I want to get started in a personal training career (not job). I want to make
sure I will be very successful.
I have started to do a ton of research online and the deeper I dig, the more
confused I get.
Do I need to get a degree in exercise science in order to know what I am
A fitness manger told me to take a two week NASM course and the ACE.
I do not feel that I will be prepared and confident enough start training new
There are things and little details....like for example, how will I know what weight to give a
client on any machine? Or how will I know when the they hit a plateau and need a weight increase,
A two week crash course of shoving my face in books is just a joke. If I
never have any gym time with another personal trainer showing hands on
experience, how am I expected to know.....well, anything, really?
Personal trainer certifications, especially the NASM-CPT certification, are
designed by people with many years of schooling and experience to help people
such as yourself with limited experience.
They designed these personal trainer certifications to help personal trainers
of all levels to learn the basic successful techniques and apply this basic
knowledge to help clients get results.
The 2 week course for NASM does not shove books in your face. The
courses primarily use interactive videos and online presentations using the book
as a supplement.
Your first priority should to pass the personal training certification test
so you can start personal training your first clients to get experience.
The NASM course will completely prepare you for your first training sessions
as everything is broken down into phases and organized in the Optimum
Performance Training (OPT) template.
After you Start Training Clients
Keep using your study materials as guides to help your personal training
constantly improve. No matter how many kinesiology degrees or
certifications a personal trainer has, the best personal trainers are always
The NASM materials work best if you are currently training clients. You
can implement the different techniques as you train clients. Take a
progressive, one thing at a time approach.
The most important aspect of being a successful personal trainer is
communication. You must always be able to communicate with your clients by
constantly asking questions, listening and using the feedback they give you, to
provide the best service possible.
People seek personal trainers for different reasons. You may be
training someone with 10x more experience in exercise but they may be seeking something
which they can't provide by themselves; motivation.
If you want to succeed and build your career as a personal trainer, start
with top notch communication. Then constantly keep learning as knowledge learned will be a catalyst for
All personal trainers regardless of degrees, experience, and certifications
have to go through continuing education, so take one thing at a time, focus,
and you should be able to build a career as a personal trainer.