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BARBANNA SparkPoints: (108,384)
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4/10/13 3:32 P

They need to be certified by a worthy school and had a degree or experience with muscle physiology.

4/10/13 3:30 P

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ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (195,897)
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4/10/13 3:20 P

Most chain gyms or universities (because you might consider working at a local university as a PT) require either NASM or ACSM certification. Both are very reputable. I have NASM.

4/10/13 3:14 P

Thanks everyone for the comments... I was thinking along the lines of getting certification myself and was wondering which direction to go. Thanks

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4/10/13 3:12 P

other than certifications, I look for a trainer who in "into" the same things as I am. My current trainer is a long distance runner who also competes in Mud Races, Spartan Races and other events of those types. She also teaches a boot camp style class. Those are the types of things I am interested in doing, so her and I work very well together.

There were lots of trainers to pick from at my gym, but her interests seem to be in line most with mine, so I picked her. I am not interested in body building, so I am not going to pick a trainer who mostly focuses on body building.

I hope that helps

4/10/13 2:19 P

I agree with ARCHIMEDESII. I'm taking Exercise Science and I'm not learning anymore than I have on my own. I am certified through NASM and let my NCSF certification go because I have no use for it.

Talk to different trainers and see what type of training they do and how they approach health and fitness. Like ARCHIMEDESII said, some PT train bodybuilders or powerlifters and will do what they want you to do, not what YOU want to do. I know a trainer that has all of his clients doing the bench press, squat, and deadlift. Nothing wrong with the squat or deadlift but the bench press is WAY overrated and doesn't work on core stability at all. And he pushes them to lift heavier. Many of his clients have gotten hurt but some have done pretty well. I have yet to have any client get hurt because I pay attention to my clients. I ask them what exercises feel good and which ones irritate them (as in pain).

Good luck!

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4/10/13 1:50 P

If you're looking for professional certifications, ask if the trainer has a nationally recognized certification from either NASM, ACSM, AFAA, ACE or ISSA. those are the most popular, but there are many other certification programs out there. Some are better than others.

If the PT has a degree in exercise science that's always a plus, but once again there are really good trainers who may only have certification from a place like AFAA or NASM.

When I look for a trainer, the first thing I do is ask for referrals. I find out from people who've used the trainer what they think.

There are a lot of different trainers. There are trainers who work with body builders. there are trainers who work with marathon runners. there are trainers who work with dancers. Before you work with a PT, decide what goals you want to achieve. Because I can put you into a room with 15 different trainers. If I tell them I want a routine that will help me be a bit more fit, I'll get 15 different workouts. that's how diverse trainers are. Thus the need to ask questions to see if that person suits your needs and goals.

But yes, do ask if they have a nationally recognized PT certification.

4/10/13 1:44 P

Hello everyone,
If you were to look for a personal trainer, what certifications would you look for?

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