I stumbled upon this article written by Amanda Vogel titled “Cert by Selfie” and it inspired me to write a blog post today! Woop!
The article delves into the debate on social medial personalities and are they taking away from trainers that are certified?
I love being able to go on Pinterest and search “at home workouts” and have tons of routines pop up or follow people on instagram that post workout videos. And heck, I read and write a fitness blog, so I can definitely say I’m a fan of social media + fitness. But at the same time, is someone an authority on fitness soley by the fact that they have a huge following or a fit physique? Not necessarily.
The consumer should be informed and/or research who they are taking serious exercise or nutrition advice from. Do they have a degree in Kinesiology, are they certified, what continuing education courses have they taken etc?
When I was in college (OMG 10 years ago), ACSM and NSCA were the big two to pursue. More recently ACE and NASM have gained more recognition. Thinking about becoming certified or are you looking for a trainer? I’d make sure they are certified by one of these organizations. Of course a big part of the job is being relatable to people. You can have a billion certs but if you aren’t easy to communicate with, it isn’t going to do you any good!
I had a certification through ACSM, but more recently pursued my CSCS (certified strength and conditioning specialist). I wanted it is because it is well respected when working with the athletic population as well as the general public.
To take the exam you need a Bachelor’s degree (not necessarily in Kinesiology, but of course that helps). There are two sections Scientific Foundations and the Applied/Practical portion. The exam covers nutrition, anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics, exercise technique, program design, and testing/evaluation. The test was a beast and I studied for about 3 months prior and A LOT. I remember keeping flashcards in my purse and studying any chance I had. Don’t miss that!
I don’t think one certification is better than the other as you learn more through experience and continuing education.
Remember Group Exercise is different than personal training. For example, spinning instructors don’t need a personal training certification- they are certified to teach spin. Same goes for zumba, yoga, pilates etc.
Have you worked with a personal trainer?
Are you certified?
*Check out a recent article I contributed to from Gym Geek!*