Like many personal trainers I take my work seriously. My personal training business was built on the fact that I was NESTA Personal Training certified. My work experience and holding several fitness certs gives me additional credibility. I understood I had been given the responsibilty to use my knowledge in a way that served my patrons to the best of my ability. Recently I was having a conversation with a friend. My friend mentioned her trainer had given them a great workout that day. Initially I thought great; everyone deserves a good workout! Later it hit me - the trainer of whom she was speaking is group fitness certified. My friends statement led me to wonder if it is possible a good many people don't realize the difference between fitness certifications and the scope of practice each one allows? Unknown to many is the that the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) is a useful tool. One that will ensure the professional you hire to guide you along your fitness path is qualified to do so. Please remember not all instructors are personal trainers just like all are not for example yoga, pilates, cycling, group fitness etc certified. Before hiring any fitness professional I urge you to do your homework. A good place to start is http://www.credentialingexcellence.org/p/cm/ld/fid=121
This blog in not intended to promote one certification over another. It is to help the public to be aware they have a responsibility to inform themselves prior to hiring a fitness professional.