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Becoming a Personal Trainer?

So I want to become a personal trainer, where do I start?

Is it absolutely necessary that I get a bachelor’s to become one? I plan on going back to school in the spring, but I don’t really want to wait the 2 years it’s going to take for me to get my degree.

Any help?

Find a good gym nearby and ask about what they suggest for certifications. Most places want you to be either NSCA or NASM certified, which will take some time. Other places are ok with shit like an ACE certification, but that takes very little effort and teaches you very little.

You will need a bachelor’s degree for some certifications. I know that the NSCA’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist requires a BA, but I don’t know about other organizations.

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