Hiring a Trainer VS Personal Trainer License

  • GymRatCHI

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    Nov 10, 2011 3:22 AM GMT
    Question for Personal Trainers who went through NASM.

    I'm debating getting a trainer before I take the NASM course. What are your thoughts on this?

    Did you learn so much via NASM that hiring a personal trainer isn't necessary?

    Any tips or thoughts you have would be greatly appreciated.

    -Joel
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    Nov 10, 2011 6:07 AM GMT
    it depends on why youd be doing NASM in the first place.

    is it for the info? are you hoping it'll teach you? or motivate you?

    if your looking for motivation get a trainer, a good one.

    If you want to info because you want to learn as much as possible, do NASM
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    Nov 10, 2011 6:16 AM GMT
    Get a good trainer that knows good dogma. Learn his theory while training with them(make sure he knows that is part of the deal). Once you know what he does and why then you should be good to go on your own. Probably won't find these guys at commercial gyms unless you are lucky.
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    Nov 10, 2011 6:18 AM GMT
    lilTanker saidit depends on why youd be doing NASM in the first place.

    is it for the info? are you hoping it'll teach you? or motivate you?

    if your looking for motivation get a trainer, a good one.

    If you want to info because you want to learn as much as possible, do NASM


    NSCA if you want to be taken seriously.

    Nobody would ever argue that.

    Not like I ever learned anything new from either of those though.
  • GymRatCHI

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    Nov 12, 2011 3:32 PM GMT
    Thanks for the Tips, guys.

    The plan is to become a Personal Trainer on top of my Massage Therapy license. I've found I always study/learn things better when it's hands on. The whole online education for something that is very hands on seems a bit odd. That's part of the reason why I'm considering a trainer while I study. The other is I feel that I've plateau'd once again in my work outs.

    I just don't want to waste money.
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    Nov 12, 2011 3:58 PM GMT
    i've been a trainer for several years now, and i went to massage therapy school after i've been a trainer for a few years.

    i'd LOVE to have a trainer, and i know what i'm doing.

    you'll find that regardless of what certification course you go through, things change a bit when you actually work on real clients.

    any opportunity you can take to get a new perspective on whatever material you may be studying, is never a waste of money. consider it an investment in practical education. i say, observe your potential trainers as they work with their clients (if possible), and then hire one whom you think would work best with you. if you approach the time with the trainer as 'office hours' with your teacher, it will supplement how you will be learning; then view the time with him/her as another way to learn your certification material and bounce questions off of him/her.

    but then again, i'm biased in favor of hiring personal trainers.