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10/8/13 12:14 P

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emoticon Liane and emoticon !

My personal trainer's experience is a little similar to yours... I was ACE PT certified in December of 2010---and then within three months my DH retired and we began RV traveling full-time! With all the moving around, it doesn't give me a chance to be in a gym, much less get clients.

There have been a few times (rare) where we've been somewhere for a couple of weeks, and someone wants me to help them with a workout. I loved it! (One slight downside is that since it's just such a short time, there really isn't a progress report; i.e., pounds lost, inches lost, dress size reduced, etc.)

One hope could be that with your co-worker, once results begin to happen, not only will you feel more confidence(!), but others will hopefully hear/see of the results and begin to talk to you about personal training for themselves!

Something else to consider---although I heard you say that you don't have much time---is volunteer work to gain experience. Prior to my actual certification, I took a 4-hour certification class and then worked with an organization in my area going to senior living centers and teaching weekly seated resistance band workouts.

Being on the road so much and NOT getting to act as a personal trainer is discouraging at times. So I try to stay involved in the field as much as possible by reading, researching and gaining CECs in the topics that I'm interested in!

I'd love to keep hearing from you on how you're doing!
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10/8/13 12:41 A

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Hi, my name is Liane and I have been NCSF certified since June 2011. Unfortunately, I have not been able to work in the industry yet. I am a full time Special Ed Para, which doesn't leave me much in the way of extra time and since getting certified, I have had to have two surgeries for injuries, which set me back a little.

My goal is to work with clients one-on-one. I feel it will be the most flexible with my current situation. I have a co-worker who is interested, so I might be getting my first client soon.

Looking forward to getting insight from those of you who have been doing this for while.


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9/2/13 3:26 P

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Hi Rob! I'm a little late in replying but WOW, CONGRATS on your accomplishment!!

I'm ACE Certified as a Personal Trainer and Lifestyle & Weight Management Consultant (now known as "Health Coach") I held an ACE Group Fitness Instructor Cert as well as an AFAA Group Fitness Cert years ago when I taught aerobic classes at my local YMCA. I've also facilitated Weight Management classes at our local Y, led weight management sessions at churches and led instructor workshop for other instructors at National weight management seminars. I currently work one-on-one with clients privately but I'm limited on how many I can take on because I work (from home) a full time job (getting youngest through college, he's a Senior this year) and I'm at that stage of life where my Mom (and my handicapped bro who lives in her home) need my attention... family for me is priority!! :) it's all good.

I'm passionate about every area of fitness & I spend most of my time encouraging others to get fit AND running, running & then running LOL I run competitively and do destination racing, meeting up with many of the friends I met here on Sparkpeople.. life is good.

That's the SCOOP on me!!

Happy, healthy living and bless ya for sharing your passion for health with others as you train to train & make a difference!!

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7/12/12 11:13 A

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Hi there everybody! My name is Rob and I'm considering becoming a personal trainer. In my own journey I've gone from morbidly obese to a competitive age group triathlete. I've been thinking about switching careers into something I have a passion for and being a trainer seems like a great way to go. I plan on working on my ACE certification and then looking for part time work to get my feet wet and going from there.

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5/16/12 7:37 P

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Hi All! I am currently a CrossFit Level 1 Certified instructor and have trained at a CrossFit gym since September of last year. I really want to blow that experience out to be able to train people personally and in other gyms.

I am working on the ACT training cert right now in preparation for the NASM cert. And will be completing an Olympic Weightlifting cert through CrossFit in the next six months.

I came to personal training through encouragement from my gym owner and a couple of the other trainers at the gym. They witnessed me on my journey to lose 75#'s and then getting pregnant and crossfitting throughout the pregnancy. I have learned so much in my journey that I would love to pass along to others struggling with weight and health issues.

I have a degree in teaching and have always naturally found myself in teaching/training positions at my job but never realized the full potential of that experience until I considered PT as a career.

I am so excited!

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4/18/12 10:33 P

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Hello Trainers in Training! My name is Connor, and I plan on pursuing Personal Training soon as I move in the next few months. It's only recently come to me that helping others to become healthy is something of a passion of mine. Since this realization I've been spending hours each day researching on how to become and be good at personal training.

While I've never really been overweight myself, I can't say the same for anyone else in my extended family. Since my family has a history of heart disease, it's important to me to be an example for them, and by becoming a personal trainer, I hope to push them more effectively in to a healthy lifestyle.

