I agree with what others have said. The amount you need to study greatly depends on your background. I graduated with a degree in Nutrition Science, which includes almost the exact material you’ll find with ACSM. It’s very science-based and focuses a lot on human anatomy, the physics of exercise, and the science behind nutrition. My previous background in that material helped out a lot, but I still read the “Resources for the Personal Trainer” book cover-to-cover and attended the online workshops (really helpful!). If you already have a good knowledge of kinesiology and physics, that may be all you need. Otherwise read the book, attend the workshops, and work on the practice exams. It’s not an easy exam, so you want to be sure to be prepared and give yourself enough time to absorb the material.
Best of luck!
I teach complete courses for certification prep and practical experience. Many of the students were never taught how to study or prepare for exams. I provide a free workshop for enrolled students at the beginning and middle of their courses to help them approach the material more efficiently. I also provide students with practice exams and mock exams to assist them in getting more relaxed in an “exam” environment.
Approach the material in pieces. Don’t just read through the textbook front to back. Take one chapter at a time and break them down into their parts. Focus on one part until you understand it, then move on. All of the textbooks that I have seen sequence the information. Each chapter builds on the previous chapter. Or introduces new topics in a way that allows the student to bring the information together by reading from the beginning to the end.
Live workshops are great to give you a chance to ask questions and here questions answered that you might not have thought to ask.
The best single advice I would give is: Immerse yourself in the material. Approach it as something you want to know, want to understand, and want to master. Make the material you are studying the most important thing you are doing (aside from family).
This answer is really for anyone looking at this question now. How did your test go? Are you working as a trainer now?
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