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Majik Mann
On Jun 02, 2013
Another thing that would be great is if NESTA would let us know what our mistakes were. I called and spoke to Susan (she was awesome by the way - very helpful), and she told me that I wouldn't be able to know what my mistakes were to protect exam integrity. I get it, I do, but I want to be the best Fitness Pro I can be, so if I make a mistake in an exam, then I will probably make that same mistake with a client. Thus, knowing what mistakes were made in the exam will allow me to do the research and get it right, which could, in turn, prevent possible injury for a client. Am I making any sense? lol.

other than that - A1 to NESTA!
Majik Mann
On Jun 02, 2013
I am really happy with NESTA thus far; in the process of doing the Master Trainer program (PFT CERT accomplished!) and I have just completed the GEI, and I have to be honest, the GEI was easier (but it probably also has to do with the fact that I have been teaching GroupX classes for years now), but I still learned a few things.

As for the PFT... if you're studying at home, you need to study. The proctored exam isn't a walk in the park, but if you pass, you know your stuff! I prefer that over a mickey mouse PFT cert any day, and if you care about your clients you will too.

Just a suggestion though. NESTA should put some type of review quiz (with the answers) at the end of their chapters, just so we know we're on the right track. It would help us feel more confident about taking the exams. I know that I would have appreciated that for the Biomechanics module.

But I still give NESTA a 5star rating. Good job!
Tracy Treible
On Mar 26, 2013
Verified NESTA Pro
I've had a great experience with NESTA thus far. I received my group exercise instructor certification last year and this year opted for CPT. I have given myself a break but I will soon complete my HRM specialist cert as well. I had previously tried and failed at NASM for many reasons, but having seen their text I feel that NESTA really is not much different but for me it was presented in a much more approachable way. The videos along with the reading material work very well together---you still need to study this is not a give away. I see tons of reviews everywhere dumbing down the NESTA program and I think that's bull. This is a good program that gave me a wealth of knowledge. I didn't find the test to be unbelievably challenging but then again I read my materials and studied my butt off. If you feel that NESTA was so easy then that's great for you, you better be the best trainer out there....
I don't know what the "best" certifications out there are, I know there are many opinions however I can say that I feel confident having my name associated with this one.
Customer service was also super helpful whenever I had any issues.
Isa Brown
On Jul 19, 2012
After having read several reviews I as a little worried about it taking for ever to receive my certificate.
However, I ended opting for a NESTA certificate and I received top quality service! I had a minor issue submitting my first answer on the exam. I called the customer service and spoke to a very friendly and helpful person who got me sorted immediately.
I currently live abroad, in Europe, and I received my certificate 6 days after completing the exam so I'm pretty impressed!
All in all, I'm very happy and looking forward to possibly completing another course with NESTA.
Verified NESTA Pro
Hello Scott, I just passed the LWM exam. I had a CS facilitate my exam because there was a prob with my first test was not recorded the first time. I was mad-frustrated! The CS was helpful but what I do not understand is the thing about test results. Not getting an email confirmation afterwards. Why does it take too long to get a test result confirmation via email when you had already flashed it to your tester on the screen when they passed the test? and in the end screen, you also ask for the email address(?)and I never got the result, what was the point?

just wondering.. no biggie ;)
National Exercise & Sports Trainers Assn. (NESTA) Response on Mar 22, 2012:
Sorry for any frustrations with the testing system. We've had our IT team looking into it. We think it is a browser setting issue. It only happens to a few students and that's why we ask for the email (in case it doesn't get automatically forwarded like it should since the testing system is a separate system from the student database). Basically, we're aware of the issue and we're working on it with Adobe (who administers our test). Hopefully this technical glitch testing did not take away ... more less
Alexandra Morales
On Jan 17, 2012
Same thing happened to me, I didnt pass the LWM exam, theres good info but it was very hard to understand thats why I didnt pass, I wish they'd tell me which ones I got wrong to help me out a little.
Im very afraid to fail at my second attempt.
Since money is tight now a days- I wont be able to afford paying $90 to re-take the exam.
Scott, can you help me with a few question of the exam that I dont understand?

-Maria Alexandra M.
National Exercise & Sports Trainers Assn. (NESTA) Response on Jan 18, 2012:
Hi Maria,We are definitely here to help! We want to help you clarify concepts not only to be successful on the exam, but more importantly to successfully use the information with your clients. That said, we can definitley go over where you were weak on the exam but we cannot go over specific questions as that would compromise the integrity of the exam (i.e. we'd would be "giving" you an answer key to those specific questions). Please email the author of the course, Mark Teahan (... more less
Suzi Alva
On Jan 12, 2012
I payed for the lifestyle & weight management program, the book is very informative i learned a lot! but the whole program was very difficult since it had so much info to memorize and wasn't summarized.
I also felt that the e-mail costumer service was rude when I asked any questions.
And since the program was very tough I got an e-mail saying I didn't pass:(
The worst thing is that they won't tell you what you got wrong on the test so you can learn.

National Exercise & Sports Trainers Assn. (NESTA) Response on Jan 12, 2012:
Hi Suzi,
I apologize for your negative experience with the email response. We really do want to make all or our students' educational experience with NESTA exceptional. I'd like to discuss this with you to rectify the situation, but unfortunately I cannot locate your name in our system. Please email me directly when you get a chance.
Thank you in advance for the opportunity.

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