Help in picking a personal trainer certification comp

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    Feb 18, 2007 2:04 PM GMT
    Maybe someone can help me. I am interested in becoming a personal trainer and I was looking at the different companies for certification. The problem is that I don’t I don’t know which one to go with. Does anyone have a suggestion for a good one (perhaps the best one?) Thanks.

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    Feb 18, 2007 5:09 PM GMT
    So probably the best baseline cert to get is NASM (national academy of sports medicine)
    It's all based on a home study program, where you have about 3 months to complete and then take a standard test. It will teach you the basics and also help you with training not only healthy clients, but also those who have issues, or muscle imbalances. I feel it is the most comprehensive for an all around training program. After that you can look into others, such as NSCA (national strength and conditioning association) - for a more focused cert. Majority of your clients are going to be normal population adults over 40, so you will have to know how to help them correct their issues, and NASM does a great job in that.
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    Feb 18, 2007 5:28 PM GMT
    NASM is probably the best in the business. Every gym will have a list of the certs that they acccept. I am NASM and ISSA certified. Plus if you work at a gym, they will have you go through their own certification classes.

    And also look into liability insurance once you are certified. That usually will not be part of the certification and is paid seperatley.
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    Feb 18, 2007 5:34 PM GMT
    I don’t really think there is a “best” certification per se, but I think it depends on what areas of training you’d like to focus on first. You can always add or change certifications later as you change and develop in your career path.

    I’m relatively biased towards the NSCA (Nat’l. Strength and Conditioning) cert: The organization is focused on research so you’ll be getting journals that are more scientific than the ones you read in magazines. I think this cert prepares you for both the general population as well as both athletic and post-injured physical therapy/chiropractic clients.

    I would rank ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) next: Most trainers who take this certification are very keen on medical issues, so the research journals you get are similar to NSCA.

    Finally, I would either get NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) or ACE (American Council on Exercise) if you don't want to specialize at the moment:

    Like SFTRAINER76 and wrkoutbud30, I think NASM is great because it focuses on “functional” activities instead of machine-based activities. You’ll also learn terms like “synergistic dominance” that will be useful for clients. ACE is great as well because it covers all the topics you’ll need in the beginning as well as offer other certifications for Group Fitness Instructor and Weight Management Consultant later on.

    The price to take a certification will seem like a lot, but it’s a good investment. Do some research and pick the one that will fit your career goals for now. One advice would be to decide what setting you want to work at first (gym, clinic, university), to see what certifications they prefer.

    In the end, the certification is necessary, but it’s your energy and spirit that will propel you further in this industry (or any industry for that matter). Anyway, best wishes with your career endeavors!
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    Mar 03, 2007 4:04 AM GMT
    Must agree with SFTRAINER76 - NASM - I have been certified for (well too many years to mention) ...
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    Mar 10, 2007 5:33 AM GMT
    I'm about to take the ACE Certified Personal Trainer exam, March 16th. It is one of the big ones, like the others mentioned, and many gyms accept it. The material seems pretty well rounded, because it is assumed you will be working with the average person, and covers some special needs, like people with diseases that affect there physical ability, or pregnant woman, and young and old people.

    I am planning on getting certified through a NASM, ACSM, and ISSA in the future. The more certs you get, the more opportunity at many gyms, and several I've talked to pay more according to how many certs you have.

    I can't say one is better than another, partially because I don't have them all, but I've talked to a friend that is certified by 4 of the ones mentioned, and he says they all have their string and weak points, so combining them makes you more well rounded.