Becoming a Personal Trainer

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    Jun 19, 2013 4:01 AM GMT
    So I'm wanting to get a certification in personal training, but would like to know from those who are in the field what the best, or most widely accredited certification would be without a four year degree. Any help would be more than appreciated!
  • Buns_n_ammo

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    Jun 19, 2013 12:45 PM GMT
    Check out PTA Global. Definitely have the best roster of lecturers world wide, and very advanced teachings. More like an exercise physiology course than just a PT course which is great. They are all over the world, so you get great recognition anywhere. Good luck mate!
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 19, 2013 12:52 PM GMT
    Buns_n_ammo saidCheck out PTA Global. Definitely have the best roster of lecturers world wide, and very advanced teachings. More like an exercise physiology course than just a PT course which is great. They are all over the world, so you get great recognition anywhere. Good luck mate!




    Sounds intriguing. I hadn't heard of this before and I'll have to check it out as well. Not planning on trading off my day career anytime soon (lol), but have always thought about getting my PT certification on the side. Thanks much for the input!
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    Jun 19, 2013 8:01 PM GMT
    I would recommend NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine).
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    Jun 19, 2013 10:07 PM GMT
    I did NASM's CPT cert. It's very comprehensive and is one of the most widely-recognized certifications you can get. It's a lot of studying but the material is great.
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    Jun 19, 2013 10:10 PM GMT
    Great programs through ACSM and NSCA. Those are very highly accredited. Also if you want you could get more than one. A lot of ppl have NSCA and Crossfit level 1. A lot of the knowledge comes from continuing education and experience so it's not too critical where you get it done. However, there are certain accreditations that you want them to have.
  • Joeyphx444

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    Jun 19, 2013 10:30 PM GMT
    Anyone can be a personal trainer but not everyone can be a GOOD one icon_wink.gif

    Some places I feel like they just hire any motherfucker off the street
  • sportsjockla

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    Jun 20, 2013 3:13 AM GMT
    ACSM - NASM - ACE - ISSA Most clubs like NASM!
  • sportsjockla

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    Jun 20, 2013 3:15 AM GMT
    Joeyphx444 saidAnyone can be a personal trainer but not everyone can be a GOOD one icon_wink.gif

    Some places I feel like they just hire any motherfucker off the street


    Most clubs require a cert, but as you said, there are some real crap trainers. I've taken clients from trainers who've sent them to hospital.
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    Jun 20, 2013 4:03 AM GMT
    I appreciate all the feedback. I agree, not everyone performs at the top of their class. I don't want to do this just to get a certification, but to honestly do something I love and to help people to the best of my ability icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 20, 2013 4:34 AM GMT
    A lot of places are going for NASM's certification because they use the OPT model which sets a definitive approach in an industry where a lot of people are just winging it. Just my 2 cents.
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    Jun 20, 2013 12:40 PM GMT
    NASM is routinely accepted by most clubs, but, understand, if you can make $10/ per 1/2 hour session, you'll be lucky, in any chain club, where you'll likely also be asked to push supplements (e.g. 24 Hour Fitness), it may not be a $30k a year job, at best.

    NASM is not a good approach for training many folks. E.g., it's idiotic to have folks doing unbalanced exercise in many instances.

    Cooper, and NCSA, are probably a couple of the most highly regarded.

    You can work for a training studio, but, unless you manage to get a lot of consistent clients, at a good rate...you'll never really make a decent living.

    If you want to make decent money in the training world...you really need to be at least a Master of PT, or, DPT. While you won't be stuck in retail sorts of wages, you'll still have issues getting to over 100k in most situations, even with a 4 year degree. A DPT, can start higher, and make 150K, or more, after a few years, but, probably won't get more than 75K when he first starts out.

    Now, you could train folks for 20 years, and start your own studio, and have other trainers working for you, and line your pockets.

    The trick is finding a place that pays a decent wage.

    The vast majority of NASM trainers are idiots...even on a good day. The industry rather likes it that way, at least, in large scale enterprises.

    You can also get a trainer's cert, and maybe work within a large enterprise wellness program, but, understand, the vast majority of the folks barely make enough to live on, much less plan for retirement.

    You should expect early mornings, and well as evenings, if your clients are working class. More well to do folks go to studios, or have their own home gyms, and they expect you to make house calls (follow the money).