I'm a 44 year old who would love to inspire other women about fitness and get certified. Where should I start?
Just a year ago I decided to lose weight, to date I've lost 30lbs and have learned a lot along the way. I have also discovered that I would like to make a living by inspiring others throught working out and healthy eating. Where do I start to explore being certified?
What is your fitness focus and what is your inspirational goal?
What community do you see you self working in?
What is your passion more specific then you did such a good job losing weight?
Do you have a mentor in your community that you can discuss your goals with and that can help you find the right fit?
There are many wonderful certifications out there but it takes time and money to find the right one.
Keep it up and keep me tuned :)
You should soon begin to see that there are SO MANY different aspects to "Personal Training" beyond just teaching the basics to those new to fitness (though that is a very worthy focus also), like training athletes, training body builders, working primarily with kids, focusing on helping seniors, becoming an expert on folks with health and structural issues (who may also like to lose weight and get fit), etc, etc, etc!
Find that one thing that lights your fire, gets you excited, and that challenges you to learn all you can to help that group accomplish what they came to you for...then look for the organizations that not only certify you, but also provide you with tons of continuing education to keep you at the forefront of your chosen area!
Personally I chose The American Council on Exercise (ACE) and have never regretted it for a minute! Best to you in your new adventure!!
National Spokesperson for The American Council on Exercise
Bobby Morrow, ACE cPt
what aspect of fitness are you most passionate about? Do you know why? Can you demonstrate your passion through your actions and communicate your passion through your words?
You will be most effective inspiring other people when you live your work (not work to live). Like other responders said, there are a variety of avenues to being a health and fitness professional. Most fitness jobs require some kind of certification whether that be personal trainer, group fitness instructor, wellness coach, pilates or yoga. ACE, ACSM, NASM are great places to start. Go to a fitness convention like IDEA, IHRSA or ECA or if those are too big/expensive, seek out smaller conventions like DCAC (Houston/Washington, DC).
Subscribe to fitness magazines like Shape and Women's Health if you don't already. If you're going to work w/people to improve their health and fitness, you need to know what they're reading.
If you intend to be a personal trainer, educating yourself on the basics of nutrition is imperative. In addition to a personal training certification, I recommend looking at ACE's Lifestyle and Weight Management Coach certification. Excellent info and credential.
Good Luck to you!
Certified Personal Trainer/ACSM
Certified Lifestyle and Weight Management Coach/ACE
Certified Yoga Instructor/YogaFit
Life and Wellness Coach/CTI
Adding to the great answers above, I'd recommend going to fitness conferences - especially the IDEA World or Personal Training Summit.
Find some experienced trainers in your area (or at these conferences) and ask questions. You may even want to look for a trainer who can mentor you.
There are several nationally recognized, accredited certifications out there. You can explore them here: http://www.starting-a-personal-training-business.com/accredited-personal...
Best of luck!
then call or e-mail me to see if I can answer any of your questions!! Hope you are doing well! Lori Brubacher
NASM is a wonderful organization for beginners that is also incorporating a lot of the new concepts in functional training and movement dysfunctions that are very important to think about.
But, the most reputable ones that you could take to just about any gym across the country would be ACSM, NASM, NSCA, ACE
Congratulations on your weight loss! I think your definitely the right track to inspiring others. Afterall who better to lead than someone who has "walked a mile in their moccassins" as my Mom use to say?
I've been in the health & fitness industry for over 30 years and I suggest you start with American Council on Exercise (ACE). Without any formal education in health science it's tough to jump right into American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) or Coopers Institue for Aerobic Research (CIAR). I believe these are two of the best certifications out there.
Both are costly and very prestigious once obtained. ACE affords you to enter at a beginner level as a trainer and then you can personally take it from there. Over the years I have trainerd many trainers both for the United States Air Force (USAF) and a large wellness module medically based in Flint, Michigan prior to opening my own personal training studio.
I have been interviewed by many potential trainers. I tell them the same thing I just wrote you. It's always prudent to find "leading, respected" trainers in your area and pick their brain. You may think they don't have time but I personally have always made myself available as well as mentored many "new" trainers.
Good Luck & Much Continued Success,
I think it's fantastic that you would like to share your passion with others! Your excitement will be infectious and it is such a blessing to be in a position to make positive changes in the world.
I would start with attending conventions and my favorite is IDEA. The conventions that I have attended in the past, I have left with so much information and met so many wonderful people to share information. It would be a great place to get a plan of where you would like to take your career.
After that, start researching certifications and find which one would be a good match for you. Take as many classes as possible to observe teaching styles and shadow trainers. Never stop taking classes or pass up an opportunity to learn something new! Even if it's not in an area that you may not think applies to what you are interested in because you may pick up one or two ideas that you can use.
Best of Luck!
Remain positive and always approach people in a loving and encouraging manner. Once you get established maybe start a fitness group or club in your town. Getting women together to set goals for the year like a sprint triathalon or a road race and work together to accomplish those set goals.
Start small and build on your successes.
I think it is wonderful that you want to inspire others...what we give comes back to us :) I am an ACE certified trainer and recently signed on as a Team Beachbody coach. I really love it! I am able to reach a lot of people with this comprehensive system of at home fitness, nutrition and support. I think you would love it! See me at www.beachbodycoach.com/Bodybelieve...good luck, Betty!