I’m graduating from high school in two days, so I figured it’d be a good time to get some information from people who have been there and done that. I won’t be 18 until the end of the summer, but I figured I would study for my NSCA certification over the summer so I can get it right off the bat before I even start college. I’d like to work at the gym at the college I’m going to as a physical trainer in my off time. I’m going to study at the University of West Florida in Exercise Science for 2-4 years (depending on how long it takes to get the degree) before heading to a reputable college for physiology or some other field that grasps my interest at the time.
Do any text books come recommended for studying for NSCA certification?
What colleges are well known for their M.D. Physiology program?
Any general tips or do’s and don’ts for going into this sort of field.
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Flow, are you talking about getting you’re CSCS or the NSCA-CPT. I have both. I’m sure they don’t let you take the CSCS unless you’re at least a senior in college. Pretty sure the CPT is the same. Took the CSCS about a month before I graduated, and the CPT about 4 months later. They both have different text books for the exam. Cost about $65 each. A lot of the info in it’s the same. All you need is the text book to pass.
Like the other guy said volunteer with other strength programs, and try and get a job in the same field. Personal training is nice, but training a fat out of shape woman in her 40’s is kinda of different than training athletes. I also recomend finding someone who’s training is different than yours, it will really open your eyes to different methodologies and you’ll find that lots of things work, it’s just a question of finding what’s best for that athlete/team. I volunteered at Louisville and I learned more in 11 months than all my schooling and all the books and artcles I’ve read.