Certification

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    Dec 23, 2007 2:32 AM GMT
    Forgive me guys I think this has been asked before,but I am thinking about getting certifide for personal trainer.I asked a trainer at my gym and he recommended NASM,I was leaning towards ISSA.Do you guys know of any others with good a good rep?
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    Dec 23, 2007 9:50 PM GMT
    I'm AFAA certified as a personal trainer. I don't train, but I maintain this and a group fitness certification through this company. I have found, over the years, that the type of certification is more dependent upon where you are employed or seeking employment as a personal trainer. Are you trying to work as a personal trainer at a particular club? If so, I would, at least, go for the required certification of the company or club. Keep in mind that fitness companies and clubs often develop business partnerships, temporary or permanent, with certain certification companies.

    If you are seeking to be a independent trainer, I would go with the certification which you find more reputable. NASM is very reputable. Outside of ACE and AFAA, I am going for the NASM certification. I'm planning on going into the fitness industry full time and would like to broaden my certifications.

    I know that I didn't give any information on either NASM or ISSA. I thought that I would give you my point of view on certifications. They are important, but mostly with respect to a club or fitness company. An astute and well informed individual will looking to hire a trainer will look for reputation in addition a certification, but not a particular certification.

    This is my experience after being in the industry for 16 years. I'm hoping to see what others post.

    Kevin
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    Dec 25, 2007 9:18 PM GMT
    Hey listen, I started going to school to become a Personal Trainer also, I graduate in April or May of 2008, find a good school to go to, I attend NPTI in Colorado, I've worked out on and off all of my life, got into boxing, and running to stay fit, when you go to school, they train you on other things not just the obvious. At NPTI they teach you Nutrition, how to retain clients, and Business Plans, how to design your own studio, and work you with seniors, the endurance training blew me away, the last two years I screwed around a lot, and with the stress of my job,(retired now as of July 2007) I packed it on. For a short guy it really hurt my body, being 5'5" tall, and weighing 265#, in 4 to 5 months I've been able to lose 99#, I workout part of class, 2 hrs 4 days a week, take off one day and swim or run the other two days. I'll be 50 next year, and want to make this my new career, I am a former medical provider who worked for a HMO for 30 years, when I joined the company I weighed 108#, what I got out of my company was lots of stress which led to over eating, diabetics, big gut, and bad posture. If you go on their site it will give you a list of certifications, for Personal Training, Nutrition, Kettle Bells, and such. Good Luck man!