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.
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:
Over 8 years of experience
B.A. in Exercise Science & Health
NASM Master Trainer (#1470113)
NASM Certified Personal Trainer (#1438056)
NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist (#1377120)
Performance Enhancement Specialist (#1484751)
NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist (#1454650)
NASM Women’s Fitness Specialist (#1456440)
Behavior Change Specialist (#1501207065)
Weight Loss Specialist (WLS) (#1513601)
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.
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Vibram Agrees to Settle Class Action Lawsuit
If you own a pair of Vibram’s FiveFingers running shoes you probably have some money coming your way! Apparently Vibram has agreed to settle A class-action lawsuit brought against them claiming the company made false and unsubstantiated claims about the health benefits of its footwear. But even though it’s going to cost them a lot of money, they expressly [denies] and continues to deny any wrongdoing alleged in the Actions, and neither admit any wrongdoing nor concede that there’s any actual or potential fault, or liability. Read the full article from runners world for more details.
Regular exercise is a critical part of staying healthy. People who are active live longer and feel better. Exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight. It can delay or prevent diabetes, some cancers and heart problems.
Most adults need at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least five days per week. Examples include walking briskly, mowing the lawn, dancing, swimming for recreation or bicycling. Stretching and weight training can also strengthen your body and improve your fitness level.
The key is to find the right exercise for you. If it is fun, you are more likely to stay motivated. You may want to walk with a friend, join a class or plan a group bike ride. If you’ve been inactive for awhile, use a sensible approach and start out slowly.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Heart disease kills an estimated 630,000 Americans each year. It’s the leading cause of death for both men and women. To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its affects, MadSweat is proudly participating in American Heart Month. Locally, 7% of Arizonans are affected by heart disease.
In the United States, the most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease (CAD), which can lead to a heart attack. You can greatly reduce your risk for CAD through lifestyle changes and, in some cases, medication.
You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease.
- Watch your weight.
- Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
- Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
- If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
- Get active and eat healthy.
- Talk to your doctor about taking aspirin every day if you are a man over the age of 45, or a woman past menopause.
- Manage stress.
For more information, visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Move more than you have been prevents you from having to continually reduce your calorie intake in order to maintain progress. The more you move the more you burn and the more you can eat. Get Moving by doing any of the flowing.
Incorporate activity into your daily routine. You can do this by standing instead of sitting , taking short 10 minute walks throughout the day, park further away and take the stairs when you can.
Increase your daily steps. Purchase a pedometer to track your daily steps. There are about 2000 to 2500 steps (depending on your stride) in a mile.
Increase your exercise time or intensity. Burn additional calories by working out longer or harder. Add interval training to your routine or trying different activities will force your body to work harder.
Have a great day and stay active!
Happy Fitness Friday!!
Have any of you ever thought of Running a Spartan Race? Well heres you chance! The Spartan Sprint its just – 3+ MILES run oh and 15+ OBSTACLES… but you should expect the + :). Its on Saturday February 8th & 9th, 2014 and theres still time to sign up. Spartan up and be one of the 99.9% of people who try this event and finish, get you fix for mud & trail racing! The top 3 Males and top 3 Females at each Spartan Sprint will qualify for a free entry into a Super Spartan of their choice (This should be one of you :)). So Get off your couch and kick your year off with a challenging Arizona Spartan Sprint! I can hear some of you now … I would but I don’t live in Az? Well check out their website for a race near you! Click on the Arizona Spartan Sprint Banner to register and save 15% of any qualified race.