I was just going to ask you for some advice on where to start my personal
training career.. I am currently 18 and I'm planning on getting a masters
in exercise physiology (I know I have a long way to go).
However you seem very knowledgeable and I noticed you are a CSCS (one of my
big goals way further down the road). I had two pretty basic questions to ask...
1. Which certificate do you think would be the best to start with??
just put the time into really studying and go for a big cert like NASM, NSCA, or
ACSM or would u recommend starting with a lower level cert? For now I'm just looking to train people part time (for like a summer job or
what not) while I'm going to school... I eventually planning on getting one of
the big three certificates.. and would like to earn the CSCS also, way further
down the road.. do you think I should just go straight to getting a more
respectable cert?? and which 3 of the big 3 do would you recommend??
2. What do you think would be the best thing to minor in???
I can easily minor
in business but I was thinking maybe education?? Do you have any advice on which
would help me get a job out in the real world??
Thanks for reading and any advice is greatly appreciated,?
You can find may of your questions about becoming a personal trainer in the
If you truly want to make being a personal trainer your long-term career,
since you're starting early, getting multiple certifications, even if you
eventually let some expire will help you add more things to your resume but will
allow you to learn more and get a wide variety of experience as you train
clients using knowledge gained from each certification.
ACE is a Good Certification to Start with
In your question you make ACE sound like a secondary certification which it
is not. The certification doesn't make the trainer, the trainer makes the
If you want to work (get paid to train clients) part time before you receive
your formal exercise science education in college, the ACE certification is
going to be your best bet.
The ACE personal trainer certification is reported to be less difficult and
definitely costs less than "the big 3" personal trainer certifications from ACSM,
NASM and NSCA.
Choosing a Minor in College
It is always a good idea to choose a minor in college early as it can be
difficult to satisfy all the prerequisites to enter in the classes which are
required for the minor Keep in mind a minor is just what it says, minor
and while it will help you gain quite a bit of knowledge in the subject you
choose, it will most likely not qualify you for a job in that field.
If you end up perusing your degree in exercise science or any other major,
business may give you the knowledge you need to succeed in a business in your
major field. It may be easier and more complimentary if you minor
something remotely related to exercise science though.
Make sure you ask your admission councilors in college and/or check the
colleges information website to clarify what is available and how it works.
Eventual Personal Trainer Certification
In the future you indicate you want to get the most respected personal
trainer certification but that depends on what type of job you end up pursuing.
The basic deciding factor when choosing from one of the "big 3" personal trainer
certifications is going to be the clients you work with which will in turn
change what your employers require.
ACSM - You will be working in a clinical setting such as hospital or
NSCA-CPT - You are going to be training athletes, bodybuilders (or CSCS).
NASM-CPT - You will be training the average John and Jane Doe in your local
Something to Keep in Mind
There has been some movement towards state-wide licenses for personal
trainers which would likely change the value of personal trainer certifications.
While this is less likely to affect any personal trainers in the next couple of
years it is something to look out for and pay close attention to the ballots in