Personal Trainer.. is it worth it?

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    Jun 16, 2013 6:21 PM GMT
    I just started taking classes to obtain my personal trainer certification. Before I get to deep into it, I am wondering, do any professionals in the field think that it is worth it?

    If so/not what are some of the things I should look out for?
    Should I get as many certifications types as possible?
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    Jun 17, 2013 2:49 AM GMT
    If you are passionate about it, go for it! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 17, 2013 3:05 AM GMT
    Is it worth it depends on your perspective. Financially, it's not the best paying career. There are expenses like insurance and continuing education, and worthwhile certifications aren't cheap. However, when you help someone reach their goal or transform their body...it's so worth it.
    I agree with Andrew that you have to be passionate. You also have to network and market yourself--eventually, you'll get a nice client base.
    Bonus, all workout apparel is a tax write off :-)
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    Jun 17, 2013 3:25 AM GMT
    Anomalous1 saidIs it worth it depends on your perspective. Financially, it's not the best paying career. There are expenses like insurance and continuing education, and worthwhile certifications aren't cheap. However, when you help someone reach their goal or transform their body...it's so worth it.
    I agree with Andrew that you have to be passionate. You also have to network and market yourself--eventually, you'll get a nice client base.
    Bonus, all workout apparel is a tax write off :-)


    Well said! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 17, 2013 3:33 AM GMT
    I got certified and then never worked a day in my life as a trainer. Meh.
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    Jun 17, 2013 5:31 AM GMT
    It pays better than being a hospital dietitian in Austin icon_smile.gif

    Don't get all certifications. Just get the good ones: ACSM is the research/academia valued one, NASM is the one that gyms want you to have and is very good (probably better than ACSM and also has research), NSCA's CSCS is also good if you plan to work with active people or in collegiate/professional sports. The PES/CES are ok, ISSA is meh, and the Cooper Institute is respected but not national (it's a Texas one I believe).

    Stay within your scope of practice. You aren't trained as a nutritionist or dietitian, so don't make shit up. You are also not a physical therapist, occupational therapist, or doctor. All of these, including the RD, require way more school than the cert did.

    Having kinesiology degrees, the fact they make me get a certification is insulting. There's quite a difference in the education level between someone who learned stuff online in 2 weeks and someone who has studied it for years in an academic setting, with quizzes, tests, projects, practicums, internships, social aspects...
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    Jun 18, 2013 8:55 PM GMT
    It's worth it if you are passionate about it like stated above. I switched careers from teaching to personal training and I can't be happier with my switch. I've always been a coach so it was a natural fit. If it makes you happy do it. Get a certification that is accredited and get after it. Good luck.