Become a Personal Trainer
How I Became a Personal Trainer
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Careers in Exercise and Fitness
The fitness industry is booming and lots of you are interested in starting a fitness career. Being a personal trainer is a great job, but there are other options. Expand your horizons and learn about other things you can do to help people get healthy and fit.
How to Be a Personal Trainer
Becoming a personal trainer is fairly easy, but being successful at it is an entirely different matter. Do you have what it takes?
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Ten Steps to Become a Personal Trainer
If you're a fitness enthusiast who wants to annoy others with your passion for health, maybe you should consider becoming a personal trainer. Here's how.
The American College of Sports Medicine is one of the top certification organizations out there. Check out their website for information about getting cerfitied, learn about continuing education and get the latest on clinical studies in exercise, health and fitness.
NESTA (The National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association) is another well-known organization offering personal training certification with a home study course and an exam taken on location.
If you're interested in teaching water aerobics, check out the Aquatic Exercise Association's certifications and continuing education courses.
Become a health and fitness professional through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. They have many certifications to choose from and they even allow some certifications online.
The American Fitness Professionals and Associates provide extensive certification options as well as up-to-date information about health and fitness. Find out how to get certified, or how to access some of the best fitness software on the 'Net.
American Council on Exercise
ACE is one of the most well-known exercise organizations and should be your first stop on your quest for certification. At their website, you'll find the certifications they offer plus the dates and locations of all their tests. The tests are hard and they are only offered four times a year, so get started on your studying now!
If you're a trainer looking for continuing education credits, DSWFitness has a huge selection of reasonably priced home study courses to choose from. Credits are approved for most major certification organizations.
Endurance Plus offers certifications through their website, and they also offer continuing education courses for those already certified. Get an extra certification in Yoga or Endurance Sports for your CEC's or learn how to assess your clients' posture!
Exercise Etc. is a great resource for those who are already certified and need to fulfill certain CEC requirements. Here you can find online courses for as little as $20 and they will count for most major certifications.
Fitness Industry Education
This UK-based website offers online fitness courses for continuing education credits and fitness instructor certifications. They also have great information for getting started in your fitness career of choice.
If you're a personal trainer, you'll find ICTraining a great resource for educational tools that are both realistic and based on scientific research. For $29 a month you'll get access to an exercise database, client forms and marketing opportunities, among other benefits.
IDEA Health & Fitness Association
If you're a trainer or thinking about becoming one, IDEA is the first place you should go for invaluable information about the fitness industry, personal training, exercise science and more. There's plenty of free information, but becoming a member (which is around $99 for trainers) will give you access to articles, studies, exercise demonstrations and more.
The International Fitness Association is primarily for those looking for a kickboxing certification. Everything is done online; the manual and test are given through their website for $99. If you're just starting and want to get your feet wet, this is a great site to visit.
Jumpybumpy.com - Aerobic Instructor Essentials
If you're an aerobics instructor, you'll love this website. You'll find new choreography, music, videos, links and industry information along with job search capabilities.
National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
NASM is a well-known certifying organization offering certifications for Personal Trainer, Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) and Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES).
National Council of Strength and Fitness
The NCSF is a national,non-profit, certification organization for personal trainers. Get certified in their two-day workshop, or opt for their Distance Learning certification if you live too far away. Check out their advanced certifications which include Sport Performance Specialist, Strength Specialization, Nutrition and Weight Management, and Prenatal/Postpartum Specialist.
If you want to be a personal trainer, this is the certification you want to get. The NFPT website provides a wealth of information about their certifications, how much they cost and where the exams are given. Just like many of the organizations mentioned, their exams are given at specific locations, but it is very easy to set up an exam close to you.
NPTI - National Personal Training Institute
The National Personal Training Institute is another organization offering personal training certification. The course includes classroom teaching as well as hands-on training in the gym, providing a comprehensive program to teach you everything about becoming a personal trainer.
The National Strength and Conditioning Association is another great organization to look into for certification. At their website, you'll find out all about certification requirements as well as continuing education information. Like ACE, their exams are offered in certain locations and at specific times and, also like ACE, their exams are fairly difficult.
This site is a must for aerobics instructors. It offers new choreography on a daily basis and has links to professional websites of interest.
Tools Resource Guides
Tools RG offers a comprehensive library of exercises, advice and information in the form of personalized hand outs for your clients. Customize your clients' workouts by choosing the exercises (along with pictures and descriptions) from the vast array of choices.
This website offers reproducible exercise collections in cards and computer exercise software. Choose from a variety of collections (strength, rehab, ball, resistance band and more) and create individual workouts for your clients that include pictures and descriptions. A great tool for professionals!
Water Art - Aquatic Training
Check out Water Art's website to find out how to get certified in aquatic fitness training. All of the core WaterARTTM Training programs may be obtained through an at home study correspondence training if you're too far away to make the classes.