When it comes to personal trainer certifications, there are hundreds of programs to choose from and each one has different levels of specialization, accreditation, and acceptance at various fitness facilities, so how the heck do you know which one to choose?
When I first looked into getting certified, I didn’t know where to start, so I contacted a few friends, who are certified personal trainers, and asked them for their recommendations. Each of them specifically mentioned NASM and said it was one of the most respected certifications in the industry. Two out of three of them were certified through NASM, so I wasn’t too surprised by their endorsement, but since then, plenty of other people have said the same thing about the organization. (NASM is also the perfered certification at a lot of well-known gyms.)
Personal recommendations from trainers working in the fitness industry were the main reason that I chose NASM over other certifications, but here are some other things that I considered:
NASM’s certified personal trainer program is accredited by NCCA (National Commission for Certifying Agencies), which is a division of NOCA (National Organization for Competency Assurance), which has set standards for credentialing organizations for more than three decades. Having this approval by a qualified third party made the certification seem a lot more legit, and I wanted to make sure I had respected credentials, so accreditation was a big selling point for me.
Obviously, personal training is more than lifting weights and counting reps and sets, so I wanted a well-rounded certification that would prepare me for all parts of the personal training process””from knowing and understanding movement science and physiology to performing functional assessments and creating individualized training programs for clients. I wanted a certification that was the whole package.
I also liked that NASM provided a ton of support to their students. Their plethora of educational materials makes it so easy to study for the exam. Just some of the materials available to students: textbook, workbook, online course content (you can download the lessons right onto your iPod), unlimited practice exams, phone support, online exercise library, and live workshops. Additionally, there are iPhone apps and online flashcards that will help you learn the material.
Finally, I love that NASM offers other certifications and tons of continuing education courses and workshops to keep growing my knowledge in the field. I’m actually considering their Fitness Nutrition Specialist certification in the near-ish future. We’ll see!
I’m still working on a blog post that answers your NASM questions, so keep a look out for it later today or tomorrow. If you have additional questions, be sure to ask them in the comments section of this post!
I cooked the quinoa last night and then mixed it with rolled oats, almond milk, and chia seeds and let it all soak overnight. In the morning, I added dried cranberries and peanut butter.
Question of the Day
Have you ever worked with a personal trainer? How was your experience?