Who is or has been a trainer?

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    Nov 13, 2013 4:28 PM GMT
    Your rewards, your frustrations, your goals: talk about it here.
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    Nov 13, 2013 4:50 PM GMT
    I'm currently a kinesiology major and taking 2 classes to get NSCA and NASM certified, as well as taking a teaching a group fitness class next semester.
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    Nov 13, 2013 4:53 PM GMT
    hmmm... well have a piece of paper saying i'm officially a Fitness Consultant and currently getting my next diploma as Fitness Trainer here in Z├╝rich, Switzerland at SAFS (Swiss Academy for Fitness and Sport - www.safs.ch). At the moment just training friends...
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    Nov 14, 2013 3:55 AM GMT
    crystalballer saidI'm currently a kinesiology major and taking 2 classes to get NSCA and NASM certified, as well as taking a teaching a group fitness class next semester.


    Good for you! All the best! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 15, 2013 12:36 PM GMT
    Im currently training my friends mostly every time we workout
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    Dec 15, 2013 1:20 PM GMT
    I've got an associate's degree in sport and exercise studies and NASM-CPT. Train part-time while I work toward my physical therapy assisting degree.
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    Jan 07, 2014 1:00 AM GMT
    I got NASM certified in October. I found alot of what is learned is quite scientific and definitely is one of the best certifications to get in my opinion icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 07, 2014 11:17 AM GMT
    joe_willy saidIm currently training my friends mostly every time we workout


    Lol story of my life.
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    Jan 07, 2014 11:20 AM GMT
    My boss(es) is(are) helping me get NASM certified. I've been studying to take the certification test. I don't know what they see in me as a potential trainer, but I'll trust their judgement.

    I think I'd really enjoy doing group instruction, though. I do really well helping small groups of people.
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    Jan 07, 2014 11:44 AM GMT
    I used to train a Bulbasaur...
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    Jan 07, 2014 11:54 AM GMT

    this reminded me couple of weeks back someone ask me whether I would like to enroll to become a trainer. I didn't say yes or no said I will think about it.
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    Jan 14, 2014 5:41 AM GMT
    PolitiNerd saidI used to train a Bulbasaur...


    Did he ever evolve?
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    Jan 15, 2014 6:22 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI was ACE certified years ago.

    I hated it. Working with people who hated what they were doing really taxed my nerves. Clients wanted a therapist, a motivator and a trainer all rolled into one. It's not for me.

    Did you ever get a client who was really motivated and progressed quickly who wasn't looking for someone to talk at?
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    Jan 15, 2014 6:30 AM GMT
    I love training people who are realistic and work hard. I have trained a few younger skinny guys who I have seen transform their bodies and are like different people now. They are so confident and look great.
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    Jan 15, 2014 11:24 AM GMT
    Avsigkommen said
    PolitiNerd saidI used to train a Bulbasaur...


    Did he ever evolve?


    Yep. Got to a Venusaur. Seemed too easy though. That's why I usually went for Charmander. Took longer, so the reward of getting to Charizard felt more satisfying. Get to Cerulean with Bulbasaur and you've got an Ivysaur, next town, it's a Venusaur icon_razz.gif

    Squirtle was a good balance, so it was usually him or Charmander icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 15, 2014 11:42 AM GMT
    I've never dreamed of being a trainer...

    Now ask me how often I've dreamed of being WITH a trainer... icon_twisted.gif
  • athlete220

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    Jan 19, 2014 7:46 PM GMT
    I changed careers a couple of years ago and now I'm a full time trainer. Best move that I made. It takes time to get established and build clients but I love what I do. It beats teaching in the public school. Just my 2 cents .
  • Freckles23

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    Feb 12, 2014 6:42 PM GMT
    jrad saidI got NASM certified in October. I found alot of what is learned is quite scientific and definitely is one of the best certifications to get in my opinion icon_biggrin.gif


    I just got my NASM stuff in the mail; how are you liking the cert?
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    Feb 12, 2014 6:55 PM GMT
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    jrad saidI got NASM certified in October. I found alot of what is learned is quite scientific and definitely is one of the best certifications to get in my opinion icon_biggrin.gif


    I just got my NASM stuff in the mail; how are you liking the cert?


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    Feb 12, 2014 7:07 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI was ACE certified years ago.

