ARTICLE: DC WEAKENS ON NATION'S FIRST REGISTRY OF PERSONAL TRAINERS

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An obscure D.C. board, now under new leadership, has pulled back from plans to make the nation’s capital the first jurisdiction in the country to require personal trainers to meet specific training and educational requirements.

Senora Simpson, former chairwoman of the D.C. Board of Physical Therapy, said in an interview Thursday that after 15 years on the board, she was recently told by a representative of Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) that she would not be reappointed.

The news, Simpson said, came after The Washington Post reported that the board was considering proposed rules for a first-in-the-nation registry of personal trainers that could have sent a shock wave through the American fitness industry.

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