I also want to reach out to help all those who need it in my city, to get people more healthy, more fit, and thus help them to feel the change and make the place just that little bit happier. If there's one thing I've always been passionate about, it's giving others the best I can to make them happier, more successful people.

So, with that said, my current plan is to research research research before I move. Ask around gyms and fitness centers to see what they look for in personal trainers. Exercise my butt off. Apply what I learn to my life, as well as my family's. And pick the brains of the successful trainers here while giving my support to those still working at it.

I can't wait to get to know you all!

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3/4/12 7:18 P

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Hello! My name is Katie and I'm looking to become a PT and maybe a fitness instructor as well. I'm in the planning stages right now till my son is old enough for school...unless I find I can manage it before that. But first thing's first - finish getting my body healthy and fit. Hehe

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1/23/12 6:22 P

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Hello Everyone,
My name is Sindi and I am an aspiring PT. After struggling with weight loss for so so so long I have gained a genuine passion for the entire health and fitness industry. I feel as though my experiences over the years can help me to motivate and change the lives of others. I am currently studying for the ACSM personal trainer exam and if all goes as planned I will be a certified trainer by June of this year. Good luck to you all on your journeys, TTYL SINDI

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12/30/11 10:34 A

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thanks JANNEPERRY, i will keep checking it out

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12/23/11 12:08 P

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FITPRO77 welcome to the team. I'm a relative new trainer and really like all the support and info from this team!

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12/22/11 4:11 P

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HI, team, I just joined up to see what its like in here. I am certified and love helping people achieve their goals.

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12/15/11 6:38 P

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Hi Erica! Welcome to the team. Congratulations on your new certification!

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12/14/11 12:42 P

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Hi everyone! My name is Erica and I'm a Mad Dogg Spinning instructor (3 years) and a newly certified ACE PT. I've been working in health, wellness and fitness for a total of five years and I can't imagine doing anything else.

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Welcome to the Team! I'm excited to be a new trainer. Business building is slow, but steady, and soooo worth it. It's great to help others meet their goals!

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12/9/11 5:35 P

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Hi, my name is Birgit, I'm not a certified personal trainer to people but may be moving in that direction and am hoping to learn more. I consider myself the personal trainer of my dogs and my horse and have learned a lot about biomechanics and cardiovascular fitness as well as motivation through working with animals as an animal trainer.
I am also homeschooling my daughter and am sometimes filling the role of an inofficial assistant trainer for her acitivies: swimming, iceskating, horseback riding, ballet and running.
I'm spending my exercise time with all the above sports and am currently focusing on becoming a better runner by using the Maffetone method and learning how to snowshoe.
Looking forward to reading here and learning a lot. emoticon

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11/28/11 11:18 P

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Hi, my name is Khara, but most call me Malyss - my roller derby name :-) I am in the middle of my personal trainer certification course and I am really excited to get certified and get to help others reach their health and fitness goals. I am looking forward to support and encouragement along my journey as I still need to gain experience and have a lot to learn. :-) After losing 40 lbs and a lot of encouragement from family and friends, I decided to take the plunge and make my passion, hopefully, my career. Yay!


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Hi, I just joined this team recently. Over the past two years I have lost over 65 lbs, and have really kicked my butt into shape! I feel great, have gotten my husband into the gym and he is doing great! I have even gotten my 8 year old daughter to participate in three 5k races this year, which she did great!!

I love my personal trainer and I really owe a lot of my weight lose to her, not all of it, (because I know I was the one who still had to make the effort to show up and eat healthy)!! With her support I am now ready to move forward and get certified myself! I am really excited, and I love the rewards that come with helping people get fit and most importantly healthy!

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Thanks!

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10/24/11 8:52 A

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Welcome Jen! Thanks for sharing your story. I think you'll really enjoy learning more about fitness as you study, and look to share your passion with others!

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10/21/11 10:38 A

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Hi everyone. My name is Jen and I am a stay at home mom of two, 4 and 7. I've been home for almost five years now and wow did I pack on some weight over those years. My husband is over weight as well and my kids both thought that dinner can only be accessed by drive through windows!! After much self-hatred I woke one morning and decided enough was enough. I started taking Zumba classes six days a week and within 3 months I dropped only 10lbs (but enjoyed the fun classes).

