited to the basics.

For more information on the health and fitness sector, or any of our courses, get in touch with Onfit today.