The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness
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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

It’s no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

By: Nick Tumminello Added: January 6th, 2014
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    Senior Member ehubbard's Avatar
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    Becoming a Personal Trainer

    So I have recently been laid off, and judging from my discussions with various recruiters, I get the feeling that it is not likely that I will be employed again in the same industry (finance) for quite some time. So at this time I am contemplating a career shift. I am looking at the various certifications and am wondering which, if any, carry more weight in the industry (I have heard NSCS CPT or CSCS) as the most well-regarded. I also know that for any NSCA exam you potentially have to wait until the next exam date (I am looking at getting the certs done ASAP). So someone else pointed me in the direction of the ACSM certification which you can take at anytime. I have also thought about just getting a quick and easy certification first, getting my feet wet, and then taking the CSCS.

    Anyway, if anyone could offer some advice on the above and getting into the industry in general that would be greatly appreciated. I realize that my biggest obstacle will be the sales part of the job (particularly in this rapidly depreciating economy). But I would like to get a feeling for what, if any, weight the various certifications carry. I would also like to add that I would prefer to work with younger athletes, but would defintely take on any client at first, which is part of the reason I am considering the CSCS. Thanks!

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    you can take nsca cpt or cscs at online testing center. They have testing dates bi weekly or monthly
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    yeah the CSCS takes a while, u can try NASM u can buy the books study and take the test, and its accepted at a lot of places
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    I've heard ACE is a great certification.. Its what a personal trainer recommended to me to become certified.
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    It really depends on who you want to work with. If your goal is to get into schools and work with athletes, then the CSCS or NASM are the ones to have. If you want to work at the gym down the street getting people in shape, use whatever the gym recommends.

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    I have NASM which is good.It complements for me the two top NSCA and NASM. Nasm has a lot of corrective and assesment that I like. The other is old school which I like too. And then to complement I am doing NSCA Cpt soon. and then CSCS because my goal is to work with athletes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Moore View Post
    It really depends on who you want to work with. If your goal is to get into schools and work with athletes, then the CSCS or NASM are the ones to have. If you want to work at the gym down the street getting people in shape, use whatever the gym recommends.
    I would rather have my own place and work with athletes there than work as a college S&C coach. I guess the idea is to get my feet wet training Joe & Jane Six Pack and then progress to finding a niche with local athletes.

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    Great! thanks for the advice too.. I wanted to move out as well because I am not happy with my career. I guess, this is something I would have to do for a while now... I need a break from work though. Nice to read your comments.. it's helpful for my reflection.

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    To take the NSCA CSCS you need to have a four year degree or at least 90 credits in the field. It is also very difficult to pass (last time I checked the pass rate was 80% or so).

    Also, be ready to put forth about $1500 in continuing education credits. Make sure you have the available income and are truly passionate about the field!

    The NSCA CSCS and CPT are the most recognized. ACE is pretty easy and ok. ISSA is a joke. Be careful which cert you get.
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