Whether you’re a newby just getting your feet wet, or a seasoned professional who just needs a quick resource; this should serve as a great starting point for whatever it is you are trying to inform yourself about! You’ll notice the drop down is split into several parts. The various assessments you may encounter as a client or use as a personal trainer, resistance training, and challenging sample workouts as a bonus! If you’re new to fitness, and are going to be working with a personal trainer, read on. This guide will prepare you for the road ahead, and help you a little less clueless during your first few sessions.
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Alcohol: What is it?
Ethyl alcohol, also known as ethanol, is found in beer, wine, and liquor. It is produced through the fermentation of yeast, sugars, and starches. Humans have consumed alcohol for many thousands of years, both intentionally and unintentionally.
Alcohol is a depressant that affects the human body in several different ways, and can have dire consequences if abused. It affects metabolism, neural function, cardiovascular physiology, thermoregulation, and skeletal muscle (1). Physiology, behavior, and impairment are progressively affected by a person’s blood alcohol content (BAC). This is the amount of alcohol that is circulating through the bloodstream. Impairment becomes progressively worse as BAC rises. This impairment includes the ability to concentrate and reason; it also affects vision, reflexes, speech, memory, motor skills, and organ function.
So, you’ve just decided you want to get a personaltrainer certification and start training clients. The decision came by way of having consistently worked out on your own the last few years, and absolutely loving it. You’d even like to get a job at one of the local gyms to get started. The first thing you’ll always be asked is whether you have a certification. Everyone that enters the fitness industry undergoes the tough task of deciding which personal trainer certification to get. However, very few “get certified” guides exist.
One problem is that there are SO many to choose from! With so much choice, there is potential for alot of confusion. Here are a brief Q/A followed by links to the Get Certified Guide for several of the major organizations. They’re simple suggestions, and words of wisdom, albeit semi-anecdotal.
If you want to skip reading, click on any of the menu dropdowns (under Get Certified Guide) listing each of the major organizations.
Some Common Questions About Personal Trainer Certification
Q: What company should I get my Personal Trainer Certification through?
A: My suggestion is to find one that is affordable to you, and stick with it. Learn the foundational knowledge, science, and method of training from whatever organization you decide to go with. Then champion this knowledge through experience training new clients.
Q: Besides getting certified, what qualities do top professionals have?
A: The most important thing outside of having good foundational knowledge is understanding how to confidently interact with your clients, and when interacting with other Fitness Professionals, setting your ego aside. Also know “why” you’re having your clients perform certain exercises, and be able to explain it to them in lay terms if they ask.
Q: Outside of the actual course material, how can I affordably learn new things about fitness?
A: Learn how to read scientific research studies, and stay away from the anecdotal experience I guarantee you’ll encounter. Understanding the science behind physiology and exercise will help you sift through all the chatter that is purely based on experience. Consistently training your clients with scientifically backed methods guarantees results.
Q: If I’ve been an athlete all of my life, do I really need a Personal Trainer Certification to train clients?
A: Nobody starts as a guru, and nobody knows everything there is to know…ever. A Personal Trainer Certification is only the first step to becoming a well versed fitness professional. Dependent on how far you want to take your career, Post-Secondary and Higher Education programs exist. There are also Advanced Specializations and continuing education offered by various organizations.
Q: Is it important to network with other Health and Fitness Professionals?
A: Yes, being a great Health and Fitness Professional comes from peer conversation, collaboration, and understanding science. If you don’t know what others are talking about, it makes it difficult to grow as a professional. Networking helps you stay on the forefront of what’s happening in the industry.
By clicking below, or the drop-down tabs at the top of the page, you’ll find summaries of the offerings from some of the major Health and Fitness Organizations, and what each credential means to you as a professional. It is also written so that any client can come and read up on what each Personal Training Certification or Advanced Specialization means competency-wise. Most often, clients have NO CLUE what the string of letters mean behind our names.
My name is DeWayne A. Smith, and I hold a Master’s of Science in Exercise Science and Health Promotion with an emphasis in Sport Psychology from the California University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training and Sports Medicine from Concord University in West Virginia. In 2003, I decided to become a fitness professional because it went hand in hand with my major and my interest in sports performance, plus, I needed a summer job! I absolutely enjoyed it, and since then, I’ve committed myself to staying on the forefront of understanding the fitness demands of the human body. To meet this commitment, I stay certified through the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, National Strength & Conditioning Association, and National Academy of Sports Medicine as ATC, NASM CPT, CES, PES, and FNS (plus a few more).
I’ve been in the fitness and health industry for over 8 years now. Most recently, I was on the Product and Content Development Team at the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Working there, I was given the opportunity to give back to the community by developing educational products and creating content for all of you! This ranged from simple things like answering thousands of questions for Sharecare.com as a subject matter expert, to developing an entire specialization course, keeping up with social engagement via Facebook and Twitter, and much more. I truly enjoyed my work there, but unfortunately during July of 2012, almost the entire Content Development Team was laid-off. We weren’t bad at what we did. As a matter of fact, we were all-stars, producing the most courses and content in company history in just a 2 year period, and bringing a culture to the company that will forever remain un-paralleled. The people I worked with very closely, became a part of my extended family, and will always remain as such.
At the beginning of 2013, I made a career change, and moved into the field of Instructional Design. This was a very tough choice for me, because it felt as if I would abandon my knowledge and experience. Then, I had an “aha” moment, and realized this website was how I could maintain some of my identity with Health and Fitness. In essence, putting my knowledge to use as a hobby versus a career!
For fun and recreation, I train and race in triathlons, both locally, and throughout the world! It’s a passion of mine that coincides with what I love to do for a living. My favorite distance in the sport is Half Ironman, and my favorite discipline is definitely NOT the swim! Another hobby I’ve recently started pursuing is photography. One weekend, I was handed an expensive camera, and asked to figure it out. I did so, and ended up gaining a new, albeit expensive hobby.
I conceptualized this website after I saw scores of other fitness related websites that either lacked quality design, or most of all – understandable, well laid out content. It is my mission to have fitness-for-everyone.com bring you high quality, understandable, fitness related content with a great design and layout. This site will take a good while to get together, so please bear with me for now. In the end, you’ll have blog content galore, product reviews, and much much more.