I’ve learned the info from NASM, NSCA, and ACSM study materials to get a broader range of knowledge and different perspectives/viewpoints. How much different is the PTA Global personal training course from those certifications? I plan to never stop learning and from what I’ve seen of PTA Global, being taught by the leaders of the industry and I guess the most up to date knowledge that isn’t usually taught in personal training certifications interests me.
I want the knowledge, but I also want the official certification, mainly to show that I wanted to learn from the some of the best leaders in our industry to better myself. For interview’s if I wasn’t certified by them, I’m not sure if they’d be able to know unless I personally demonstrated it or told them about it. If I explained to clients or potential clients that I was taught by the one of the fitness industry’s leaders in their specialty for each personal training topic and I always stay on top when it comes to my knowledge and getting better as a trainer, it could be a good selling point and potentially help my credibility.
If there are just really small differences, would it be better to do the bridging course and then do the advanced course? If I do that, hopefully not missing out on little things/differences that could make a big difference in the way I think, or train or communicate with my clients.
Thanks in advance.
You ask a great question.
My plan is to take the bridging course and then the advanced certification. It’s my understanding that the bridging course covers the materials that are different from typical certifications, so that a trainer certified with ACE / NASM etc can have the additional base knowledge to move into the advanced certification.
One thing I’m particularly fond of is Gary Gray and his son’s functional nomenclature language that PTA Global professionals use to describe a body’s position in 3 dimensional space. That’s one difference for sure. Neither my ACE nor my NASM materials use the nomenclature. I think you could probably learn the nomenclature in a workshop (there was an IDEA pre-convention with the Grays a few years ago).
I teach most of the materials out there. Though, I haven’t checked into Global. There are, in general, few real differences. ACSM seems to value teaching ability more than most. NASM and NSCA, focus on nuts and bolts more. But what is most important in my opinion, is finding areas that each individual has the most interest in and developing those skills and abilities. If you love what you do, you never work a day in your life.
I personally can’t stop learning and researcing. If I won some lotto or something, I would just study and train more than I already do. Which is kind of scary, now that I think about it.