D.C. CrossFit affiliates weigh in as District’s Council re-examines legislation.
The District of Columbia has paused enforcement of its law requiring licensure of so-called “personal fitness trainers” while it hammers out the details of what, exactly, it’s requiring.
The law—most often called the Omnibus Health Regulation Amendment Act—makes D.C. the country’s first municipality to require licensure of personal trainers.
First introduced Feb. 28, 2013, the legislation went into effect March 26, 2014. D.C.’s Department of Health oversees its enforcement. But, as Rayna Smith understands it, the agency is “very, very much behind in getting those regulations out.” Smith is committee director for the Council of the District of Columbia’s Committee on Health and Human Services, the committee that will spearhead any changes to the measure.
When it came to the licensure and regulation of athletic trainers and personal fitness trainers, there were “a few issues with some individual entities that wanted changes,” Smith said.
Smith said everything is up for debate, from the process of registering with the mayor’s office and the amount of the required fee to whether the two professions will remain under the purview of the Department of Health’s Physical Therapy Board.
“Nothing is necessarily off limits.”
Thus, the council will “double back,” she said, so “everyone gets a fair say in the process, especially if it’s going to regulate their occupation.”
CrossFit DC owner Tom Brose, who has been managing gyms for nearly a decade, had his own analysis: “So basically they made a law that they don’t understand.”