    I hated it. Working with people who hated what they were doing really taxed my nerves. Clients wanted a therapist, a motivator and a trainer all rolled into one. It's not for me.


    This is really the truth, too. A motivated, non-lazy, person, will study every inch of whatever they've engaged themselves in, and doesn't need to be spoon fed.

    A lot of the so called certs are garbage. Unless you're a PT, or have years of experience working with one, I give the certs about as much credence as a bottle of soda.

    I have no desire to work my ass off to help someone who won't help themselves; nor educate themselves; is super needy across the board.

    I don't care if they have fat bank accounts. I can make way more money doing critical infrastructure.

    So many "trainers" are not just unqualified, but, wholly incompetent.
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    Feb 12, 2014 11:45 PM GMT
    chuckystud said
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI was ACE certified years ago.

    I hated it. Working with people who hated what they were doing really taxed my nerves. Clients wanted a therapist, a motivator and a trainer all rolled into one. It's not for me.


    This is really the truth, too. A motivated, non-lazy, person, will study every inch of whatever they've engaged themselves in, and doesn't need to be spoon fed.

    A lot of the so called certs are garbage. Unless you're a PT, or have years of experience working with one, I give the certs about as much credence as a bottle of soda.

    I have no desire to work my ass off to help someone who won't help themselves; nor educate themselves; is super needy across the board.

    I don't care if they have fat bank accounts. I can make way more money doing critical infrastructure.

    So many "trainers" are not just unqualified, but, wholly incompetent.


    Morethanmuscle- It's good you know that it isn't for you. The PT Job arose because people need others to not only show them the ropes, but support them as well.

    Chuckystud- Not everyone is "motivated and non-lazy"; some people just don't know what the hell they are doing, don't know how to start, or just screw up by following a fad diet since it's easy to do.

    Certs are just that, certs. It is up to the person to decide how much they wanna delve into training themselves. It is just some sort of basis to separate out the MOST incompetent from the barely competent. It also makes the certification organizations tons of money.

    "I have no desire to work my ass off to help someone who won't help themselves; nor educate themselves; is super needy across the board."

    - are you a personal trainer? I sure hope not... because that is exactly what the job is.

    I agree that many trainers are pretty incompetent. Many just follow their chain gym's rules and whatnot. It is all about "sales", but that is America, at least. The fitness industry does have a solid business model in place though, gotta give them that.
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    Feb 21, 2014 6:02 PM GMT
    Camz03 said
    joe_willy saidIm currently training my friends mostly every time we workout


    Lol story of my life.


    It is fun to kick their butts
  • daveindenver

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    Jun 16, 2014 7:17 PM GMT
    Have been a trainer for years, have multiple certs bla bla . most times, being a trainer isn't a huge money making venture...its more a labor of love icon_smile.gif
    It's funny that most clients don't care about your certs.. And some don't even care about the advice you give em either .
    Now, I only trainpeople that I think are worthy ( of my time /effort ...the $$ isn't the question ). I still love being a trainer tho .... !
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    Jun 25, 2014 2:08 PM GMT
    I'm going to do an ACE certificate simply because one posh fitness chain where I live allows me to substitute this for an exercise science degree, which I don't have. But I wouldn't be a trainer because of the low pay compared to a position in gym management. That surprises me initially because I used to think ACE cert. is for those into training women exercisers. If I were to choose a cert, it will be a CSCS.
  • nevadaswole

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    Jul 01, 2014 9:46 PM GMT
    Personal Trainer here. I loved working with passionate clients, but as a set career I'd always wanted to do something different. So I gave up Personal Training.

    It was difficult as I really wanted to help people, especially those with trickier situations. For example I had to rehabilitate myself out of injury and become mobile again. I succeeded of course but it took a lot of studying to achieve it, and now I compete on stage.

    To that end I decided I'd open an Online Personal Training business, Onlife Fitness, so I could still operate in the fitness industry and help those who wanted an affordable alternative. Didn't try to skimp on it either, included Skype (with face time) and spent a long time developing a fully online system cutting out my old pen-and-paper chaotic stuff.

    So I started the business up, spent time and effort getting it to the state I wanted it in and can now say I live a very fulfilled life. Smart Phones have made the whole online trainer thing very accesible, now I've been told it's like having a trainer in your pocket. I really love the mix of a career I love and a business that's my passion.

    Passionate about fitness I suppose haha.