Any Personal Trainers?

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  1. Paintballny

    Paintballny New Member

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    I know Timber is a personal trainer but I wasn't sure if anyone else was. I was thinking about taking a course to become certified but wasn't sure where to look for quality courses. Any suggestions?
     
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    Most personal trainers are complete morons.

    The one at my gym said I shouldn't work my legs because "everyone wears trousers anyway." He also said squats and deadlifts were too dangerous.

    Most of them reccommend high reps for "toning" etc too. Fucking idiots
     
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    I got certified through ISSA. Don't expect to learn anything from the course itself, it's all pretty basic and general as far as weight training goes. I did a lot of research before choosing and found that ISSA was the best for the price, it is just as widely accepted as NASM or any of the other certs, and they are all the exact same thing anyways. The course took a few months to finish, you can get through it pretty easy if you skip most of the crap, the test is takehome but it's not easy, it took me about a week to finish, you have to do 5 case studies and answer like 200 questions.
     
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    This has what to do with helping him find a reputable training cert.?
     
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    I'm a pt also. I only have recieved a NSCF and COOPER cert though. THe best ones that you can get recognized by the scientific community were posted on elite in the personal trainer forum. Basically ACSM and NASF are the best and the hardest.
     
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    no shit what a fucking douche LOL
     
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    Depends how much time you have and what gym you decide to work at. Yuppie gyms like 24hr fitness are more sales based, where you bullshit the customer into thinking that they need your training in order to reach their goals. I'm under the assumption that it is strictly commission based. If you work for a mom and pops gym, a lot of traffic will most likely come to you. I worked for a small gym and had steady flow of clients just from walk-in's, that and the lack of boatloads of personal trainers to compete with. I got paid 17$/hr plus 5% commission on every session i sold. $17/hr may sound fantastic, but when you are only working 4 hours a day, it's not as great as it sounds. You need an open schedule and a lot of time to hang around the gym and talk to people and make yourself known, that's time that I didn't have while in college full time.
     
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    copperkali Mrs. Nicklk

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    I'm supposed to take the ACSM HFI exam. I have everything done, and all the qualifications to take it, but I just don't wanna :hs:
     
  9. MaineSucks

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    get your CSCS
     
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    Ceaze https://hearthis.at/DoYouEvenUplift Moderator

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    you need a college degree to get that
     
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    Just took a look at that and I will definately research that a little more. I am a college senior so according to the NSCA site I can get it. I'll look into a bit more.
     
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    and...
     
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    Wonder why anyone would want to become one of those morons.

    Not that they are all idiots, but the money doesn't seem too great and you already said that it wouldn't give him much new knowledge or help his own training.
     
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    You're still missing the point of this thread, please stop posting in F&N, thanks.
     
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    crucialkc the earth is flat

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    PT's at my old gym got paid like $30+ per hour:eek4:

    i thought that was like the "normal" rate:dunno:
     
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    usually $30/hr when they are actually training, which isnt all day
     
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    Personal training is great for extra cash, but it's not consistent. Client pools shrink and grow depending on holidays, vacations, etc. 70% of my clients are long term, but their daily schedules/family commitments take priority over their training sessions. It's rare that I have a week where I see every client as scheduled.

    As far as knowledge, most trainers I've come across are adequately informed for beginning to intermediate clients. There are, of course, plenty of idiots who knew enough to pass the written test, but give crap advice and/or preach unsafe practices. Many times it comes down to your ability to motivate and encourage your clients, however.
     
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    Oh, and get an AFAA certification. Most gyms (in my area, at least) require it as a minimum. They don't care for any of the online-based tests.
     
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    i've been approached by people that work at my gym about being a PT... but i really don't have the time or desire to do so... later, i might look to it for a source of a 2nd income maybe :dunno:
     
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    Private clients for the win. :bigthumb:

    Unfortunately its really more about marketing yourself than knowledge.
     
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    timber just walks around Canada naked, handing out business cards
     
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    I'd probably become a client if he handed me a card naked. :o
     
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    My sister is becoming a PT at some fancy gym in California. She actually has been studying a ridiculous amount from what I understand.
    Apparantly the money is good, and her being a pretty bubbley young girl won't hurt when it comes to aquiring clients.
     
  24. Neo22

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    Since I work at 24 heres how the pay structure goes

    7.01 per hour flat rate no matter what
    20% comission off every package you sell. IE: you sell a 569.99 10 session package you get around $114 for that.
    On top of that for each session you go through with a client if you have 2 certs you get 12%. So the 12% is off the 569 package. SO basically you would end up make around $13 per session.
    I'll be honest the job is completely shitty bc I have to push gay ass apex suppliments, clients sometimes don't show and you dont get paid if they dont.
    Also 1 hour each time you work you have to wear a yellow jersey, walk around the gym and annoy at least 2 people and try to sell yourself to them.
    I will probably quit this week!
     
  25. Genghis.Tron

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    Yeah, I was thinking about getting a certification too. NCSA-CPT seemed to be a good choice. Having some knowledge is fun but having a certification to prove it is better especially since I'm interesting in becoming a sports psychologist or something along those lines. Plus it could be a nice summer job instead of flipping burgers.
     
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