Q for Personal Trainers who went through NASM.

  • GymRatCHI

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    Nov 10, 2011 3:23 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
  • daveindenver

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    Nov 10, 2011 7:28 AM GMT

    All certs give the theory/ science/technique behind what you prob already know(I'm guessing you know your way around the gym if you're goin for that certification)
    I'd say get the trainer first cos that's why you're goin for nasm--to become a trainer right?
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    Nov 10, 2011 7:32 AM GMT
    Every body could use one if even occasionally, you'll never push yourself as hard as some one else who can see you working will, it helps. even trainers who want certain results have a trainer
  • builtofbrick

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    Nov 10, 2011 8:33 AM GMT
    It depends why you want to get the training or the personal training. I wanted to learn the exercised and techniques to help me get bigger. I figured what the heck, give a man a fish, .... teach a man to fish... and all that.
    However the NASM course really emphasizes on core exercises and methods to sell training. I think its already assumed the "student" already has a foundation in what exercise does what for what muscle. If your interest is in core training or becoming a trainer I recommend NASM.
    For me learning what exercise does what for what muscle and to work a certain area, I highly recommend the GOVERNATOR's encyclopedia to bodybuilding. Huge ass book, but best book ive ever come across for body building, weightlifting and all that.
    hope it helps
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    Nov 10, 2011 8:52 AM GMT
    Lol, shitties only learn stuff from these lower certs.
    I'm being harsh bc it's true.

    It's your money thoughicon_confused.gif




  • MikemikeMike

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    Nov 10, 2011 9:26 AM GMT
    I never heard of NASM. I got mine at WITS. World Instructor Training School. It was 10 Sundays 9-5. When completed there is a practical exam and a harder written test. Glad I passed first time quite a few failed because they didn't study the text book. I have never needed a trainer since. I trained myself my b/f and a few close buddies. I only need someone to spot me.

    Never work out with more than 1 other person at a time. It is not worth your time-just stay home then.icon_idea.gif
  • Rowing_Ant

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    Nov 10, 2011 11:07 AM GMT
    I thought it was a rubber stamp to what I already knew but did give me some great tips on people skills and ideas for thinking outside the box.

    I would still hire a personal trainer as no one can push you harder them soneone else. IF that makes sense. You can push yourself to a certain point but an external person can push you harder.
  • GymRatCHI

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    Nov 12, 2011 3:31 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.
  • rexinfx

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    Nov 17, 2011 3:00 AM GMT
    builtofbrick saidIt depends why you want to get the training or the personal training. I wanted to learn the exercised and techniques to help me get bigger. I figured what the heck, give a man a fish, .... teach a man to fish... and all that.
    However the NASM course really emphasizes on core exercises and methods to sell training. I think its already assumed the "student" already has a foundation in what exercise does what for what muscle. If your interest is in core training or becoming a trainer I recommend NASM.
    For me learning what exercise does what for what muscle and to work a certain area, I highly recommend the GOVERNATOR's encyclopedia to bodybuilding. Huge ass book, but best book ive ever come across for body building, weightlifting and all that.
    hope it helps


    I'm not sure about the GOVERNATOR's excercise, but he is right about the NASM core.

    I recommend purchasing the text book (as I did) and I have been reading it to my leisure. One day when I get more time I hope to complete my certification.