About a week before September 12th of this year I stepped up my game and ordered Insanity from beachbody. I started the program on the 12th of September and am now on Day 40 and down 8lbs so far!

I have a long way to go and a lot to learn, but I've managed to encourage lots of family and friends into joining me (not only with the Insanity, but getting healthy generally). I've found so much joy showing others what I've learned so far and helping them target in on their goals.

This is the main reason I've decided to start preparing to become a personal trainer. I would love to help others find the happiness the fitness has brought me. I'm starting to acquire books, study materials, and any other resources to start studying for the exam. I don't plan to take the exam until September or October 2012, but I want this knowledge for myself and my family and friends as well. I want to wait to start this career path until I've lived healthy and fit for several months myself and have found myself surrounded by healthy and fit family and friends!

I'm looking forward to absorbing any and all information that's thrown about in this SparkTeam. Hope you all don't mind me poking around.

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I can't help you on your question though...right now I am about to start "helping out" for a few hours a week at boot camp just to gain experience.

However, my own trainer says why not just jump in with both feet and get your first client!

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I took my test a few days ago and (drum roll please) I PASSED!!!!

Now my question to all the currently working trainers out there is.....did you start off at a commercial gym or strike out on your own right away? Did it work well....and why?

I'm really sitting on the fence on this one....there seems to be pros and cons to doing it both ways.
Thanks for any insight you can offer!

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ok--I'm done thinking about it. I quit my job and my textbooks came in the mail today!

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6/27/11 7:54 A

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Hi there! I'm still in the "thinking" stage of deciding to become a personal trainer. So many different routes to choose from. ACSM certification seems to be big where I live. Anyway, I look forward to listening to this team and getting some information and inspiration while I make my decision.

To the lady who wants to know if she's too old--no, you're not. Baby boomers like us are in need of help and have the $$ to pay for it. They would love to have a peer with a success story to be their trainer. (Can you tell I'm 47!)

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6/11/11 12:06 P

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That is great! I think it will be good for you to do something you want to do! And having a client already is great!



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Welcome to the team. You're lucky that you know what you want to do at the age of 22. There are so many things I have wanted to do with my life, but I've never had the time to pursue them. I've been working/living my husband's dream business for over 15 years, and while I enjoy a lot of aspects of this business (most enjoyable is interacting with the customers), the work we do isn't my passion. I think working part time as a self-employed personal trainer and part time as co-owner of our other business will balance out my life.

I have one short 9 page unit left to read in my book, 3 or 4 pages of my workbook, 1 quiz and then it is time to study for finals. I took a practice final 2 weeks ago and passed w/o reviewing any info, so I think I'm about ready. I need to finish getting the information together showing the steps and costs associated with starting your own business (I think making the forms needed for the business will be the most time consuming, but not really hard). I scheduled my First Aid, CPR, AED training for Saturday the 18th.

The great news is, I already have a client lined up and waiting for me to call and tell her I am certified and open for business!

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6/8/11 7:35 P

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Hello sparkers! emoticon

My name is Nadine and becoming a personal trainer is something that I really want to pursue. Like you pat, I am unhappy at my work place and I feel like I am stuck here and can't get out. I have been thinking about going for my personal trainers certificate for a while now but I havent really gone for it because of financial issues. Its hard to afford the fees, some of them are very high.

NFPT (National Federation of Professional Trainers) is one that I have been looking at and it looks good plus they also has a finance option that I can really work with. Any opinions on that certificate? The research that I have done on it seems to be good and my boyfriend actually got this one from one of his costumers who just graduated school with a health and science degree and has been hired by a gym and is now getting her personal trainers certificate. Sorry if that seemed like a lot in one sentence lol.

But I am definitely looking forward to getting my certificate, this is something that I know I would love doing. The fact that I can basically help someone become the person they want to be physically, and mentally, will bring so much joy and meaning to my life. I am 22 years old and I already have had so many setbacks because of having to take care of myself for a while, and so this is something that I want to do for me as well.

I am so glad I found this team! I feel like I can get a lot of help and tips and I am really looking forward to getting to know you guys emoticon

Also thanks for sharing that information with Pat ETWOLIE! lol Very helpful for me too!

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Hi Pat!

Congratulations on the 25 pound weight loss.

I will be 52 years old next month. I am getting certified as a Personal Fitness Trainer through ISSA. There are a number of organizations online you can pursue a personal trainer certification from. I choose the ISSA because of their continuing support for answering questions after you are certified and because they have a group liability policy one could join if they decide to be self-employed.

