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    Personal trainers

    I want to become a personal trainer before I start my first year of college. I was wondering if there were some on here already. How could I go about doing this without taking classes in college? Could I get certified on the internet?

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    pick a cert you like and go with it there are few at home study ones that are credible there not easy

    www.NASM.org
    www.ISSA.com
    and there is also ACE, and few other good ones do a search on-line

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    What happens is, you go online to one of the sites, and order all the text books you need, then study your ass off, take a 2 day course, then the test a few weeks later.
    i'm currently studying for the ACE exam.
    ACE, NASM, and.... one more, (not ISSA) are the only 3 accredited by The National College of Sports Medicine (i think thats what its called) so I/We can get college credit for getting certified also

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    NASM is not accredited by NCSM i beleive ACE is but not NASM

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    ACE is the besttttttttttttt

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    U have to think about your final goal.

    Who are you going to work for? A gym? Yourself? Etc....

    That dictates the route you'd take as there are tons of certifications. Different places deem different certifications good or not good enough, it just depends on who is hiring you.

    If you are your OWN boss, then YOU make the rules, and I'd highly encourage that route. I can't imagine working for someone else.

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    I am currently studying for ACE. I did a lot of research and the guy that owns the personal training company that contracts out of Gold's (in my area) prefers ACE. I definitely want to be my own boss one day but for now I am going to work out of Gold's. ISSA and ACE are the ones that I think are the most respected. Just my .02
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    I'm an NSCA - CSCS (Bachelor's required) and a NSCA - CPT. I have worked the usual crummy training jobs (Bally's, YMCA, etc.). After I got my experience, I worked as an independent contractor for a private personal training studio. I have done home visits as well. They pay the best. Just watch for those lonely house wifes. Be professional.

    nsca - lift . org

    NSCA and American College of Sports Medicine are the top two.

    My brother is certified through ISSA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Papi93
    After I got my experience, I worked as an independent contractor for a private personal training studio. I have done home visits as well. They pay the best.
    After 5 years of working at a gym I branched off to independant training. You are your own boss, you make your own hours, no one gets a cut. The only downside it attaining new clientele. I"m lucky enough to have had a large following from being at my gym for so long. So at this point I actually dont even haev time to train everyone with school being my main priority.

    IMO its better off to start at a gym. Get to know the basics of working one on one then take your own route and work for yourself, if possible.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by SwoleCat
    U have to think about your final goal.

    Who are you going to work for? A gym? Yourself? Etc....

    That dictates the route you'd take as there are tons of certifications. Different places deem different certifications good or not good enough, it just depends on who is hiring you.

    If you are your OWN boss, then YOU make the rules, and I'd highly encourage that route. I can't imagine working for someone else.

    ~SC~

    agree, there are a million good certs along with a million shitty ones, IMO it dosnt matter what cert you have or if you have a Bach degree in exercise science. What matters to me is how you look for one and for two you can tell if some one knows there shit by talking to them most of the time, bacause im sure as hell not gonna pay someone that dosnt look better than me, assuming aas is not involved. I see a million trainers at golds and 24 that are fat and out of shape it just boggels my mind on how they get hierd or even get clientel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve0
    agree, there are a million good certs along with a million shitty ones, IMO it dosnt matter what cert you have or if you have a Bach degree in exercise science. What matters to me is how you look for one and for two you can tell if some one knows there shit by talking to them most of the time, bacause im sure as hell not gonna pay someone that dosnt look better than me, assuming aas is not involved. I see a million trainers at golds and 24 that are fat and out of shape it just boggels my mind on how they get hierd or even get clientel.
    Not only that, some have NO SOCIAL skills. They can have all the fitness/nutrition info in the world stuck in their head, but if they can't talk and get this out to people and be liked, etc., then it's all for nada.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve0
    agree, there are a million good certs along with a million shitty ones, IMO it dosnt matter what cert you have or if you have a Bach degree in exercise science. What matters to me is how you look for one and for two you can tell if some one knows there shit by talking to them most of the time, bacause im sure as hell not gonna pay someone that dosnt look better than me, assuming aas is not involved. I see a million trainers at golds and 24 that are fat and out of shape it just boggels my mind on how they get hierd or even get clientel.
    I could not agree more. You have to be able to walk and talk the part. I seriously think there should be some visual/physical guidelines to being a PT. Of course this might be considered discrimination but then again maybe not....has anyone seen a fat Hooter's Girl?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SwoleCat
    Not only that, some have NO SOCIAL skills. They can have all the fitness/nutrition info in the world stuck in their head, but if they can't talk and get this out to people and be liked, etc., then it's all for nada.

    ~SC~
    These individuals would better serve people by becoming teachers. They have the knowledge but don't want to hear how their client was watching internet animal on human porn. It's amazing what clients will tell you .

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    Quote Originally Posted by KhrisiGirl
    I could not agree more. You have to be able to walk and talk the part. I seriously think there should be some visual/physical guidelines to being a PT. Of course this might be considered discrimination but then again maybe not....has anyone seen a fat Hooter's Girl?
    I understand what you guys are saying but why are professional coaches, other than strength & conditioning coaches, not held to this standard?

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    What other good basic certification would be good to have after i get ACE certified? I was thinking about just getting ISSA for the hell of it too this summer

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    Quote Originally Posted by SVTMuscle
    What other good basic certification would be good to have after i get ACE certified? I was thinking about just getting ISSA for the hell of it too this summer
    That should be fine, to work at a gym. I would dedicate my time to studying from excellent strength coaches like: Ian King, John Davies, Juan Carlos Santana, Paul Chek, etc.

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    Thanks for all the help. Looks like I have alot of work to do.

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