Where can I get excellent professional hands on training?
I have an ACE certification, but that is book knowledge only. I have minimum gym experience & need professional hands on training. I am currently looking at attending the National Personal Training Institute. Has anyone here attended there? If so, any feedback? Other suggestions for professional practical training?
A close friend of mine attended Parrillo Performance's Training Camp.
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Please let me know if you have additional questions and I will help you however I can.
Also, ACE and AFAA used to have a hands on class for beginners to help to gain experience with assessments, training techniques and how to coach posture. You can see if they have any coming to your local area.
I would visit the ACE website to see whether there are any ACE IFT workshops being held in area. These workshops are practical in nature and are lead by fitness professionals at the top of their game.
I hope this is of help to you.
I am curious by your statement about having minimum gym experience. Does that mean that you do not have experience working out yourself? Or that you are not familiar with gyms?
I looked at the web site of the National Personal Training Institute which sounds good. They do not have any prices listed but a 6 month, 500 hour course is bound to be very expensive. When you break it down, though, it's only about 19 hours per week. Frankly, I was surprised by their statement that they do not require a certification renewal once you have their certification. I know that would not get you a job at the gym where I teach classes because they want to make sure that their trainers stay up-to-date.
Even though the ACE certification is 'book knowledge only' in your words, it is ultimately up to you to bring it to life. Have your tried that book knowledge on yourself? You have passed the exam; surely you must have acquired something. Do you have a friend who would be willing to be a guinea pig? Jocelyn's idea about finding a mentor is great; maybe you would offer to pay something for their time. Hiring on at a gym as staff will also give you exposure to the real world.
I wish you good luck.
In addition to the above suggestions, you can also check Perform Better. They offer workshops where you can get some hands-on experience.
I am also ACE certified. I took the course through an area college which gave me the book learning along with the wonderful hands on experience. Maybe you could try the same; although, you already passed the certification test. Congratulations. The other ideas are good, too. Maybe you could take the gym only part of an ACE course in your area. Just talk to the college administration.
Good luck to you.
I always volunteered my time & energy to those I felt good mentors. If you have any personal fitness experience @ all start their with family & friends. It may not be consistent but you need to get comfortable your personal style. You can always allow it to grow as you do. Offer free assistance w/youth and elderly, cause if you can deal with them your pretty much social enough to survive as they require special attention in my opinion.
Use your own conditioning to allow you to understand "how it feels" to do 25, thirty or 3 minutes of something then you can speak from experience. Practice and perfect the principles in bio-mechanics and corrective form.
Jump in/form workout interactive groups @ your gym. Your cert is not an all inclusive, there is mega valuable info out there girl. Once you find your comfort zone embrace it then expand it.
Make yourself an invaluable tool to someone. Technique plays a big role in conditioning. Develop it as you develop you own fitness protocol.
"Do unto other as you would have them do unto you..."