I can't remember the name of the site, but I found information comparing quite a few of the most known online personal trainer certification programs that gave pros and cons of each one.

The course I am taking can be completed in 10 weeks to 10 months, I am almost done with the course and started it in mid March. In addition to passing a final exam you will need CPR, AED and possibly First Aid (ISSA course includes the First Aid) certification from a recognized group such as the American Red Cross.

Some of the courses offer distance learning only, distance learning & seminar options, and depending on the course you can take your final test at home on your computer, at a proctored location or at the locations of the certifying institution.

You could also take college courses and some gyms offer onsite training that lasts 2-3 days.

I am sure there are others with much more info than I have, but this is what I came across when I started looking into the certification.

We are not too old to do this! I recently read an article (I believe it was in an AARP publication) that older trainers are in demand because the senior population want to be trained by people they can relate to.

Best of luck to you in whatever you decide to do!

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Hi everyone - my name is Pat and I've been with Spark People for 15 months and have lost 25 pounds and am 5 pounds away from my goal. I am at a crossroads in my life. I'm 51 years old and absolutely miserable in my current job. I am looking for another job but, to be honest, I don't know that I'd be any happier working in another office. Sitting behind a desk and 2 computer monitors all day feels like it's killing me.

One of the things SP has taught me is that we should do what we love. Strength training, working out, physical fitness is one of my loves and I am considering obtaining my Personal Trainer Certification.

Two questions (Please be honest - but nice - with me):

(1) for those of you in training, do you think 51/52 is too old to be 'getting into this' and
(2) I live in PA and have no idea what is involved in getting the certification. College courses, time at a gym???

Any guidance you can give me would be very much appreciated. Thanks in advance, Pat

I believe in myself, I am a strong woman. I will reach my goals, NOTHING & NOBODY will hold me down. I will live my life with integrity and intention. I will set a good example for my daughters and my son. I will be a woman that makes my grand children proud when they look at pictures of me long after I've left this earth.
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I just joined your team. I should be done with my ISSA course in a couple of months (hopefully less). I am really excited about becoming a PFT. Eventually I will continue my ISSA training certs. for working with seniors and weight management. I would also like to obtain RKC (kettlebell) certification sometime next year if possible ($$$).

My concerns for my goals are: I have never worked out in a gym and really would prefer to train clients in their home, teaching them things they can do without going to a gym. Would I be better off working out of a gym (or at least learning how to use the machines) or trying to start my own part-time training business. Does anybody have any idea how much liability insurance is for a personal trainer? I know ISSA trainers have access to liability insurance (group rate) but have no idea how much it would be.

My other concern is that I do not have a "perfect" body. I am weeks away from turning 52 and have a little bit of a belly (fat & 4 major abdominal surgeries) - will this be a hindrance to my credibility? I am very active and fairly muscular, but I can't seem to lose the pooch. I am a little leary of taking my body fat down much lower since I am already in the low normal range for my age.

Any advice or information would be greatly appreciated.



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Hi everyone....it's time to join in and share. I've been studying for my CPT certification (through NASM) for about a month or so now. I've wanted to do this for quite some time, and my husband finally said "for heavens sake, just order it and do it!"....so I did. I was really inspired by reading Kstyle's ongoing post about studying for and passing her test--it helped me get over thinking I was too old to do it!

I think I'll gather my thoughts and post my progress like she did. I've been through the textbook and dvd's once and plan on going through it all again and take study notes on index cards to help me condense all the main points.

Any tips or pointers from anyone who's done it would be MOST appreciated!!

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Hi everyone! My name is Christi and since losing almost 50lbs on Spark I have realized my passion for all things health and fitness. I am hoping to get certified to be a PT soon and go back to school to study to be a Dietician.

I am SO excited about this team and hope to make some new friends that share my passion. :)

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Hi! I'm Rochelle (or Ro)! I love to help others and several of my friends think I would make a great PT. I am interested in fitness and nutrition but am a bit worried about liability...I would love to work independently rather than within a gym. Not everyone can afford gym memberships plus PT...I know that b/c I had to give up my PT!!! She helped me so much and between her and SP I have gained a ton of knowledge...not to mention all the magazines and books I have been reading. I am also a certified teacher so I already have the knowledge of how to "teach". I would LOVE to work with children as well as adults. The obesity epidemic among children scares me and I really want to do something about it but I really don't want to go back to school for my Phys ed Cert. in The Elem. Ed. field. I'd like to have the ability to help adults and children. Any help or info that can be offered is welcome!!! Thanks!

