Bill would regulate personal trainers |

Bill would regulate personal trainers

Associated Press

SACRAMENTO ” Personal trainers would have to meet certain standards in California under a bill approved by the state Senate.

Sen. Ron Calderon, a Democrat from Monterey Park, says some trainers have little more than a weekend class before they are allowed to work with customers.

His bill would require personal trainers to have a bachelor’s degree in a related field or be certified by a nationally accredited program.

Republican Sen. Dave Cox of Fair Oaks, who represents Tahoe within the district, is opposed and says an industry group is just trying to limit competition.

Cox says that under the bill Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger would not have qualified as a trainer during his bodybuilding days, nor would fitness experts such as Jack LaLanne.

The measure passed Thursday on a 22-13 vote and heads to the Assembly.

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Schwarzenegger vetoed a previous attempt in 2005, saying it was unnecessary.