Personal Trainer Certification

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    Feb 16, 2010 5:08 PM GMT
    I'm really interested in becoming a CPT, but I'm not really sure which certification(s) I should pursue to start with. I've found a few sites that recommend starting with ISSA and NASM, but many sites recommend others. Any thoughts, ideas, suggestions, and encouragement are welcomed and appreciated. Thanks guys.
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    Feb 16, 2010 5:58 PM GMT
    NSCA and ACSM are generally considered gold standard for training and sports professionals.
  • dionysus

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    Feb 16, 2010 6:24 PM GMT
    ACSM offers a non-practical certification test. along with some workshops within the nation on a monthly basis. just be ready to have your wallet expel about 400-700 dollars to get the full thing. and make sure you study your ass off.

    I prefer ACSM just because they are more geared towards taking on the science perspective. If you wanna determine the best one for you correctly, just look over PhDs within your local university that are the professors of exercise physiology.
  • westdave

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    Feb 16, 2010 6:33 PM GMT
    I am ACE and NASM certified...hoping to obtain my NSCA-CSCS sometime later this year or early next year...then I am DONE with certs...yeah!

    NASM, ACSM and NSCA-CPT are great! is ACE to a lesser exent...also....ask around the local gyms (fitness diretors) and consult with other trainers on what they have, and how lucrative it has become for them having a particular certification...

    Good luck!.........Dave
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    Feb 16, 2010 6:55 PM GMT
    NASM is the one that the chain gyms look for. Most require it.
  • gymguy81

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    Feb 16, 2010 7:30 PM GMT
    hey im wondering what is the certification that requires a degree? i know it is out there
  • jingold04

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    Feb 16, 2010 7:32 PM GMT
    I based my decision to go with NSCA on price,location of testing sessions,and membership benefits. I won't front though,the prestige factor was the swing vote. I've considered going with ACE or AFAA before I test with NSCA because of their workshops. Independent study is tough for this old bird.
  • gymguy81

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    Feb 16, 2010 7:35 PM GMT
    im finnishing up ace myself but i dont think its the right kind for me ill let it expire mostlikely maybe ill keep it for the 2 years but im gona hit up ISSA next
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    Feb 18, 2010 12:41 AM GMT
    Thanks for all your help, guys icon_smile.gif