Are You Considering Undergoing Personal Trainer Training?
As someone who owned a personal training education company back in 2004, I can tell you with confidence that personal trainers are indispensable to many of us who wish to successfully achieve our fitness and health-related goals. But not everyone has the physique - and even more importantly - the educational qualifications to be considered a fitness guru.
So, If you think you have what it takes, before you begin personal trainer training, there are a few key factors to keep in mind that will go a long way towards helping you to become a truly effective trainer.
The Importance of Examining Yourself
A personal trainer needs to be organized, patient, analytical and approachable. You should be willing to work with different kinds of people and be a good motivator. Being a good fitness coach doesn't’t mean you have to be buff, but you definitely need to lead a healthy lifestyle to be a good example to clients. It is also crucial that you consider your clients will need you to educate them on correct form and execution of exercises. This means it is not just about getting your clients looking healthy, but behaving in a way that promotes a healthy outcome, especially in exercise settings.
Choosing a Personal Trainer Training Program
In order to get certified, getting enrolled in different classes and workshops is necessary. The internet can provide you with a wealth of information regarding the prerequisites and costs certain certifications require. Another way of figuring out which program to take is through asking the club you wish to work for. Enroll in a personal trainer training course offered by a nationally-recognized and accredited organization. The top of the food chain, and what is considered the gold standard for certifications, is the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Other certifications that are reputable, and a great place to start, are the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).
Remember, just like any other training certification, it is just an entry level certification. Most clients you work with will have orthopedic considerations that must be taken into account. As a physical therapist I can tell you, most trainers are under-qualified to deal with the growing population of these types of clients. Learning basic techniques and methods as taught in my free E-course, my DVD and throughout this site, you will posses more exercise foundational knowledge than most trainers working today.
Deciding on a Specialty
Personal trainer training isn’t limited to having a certificate. Having a specialization is proof that you are a competitive fitness coach, and this will in turn attract more clients to hire you. An example is the American Council on Exercise’s (ACE) Clinical Exercise Specialist certification, which helps prepare you to work with people with medical conditions.
Getting Employed in a Fitness Club
Undergoing personal trainer training means that you become one of the top contenders for jobs in fitness clubs. To find a good club, browse the internet or scan the local help wanted listings for vacancies. I highly suggest that you find a club or studio that stresses the importance of good form and healthy exercise habits rather than gyms where trainers are putting their clients in harms way.
The number one thing trainers tell me that new gym members want to learn is, how to use gym machines. Considering this is definitely going to be something you will need to master, learning the correct way to do this is a must! Once new members feel that you are knowledgeable and considerate to their joint health and safety, they will be much more likely to see you as a trusted source.
Considering Other Possibilities
There are other job opportunities besides being in the gym for individuals who have undergone personal trainer training. Fitness-related jobs in spas, on cruises or at resorts are just some options outside of the typical fitness club or gym.
Remember, in exercise what you don't know CAN hurt you!
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