Good answers. ACE, ACSM, NSCA, NASM all suggest a practical component to their personal trainer certification. I believe that it’s superficial. In my opinion the only true practical exam is to have a candidate take an individual through a workout–strength, cardio, flexibility. It doesn’t have to be long, but it does give the examiner an opportunity to assess the candidate’s core knowledge, as well as his/her communication skills.
I wish. But that is a hard thing to make profitable when so many certs don’t. And it is hard to do it correctly. That is part of why I won’t make my cert prep or CECs available through distance learning. I know that it is hard to get all your material first hand. I take a lot of internet courses. But I go way beyond what the course requires. I do everything in the course work personally and with clients until I figure it out from top to bottom. I spend hours every week researching and learning. I study biomechanics and physio like I was still in college prepping for exams and labs.
When you can’t get what you need, you have to make what you need be reality. Have you ever taken an exercise and broken it down into the individual movements and muscle patterns?
The Rolling Stones, “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you just might find you get what you need.”