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The Fitness Continuing Education scene can be pretty confusing. It is dominated by the large fitness education companies trying to kindle your spending by stroking your eagerness to learn new and exciting fitness topics. Let us help you unravel this confusion as we explore the purposes of continuing education and give you our 5 most recommended courses and/or seminars.
Learning more about the TRX can create better strategies for stability training, but this matters little if your main clientele is Crossfitters. Make the right choice on building your credentials based on the following three factors:
Analyzing these factors will allow you to make proper decisions based on your career and training goals.
Furthermore, there may be different reasons you are now looking into continuing education. Some of you may have procrastinated and are now desperate for last minute CEU’s that you need for your recertification. On the other end you might be eager to continue learning and growing in your craft, and have all the time in the world. Some of our recommendations below may be good for the short term and inexpensive, while some require big bucks, time and travel to complete. Choose based on your timeline and budget needs as well.
It is important to understand if you are new to the game your continuing education focus should be on one thing: Business. Other education is not needed unless you have what it takes to build a sustainable career. This is one of the biggest mistakes made by new trainers and contributes to the failure of over 50,000 fitness pros per year.
Below we have laid out 5 of our most highly recommended continuing education courses for recertifying your CPT. For further ease we have listed the pros and cons of each course.
As one of the most enjoyable events you can attend in the fitness industry, the Idea World Fitness Convention brings together the best minds in the industry to teach you a plethora of topics. You can choose your own schedule and rack up your continuing education hours as you learn about everything from Rope Undulation Training to how to use YouTube to make money. It is a must attend for any personal trainer at least once in their life.
It typically takes place in Los Angeles, CA and lasts for three and one-half days. A convention runs simultaneously with hundreds of hours of continuing education, and provides you every opportunity to learn what’s new in fitness. You will need a sheet to record the classes you take and may need proof of attendance when submitting with your recertification application. The travel and cost of everything may exceed what you are looking to spend to recertify, but it is definitely an enjoyable experience.
If you are looking for the current most prestigious certification in the Fitness Nutrition scene, Precision Nutrition’s Certification is your go-to.
The course feels like a college level class as it requires the reading of a 500-plus-page textbook. It is an at home course that allows you to study at your own pace. The content focuses on a two headed approach, nutritional coaching and nutritional sciences.
Once finished with this course you will feel confident in addressing nutrition with any type of client goal. One thing that makes this course less attainable is that the cost is high. It also only has two enrollment dates per year which may be bad for those of you looking for a quick way to get the CEU’s needed for recertification.
Business and Sales: The Guide to Success as a Personal Trainer, will teach you a system all about generating leads and closing client sales. With an emphasis on ACTION, this course will teach you how to create the necessary buy xenical online documents and tools that lead to creating an easy road to success. The value from a course like this far surpasses that of other topics in continuing education, as the knowledge you attain goes directly toward financial gain.
Getting new clients and closing sales can be tough. I can’t stress enough how important it is to have a system, to combat this difficulty. Most trainers mosey about the gym and wait for people to make eye contact, with the intent to spark up a conversation. Although this may lead to a new client here and there, taking action and relying on a proven system will create boundless opportunity.
The course is $199 and it is an online, home-study course. It can be completed relatively fast for those of you in need of last minute CEUs.
REMEMBER: You can be the most educated personal trainer in the world, but if you don’t have any sales technique or clients your education is pointless.
The CES certification is absolutely NASM’s best certification. It forces you to understand origins of pain based on postural analysis and teaches you how to fix it.
My biggest concern with my own training was learning how to always progress in strength, athleticism and body image, while avoiding any training associated injury. NOTE: If you don’t have efficient flexibility and muscle balance, you are on your way to creating an injury.
When taking the Corrective Exercise Specialist course you learn about all the issues in flexibility and movement patterns that can lead to injuries.
You can also build a ton of value describing why someone might have pain or a nagging injury. Explaining to someone how their overactive hip flexors are giving them that back pain they have had for years, and then immediately assisting them in alleviating that pain via stretching goes yards for an initial impression.
It is an at home study course which allows you to go at your own pace and you have one year to complete it from your purchase date. The final exam is very difficult even with the open book potential and forces you to know your stuff.
The NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist is the most prestigious athletic conditioning certification in the fitness industry. In fact, it is so prestigious, it is required by almost all college and professional teams to work as a conditioning coach.
The content is quite expansive and covers everything you would need to know about training the most popular sports like Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Track and Field; and other major sports. The textbook is massive (750+ pages) and can be intimidating, but typically if you are going after this certification your passion will encourage your reading. One downfall to training athletes is that it is typically not very lucrative. Don’t expect this certification to make you more money.
You have a lot of choices when choosing your continuing education courses and we hope this settles some of the confusion. Remember to apply the three factors to your decision making process. We believe the above five courses will bring the most value to you and your business.
If you have any questions we would love to hear from you. Contact us via comment, call (424) 675-0476, or by using the contact button on this page. We are always here to assist you in choosing the most successful path for your fitness career.
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