I want to be taken seriously as a Personal Trainer. I’ve obtained my certification, but I want to continue my education so I can be a better trainer especially for those clients that are just starting their fitness journey and those that have had injuries or trying to lose a lot of weight. I am wondering what experienced trainers consider the best education a four year degree or numerous certifications.
If you want to be taken seriously as a personal trainer, which was the introduction to your first sentence, then project yourself as a professional, intelligent trainer. Your ability to project your personality and your genuine interest in a client’s specific goals.
I already have a bachelor’s degree and two masters degrees, none of them fitness related. Although I value education highly, the chance that I’ll go back for a fitness-related degree is minute. I choose, instead, individual trainings and certifications that support my specific areas of interest and types of clientele.
Another route to consider is a shorter-term trade school, like NPTI. They have a 500 hour program in personal training, of which about 200 of the hours is training clients with the supervision and assistance of a mentor. That’s a HUGE benefit, in my opinion. I’ve seen trainers fresh out of school with no experience working with people – looked great on paper but looked skittish around the gym.