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  • Certified vs. Qualified

    Becoming a qualified personal trainer requires in-depth knowledge of human anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and exercise science combined with extensive practical training and testing. This cannot be achieved through weekend certification programs during which students are typically primed for specific questions to which they regurgitate the answers on examination.  Although these supposed professional associations will in advance forward candidates study materials for which they are responsible, there is never sufficient time for hands-on training and testing to ensure candidates are capable of safe and effective exercise programming for the public.

    To develop the knowledge, skills and abilities of a qualified trainer, one should undergo formal instruction in exercise science through an accredited university or a continuing education program which provides comprehensive education and training taught by degreed exercise physiologists. Upon completion of academic instruction coupled with substantial practical training in the areas of health assessment, fitness testing, performance evaluation, program design, cardiovascular, resistive and flexibility exercise as well as client supervision, serious and knowledgeable students will seek certification through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and/or the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA). These are the only truly, non-profit, professional associations with credible standards in the fitness industry. NSCA offered the first personal trainer certification in the country that was accredited by the federally recognized accrediting agency in Washington, D.C., the National Commission for Certifying Agencies and was also recognized by the National Skills Standards Board. Dr. Anthony Abbott was instrumental in developing and writing the NSCA-CPT certification exam.

    In the State of Florida, Fitness Institute International is a continuing education program providing comprehensive education and extensive practical training by appropriately degreed instructor personnel. To date, of those Institute Certified Personal Training Specialists (CPTS) students sitting for the ACSM and NSCA personal trainer certification exams, there has been a 100% pass rate. If one is seriously interested in ‘First Class’ education and training to become a ‘qualified’ personal trainer, then Fitness Institute would be a program of choice.

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