So I got a job managing the fitness center at a country club in China, and part of the job includes giving personal training and teaching classes. During the interview, they asked about my PT certification and I said “I don’t have one, but I’m looking into getting one online.” Seemed like that was a “close enough” answer, and they gave me the job. Since then, I’ve made some people look a bit better naked, and the cert thing hasn’t come up since.
As a “search” function enthusiast, I’ve found that the general consensus about PT certs seems to be:
“They can help you get a job and maybe a sense of credibility, but they won’t make you a better trainer… Or even a good one.”
Fair enough. I’m confident in my ability to create expedient but safe programs for people, and I’ve had good results so far. I’m also not so ignorant as to think I can stop learning… I’ve never had so many browser tabs open with fitness articles, studies and kinesiology materials, and every training session sends me back to the books to find out more about what I’m trying to do.
On the flip-side though, I’m afraid of “blind spots” in my knowledge, like special considerations for the old or very flabby, or how to assess and work around weaknesses that a client may not even realize they have.
So my questions are:
If the job doesn’t call for it, will it still benefit me to try to find certification online?
What’s the best way to keep educating myself and minimize my “blind spots” in dealing with other people?
Thanks for everybody’s help!