All you need to become a trainer is a credit card. Its as simple as that. ANY bozo can become one, just look around. If you have the $500 you can become one in under a month, possibly 2 weeks. Most offer take home tests, e.g. paraphrasing from the book, and doing a few calculations. Its frighteningly simple. Its not regulated, as was supposed to be a few years ago. Its a joke and these companies have allowed these joke trainers to multiply. The industry needs to be blown up as a whole and started from scratch and NOBODY should be grandfathered in, NOBODY!
If you have a degree look into ACSM and NSCA (CSCS). If you dont, NASM, ACE, ISSA.[/quote]
I agree that the industry is rife with piss poor trainers. I recall one day when I was working out in the gym doing sumo deadlifts and this personal trainer was working with a client next to me. I over hear the client ask the trainer, “What’s that exercise he’s doing?” The trainer replies, “I don’t know, but whatever it is he’s gonna injure his back.” I just shook my head and felt like saying to the client that he should ask for his money back.
Yes, I think that the industry as a whole needs a shake up with proper governing bodies to educate and regulate trainers, but for now these certifications should be looked upon by trainers as simply a jumping off point. Good trainers will constantly be acquiring new knowledge by attending seminars and workshops like those offered by many of the authors here on T-Nation, as well as focusing on a specific niche in the market place (i.e. athletic conditioning, rehab etc.) I have no desire to rest on my laurels and spend my days training middle age housewives to obtain “buns of steel” and “rock hard abs”.