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?
Completed the training some time ago. Then recieved email from afaa with a check list. Ond item on check list concerned me, the $9.95 monthly technology fee. I called the office months ago to see if the site was up and running. It wad NOT. Recieved an email today (June27,2012) again asking me to complete items on checklist, so I called afaa office again and asked same question. The person said ”I think it is up and operating”. Very costly training, I cannot assess the professional value. If you pay the monthly fee will that insure clients? What is the marketing plan to inform potential clients? Can you market the brand ”Biggest Loser” in person (and be exempt) from paying the monthly tech fee?
Probably a good concept to help the obese, BUT a poor infrastructure to deliver on program goals
Hi Bonnie, thanks for the comments. I had the same feeling. I also participated in a number of their webcasts, as well as completed the training in August of 2011. I was concerned that the “all in” mentality would put my obese clients at risk for injury, without teaching them how to make healthy eatting and exercise tools for a life time. I was also put off by the overall cost of the program for the trainer each month. I couldn’t envision how what they were offering would provide my clients with more than what I was already providing. I think the name recognition of being a “Biggest Loser Pro” certified trainer can help some gain additional clients, but I already get a stream of clients through referrals due to the results that they achieve.
Thank you for your feedback. I’m glad to hear others thoughts on the program.
Hello, It’s me again with an update on the Biggest Loser Pro program. After speaking with Linda Pfeffer, President of AFAA, I’ve found that I had several misconceptions regarding the program. I am now anxious and ready to learn more about the Complete 10 Workout that is the basis of the Biggest Loser Program. I’m happy to find out that the program does not promote a “All or nothing” mentality and does not push people to their limits as the TV show seems to. I am now ready to participate as a Biggest Loser Pro. I’m so glad Linda was able to clarify these issues for me. My faith in AFAA is restored! As I stated in my first comments the course was everything that I approve of and could get behind in as a Certified Personal Trainer wanting to provide my clients with a safe and effective program that produces results.