I have been in the fitness industry for 7 years and most days wouldn’t trade it for anything but every once in a while it drives me crazy! I read an advertisement in the mail the other day about a “trainer” I use to work with. The credentials of this person were completely false!
For the record here are my credentials:
B.A. Exercise Science and Health
NASM certified Personal Trainer
Certification # 1390437
NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist
Certification # 1377120
DotFit fitness professional
7 years of experience
Unfortunately, almost anyone can call themselves a personal trainer. Just because you were an athlete doesn’t make you a trainer (I was also an athlete in high school and college) just because you “workout” doesn’t make you a trainer. A 30 minute online certification doesn’t make you a trainer. Because you have read one book doesn’t make you a trainer.
Just an FYI also because someone is working at a gym doesn’t mean they hold a current NCCA accredited personal trainer certification. Many gyms will hire people with no experience and just require that with in 90 days they become certified. I will tell you I would not want my mother or sister working out with one of these individuals! And I hope you would NOT trust your fitness to one of these individuals!
So if you are currently working with a trainer or in the future are going to hire a personal trainer please ask about his/her credentials. You are trusting your health to someone make sure they are qualified. The more health issues and current or previous injuries you have will require a veteran certified personal trainer. Also make sure his/her certification is current. Every 2 years we have to apply for re-certification. Continuing education credits make sure we stay up to date with current information in the ever changing fitness industry.
This has been a little bit of a rant but if you take anything away from it I hope it is this:
Please make sure you are working with a NCCA accredited personal trainer. Our preference here at Madsweat in NASM!
National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) Accredited Personal Trainer Certification Organizations
American Council on Exercise (ACE)
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
International Fitness Professional Association (IFPA)
National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF)
National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA)
National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT)
National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certification Commission
The Cooper Institute
Note: There are several other personal trainer certifications currently applying for accreditation.
Out of curiosity, which do you feel strengthens your resume more, the NASM or your B.A.?
jsheeter, They both have helped me in equal ways. My degree really gave me an amazing understanding of the human body…anatomy & physiology and biomechanics. NASM gives me the ability to design great programs tailored to clients goals. Coming out of college I didn’t have a great understanding of how to design programs for clients to help them reach their goals.
But on my resume, my degree stands out more than a certification. (4years vs 6 months)
What’s Hot and What’s Not!!
If you like fitness and have ever wanted to know the truth from fiction this is a must read! Great information that anyone can understand. This book is at the top of our list of recommended items in our online store check it out!… http://bit.ly/Rcgqjq
Here is a holiday appropriate snippet from “Fitness or Fiction” - http://bit.ly/Rcgqjq
What You Should Know: You can eat that!
“There is no such thing as a bad food. Everything is okay in moderation.” Ever used this line before? Well it is true. Any food that does not surpass your energy needs or disrupt your nutrient balance can be added into a balanced diet. The trick is understanding moderation. Even pizza can be a lunch option if you settle for a slice and eat moderately throughout the day. A piece of cheesecake may be a great reward for a week when you accomplish all your fitness goals. The trouble lies in those who “cheat” almost daily, and continually create a caloric surplus in their diet.
This shirt says it all… Funny but not really!
"You owe it yourself and your loved ones to begin a regular exercise program, even it is just a 10 minute walk/day to get started. Get a pedometer and work your way up to 10,000 steps/day. Park as far away as you can at work and at stores. Take the stairs anytime that you can. Work your way up until you are moving at a pace that makes you sweat and breathe moderately hard for 20-30 minutes/day.” - Dr. Mike Clark ( chief science officer for Sharecare and the chief executive officer of the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
Read Dr. Mike Clark’s Sharecare blog post: Fitness is Medicine at:http://sharecare.to/LAyN00
We stopped in at the new NASM facility in Chandler AZ for their open house! We got to meet some really cool people and put faces to names… even if some were from the CES department DeWayne and Joshua. All in all a really good time! We are so lucky to have so much fitness knowledge in one place and its only 40 minutes away from home for us. They may get sick of seeing us. If you’re a trainer or thinking of becoming one NASM is the place to be! What a great group of people!