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.
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!