User uShare Login | Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.

72° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options



Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.


[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news


Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!


Hot Career: Personal Training

September 13, 2012, 6:13 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

Hot Career: Personal Training

If you're thinking about a new career, what about personal training? Employment of fitness trainers and instructors is expected to grow by 24 percent by 2020.

Jenna Donkersloot leads several small group classes at the Sanford Wellness Center.

"It started actually first with me getting healthier myself," Donkersloot said.

She's thankful for a strength in new members because thanks to an increased need, she had no problem finding a job after graduating in May.

"I saw online there was an opening. I applied and they called me a couple weeks later and here I am," Donkersloot said.

The main reason for more personal trainers is because more people are coming to the gym.

"The awareness is being generated by our employers, who want to see medical expenditures drop. They want to see productivity go up. Our government, our politicians are talking about it consistently," Sanford Wellness Center Director Cal Hanson said.

Hanson also believes more people, even though not enough, are taking better care of themselves. The center has seen a six percent increase in memberships over the last two years. And nationally memberships are up around two and a half percent.

"You have to individualize it and that's where the personal trainer comes in,” Hanson said. “We sit down with the individual and hand them back their life by teaching them accountability and how to establish goals with priorities.”

And those are priorities Donkersloot hopes weigh heavily on people's minds.

"I think this fitness field, the health industry, is never going to go away and it's important to take care of our bodies," Donkersloot said.

The Sanford Wellness Center has more personal trainers than ever before. Right now it has 24 on staff and it plans to hire more next month.

Previous Story

Next Story




View healthbeat

You may also like

General Mills Recalling 1.8M Cheerios Boxes On Allergy Risk

10/5/2015 4:40 PM

General Mills is recalling 1.8 million boxes of Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios produced at a plant in Lodi, California, saying the cereal is labeled ...

Full Story
Flu Survivor: Take The Illness Seriously

9/30/2015 6:17 PM

The 26-year-old young mother was suffering from heart and kidney failure. Both a result of the flu.

Full Story | Watch
Crowdfunding An Adoption

10/2/2015 6:18 PM

An increasing number of people are using crowdfunding for adoption, or in-vitro fertilization.

Full Story | Watch
The Importance Of Annual Screenings For Men

10/5/2015 6:13 PM

One of the biggest health mistakes many men make is not regularly going to the doctor for screenings.

Full Story | Watch
Bringing Medical Care To The Home

10/6/2015 6:11 PM

After spending weeks in the VA hospital the road to recovery is now a bit easier.

Full Story | Watch