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Hi. Name is Amy. I am getting my ACE materials next week and will begin studying and learning. I know what I went through to reach my currently fitness level and couldn't have done it without the help of others. I want to be able to be that one who helps others now. :)

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Hello everyone!
I am new to this team and I have really been considering getting certified. I enjoy helping people reach there fitness goals, for what ever reason. I have not put forward any effort yet to actually become certified because I few other things on my plate right now. I am open to any advice that anyone may want to offer. I am confused as to who I should get my certification through. I too was wondering about ISSA, I actually requested some info from them about 2 wks ago. Any advice? Again, glad to be here.

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Hi all, just joining this team today.

My name is Liz, from the UK 47 years old, married...no children and have been a member of SP for over 6 years.

Yesterday I signed up for a combined course that starts in April to become a Level 3 Personal Trainer.
It starts off with Level 2 Gym Instructor, then onto L3.

I am soooo excited to move into a new chapter and learn as much as I can!

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Hi guys and gals,

I am Iryna, a certified Personal Training Specialist and an Older Adult Fitness specialist from Toronto. I used to be on SP back in 2006-2008 when I started and reached my fitness goals. In May 2010 I've developed hypothyroidism (thyroid gland simply shut down) and widely disputed Wilson Temperature Syndrome (can't raise my body temperature above 35.4C or 95.7F while my normal is 36.6C or 97.9F). Consequently I watched my weight ballooning to 105kg or 235lbs in a couple of months and so far I haven't found a solution to it. I am taking thyroid hormone replacement but usual formula - caloric restriction and exercise - is not as effective as it used to be when my body temperature was normal. If you lived through similar challenges and can offer an advice, please email me directly - will be highly appreciated. Thanks for your support!


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1/12/11 2:40 P

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I am thinking of going back to school to get a bs in health and fitness. I was wondering if that is necessary. Or if going with ISSA or one of those outfits would be good enough. I am thinking that I would like to work with athletes or sports oriented programs. Need a change in career. If I want to stay on the path I am on the one I have now isn't the one to have.

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Hi there! I have been thinking about this on and off for quite a few years! I have always loved working out and helping others! I would love something I can do "from home" and with my 5 kids! ;) My husband keeps asking me if I am going to do anything with my thoughts... I don't know, but when I saw this group, I figured it would be a good place to start!

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Where do I start?! I've been a member since 2005, with the help of support and information here I lost 30lbs. It's been 2 years since losing all that weight, and my children are both in school...I finally have the time to make something of my passion for health, fitness.....and I LOVE inspiring others to find their healthy-self.

Would LOVE to know if there is a group that supports Trainers in Training.....specifically for people studying for certification, and can get encouragement, tips, ideas whily studying.

Of all the searching I've done, I haven't seen anyone getting certified through PTA Global, but I believe that is the route I am taking. A close friend has been in the industry for 20 years, and highly recommends them as innovative, and cutting edge. I am excited to decide which career path I will take, but after reading other people's blogs...i am very excited to move forward!

If you are about to start your cert program, or would like to support me as I do, message me!
Thanks!

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and then I'll go out for a run.
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I am so happy to see your post. Glad to have you with us!. I am also learning to be a trainer and I am no spring chuicken! Look at Ernestine Shepherd on the net. She is/was my inspiration! emoticon emoticon

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11/7/10 12:47 P

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Hi everyone! I just found this team and figured it would be a great fit for me. I am 54 years old, and have been on SP since June 2009. I have rediscovered the fun of working out, and through SP articles, have learned a lot. I enjoy this so much that I enrolled in the ACE PT certification. I figure that if I can workout and be healthy, than so can others my age. After PT cert, I would like to go on to the Lifestyle & Weight Management cert, and eventually work with other "seniors." I am on a quest to prove to others, that just because you are over 40, you cannot be fit and healthy :)
Oh, I am also in the Air National Guard, so fitness is kind of a MUST to my career there :)

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I am a new student and just love learning. I lost thirtyfive pounds through spark and started training myself via the internet and every training magazine and/or book I could find.

I freely admit that I am a workout geek. It is either a flaw or a positive thing in my personality, B UT when I start something I do it in a big way.

