Are you looking to become a certified personal trainer? With so many certifications available, it can be difficult to decide which one is best for you. In this article, we'll discuss the different certifications available and which one is best for your needs.
The Gold Standard: CSCSThe Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification is considered the gold standard for personal trainers. It is a highly respected certification that is recognized around the world. However, it is important to note that the title of CSCS is specific to strength and conditioning training.
Cheapest Option: ActionIf you are looking for the cheapest option that will allow you to become a certified personal trainer, then Action is the way to go.
It is important to note that all of the certifications teach basic concepts, so your knowledge and wisdom as a coach will be more important than what you learn in the certification program.
Highly Recognized: NASMThe National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certification is highly recognized and considered the standard among other certifications, such as ACE. It is important to note that some certifications require pre-educational requirements, so if you do not have any courses or programs related to this in higher education, then CanFitPro may be the best option for you.
Love-Hate Relationship: CoachesIt is important to note that people have a love-hate relationship with coaches. Unfortunately, there have been cases of coaches who have been injured and insulted with racial slurs by a coach who claimed to be certified by the CSEP. In these cases, it is important to report the incident to the manager and contact the regional manager if necessary.
Respectable Entities: ACSM and NSCAIn terms of what is recognized outside of Canada, practically anything that has a pre-educational requirement will be accepted.
Ultimately, anyone who chooses to become a great personal trainer should continuously learn, form a bond with their clients, show enthusiasm for fitness, and pursue blogs or competitions. The most respectable entities by which one person can move on to become a certified personal trainer are the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).