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TEIXEIRA, Diogo S. et al. Gyms and Health Clubs in Portugal: Are we facing a Banana Republic?. Motri. [online]. 2020, vol.16, n.1, pp.3-17. ISSN 1646-107X.

The professional practice of agents related to national gyms and health clubs has been showing several weaknesses, limitations, and concerns that lack concrete actions for reflection and action. This letter aims to highlight some of the problems identified by the authors’ during their professional course and practice. An attempt to underline points of reflection, to indicate concrete gaps, to emphasize problems of moral and deontological nature will be stated. Moreover, some of the mentioned arguments intend to reflect on structured steps searching for the elevation of professional quality in these practices, as well as the dignification of an entire professional class that is increasingly necessary for Portuguese society. Throughout this work, concrete situations of reflection are exposed, associated with the need to define an appropriate professional profile to these practices, the deregulation of the quality of the product presented to society, the behavioral inconsistencies of the exercise professional and technical director in the face of the postulate and accepted from a moral, deontological and legislative point of view. Finally, current study will address the pressing need for additional regulation in certified actions promoted by national training entities.

Palavras-chave : Gymnasiums; Health Clubs; Technical Director; Physical Exercise Professional.

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