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Shannon Foster
On Aug 17, 2011
Verified Spencer Institute Pro
I took their Food Pyschology course and loved it. Lots of valuable information. I would highly recommend them. I also want to do the Mind Body Coach and Holistic Life Coach.
Verified Spencer Institute Pro
Great place to get your certifications from! They are up-to-date with the most recent techniques and also incorporate proven traditional ones in your training as well. Great organization to work with!
Kelly Laura
On Jan 21, 2013
Verified Spencer Institute Pro
I completed the Wellness Coach and the Personal Fitness Chef programs through the Spencer Institute. I absolutely loved it. My only issue now is trying to get my certifications verified on FitnessConnect. It has been several months now since I requested verification. Other than that, It was great and I learned a lot.
Verified Spencer Institute Pro
I have several certifications from the Spencer Institute and NESTA, however, I don't get bogged down economically or otherwise by attempting to keep up with their CE requirements. I have an MA in Health Education and numerous national and state certifications. If every company who I have a certificate with believes that we will continue to throw money at them ever year or two to "keep up" even though they give us nothing in return, the're in a different world than we are.
Spencer Institute Response on Oct 15, 2012:
Hi Jess - We take customer service seriously at The Spencer Institute and we are disappointed to hear that your experience was not up to your expectations. If you'd like, please contact me directly and I would be happy to review your situation and to resolve any problems you've encountered with our customer service team. If you can remember details, such as who you spoke with, etc., it would also be most helpful.
Spencer Institute Response on Oct 15, 2012:
Hi Michael - CEU's are the standard protocol for anyone in the health/fitness industry. This is to be able to both learn and discover the latest information available. If I had a trainer or coach that didn't have current CEU's, I would wonder why they didn't want to invest in that much for themselves to be among the top of their field.
Justin Dorsey
On Nov 04, 2014
Well that is exactly opposite of my experience Jamie Walker!!! I have taken three CEU courses from Spencer Institute and found them to be EXACTLY what I was hoping for, exactly what I was looking for. It almost sounds like you have an axe to grind toward people who are in business but it seems just kind of missplaced in this review.
The courses I took were well formatted, straight forward and each of them presented useful information. Not all of what I learned was considered EPIC because I have worked in this field for 20 years by now but still, keeping up on CEU's is par for the course for us and this company meets my needs perfectly. You should try the Wellness Coach program if you haven't. I found it to be refreshing and informative. A totally enjoyable experience. I also took NESTA's Biomechanics course and it had AMAZING information. I think their's something fishy about such a long rant that really makes no point but to slam an organization. Did you fail your exam or sumptin'?

Price point on these programs... may run a LITTLE higher but NOT FOR WHAT YOU GET. Programs similar to this cost triple the amount. I say GO WITH SPENCER. They are AWESOME.

Justin C Dorsey
Yulia Grosheva
On Jun 06, 2014
I've enjoyed taking my certification course at the Spenser Institute, I like it that they have a unique set of certification programs. I took Sport Hypnosis just out of curiosity, and I'm so happy I did, it was interesting, it had videos and audios and a textbook to download and it's given me a totally new and different insight on sports and fitness and my dance classes. They made it convenient and informative.
MF De Hoyos
On Jun 30, 2011
I very convinient to take courses with them...i have a great experience and they are so accommodating...and trainings are really so great...really learned a lot from them....i would recommend course from them specially with the Wellness and Coaching programs....
jamie walker
On Nov 04, 2014
I would not recommend taking any courses from these guys if you are looking for actual information. In fact, Ideafit is just an advertising organization like yelp, and it does NOT endorse or remove companies in any way.

Any one or organization can join this forum by just listing themselves. That said, literally anyone can create a course, and list it here... FIT-trepreneurs... you have your platform!!!

RE: Spencer Institute, this content is a joke at best, and bare-bones minimal at the least. Aside from the fact that the courses are literally riddled with typos, I was hoping for complete info, but continuously just sent riddling around in circles. I tried taking another course, hoping it would contain the info I was looking for, however, that course mentioned several times that if I wanted more complete info, I should take the next course..

Of course I tried calling and spoke at length with the very polite, but unhelpful office boy, who signed me up for another course...it ended up having less content than the first two......
lets just say after about $800 in all, after going around the bend in these ring-a-ling 3-ring courses, I've come to the conclusion that there is consistently no complete coursework. No thank you, after these courses, I will not be interested in Nesta or Wexford for more information. (undoubtedly, there will be a poor reputation at some point.)

In my opinion, any course that starts off an opening section by pointing out that there are no governing bodies or agencies to gauge the accuracy or authenticity of any content or material in these courses... lets just say.. BINGO!... it all made sense...

While I appreciate the fact that these guys are making tons of money stringing people along the trail of building a profitable income in the Fitness and Wellness industry... it's apparently clear that they are reaping an interesting profit for themselves as well.

If you are looking for the "cheapest" place to go to get a little paper certificate with a swirly design on it...and if you just want that paper to say you are certified in something that sounds cool... Im sure you could do that anywhere..
I would still recommend doing a little more footwork to find another place.

I wish you the best of success in your Fitness and Wellness career. I pray that it will provide you with an honest living, and much enjoyment and peace as you travel. If you are looking for legit coursework to provide you with a wealth of current and useful information.. I am sure that you will find, it as there are many reputable organizations out there.
~cheers

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