My inspiration was a lady I never met but found her life story on the internet. She is about 73 years YOUNG and as a body most of us would love to have.

I just blogged today but my next one will be about Her. Her name is Ernestine Shepherd watch for the blog, it'll have her name in the title.

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I am currently studying for the ACT first then ultimately an ACE cert with a second cert as a lifestyle and weight management consultant. not sure as to what path I will take but it is a calling form the heart. deep down, i feel that a true trainer is one that is called from the heart. trainers are born that way, education just enhances and shapes it.

I used to be 385 lbs and really feel a connection to people who are very obese. once people like that connect to their inner athlete and find their confidence again, they will surprise you with their guts and determination. obesity is as much of a mindset as it is a physical condition. people learn to accept their cage. it is up to us to show them that that is not the only option in life.

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Hey! Just wanted to mention that I think the plan your using is a sound one. I was faced with the same decision and decided to keep another part time job while working as a PT. It is a good idea! Sometimes clients cancel sometimes you don't make money on that session whether or not your drove out there! Having something steady and reliable is always good. Your background with the marketing i'm sure will help. I have found that I run my business through the gym therefore I needed to know many of the business aspects of things which my degree in business management has helped with! Best of luck!

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Hello All! I have been working as a personal trainer for just about 3 months right now and I have found my passion. I've always liked "teaching" things and worked with children for many years. Just recently i realized my passion for fitness and began acquiring new skills. Besides being a personal trainer I am also a certified yoga instructor. Hoping to be able to toss ideas around for the clients and myself as well!

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Thank you. I believe my age and how I am changing my life will be an asset also.
I am deciding which cert to get. Why did you choose NASM? Do they teach you nutrition?

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Jim, I just turned 59 and be came a NASM certified trainer in May. Your age will be an advantage especially with older clients. A lot of older people are intimidated by the very young and fit trainers. Your age and experience will be a great selling point.

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Hello every one. I have seen how exercise and nutrition has helped me with my health issues and I have decided just yesterday to become a CPT. I am in the process of seeing which cert, would be best for me.
I will turn 55 in a few days. Is my age going to affect me getting clients?
Any suggestions on certs. or any thing else I would appreciate it.

Thanks Jim

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Good to hear. I have a ways to go to meet my personal fitness goals. Training for the CPT along the way is going to be quite fun and inspiring.

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NASM is probably the hardest of all certifications. However, it is also the most accepted one. I passed my exam in May and have found it very rewarding. The education I received was certainly worth it.

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Hello there, I have just recently become active and getting back into shape. And the more I go to the gym, and live healthier, the more I am wanting to share that with others. So... becoming a CPT is definitely in the cards for my future.

There are some really good threads here, and I have learnt quite a bit just by reading over a few. I was going to go with ACE but now I'm going to have to give it a bit more thought as it seems that NASM is the certification of choice?

Regardless, I am excited to have found a group that is focused on Trainers and I am looking forward to spending a lot of time learning from you all.

Edited by: IAMTAUREN at: 7/19/2010 (23:14)
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Hi - just decided to take the step to join the team today. The "spark" to become a personal trainer began when I finally chose to work with a PT over a year ago and saw the most amazing transformation in my body and my fitness. However, I'm in my mid-40's and I confess that I was a tad intimidated to work with someone 15-20 years younger than me. She was great, don't get me wrong, and knew her stuff. I learned so much. But I'm thinking that there are more women out there like me who would feel more comfortable working with someone their own age...maybe? I love learning and researching anything about fitness. It definitely has stirred a passion in me. As a first step, after much research, I decided that the ACE certification would work best for me to start with. I have all the materials...just a matter of setting up my "study" schedule. Completing this certification is really a personal challenge goal for now...at this point I have no game plan as to how I will use this. I have ideas and am researching what opportunities there are in the area I live. I would like to set something up at my church for health/wellness or maybe do some work at the Y I am a member of...we'll have to see. Most likely this will always be a "2nd" job or hobby. The first step for me is getting this certification and making decisions as I go along and network. I will then probably pursue other certifications or even pursue a broader classifications as a "wellness" coach. I definitely believe health is more than just physical - it must be approached holistically.

My hope is that this is an active team that provides support, encouragement, insight, tips and tricks in regards to becoming/being a certified personal trainer. Looking forward to getting to know some of you.

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