This may seem like an odd question but would like to hear opinions. Please bear with my brief history just to give a little of my background. I have, since the age of 12, been interested in and studied human physiology and the effects of exercise on it. This was the age when I began weight training as well.
By the time I went to college, basic biology, anatomy and physiology classes seemed to, almost, be merely a review of what I had studied on my own in high school. Well, I graduated with a B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Texas in Tyler in 1992. At that time there really wasn’t much work in the field that interested me, so I went to work for an Athletic Club as Athletic Director and personal trainer.
After 5 years at that job, I went to work for EAS and have been in the supplement industry ever since. Now, I would like to learn a more, or even re-educate myself, in the field of exercise physiology and strength training, not necessarily to go out and get a job, but merely because I really enjoy studying that field and applying it to my training as well as others.
I am opening my second Powerhouse Gym here in South Florida and starting a supplement company of my own, so my career is well in place already.
So, now to my question. I would like to further my education without getting a Masters Degree (due to my location and lack of a University in my area) in strength training and/or exercise physiology. I have been out of the “business” for so long that I do not know what organizations are the best of the best. If I were to get a “true” strength training certification, what organization would I look to? I am not looking to just get a one week, personal training cert. Is a certification the best way to go? What about attending continuing education in those fields? Should I join a professional organization? If so, which one/s?
I would like to get myself back into the circle and possibly even use my knowledge professionally in the near future whether at my gyms of even at a local high school. Who knows?
I would appreciate any input, whether brief or extensive. Thank you for your time.