I currently hold the following certifications: AEA, YMCA Strength and Conditioning Instructor, YMCA Group Exercise Fitness Instructor, and Punk Rope Instructor. I would like to be able to work more one on one or small group with individuals with personal fitness and nutrition goals. I have looked at getting a personal training certification but am having a hard time deciding which certifcation group would be best for me and if I need to go on and get a Lifestyle Coach certiification as well. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
I think that is great that you want to take the journey of helping people become healthy and fit.
I personaly have NSCA CPT, AFAA PT and ACE Group Exercise. My daughter who has an Exercise Science Masters swears by ACSM and they really are the mother of all education – one of these days I am going to sit for their exam. The reason I say this is when you receive texts from the other certification programs, frequently in their texts they will refer to ACSM standards.
Whatever you do, make sure that you choose an accredited program. At many of the fitness conventions that I attend, there is a lot of talk about regulating fitnes professionals. Right now as it stands, there are a lot of people out there teaching/training that may not have the ideal qualifications. Somewhere down the road, there is going to be regulations that mandate fitness facilities to have only certified instructors/trainers that are trained by “Accredited” facilities.
I hope that helps.
In good health!
LIFT-4U (Life Improvement Fitness Training)
On top of what has already been covered about accredited certifications, you might want to think of what type of client you think you are going to be working with. I have NASM, ACE, ISSA, NESTA, USAW, and IYCA. Each of these has added something different to my training, but a lot of it is exercise science overlapp. What do you feel your weak area is and what do you think your strength is?
Hi Jenny. I think that it’s a very smart move to check around with other fitness professionals (as you’ve done here) and with some of the local fitness facilities in your area to see which certifications are sought after and will lead to a job (which, from your question seems to be your goal). I totally agree with Joanne and Karin and think that they’ve provided some great advice here. Because there are several certifying agencies that are NCCA accredited, once you’ve checked into that list, other factors such as (in no particular order of importance) cost, requirements to obtain the certification, recertification requirements, level of support given by the agency to its certified members, accessibility of professional support such as articles etc. and of course are the employers in your area hiring trainers with certification from that agency should ALL be a part of your next level of review before spending your hard-earned money.
I hope that this helps, and GOOD LUCK in your future career!