AFAA is launching a new Biggest Loser certification website tied to the tv show in January. For the last year AFAA members have been able to study the certification and 100 members were able to take part in the website test. Has anyone had any experience with the certification or website? What has your experience been?
It sounds to me as if AFAA is trying to make money off this specific title. It can be argued that a client looking for a personal trainer may be attracted to a certification by that name. I cannot imagine what can (or should) be the difference between that certification and any other personal trainer certification.
i would think it is a way of training the extreme obese and their needs. I know they push them hard and just the initial phase- how fast- how far you can do something so intense to a person that IS NOT at all in condition to do something so extreme. Its just a thought, and it also adds some “umpf” when dealing with the obese- they do have a different mindset, and the emotional aspect is just as critical. Again, just thinking out loud. And yes, we all say we know this, but its putting it into practice- a more specific needs population on a complete fast track. I know for me, its a specialty and a population I enjoy working with. but in no way would I claim 18 – 23 year old male athletes as one of my niche markets and would LOVE a workshop dedicated to, if I ever decided to work with that specific of a population. Just thinking out loud.