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Personal Trainer Certifications Driving Consumer Decisions

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Everybody knows one. A so-called health and fitness professional that is so convincing in their advice that you wouldn’t question whether they had any credentials or not.

Unfortunately, just because someone calls themselves a personal trainer does not necessarily mean they have any formal education. In a previous post titled “Is your trainer really certified?” we highlighted the fact that many gyms will even hire people “off the street” and only require that they get certified in 90 days.

This puts consumers (i.e. you) in an awkward position. You trust that your medical doctor has gone to medical school and it is unlikely that you have ever asked any of them to show proof. With personal trainers it is very much the same way but the times are shifting and consumers are getting smarter about asking about credentials and vetting personal trainers before they trust them with their bodies.

Education, certification and experience a major concern amongst consumers

Every year the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) conducts a survey that evaluates what is popular within the fitness industry. This survey, called the Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends, presents 39 potential fitness items to nearly 3,500 health fitness professionals to see where they score specific areas of the industry.

The important thing to notice is that this was not a survey that was conducted to see what consumers desired most in the fitness industry, these were reflections by fitness professionals that showcased the feedback they were getting from their clients.

Making the cut at number three and maintaining its presence in the top three for the past seven years is the fitness trend identified as educatedcertifiedand experienced fitness professionals. The research communicates that interest in third-party accreditation organizations continues to be on the rise as are educational personal trainer programs at community colleges and universities.

Insights into personal trainer stats draw a correlation between the growing personal training market and the competitiveness of the profession. Not only do personal trainers need to set themselves apart from the pack with additional certifications and education but consumers too are becoming more discerning as to who they give their business to and how their trainers’ experience will translate into results.

Advice to consumers seeking a new personal trainer

Trends aside, the importance of choosing a personal trainer based on certification, experience and education can often mean the difference between mediocre or great results. For example, a trainer with NASMs Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) certification has been educated as to the origins of pain and how to correct it.

A trainer with this focus will likely implement mobility exercises to ensure you build up your flexibility and muscle balance to prevent injuries. At the same time a personal trainer with a CES cert will be able to listen to you about existing injuries and create custom workouts around them while simultaneously taking measures to correct them (where possible).

Beyond the general personal trainer certification, you can seek out trainers with specialized certification from nationally accredited organizations in, for example, areas such as nutrition, performance, weight loss, senior fitness and more.

Bottom line, determine what your goals are and do some research as to the types of trainers that may specialize in the area you are looking to get help with. There are simply too many good trainers out there to waste your time with someone who has no formal education and lacks experience with the specific areas you’d like to work on.

 

Author Bio:

Eddie Lester is the founder of personal trainer education site Fitness Mentors, a former professional surfer and a personal trainer in Manhattan Beach, CA. Certifications: NASM-CPT, CES, PES, FNS, WLS, MMAS, GFS, YES, SFS

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:
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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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. 

A Personal Trainers Christmas!

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This is what trainers love to get for Christmas! Santa knows we love lots of #lululemon and a new #TRX Rip Trainer. We got or early gift on Friday… Our NASM Master Trainer Certifications! Its been a good Christmas at Madsweat! Hope you all had a great day a well!

 

NASM Master Trainers!

You may be wondering where we’ve been for the last month or so. Why we haven’t been posting as often… Well we’ve been busy working on improving skills. You may or may not know that a little over a month ago NASM introduced its Master Trainer program… well you know we had to sign up and take the challenge to see if we qualified to call ourselves among the best! If you ever want to test yourself as a trainer this will do it! You start out with a comprehensive online test of core knowledge bioenergetics, functional anatomy, exercise science and program design. Now reading that you maybe saying to yourself that sounds easy enough, but it really was challenging . You have to pass each section with a minimum of a 70% to continue on and let me tell you, you have to know your S***. Once you’ve past the online portion you graduate to the Live Event developed by the NASM Master Trainer Selection Committee. Now the fun really begins! Your training skills from start (meeting a client an assessing them)  to finish (designing a program based on the data you collect) are now reviewed by not only your peers-other highly qualified NASM trainers-but by NASM instructors all of whom are not only great trainers in their own right but help to design and write the NASM curriculum. No pressure at all! Well…we attended the live event this past weekend in Redondo Beach, California in one of the coolest studios-Brikfitness. (If you live in the area check them out). We’d like to give a big thanks to Brian Nguyen owner of Brikfitness for hosting the event in his studio and all the instructors Erin McGill (NASM Director of Training and Design) Brian Sutton (NASM Director of Content Development), Kenneth Miller (NASM Master Instructor) and last but not least Mike Fantigrassi (NASM- Director of Professional Services) for a great experience, you’d be hard pressed to find a better more knowledgeable group of instructors anywhere. Not at all what was expected… it was above and beyond our expectations! We got the call from NASM this afternoon and we’re happy to announce we passed and can now officially  call ourselves NASM Master Trainers! This is a great validation of years of work! Thanks NASM for the great programs you’ve put together to make trainers the best they can be.

Be Careful Who You Trust About Your Health And Fitness

  • Be skeptical about the nutritional advice you hear on TV, radio or read on the internet.
  • Beware of health advice from product manufacturers.
  • Just because its in the news, doesn’t mean it’s correct
  • Commercials can be dangerously misleading about your health.
  • Even the most well-meaning doctor, fitness professional
    or nutritionist can sometimes give you wrong advice.
  • Bottom line don’t blindly trust what you’re told; do some research!