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    JR becomes a personal trainer!?


    Thats right guys - The economy has been bleak enough that I am going to start personal training in NYC.

    I hope I will have the patience to deal with peoples diets and wimping out on me...

    I need some nuts and bolts advice from trainers like what cert is easy to get but reasonably decent and respected.

    If any board members are from the nj area maybe we could even shoot the **** on training and learn from each other. I tend to go against the grain and can benefit from the practice.

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    Got my first client - young kid, medium athletic build but thin who wants to put on weight. I already started brainwashing him that what everyone tells him and flat out said:

    "you won't be working bodyparts, you will be working lifts. If you want a pump and a burn its your money to throw away BUT if you want results then do it my way!"

    - Note: I am just as blunt in person as I am on here but I do it with 'flair'

    Plan on an old school 3 days a week 5x5, I'll let him do his sub max day alone.

    The money sucks compared to a real job but its fun
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    so that means you are targeting north jersey people? hahah soon enough you'll have plenty of dudes with blowouts walking around with 24paks of water, looking to bench mad weight bro!
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    North jersey isn't even like that... Staten island is and I HATE those people
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    I have the NSCA cert. but it took me about a year to obtain that. if you want a decent cert that is pretty quick to obtain id look at ACE, or NSCM. those take about 4 months i believe. you buy the book. read it. and take the test and if you pass you get the cert. my NSCA is harder to obtain but if you were willing to spend the time its a hell of a cert. recognized in 52 countries and is ranked as the second best cert under the CSCS that you can get in the us.
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    PT and you think, omg. Because most don't walk the talk, or they do and don't know how to help others make progress.

    I like the name....physique transformation specialist much better. This applies to those who know their ****. Eric Cressy, Mike Robertson, Charles Polquin, Jim Morris.

    Personal trainer just gives me a bad taste in my mouth. Ha, I have no idea what this thread is about I just started ranting. lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by justreading View Post
    Got my first client - young kid, medium athletic build but thin who wants to put on weight. I already started brainwashing him that what everyone tells him and flat out said:

    "you won't be working bodyparts, you will be working lifts. If you want a pump and a burn its your money to throw away BUT if you want results then do it my way!"

    - Note: I am just as blunt in person as I am on here but I do it with 'flair'

    Plan on an old school 3 days a week 5x5, I'll let him do his sub max day alone.

    The money sucks compared to a real job but its fun
    If you put the first post up on T-Nation you would have gotten some ****ty remarks. Congrats on the first client. I'm a tennis pro, aka tennis instructor, for almsot 11 yrs. now, at the end of each/most lessons I do training with them. Tubing, dumbbells, etc. I have young, middle age and older people. If you market yourself well and by word of mouth you can do GREAT. BUT, it will take TIME, 3-4 yrs. to really get it going.

    Not sure what your charging, but I make big bucks doing what I do. In time you can bump up what you charge. Make sure NOW that you don't sell yourself short by charging too little. With todays times, give some package deals, everyone is looking for a deal. If your well known in the area, ( like myself ) plp will pay you and not care how much it is. I have clients that WANT/NEED their daily tennis/exercise fix.

    Do your homework and if you really want it and enjoy it you'll do great. I highly suggest you hit up the big siminars that go on. It's well worth it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TravisG View Post
    I have the NSCA cert. but it took me about a year to obtain that. if you want a decent cert that is pretty quick to obtain id look at ACE, or NSCM. those take about 4 months i believe. you buy the book. read it. and take the test and if you pass you get the cert. my NSCA is harder to obtain but if you were willing to spend the time its a hell of a cert. recognized in 52 countries and is ranked as the second best cert under the CSCS that you can get in the us.
    Forgot about ACSM although it requires at least a bachelor degree in exercise related field
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    My gym pushes NASM on everyone, I might get ace then study for cscs. I really want to get certified in nutrition so I can stop having to hint around diets because of liability and just write them out. I am a big diet first guy, I don't to abs or cardio until I am under 10% so helping people without getting into that is damn near impossible for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by russy_russ View Post
    Forgot about ACSM although it requires at least a bachelor degree in exercise related field

    you sure you need a BA for the ACSM PT cert?
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    Quote Originally Posted by b18cyaaa View Post
    you sure you need a BA for the ACSM PT cert?
    Yea you cannot take the exam without a bachelor degree
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    that's not true. According to the ACSM website, minimum reqs for CPT:

    18 years of age or older
    High school diploma or equivalent
    Current Adult CPR certification with a practical skills component (such as the American Heart Association or American Red Cross)
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    Quote Originally Posted by b18cyaaa View Post
    that's not true. According to the ACSM website, minimum reqs for CPT:

    18 years of age or older
    High school diploma or equivalent
    Current Adult CPR certification with a practical skills component (such as the American Heart Association or American Red Cross)
    They must have changed it recently. As of last year they required a b.s

    CSCS still requires at least a b.s
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    yes yes, ACSM is the ****. but as already stated, ACSM and CSCS both need BA's. their the shiz tho!
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    hey russy...you need a BA for ACSM. but ACSM focues more on pre evaluation stuff. body comps, girth measurments. risk evaluation and less on the actual science of lifting. i believe that if you have an ACSM you still need an ACE, CSCS, or NSCA to get the exercise science part down!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TravisG View Post
    hey russy...you need a BA for ACSM. but ACSM focues more on pre evaluation stuff. body comps, girth measurments. risk evaluation and less on the actual science of lifting. i believe that if you have an ACSM you still need an ACE, CSCS, or NSCA to get the exercise science part down!!
    Agreed. ACSM and CSCS are two very good certifications. It depends on your goal/job which you are interested in. Myself, CSCS is a requirement for strength and conditioning at the collegiate or professional level along with master's and ph.d.
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    very respectable.
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    ahhhh i might come into NYC just to train one day a week with you... im only an hour away and one of my sexy lady friends lives there so i should be their quite often

    its hard to be up front and blunt with people it all depends on their goals

    middle some women 30-40 years old the go to lift light and chit chat and get away... ive seen the same people with the same trainer for years and lkook the same..

    but youll lose clients when u start bitching at them for ****ing **** up and not ever wanting to do things,

    the thing i hate most about training people is you only know what they do when they are with you and when they are not they are gluttonous slobs i cant stand it

    i stopped trainin people 6th months ago i was too fed up with peoples lack of dedication and dicipline in this obese society
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    Quote Originally Posted by TravisG View Post
    hey russy...you need a BA for ACSM. but ACSM focues more on pre evaluation stuff. body comps, girth measurments. risk evaluation and less on the actual science of lifting. i believe that if you have an ACSM you still need an ACE, CSCS, or NSCA to get the exercise science part down!!
    I don't see that anywhere on their site. I was shopping the books a few weeks ago on ebay, all ready to get started. If you need a BA to get certified than their website is very misleading. I'm going to call them to confirm.
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    I just want something easy asap them worry about a good one, thinking ace is recognized by a lot of places without being very hard
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