Personal Training Certification Help
- 01-30-2013, 08:47 PM
Personal Training Certification Help
I am looking to get into Personal Training, but I'm tangled between hat certification to get? I heard a lot of good things about NASM, but also that the test is hard. I could do a 6 month course at my Community College for the NSCA certification.. if anyone has taken the NASM or is currently doing it please help! as well as any other certifications?
- 01-31-2013, 12:11 PM
Honestly, as a long time professional within the industry, as long as your certificate is NASM, NSCA, or ACSM it shouldn't matter much.
ACSM is probably best if you plan to work with people who have slight medical conditions (i.e.: baby boomers with high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.)
NASM is good all around, especially if you want to work with average joes/janes.
NSCA might be most appropriate if you plan to work with athletes.
Beyond that, it is experience, further education (attend conferences, seminars, read read read...and not BS blogs, but books by authors with experience and credentials), and the ability to market yourself.
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01-31-2013, 12:22 PM
Good question. I don't think a doctorate is needed to be a successful physical performance specialist. My Ph.D. allows me to work as a professor and conduct meaningful research within the realm of human performance.
I think a knowledge of exercise science is needed, such as a BS that covers anatomy, physiology, exercise science (especially energy systems), and kinesiology/basic biomechanics. From there, I'd say you need to tailor what you want to learn to what you want to do. Some schools are heavily focused on cardiac rehab or pre-professional versions of exercise science. Others are focused more on strength/conditioning or performance.
01-31-2013, 12:31 PM
Ultimately, I'd like to coach football if at all possible. I actually have plans to open a gym (similar to DeFrancos in equipment) and am wondering what type of degree/training would be best to work with those types of athletes.
01-31-2013, 01:05 PM
M.Ed. Ex Phys
01-31-2013, 01:10 PM
I guess I was just wondering if there were any that were more applicable than others.
I didn't know that about the NSCA, are most of the associations for those certifications like that? I had been thinking about getting the CSCS from them actually.
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Three come to mind off the top of my head.
Springfield College, MA (I am a bit biased, I went there). I know there are two faculty on hand who are real strength guys. One is Dr. Thompson, the other is Dr. Davidson, who is a national level strong man competitor in the 185 pound class. He is actually competing at the Arnold, I learned an umpteen amount of info from these guys. They also have one of the best strength and conditioning masters programs in the country.
University of Connecticut. Has a bachelors exercise science track strength and conditioning degree and a masters with a focus on S&C. Eric Cressey and a number of other good coaches came out of here.
Eastern Tennessee State University and Florida Atlantic (or International, can't remember) University. Also has a really good strength and conditioning masters program. though I dont know as much about either.
01-31-2013, 03:07 PM
Thinking about just buying the NSCA strength and conditioning textbook from my local Barnes and noble and just study my ass off and then buy the exam and take it lol way cheaper
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