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    Ok so ive been really trying to find myself and figuring out myself the last couple months. And i think i want to become a personal trainer. I talked to the owner of my gym and he was telling me that if your certified in NASM you can get a job just about anywhere. Now this guy i would consider CRAZY so i want some good input. Now i know i can just go read a billion articles about how to go about doing this but i know there are some good trainers on here and so i thought someone on here could give me some good advice about where to start, what to do, what not to do, things i should look out for etc
    Some questions i have are:
    Should i do it all online?
    How much time would it appx take to get my certification and start training at a gym?
    What do i need?
    What is overkill?
    What certification should i get?
    Could i attend college while getting my certificate?

    I would be happy to read some articles if someone has some good ones. I dont intend for this to be a "spoon-fed" thread lol just looking for some good advise +rep btw for some really good info

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    Check this site out! It's not NASM but i work with a guy that got certified in ISSA he said it's the hardest and best out there!
    http://drsquat.com/home
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    [QUOTE=BRUIN;375015]Ok so ive been really trying to find myself and figuring out myself the last couple months. And i think i want to become a personal trainer. I talked to the owner of my gym and he was telling me that if your certified in NASM you can get a job just about anywhere. Now this guy i would consider CRAZY so i want some good input. Now i know i can just go read a billion articles about how to go about doing this but i know there are some good trainers on here and so i thought someone on here could give me some good advice about where to start, what to do, what not to do, things i should look out for etc
    Some questions i have are:

    Should i do it all online?
    ## Online training certs are looked upon as bogus in the industry. I know because I manage a fitness center (for the past 10 years) and would NEVER hire anyone who "DID IT ALL ON LINE"

    How much time would it appx take to get my certification and start training at a gym?
    ##If you already have schooling in Exercise Science/Athletic Training (which I think you do, aren't you a coach or something?) IT should take you no longer than 3 to 6 months:MAX.

    What do i need?
    ##You need a certification from NASM, NSCA, ACSM, or ACE. ISSA is also good.
    You also need to be First Aid and CPR/AED Certified.


    What is overkill?
    ##Nothing is "OVERKILL" you either want to learn as much as possible and REALLY HELP PEOPLE. Or you are entering the industry with the wrong motives and will give personal trainers a bad name.

    What certification should i get?
    ##You need a certification from NASM, NSCA, ACSM, or ACE. ISSA is also good. Each certification has their strength and weaknesses. The first 3 are probably the most respected in the industry

    Could i attend college while getting my certificate?
    ## Most definitely.

    I would be happy to read some articles if someone has some good ones. I dont intend for this to be a "spoon-fed" thread lol just looking for some good advise +rep btw for some really good info
    ## You won't find any articles that are "NON-BIASED" from personal trainers toward their certifying agency. What you'll find are articles BASHING trainers because there are A LOT of BAD ones out there that think all they have to do is count reps and carry a clipboard and make sure their client is sore after every workout.

    Some of the best Personal Training Resources out there are:
    www.philkaplan.com
    http://traineradvice.blogspot.com/
    http://www.fitnessthinktank.com/


    Each market is different, you're in Sacremento, California, so there may be a lot of business out there and you may be able to charge a premium. but still if you looked at Personal Training as your full time job and trained 8 people a day for an hour each (8 hour work day) 5 days a week (40 hour work week) you'll be burnt out in about 6 months.

    So you have to develop other "Revenue Streams" (Ebooks, supplement sales, etc) to increase your income without having to train people 24/7.

    As easy as Jillian, Trainer Bob, and Richard Simmons make it look, Personal Training is a hard business and as in body building no Personal Trainer starts out making big bucks right away. It takes years of building a list of successful clients, word of mouth, and education, just like it takes years to build an impressive body.

    From your posts on the forum, there's no doubt in my mind that you could be a successful one, I just want to set your expectations, and ground yourself in reality.

    Good luck,

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    That was a great read from Dave!

    Obviously I know nothing regarding the subject but would like to wish you luck if it's what you chose to do and with the dedication i'm sure you would make a great personal trainer

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    About the ISSA certification that the guy i work with has, he's a strength and conditioning coach for a local high school football team not a personal trainer. He was telling me that that's the one you want if your going to get into that field.
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    Yea dave im an anatomy and physiology major with strength and conditioning and coaching experience. I took a look and i think i want to go with the NSCA certification (National Strength and Conditioning Association). I think this will truely help me on my way to becoming a big name in sports training. Next question is what do i need as for study materials. I took a look at their store and what they had to offer for study materials. I found their "NSCA's Essentials of Personal Training textbook". Do you think this would be enough for me? Im very good at the scientific portion of this, and obviously the "in gym" knowledge. However i KNOW that there is going to be things on the test beyond what we discuss here on the forum or what i have learned in my college courses.

    I am a very start person when i apply myself to something i want to learn and grow in (aka Personal training) i dont need the overkill training package at 800 dollars, but i dont want to memorize a book that only relates to 40% of the test and set myself up for failure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blaster View Post
    About the ISSA certification that the guy i work with has, he's a strength and conditioning coach for a local high school football team not a personal trainer. He was telling me that that's the one you want if your going to get into that field.
    Well eventually i want to get that certification, however i think it would be wise to get my CPT so i can build a reputation and build a resume. Plus i already am the Strength and Conditioning coach for high school football.

    Dave, its possible and a good idea to have multiple certifications correct? If say in 8 years i want to be the Strength and Conditioning coach for a college football team, would it benefit me to have Personal Training along with BOTH certifications in CPT and CSC. 8 Years experience in coaching football and strength and conditioning?

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    Quote Originally Posted by muscletrainerdh View Post

    Personal Training is a hard business and as in body building no Personal Trainer starts out making big bucks right away. It takes years of building a list of successful clients, word of mouth, and education, just like it takes years to build an impressive body.
    I agree totally. The good PT's get the cake, the not no good ones get the crumbs
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    Quote Originally Posted by BRUIN View Post
    Next question is what do i need as for study materials. I took a look at their store and what they had to offer for study materials. I found their "NSCA's Essentials of Personal Training textbook". Do you think this would be enough for me?
    I think the book will be fine for you. But I haven't taken the test in over 4 years so they may have changed /added material.

    I bought the whole Symposium CDs and they were a snore...ZZZZZZ.... and I don't believe there was much material from them on the actual exam.

    A practice exam or two is always good, as well as the DVD of exercise movements.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BRUIN View Post
    Dave, its possible and a good idea to have multiple certifications correct? If say in 8 years i want to be the Strength and Conditioning coach for a college football team, would it benefit me to have Personal Training along with BOTH certifications in CPT and CSC. 8 Years experience in coaching football and strength and conditioning?
    Yes, always a good idea to get a general CPT certification and then specialize from there on out with other certifications.

    So if you tend to lean toward the sports/athletics genre of training, then specializing in sports injuries, athletic training, or athletic nutrition would probably be best.

    Training Athlete's (College or Pro) is very different from training General Population(GP).


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    so today i read alot on which certification to go after. Reading around concluded that i would study for the CPT certification by ACSM. Once ive earned this and begin training a few clients, i am going to pursue the CSCS (Certified strength and conditioning specialist) by the NSCA

    I ordered three study texts from which fitnessthinktank.com recommends for this certification.

 

 

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