anyone hear of the National Personal Training Institute?

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    May 12, 2007 3:47 AM GMT
    Anyone hear of the National Personal Training Institute? Does the NPTI produce qualified trainers or is there a better route to take.
  • marko313

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    May 12, 2007 9:43 PM GMT
    I checked out their program cause i was thinking of becoming a PT.. I went to thier open house here in detroit..i liked it but still wondering if i want to spend 6k
  • TonyD

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    May 12, 2007 11:39 PM GMT
    I don't know of any certification body that produces/ensures quality trainers.

    I, as a fitness trainer for 25 years, believe that experience and time and empathy for a client give a lot more.

    That said: ACE, ACSM, NPTI & NSCM all provide nationally recognized certifications that are recognized by gym chains everywhere.
    Each of the above certifications provide a slightly different approach to certification, often contradicting each other.

    ACE and ACSM (and, most likely, some of the others listed and not listed) are legally defensible, which means: if there is a law suit against the trainer, and he/she has adhered to the certifcation guidelines, then that individual will be supported in court.

    I am ACE certified.ACE, formally a minor written exam, has now, 15 years later, turned into a comprehensive written and practical exam.

    It's goal for the fitness trainer to learn is 'Do No Harm' and errs on the side of conservative training. Other exams are geared differently.

    Like Physicians, fitness trainers have specialties...are you thinking of taking a certification or want to hire a trainer?


    Anthony
  • TonyD

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    May 12, 2007 11:51 PM GMT

    NPTI requires a lot of cash up front.
    I don't know what they teach.

    If you have the time and the $, NPTI sounds like a comprehensive all-in-one package.

    Have you talked to anyone who has taken NPTI?

    Another option:
    My suggestion: take some classes through Exercise Etc. Their classes are straight forwared and basic.
    The people that work there are not associated with any certification body and helped me choose an exam and how to prepare for it.

    EXERCISE ETC'S ACE EXAM PREP COURSE is LIGHTYEARS AHEAD of the ACE PREP COURSE FOR THE SAME EXAM. I couldnt believe the difference.
    The ACE COURSE intimidated the hell ouf of me while the EXERCISE ETC/ACE EXAM PREP COURSE helped gel 20 years of information into a manner I could understand and allowed me to score over 90% on the ACE EXAM.

    Feel free to call them (San Diego) and tell them what you are considering.


    Anthony