What my school taught me is drastically different from what my certifications taught me. School was about exercise science (what is best for clients). Certifications taught me about trends (what clients may want). Should certifications be evidence based or trend based? How do we reconcile what is best for clients with what they may want?
This is one of those loaded questions for those of us who have been in the business forever, or in my case over 30 years.
Back in the day there was no such thing as a certification. Low and behold, as the “aerobics” industry grew and grew, Kathie Davis had the insight to provide a source for instructors. Of course she was not the only one who saw the money potential, ACSM and others joined in.
As for your question, yes school was about exercise science but I beg to differ on the statement “what is best for your clients” this is subjective
As for your comment about ‘trends” , I think clients want what works for them and i think its fantastic that we have so many different modalities and ideas today to draw from.
So, in order to keep up with this fast moving industry, it’s important to stay educated. I have known many exercise physiologists who had no idea how to teach a safe and sound cardio class, I have known many exercise science majors who were unable to connect with people on a human level.
I think having access to education in the form of CEC’s once certified, having conferences at our finger tips, having Nationally Accredited Organizations offering a vast variety of certifications enhances our work.
Certifications are not based on trends. Granted, there is money to be made with certifications so I can see where some may question the motive but I believe that we have these certs in order to keep up and to learn and be confident in what we do.