I've been thinking of doing some personal training work on the side... which cert?

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  1. Alias

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    I talk to one of the trainers at the 24 hour fitness I go to every now and then and he said they're looking for trainers so I looked on their website and they're looking for one of the following certs.

    Which one should I get and why? From their perspective I don't think it really matters which one I have, just that I have one.


    ACE (American Council on Exercise) Personal Trainer
    ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) Certified Personal Trainer
    NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) Certified Personal Trainer
    NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) Certified Personal Trainer
     
  2. Uglybob69

    Uglybob69 I miss beer.

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    NSCA for sure

    get the CSCS if you can
     
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    Uglybob69 I miss beer.

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    ACE is pretty easy and will get you on just about anywhere though
     
  4. whoismrskantz

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    didn't you say in another thread that you've been doing it already?
     
  5. Alias

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    Yeah like 7 years ago, expired I'm sure.
     
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    youre too fat
     
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    yeah ACE would probably be the easiest/cheapest route to go if thats all they require. ACSM probably the hardest
     
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    I think the CSCS is the best but hardest to obtain.
     
  9. Uglybob69

    Uglybob69 I miss beer.

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    werd
     
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    any recent pics of you?

    all ive seen is those ones shot from another room taking advantage of lighting and shit
     
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    NASM (PES,CES)
    CSCS
     
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    Afaa and save your money
     
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    most gyms around here won't even accept that piece of shit:rofl:
     
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    Well if you're doing it on the side a CSCS might take a while if you have a full time job.
     
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    then go ACE or any other cheap cert?

    Alias is in Sac and every gym (24hr, Golds, Powerhouse, Calfit, Bally, etc) around here accepts AFAA.

    You shouldn't spend more than $300 and a weekend on a PT cert. Your BA in Exercise Science multiple thousand dollar private PT certs won't help you fetch any clients.
     
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    while that may be true, the gyms that I train at don't count shitty certs towards your pay. They only count advanced certs. NASM, ACSM, CSCS etc... Our hourly rate is $100 per hour and up.... Sure you can go work at Balllys and make no money, your choice.
     
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    then pull a scan of a cert off google and photoshop your name on it?

    again don't waste thousands of dollars and hours of time on something that won't affect the perfomance of your job and how much $$$ you make.
     
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    So NSCA?
     
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    If you get hired on at a good gym, they will pay for any certs you want. Mine pays for NASM PES CES and CSCS
     
  21. RollinDollos

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    NASM probably holds the most weight right now.
     
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    So I guess you get paid based on how many certs you have. I have a buddy who used to work there so I'm not sure how current this info is but he said 1 cert is about 12$, 2 certs is 17$, and three certs is 21$ and you get 20% commission on how many sessions you sell and 15% on supps.

    How much of the info overlaps between certs? It seems like getting multiple certs wouldn't be difficult.
     
  23. RollinDollos

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    Ive worked at 3+ gyms and Ive never heard of anything like that other than if you have a degree in any field involving physical activity and if you do hold said degree its likely you will just apply for a higher position.

    Most certs last two years then you have reassessment tests obviously anatomy and physiology overlap between certs but they will also have different view points of looking at things. For instance NSCA is all about building from the ground up and working stabilizers first with their own made up systems when NCCPT will have a different approach with their own terms.

    Don't be an idiot and buy the book without the seminar. The seminar they basically baby you past the test in a weekend while with just the booklet and dvds you will have to study for at least 3 weeks if not more depending on your learning curve and whatever else you have going on with your life.
     
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    Does that apply to any of the certs?

    Also, the guy I spoke to at the gym said that more certs = more pay but he didn't put numbers to it, he just said "more".
     
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    most gyms comp is based on tiers and the more certs you have the better (higher tier) split you get.

    you're still getting jacked either way unless you're working privately.
     
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