Current NASM (National Assoc. of Sports Medicine) student, graduating next week (THANK GOD!!).
NASM is really hard I would suggest going to a hands on school if you want to pass the exam (about 65% passing rate).
NASM is the most sought after certificate and most respected in the industry. It is very technical and science based. I do not do well with online studying especially for things that require hands on (that’s all being a personal trainer is!).
A lot of people will go get their cert online and work at a gym to get experience. Fine.
But I have met those people and they don’t know sh*t. Not, really. I see so many trainers selling isagenix and bullsh*t health mixes just to make a buck. That goes against my moral code personally. They also don’t really KNOW the human body like a personal trainer should. I have seen cients with muscle imbalances doing routines they should not do. I have seen coaches/trainers not correct bad form/improper posture. All the things you will learn about through NASM.
NASM also has their PN1 for nutrtion. The NASM also requires you to get 2.0 CEU to reup your cert every 2 years. So it’s legit in that the trainers who are NASM are ALWAYS learning.
I work full time and studied part time at night two nights a week 5:30-10 PM + studying on the weekends. It’s a big commitment but if you have the right school (do your homework), they will hook you up with resources in the industry and usually good jobs at the best paying gyms.
renee2019 is right, to make money you really need to be your own boss. So, again that goes back to knowing your sh*t.
I read up all the time on health and science articles, the human body, trending diets, workouts, have done crossfit I cycle and anything and everything including yoga, pilates, orange theory. Did I mention reading? lol
My suggestion to you is to TRY EVERYTHING and get a MENTOR/Coach. It’s amazing what a ‘trainer’ can learn from other trainers.
Any questions, let me know! 🙂