I would like to get my first personal training certification
I want to get my first CPT certification and i was curious on which organization would be the best choice to advance into sports, strength and conditioning training certifications? I would like to work with athletes and more serious fitness enthusiasts. Any advice on what steps or sequences would be the best to assertain my goals would be greatly appreciated; also similar personal accomplishment stories will be enjoyed aswell.
I have had the liberty to talk with many of the top professionals within the field, who view the American College of Sports Medicine certification as the most prestigious. ACSM offers one of the most challenging certifications to prepare for and obtain. The American College of Sports Medicine has been around the longest and several books used by other organizations has material that references them. Another top organization that may be of interest to you is NSCA. NSCA has a highly established journal that reports advancements and studies in the field of strength and conditioning. In addition, the organization offers the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (CSCSs) exam, which is geared towards applying scientific knowledge to optimize athletic performance.
Once you are a Certification Personal Trainer, experience in the field and obtaining additional certifications geared towards sports, strength and conditioning will help you connect with elite athletes and serious fitness enthusiasts. On a freelance level, I highly recommend networking whenever possible because finding top clients in your specialty is usually based upon connections. For example, I know a certified personal trainer who works with the Patriots and initially got offered this opportunity due a personal contact.
I hope this information is helpful and wish you the best of luck in your endeavors.
Alex C. Wisch
As far as choosing which organization for your first CPT Certification it's just a matter of choice each organization program covers the same information in just different ways. I would encourage you to check the different organizations to see if any are conducting live in person training course versus doing the online programs. I choose NESTA for my certification and did both the online program and the in person 2 day workshop. It two full days packed with information but at the end of the 2 days you can have your certification knocked out. The biggest thing to remember is a CPT certification is just the starting point giving you the bare info needed.
As far as Strength and Conditioning training is concerned to become a NSCA Certified strength and condition coach (CSCS) is the highly regarded certification and something you may want to look into. You do however need to have a bachelor degree in able to take the test for the certification.
Finally the biggest step I would recommend is going to college for a degree in Exercise science or Kinesiology, or biomechanics. Any three of these degrees will help to separate you from a competing training in your area that just has a bunch of CPT certifications.
it is good to ask that question because not all certifications have the same perceived standing in the industry. My recommendations would be NASM, ACE or ACSM.
You mention that you would like to work with athletes and serious fitness enthusiasts. And the CSCS certification will be of value there. I do not know your personal circumstances and how much of an 'in' you have with that population. If you can get clients that fall into that category: great! Most personal trainers have clients that fall towards the very other end of that spectrum. To me personally, the CSCS certification would be of no value at all.
Here is the reasoning:
All of the science related to sports conditioning comes from the NSCA. Once you earn your credential, you can become a member of the NSCA and receive their research journals on sports and conditioning. This will be important to you as this is the direction that you are going in. To you will receive information on the conferences related to sports and conditioning and be in a position to learn from those whose niches is training those who are training for sports and performance.
I hope this is of help.
Not to be biased...ACSM would be my first choice.
Another one to add to your list:
Wishing You Great Success!
I think ACSM would be great since all of our scientific research comes from them, however, if you know that you only want to focus on sports, strength and conditioning then you may want to go for
Personally I would do both
When I got my personal training certification, I chose ACE. It's a solid program, and it was what I needed for the job I wanted at the time. I love attending conferences and workshops, so it was more effective for me to get a solid but inexpensive certification (ACSM and NASM more expensive) and attend workshops in targeted areas of my interest / practice. It's also NCCA-accredited, which means I can take some of the advanced programming from other certifying bodies without taking their basic personal training cert. I'm presently looking into NASM CES.
Another one that hasn't been mentioned yet on this thread but intrigues me very much is PTA Global. I've attended workshops from many of the educators behind this certification and I really like what they're about. Very much on the forefront of fitness and health.
Best of luck to you!
I hope that this helps, and good luck!
Jeffrey suggested not simply taking the online test but also trying to attend a workshop for NESTA. I do not know what your time table is but if you could I would suggest attending NPTI-Colorado. It's a six month hands on program. www.nptitrainer.com is the website if you would like to check it out.
Best of luck to you!
Most commercial gyms require that you have NASM.
I was in the same position you are at one point, and I decided to go with A.C.E. I still have my A.C.E Certification, but I have now adopted the C.H.E.K approach. I hold the C.H.E.K Exercise Coach and C.H.E.K Holistic Lifestyle Coach certifications. If you are REALLY serious about high performance and working with athletes, look at the C.H.E.K Institute Exercise Coach certification. Paul Chek has done amazing things and made such an impact in the industry. Good luck with your decision!
I would look into doing the C.H.E.K institute's advanced training program. It is a bit pricey but well worth it. From what I've seen they are the best in the industry and highly educated.
Hope that's helpful!