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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís 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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    What's beyond a being a certified personal trainer?

    Hi everyone, I just got certified as a NASM personal trainer ahwile ago. So far it's been great, I've earned a good amount of money doing this so far, But I was just wandering if anybody know of any more advanced certifications I could get in a realted field where I can earn more money doing than being a personal trainer?

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    I'm in the same boat as you.

    My plan to get my C.S.C.S and keep improving my knowledge base.

    You could also get your masters in Exercise Phys ect.
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    You could work as a strength coach for a high school, college, or pro team. Realistically you will make more as a (good) personal trainer than an employed S&C coach until you become a head coach at a big school or pro team.

    You can also go the private strength/performance coach route, which I'm doing. I'd recommend working at the university level for a while first, though.

    Assuming you want to stay in the performance field, get a Master's (eventually) and a CSCS (as soon as possible).

    If you want to make boatloads of cash, learn how to be a financially successful personal trainer, perhaps (or perhaps not) owning your own facility.

    Another option is to go into Physical Therapy, which will require more schooling but will open your employment doors up substantially.
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    physiotherapy, it will take you alot more time to achieve but the money is absolutely great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borris
    You could work as a strength coach for a high school, college, or pro team. Realistically you will make more as a (good) personal trainer than an employed S&C coach until you become a head coach at a big school or pro team.

    You can also go the private strength/performance coach route, which I'm doing. I'd recommend working at the university level for a while first, though.

    Assuming you want to stay in the performance field, get a Master's (eventually) and a CSCS (as soon as possible).

    If you want to make boatloads of cash, learn how to be a financially successful personal trainer, perhaps (or perhaps not) owning your own facility.
    That right there is actually my plan.
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    Go to Colorado and get a USAW coaching cert. Combine it with a ski vacation.

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    this is what i want to do when i am older, ill be following this thread! i hear nutrition classes are a joke though?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Borris
    If you want to make boatloads of cash, learn how to be a financially successful personal trainer, perhaps (or perhaps not) owning your own facility.
    Ok, almost ready.

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    Sports Specific training is pretty popular right now and working more in that field might be something you're interested in.... something like this

    http://www.frappieracceleration.com/index.cfm
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    How hard or easy is it to get the NASM? or other certs?
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    id say ACE is probably the easiest along with ISSA, NASM tougher and NSCA is one of the toughest to get. You can basically go by price... the more expensive cert to get, the better it is
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    Since were on this topic...For someone who is living in Canada, how would I go upon getting certified? Could I find a company by simply opening up the phone book, for ex?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Borris
    You can also go the private strength/performance coach route, which I'm doing. I'd recommend working at the university level for a while first, though.
    can you elaborate a little?

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    Sure, although I'm not sure exactly what you want me to elaborate on.

    I work as a general personal trainer and a performance coach. I'm working my clientel towards exclusively (or almost so) athletes looking to improve their abilities for their sport. I help them get bigger/smaller, run faster, hit harder, etc.

    It would be a good idea for a new trainer to try to do an internship (at least) or work professionally with a university or higher in the strength and conditioning department. One would learn a lot about training athletes there, as opposed to picking up one or two at a big gym.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Borris
    Sure, although I'm not sure exactly what you want me to elaborate on.

    I work as a general personal trainer and a performance coach. I'm working my clientel towards exclusively (or almost so) athletes looking to improve their abilities for their sport. I help them get bigger/smaller, run faster, hit harder, etc.

    It would be a good idea for a new trainer to try to do an internship (at least) or work professionally with a university or higher in the strength and conditioning department. One would learn a lot about training athletes there, as opposed to picking up one or two at a big gym.
    im currently majoring in exercise science, and intend on going to grad school, i was just unsure as to what your job was exactly. your job = my dream job .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumprrp
    this is what i want to do when i am older, ill be following this thread! i hear nutrition classes are a joke though?
    Are they a joke? Generally speaking yes. But most of those classes are about the averag joe smo. They dont teach nutrition for strength atheletes etc.

    I did take a Sports nutrition class that was pretty interesting.
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    ah i see a PT at the YMCA i go to told me i figured this, but sports nutrition sounds pretty good
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maximus96
    im currently majoring in exercise science, and intend on going to grad school, i was just unsure as to what your job was exactly. your job = my dream job .
    Well, I'm not there yet, but I'm working on it.

    My background is in several threads on this site, but if it matters I have a Master's in Exercise Phys and I have a CSCS and NSCA-CPT.
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    how hard was it to establish your own business, and who pays you, the school or the athletes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maximus96
    how hard was it to establish your own business, and who pays you, the school or the athletes?
    I'm currently in the process of establishing my own business, so I'm still employed by the gym I work at now. When I have my own business the athletes will pay me. Currently I'm paid by the gym I work for.

    If you're a strength coach for a school you'll be the employee of that school. The only exception would be if you end up working with a small college or high school that doesn't have a S&C department and you end up getting paid on a contract basis as a consultant.
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