PT Certification

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    Apr 26, 2012 11:15 PM GMT
    I'm looking into getting my personal trainer certification this summer. I was leaning towards NASM, but does anyone have any suggestions? Should I make it a priority to go to workshop if I can, or is the webcourse sufficient? Thoughts?
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    Apr 26, 2012 11:27 PM GMT
    I have a BS in kinesiology and an M.Ed. in kinesiology: clinical exercise physiology. In all that formal education, not once have they ever recommended any particular certification as worthwhile.

    So it comes down to personal marketing--look for what the gym wants, and then get the cert they want. That's what I will be doing. Certs all cost money and have stupid maintenance workshops you have to do, which may or may not be backed by science but rather what they current fitness trend is (currently P90X). I was never taught P90X in school, and muscle confusion is not backed by any science evidence.

    I'm even considering not working for a gym because they want to take too much of your paycheck for their own good. Gyms are run by people who have business degrees, which don't have the people doing the real client work getting any of the benefit! I don't need a gym to train most of the population.
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    Apr 26, 2012 11:47 PM GMT
    bluey2223 saidI have a BS in kinesiology and an M.Ed. in kinesiology: clinical exercise physiology. In all that formal education, not once have they ever recommended any particular certification as worthwhile.

    So it comes down to personal marketing--look for what the gym wants, and then get the cert they want. That's what I will be doing. Certs all cost money and have stupid maintenance workshops you have to do, which may or may not be backed by science but rather what they current fitness trend is (currently P90X). I was never taught P90X in school, and muscle confusion is not backed by any science evidence.

    I'm even considering not working for a gym because they want to take too much of your paycheck for their own good. I don't need a gym to train most of the population.
    Best. Advice. Ever.

    I took a home study course (NASM) several years ago, aced every test, and backed out at the end cause the cert just didn't seem worth it. I figured I'd learned enough to sculpt my own body, and that's all I really wanted to begin with. As for career, I chose a different path a few years after that.
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    Apr 27, 2012 11:36 AM GMT
    bluey2223 saidI have a BS in kinesiology and an M.Ed. in kinesiology: clinical exercise physiology. In all that formal education, not once have they ever recommended any particular certification as worthwhile.

    So it comes down to personal marketing--look for what the gym wants, and then get the cert they want. That's what I will be doing. Certs all cost money and have stupid maintenance workshops you have to do, which may or may not be backed by science but rather what they current fitness trend is (currently P90X). I was never taught P90X in school, and muscle confusion is not backed by any science evidence.

    I'm even considering not working for a gym because they want to take too much of your paycheck for their own good. Gyms are run by people who have business degrees, which don't have the people doing the real client work getting any of the benefit! I don't need a gym to train most of the population.



    Thanks for the feedback. I'm about to move to a much larger city, and I was hoping to work for a gym part-time or something. This wouldn't be my main career path, but a way to earn money.
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    Apr 27, 2012 5:55 PM GMT
    I have NASM. It is a highly respected certification and you do ned to know your stuff (esp A&P) in great detail; it's not a go thru the motions certification ad exa. The only exam I have taken that was as hard or harder than thi one was my licensure exam for my Dr. of Pharmacy degree.
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    Apr 27, 2012 6:09 PM GMT
    Depends. Look at the gyms you'd want to work at and ask what Certs they prefer. I have ISSA which gets accepted at a lot of mainstream gyms (24 hr, Bally's, Gold's, etc). Just pays to know what your target wants.

    As for in-person, I don't think that's terribly useful. Especially if you're a person who is really into fitness already. They're going to show you things dumbed down for the least proficient person in the room... if you already know what you're doing, the web course is sufficient.
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    Apr 27, 2012 7:02 PM GMT
    OtherWyze saidI'm looking into getting my personal trainer certification this summer. I was leaning towards NASM, but does anyone have any suggestions? Should I make it a priority to go to workshop if I can, or is the webcourse sufficient? Thoughts?


    NSCA or ACSM are probably the two best...ACE and NASM come second..
    If you lean more towards athletics then NSCA, if you work with special populations then ACSM...
    Athletes Performance' is also working on getting their certification together apparently...that is one that will definitely be worth something when it happens....
    remember a cert only gets you in the door it's what you do after in terms of your continuing education that will really matter.