What to Look for in a Personal Trainer

What to look for in a Personal Trainer. Due to a lack of regulation from governing federal, state, or city laws anyone can call themselves a personal trainer. With enough research, it is possible to find online companies that will grant a personal trainers certificate after answering 20 questions and paying a fee. Really? As our industry has become wiser and the industry of personal trainer continuing to boom year after year, the top governing bodies of Personal Trainer Education have all followed the recommendation from IHRSA to seek a legally defensible accreditation. Legally defensible certifications are granted through various third party accrediting agencies.  Out of the several accrediting agencies, the NCCA is the GOLD STANDARD of Certification Accreditations and what the most prestigious employers look for.  Today, there are only 13 NCCA accredited certifications. For more information on which organizations are accredited by the NCCA please visit www.credentialingexcellence.org/ncca.  As the International Director of Workshops for the NFPT (one of the NCCA Accredited Organizations worldwide) for the last 13 years, it is my honor to teach and educate our students seeking to become certified personal trainers with an acclaimed hands on program running now for 13 years and producing the top trainers in today’s industry. To increase the value to the NFPT Nationally Accredited Credential, the NFPT’s workshop department, founded at Global Fitness Educators in 2003, adds several Workshop Options for a Hands On learning environment as opposed to only the popular self-study options. What we have seen over the last 13 years is a huge success with our workshop graduates in that they not only graduate with an NCCA Accredited Credential offered by the NFPT, but with the accompanying Hands on Skills required to truly be successful and knowledgeable as a personal trainer. Global Fitness Educators is the only school in Florida that offers such a program. In summary, when looking to hire a personal trainer, first demand that the certification is NCCA Accredited. If it’s not, then it’s not the GOLD STANDARD and the education of that trainer may not be very good or up to date. Secondly, demand experience and ask if the program was taught in a live setting with hands on practice sessions.  While hands on training is NOT a requirement for NCCA Accredited Certifications, good old common sense will tell anyone that a trainer that has attended a hands on course will be much more knowledgable in application.  And third, was the school that provided the hands on education guiding the student to sit for an NCCA Accredited Credential at the end of the education. Many school will create a program based on personal beliefs and call themselves accredited. Beware of these programs and seek the best as offered at Global Fitness Educators, Home of the NFPT Workshop Department. All of Global Fitness Educators workshop packages include in their cost the Exam Voucher for the NFPT-CPT NCCA Accredited Exam.
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