The importance of fitness certifications

The fitness business has been growing and diversifying for the last few years, so much so that personal trainers are now required even in medical research and clinical studies. Recently, trainers were demanded only by gyms and fitness clubs, but the situation today is entirely different. This new landscape means not only new training norms for professionals, but also for fitness certifications.

As the field of personal training expands, so does the need for highly skilled personal trainers. To accommodate this growing demand, different types of certifications for personal trainers have been created.

The Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) is the basic certification offered by all relevant organizations. Advanced certifications vary by organization, but typically include performance improvement, specialization in rehabilitation, and specialized training with different special categories such as seniors, children, pregnant women, etc. It is important to get certificated by a well-accredited organization.

The five most popular fitness certification programs are:

American Council on Exercise (ACE)

National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)

International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA)

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)

Continuing Education

Continuing education is usually required of professionals who have already earned their fitness certification so that they may remain up-to-date in their field. This makes a great deal of sense: as new techniques and methodologies are developed, the personal trainer must stay up to speed on these to remain qualified.

The more fitness certifications a personal trainer has, the more customer profiles he/she can offer services to — and the better their compensation is in the long run. In certain contexts, such as clinical research, or coaching of high-profile customers such as professional athletes or celebrities, these certifications are essential.

In a few years professional certifications will be necessary and essential for practicing the profession at any level. A personal trainer is a fundamental part of a customerĀ“s health. To the client the coaching is exceptionally important to their physical well-being. Therefore it will be essential for trainers to have enough demonstrable and verifiable training to live up to these new heightened expectations.

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