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Old 06-08-2009, 08:18 PM   #1
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Hi all. Just wondering what trainer/coach certifications are out there and recognized as being really good/elite. I live in Canada if that makes a difference at all. I am aware of CanfitPro and Spi, however I have no idea how highly regarded they are.

I have decided to make health and nutrition my career and want to be the best I can possibly be at it. I think it was spawned a bit when I overheard a conversation at my gym where an "Elite' trainer was telling someone the best mass exercises for chest are supersetting flyes and pec dec.

This got me thinking there must be a ton of misinformed people out there who will or have stagnated on their exercise and nutrition for a really long time.

Thanks everyone.
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Old 06-08-2009, 08:53 PM   #2
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Too many too name.....all depends on where you plan on working (and what certifications they require)....but I'd say you can't go wrong with the NSCA-CSCS, you should be able to work anywhere with that....but it's a harder cert than most CPTs....could also get the NSCA-CPT if you want a good but easier cert.
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Old 06-08-2009, 10:50 PM   #3
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Regardless of people's opinions of what one actually learns in college, here's a good approach, IMO:
  • Get a college degree in Physiology or Kinesiology or Physical Education
  • Intern in the strength & conditioning department at the school, maybe even get a job in the S&C dept., regardless of whether or not you "like" their approach to training, just get the experience
  • Get a job in the Fitness/Recreation department instead or as well
  • Then get the NSCA-CSCS
Then you end up with a degree, the most highly regarded "certification" in the industry (for whatever that means), and intern and/or job experience. That will help you to hit the ground running.
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Old 06-08-2009, 11:59 PM   #4
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Charles Poliquin seems to be highly regarded as is CHEK. Though Pavel's costs that much I'm not sure it's in the vein though they probably think it is. Bare in mind these cost about 3x more than the other CPT ones and are all hands-on besides a test I think. The other CPT can be done in a seminar setting with a written test but it isn't physically required to go through the motions.
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You want to get an "accredited" cert as your first one, as that is a requirement to get training insurance. With the NSCA certs (either one), insurance is included as a part of the membership fee.

The "fitness celebrity" certs (CF, CHEK, Poliquin, Pavel) are *not* accredited and will not help you get insurance.
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If you just want to work in a globo-gym, I can write up a cert on a napkin for you.....as they are not picky.
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Old 06-09-2009, 08:25 AM   #7
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Garrett's advice is sound. Also realize that there is no substitute for knowledge, time in grade, and the ability to communicate with your clients. Purge the word "elite" from your vocabulary and become a student.
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Old 06-09-2009, 09:19 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by Garrett Smith View Post
Regardless of people's opinions of what one actually learns in college, here's a good approach, IMO:
  • Get a college degree in Physiology or Kinesiology or Physical Education
  • Intern in the strength & conditioning department at the school, maybe even get a job in the S&C dept., regardless of whether or not you "like" their approach to training, just get the experience
  • Get a job in the Fitness/Recreation department instead or as well
  • Then get the NSCA-CSCS
Then you end up with a degree, the most highly regarded "certification" in the industry (for whatever that means), and intern and/or job experience. That will help you to hit the ground running.
This is the way to go.

Also, other things that may help:

1. Improving personal communication.
2. Improving your one on one and group teaching ability.
3. Making lots of contacts... everywhere.
4. Learning how to advertise well... without pissing everyone off.
5. Acquiring an insane knowledge base that you can implement easily.

etc.
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Old 06-09-2009, 12:51 PM   #9
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George, what province are you in? I used to work with a guy who's girlfriend was an "Elite" trainer. Your status is based on your raw sales and that's it.
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Or maybe you could just "forge" your own "elite" certification...maybe have a whole line of them...just an idea.
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