I understand there are MANY MANY certs I can pick up. As an extroverted lifter, I find myself growing more interested in all things fitness, including teaching people and watching them develop. I find a lot of similar satisfaction though working in the Student Affairs profession (Currently volunteer as an orientation coordinator at Eastern Michigan University) where the big concept is "educating the whole student."
First things first, is there a certain training cert I should be looking at over another?
There are a ton of threads about this already. A search would turn up a lot.
A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
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Depends on what you're looking for. Your best bet would be to look at whatever job you want, and find out what that person has. For any strength and conditioning job, at least around here, they require a Bachelors degree and teacher certification, most double as teachers, but a lot of schools around here don't even bother and let the coaches do the job, unfortunately. I think 24 hr fitness requires "a trainer certificate from any of the following..." blah blah, 18 years old and able to lift 50 pounds...it just depends on what you want, where you want to go, and who you want to be.
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