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Old 05-26-2010, 03:11 PM   #31
Chuck Kechter
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I do it because I can make money doing something I care about, as opposed to working a job that I can't get into emotionally. No emotion= no commitment (for me).

Also it helps satisfy my "need" to be of service to others (whether volunteering, or whatever), by helping my clients reach their goals. I have done this job for free (and still would), but it is even better get paid for it...
Very Respectfully,
Chuck Kechter

"Who cares if your "deadly art" was originally practiced in a temple in some obscure corner of Bangladesh if an ill-tempered girl scout with 6 months of boxing can knock the hell out of its practitioners?" --Mike Driscoll
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Old 05-26-2010, 04:37 PM   #32
Frank Needham
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Yah, that's how it would seem to be, it you like being healthy and living an active life then it would be a logical step from there to saying "If I enjoy this just for the sake of it, why not get paid for it." The part about having no emotional connection to what you do is spot on also. As an engineer, I have concerns about the projects I work on but not any that get my juices flowin', if you know what I mean....thanks for the reply.
"Lack of sleep makes cowards of us all."
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Old 08-14-2011, 11:30 AM   #33
Michael Korczowski
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What about the original question re: certification??

Is there anything people would recommend over the NSCA-CPT for the kind of PT described in this thread?

Do any of the certs actually confer more knowledge on the test-taker than others? OR, alternatively, which of the accrediting bodies have the most intelligent curriculum/approach?
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Old 08-14-2011, 08:59 PM   #34
Donald Lee
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They all suck.

The NSCA supports research more than the others, as they have their own journal. This is reflected in their textbooks. NASM sounds good with their corrective exercise focus, but their reading material is soft on content.

If you're interested in corrective exercise, you may want to get NASM, as some specialty courses that are actually good will give CE credit for NASM. I am certified through the NSCA, and besides courses taught by Stuart McGill, I haven't found any of their CE courses appealing.

They basically all suck in different ways.

There are other threads somewhere that also talk about the different certifications and talk about becoming a Personal Trainer.
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Old 08-15-2011, 12:05 AM   #35
Michael Korczowski
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blehhh dinosaurs

i sorta just had an epiphany that if i power thru a nice big reading list and shadow my current trainers, i might do well for people as a PT.

guess NSCA CPT is a foot in the door as it's 1/2 the price of crossfit

maybe some day i'll have the experience and cash for OPT CCP
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