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Best Certification?

Anyone provide insight to best companies to go through for personal trianing certifications?

[quote]triplerakes_77 wrote:
Anyone provide insight to best companies to go through for personal trianing certifications?[/quote]

Do you like sales… consider yourself a good salesman?

Making a living as a personal trainer is mostly about being a top-notch salesman.

Whatever certification you get is (almost) irrelevant.

[quote]ranengin wrote:

[quote]triplerakes_77 wrote:
Anyone provide insight to best companies to go through for personal trianing certifications?[/quote]

Do you like sales… consider yourself a good salesman?

Making a living as a personal trainer is mostly about being a top-notch salesman.

Whatever certification you get is (almost) irrelevant. [/quote]

I agree with this, sadly…

that said, what population do you want to work with and where do you want to work?

check out www.NSCA-lift.org If I was beginning again in my career that’s who I would go with… any gym will accept them and depending upon your education and who you want to work with they have a reuglar cert and one for more S&C

Good to know! Are there are particulars with these programs? If doing at home at my own pace?

I kindly disagree with the 2 above posters to a point and that is in a Large chain-type club like Lifetime then yes being a salesman is mandatory in the beginning.

When you have more time in job it is client retention that is important and that is done through getting results therefore meaning re-signs and word of mouth does way more than smoke & mirrors sales.

If someone was asking me I would tell them to work at one of the large chains for one year then branch off to where you want to go.

Rick