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Is your trainer really certified?

This was a post from last year but with so many people about to embark on new fitness journeys in a couple of days, we thought it was worth reposting. What is your experience, can I see a copy of your current certification or your college degree in a related field? These are question that all to often go unasked by people looking to work with a trainer.Madsweat training

I have been in the fitness industry for 8 years and most days wouldn’t trade it for anything but every once in a while it drives me crazy! I read an advertisement in the mail the other day about a “trainer” I use to work with.  The credentials of this person were completely false!


For the record here are my credentials:

B.A. Exercise Science and Health
NASM certified Personal Trainer
Certification # 1390437
NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist
Certification # 1377120
DotFit fitness professional

8 years of experience
Unfortunately, almost anyone can call themselves a personal trainer.  Just because you were an athlete doesn’t make you a trainer (I was also an athlete in high school and college) just because you “workout” doesn’t make you a trainer. A 30 minute online certification doesn’t make you a trainer.  Because you have read one book doesn’t make you a trainer.

Just an FYI also because someone is working at a gym doesn’t mean they hold a current  NCCA accredited personal trainer certification. Many gyms will hire people with no experience and just require that with in 90 days they become certified.  I will tell you I would not want my mother or sister working out with one of these individuals! And I hope you would NOT trust your fitness to one of these individuals!

So if you are currently working with a trainer or in the future are going to hire a personal trainer please ask about his/her credentials.  You are trusting your health to someone make sure they are qualified.  The more health issues and current or previous injuries you have will require a veteran certified personal trainer.  Also make sure his/her certification is current.  Every 2 years we have to apply for re-certification. Continuing education credits make sure we stay up to date with current information in the ever changing fitness industry.

This has been a little bit of a rant but if you take anything away from it I hope it is this:
Please make sure you are working with a NCCA accredited personal trainer.  Our preference here at Madsweat in NASM!

National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) Accredited Personal Trainer Certification Organizations.

Here’s a list of NCCA certifications in no particular order.

American Council on Exercise (ACE)
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
International Fitness Professional Association (IFPA)
National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF)
National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA)
National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT)
National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certification Commission
The Cooper Institute

Note: There are several other personal trainer certifications currently applying for accreditation. 

For your protection you should also ask to see a copy of proof of liability insurance if working with an independent trainer.