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Personal Trainer Certification

Ok, i know this question has been asked a hundred times…but here’s #101!

I’ve been researching personal training certification and haven’t been able to come up with much. The only reputable one that i’ve found costs $500 and the testing sites are NO WHERE near my home.

Where can i go to find good information on becoming a personal trainer?

Charles Staley has a coaching group that covers alot of different things. He will also send you in the right direction on any one of number of subjects in this field. Contact Jullianne at www.staleytraining.com. That said check out going to college, nothing beats a college degree, especially a Masters.

You could probably do a little leg work and visit a few of the local gyms. Talk to their staff and find out how their PT’s were certified. Another possible route is contacting somebody in the kinesiology department of a local college or university (LSU maybe).

Employ a little subterfuge and you can get people to tell you all kinds of things.

[quote]RoadWarrior wrote:
Charles Staley has a coaching group that covers alot of different things. He will also send you in the right direction on any one of number of subjects in this field. Contact Jullianne at www.staleytraining.com. That said check out going to college, nothing beats a college degree, especially a Masters.[/quote]

well, i have a bachelor’s in psych…so there’s my start. i didn’t know if it was just a “class” or if it was an actual degree!

thanks!

[quote]Bujo wrote:
You could probably do a little leg work and visit a few of the local gyms. Talk to their staff and find out how their PT’s were certified. Another possible route is contacting somebody in the kinesiology department of a local college or university (LSU maybe).

Employ a little subterfuge and you can get people to tell you all kinds of things.[/quote]

The girls that I know went through Southeastern…so maybe I should talk to them in depth. But LSU is fine too–just not sure how to NAVIGATE around the gigantic campus! :slight_smile:

Did you check out NSCA? Since you have a degree you could go for the CSCS, or maybe just the CPT.

Not sure where you’re located, but the Cooper Institute (Dallas, TX), offers some good certs and is highly reputable.

Just remember though, that a cert is just the start, just get one that is recognized to get your foot in the door, but don’t let the learning stop there.

[quote]maryjane wrote:
The girls that I know went through Southeastern…so maybe I should talk to them in depth. But LSU is fine too–just not sure how to NAVIGATE around the gigantic campus! :)[/quote]

Gimme a poke if you head over to campus, we’ll get lost together :stuck_out_tongue:

not sure how it works in the states but i have the degree and CSCS and im still not allowed to work in a gym over here…lol

The industry in England is constantly subject to change but know instructors have to be competant to a national vocational qualification (nvq) at a level 2 or above -
for me this basicaly means another course held over a weekend or two costing me lots of cash to learn things that the industry thinks i need rather than whats practical and necessary for health/fitness/strength long term results.

[quote]jehovasfitness wrote:
Did you check out NSCA? Since you have a degree you could go for the CSCS, or maybe just the CPT.

Not sure where you’re located, but the Cooper Institute (Dallas, TX), offers some good certs and is highly reputable.

Just remember though, that a cert is just the start, just get one that is recognized to get your foot in the door, but don’t let the learning stop there.[/quote]

I will definatly look into those. thanks for the info!

[quote]Ghost22 wrote:
maryjane wrote:
The girls that I know went through Southeastern…so maybe I should talk to them in depth. But LSU is fine too–just not sure how to NAVIGATE around the gigantic campus! :slight_smile:

Gimme a poke if you head over to campus, we’ll get lost together :P[/quote]

I was there about two weeks ago…sorry I missed you! I pretty much know how to get to the Huey Long field house and THAT"S ABOUT IT! lol

[quote]supermick wrote:
not sure how it works in the states but i have the degree and CSCS and im still not allowed to work in a gym over here…lol

The industry in England is constantly subject to change but know instructors have to be competant to a national vocational qualification (nvq) at a level 2 or above -
for me this basicaly means another course held over a weekend or two costing me lots of cash to learn things that the industry thinks i need rather than whats practical and necessary for health/fitness/strength long term results.

[/quote]

not sure either, but i"ll look into it!