Best inexpensive personal certification?
I am looking to get my personal training certification, but don't want to spend hundreds of dollars. I am NOT looking to work in gyms or one on one with any clients. It is more for a personal gain and something I feel will be beneficial for my business (which is health related). There are many choices and I don't know if it matters for my situation. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
I second Jim's advice. In fact, if you search for 'personal fitness training' at www.amazon.com you can purchase most textbooks there and can study from the same source that we as certified trainer have used.
However, if you are also looking for a business credential, I would question the wisdom of going with a 'cheap' certification. Granted, most consumers do not know the difference but those who do would give you less credit for having gone that route.
Ultimately, once you have a personal trainer certification, you ARE a personal trainer whether you plan to use it or not. You will need to be CPR/AED certified, and you will also need to maintain the certification through CeCs every two years.
If you're going to do it to actually learn then ACE, ACSM or NASM
I would say look at the credentials of the fitness professionals who respond to questions on this portal and do the math.
If you are in the health business, by doing the research of the average costs involved in becoming a personal trainer, you will be in a position to determine the average costs and can make a decision from there.
I wish you the best.
If you are going to be or want to be a Personal Trainer, you might as well get certified from one of the organizations that is recognized by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, since they are recognized all over the world. NSCA, ACSM. NASM, AFAA, NESTA, ISSA, IFPA, AFPA etc. You'll be glad you did.
Best of luck!
Without knowing what your specific needs or situation is this is the best I can offer.
Yes there are many great choices and they are listed above. Certifications are a great way to learn, whether or not you train a client. My suggestion would be to take a look at ACE, ACSM NASM, and NSCA and see which offers you what you are looking to learn. They all list what you are expected to learned, so match it to your job discription, need, or situation.
If you are looking to just add it as education and experience to your portfolio, I would reccommend looking at your options with nationally accredited organizations. Or, you can look at your vocational schools in your area for personal training courses with classes that work with adult schedules and have labs every week so you get more hands on experience. I proctor for WITS- World Instructor Training Schools and they work with one of the main vocational schools in Cincinnati. One other thing I would like to ask is, what kind of learner are you? Are you visual, auditory etc.? Going to places that provide interactive labs and so forth each week may help you learn better than just reading. Lastly, one organization that was not mention is NESTA, which is a great organization to get started with as well.
Good Luck and I hope you let us all know what you choose to go with.
I am inclined to agree with Jim, I think that if you are not planning on 'using' the certification that you would be better served (both financially and in terms of your time) asking for a recommended reading list from some professionals in the industry on what it is you would like to learn and/or study.
Without knowing what your focus is, some of my favourites are:
1). Athletic Body in Balance by Gray Cook
2). Movement by Gray Cook
3). Functional Training for Sports by Mike Boyle
4). Advances in Functional Training: Training Techniques for Coaches, Personal Trainers and Athletes by Mike Boyle
5). Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training by Mark Rippetoe
6). The Female Body Breakthrough by Rachel Cosgrove
I hope this helps and good luck!