Does anyone have the personal training certificate?

posted 4 months ago in Fitness
Post # 2
1512 posts
Bumble bee

I am a personal trainer. I’ve worked in gyms, online, mobile, and self-employed. 


There are a ton of different certifications..Best is to look.into what the common ones trainers are where you live. Look at ACE… ISSA, NASM…

It is not an easy profession to break into. Long hours little pay you need to build a client base and be proactive. New trainers are best to work as employees of a gym to learn. 

The courses are thorough, you must do continuing ed every year, cpr, take specialties etc

 It’s fun and rewarding but hard work too. 

Post # 3
3957 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

fitbird38 :  I have my personal training certificate, though I do not work as a personal trainer.  I’m a lawyer and wanted to be more knowlegable about training myself (long time gym rat).  I didn’t find it challenging to learn the material or pass the exam, and really enjoyed the process.  I can’t speak to the employment prospects since I didn’t do it for that reason.  Good luck! 

Post # 5
1512 posts
Bumble bee

Depends on the one preferred by gyms in your area. Clients Don’t Care which. Ask around… those 3 are very recognized. 

Post # 6
873 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2019

fitbird38 :  What are your goals with certification? What are you hoping to do with it? I would know that going in and do your research accordingly.

I’ve been looking at NASM and bought a couple of the books for self-study, but then I was also chatting with an exercise Physiologist who recommended ACSM based on my personal interests (I’m very interested in sustainable and corrective exercise after an injury). I think a good way of going about it is seeking out fitness professionals whose philosophy, career path, etc. you admire and then learning more about what they did to get to where they are.

Going through NASM, it’s pretty dense and dry information. I don’t have a science background so no boost in that regard, but I have been a fitness instructor for nearly 3 years for a barre program that had a thorough training process so I have a foundation in what they are talking about.

I’d also echo everything bctoquebec said. The certification is important but it is not the only ingredient (far from it) that you need to be successful in the industry and I also think you get out of certification what you put into it. I know for me it’s less about having the certification per se as having the knowledge.

Post # 7
99 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I just bought the ISSA course. Haven’t started studying yet, but that one came highly recommended and the personal trainer I use is certified through it. He also had NASM but liked ISSA better. 

I’m considering pursuing a career as a personal trainer (or at least using it as a part time gig), but I’m also considering just doing the course so that I’m more knowledgable (like missinthecity said). Plus, my parents are super excited that I’ll soon be able to give them tips xD 

If you decide to go with ISSA, keep an eye on the specials. I got the personal training certification course and the nutrition certification course at the same time for the same price as just the PT course. Worth it! 

Post # 8
7 posts

 I’ve worked in  self-employed.

Post # 9
214 posts
Helper bee

fitbird38 :  I’m certified. I have 3 certificates, a degree and am working on another degree. The gold standard certificate is ACSM, but you can’t sit for it unless you have a degree. Next best is NASM. 

It’s good for entry level and not difficult to pass. However, the longer I’m in school, the more I learn that personal training certificates aren’t the best. They’re great entry level, but there’s so much an entry level trainer doesn’t know! If you’re super serious, consider going for your bachelors in junction to a certification.

But I will disagree with the poster about ISSA certification. I’ve been in this business for multiple years and have worked with dozens of other trainers. If it’s not NASM or ACSM don’t bother please. You’ll still get hired, but the level of knowledge they require is minimal. If you have any more questions just let me know!

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Post # 11
7 posts
  • Wedding: February 2020

I train on my own on my own online training.

Post # 12
7 posts

Thanks for all the help!

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