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    Can-Fit Pro Courses

    I?m thinking of taking a Can-Fit Pro course this summer but I have a few questions:
    - Can you pick any course or do you have to do one course before you can enter into another? (Im thinking of doing the Personal Trainer Specialist (PTS) course)
    - How hard/easy is it to pass the exam?
    - Has anyone done a Can-fit pro course?/What did you think of it?
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    I just finished the Can Fit Pro
    You can pick any course to start, but it makes the most sense to start as a PTS haha...
    I thought the course was good, it went a little slow for my liking, but every teacher will do it differently. Definitely buy the book and materials, they are an amazing guide, and a necessity if you aren't on top of your anatomy.
    The theory exam was difficult (and a passing grade of 80% was needed), the breakdown was as follows:
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    and there was 75 questions, then a case study (design a program for the client given)
    I found the practical exam easy, but I have a lot of experience, and the practical exam is nice idea, as you have to design a program for a client they give you, then you have one hour to demonstrate the program (or most of it, if you had a program that would take longer than an hour)
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    CAN-FIT-PRO Practical Exam

    Can anyone tell me how hard the practical exam is?

    I workout myself, and dont want to take the course if it is mostly anatomy and kinesiology.
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    There was just a thread on this-use the search button

    To sum the last post up

    The course is a joke, you will not learn how to train ppl, you basically go through a grade 12 exercise science class in 3 days. Don't expect the course to teach you how to be a trainer, make sure you have a strong background in training and know alot about anatomy.

    For the exam all you really need to know is the lat pulldown, bench press, and squat (the practical exam) The theory is fairly easy and very general.
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    Originally Posted by DoItUp View Post
    There was just a thread on this-use the search button

    To sum the last post up

    The course is a joke, you will not learn how to train ppl, you basically go through a grade 12 exercise science class in 3 days. Don't expect the course to teach you how to be a trainer, make sure you have a strong background in training and know alot about anatomy.

    For the exam all you really need to know is the lat pulldown, bench press, and squat (the practical exam) The theory is fairly easy and very general.
    Hey there,

    I just wanted to note to people - and I work at Can-Fit-Pro in the Certification department - that this is only a 25 hour course so of course you aren't going to come out of it a Kin major! It is a course meant to get you started and rolling and then in order to keep up your certification you are required to update your certification with continuing education each year. This helps to build your knowledge and to increase your confidence as a Trainer over time. I would agree, many Trainers coming out of our program should probably shadow a more experienced Trainer for the first little bit before they have clients on their own. Unless, of course they have some bigger education prior to taking the course.

    Just wanted to add that in as I feel that maybe people think this is the certification and only education we are saying people need - thats not it..we want you to keep learning!!! Its important for your cleints and your own confidence!!!!

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    Originally Posted by LS86 View Post
    Can anyone tell me how hard the practical exam is?

    I workout myself, and dont want to take the course if it is mostly anatomy and kinesiology.
    why not?
    if you want to be a trainer you need to that stuff very well!!!!
    just because you are in shape doesnt make you a good trainer
    you got to know the muscles and how they work.....
    sometimes you'll have a client who wants/needs to work a certain muscle
    but maybe from an injury they can't do certain motions knowing your anatomy
    will help you know what to do...
    like a slightly different motion that will work the same muscles
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    I only got the studying material. I missed my first test because i was in new york that weekend and it was too late to move the date. So i am paying $65 to re-due the test later this month. Im looking at june 11th as a possible date.

    Personally, i think the books are more then enough. Someone said before that all you need to do is take someone through a basic workout schedule following CanFits FITT formula.

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    Originally Posted by Butterfly_babe View Post
    Thanks for the reply! Thats soooo good to hear. I was mainly worried that there would be additional stuff in the course that I couldn't learn from the material provided in the study guide and manual.

    If the Can fit formula for taking someone through a workout is in the book I really dont see it being an issue either.

    I'm just going to make sure I know the material inside and out before I try to take the test.

    Sucks you had to reschedule! Did you take the required CPR course yet? Im going to sign up for that now so it's out of the way.
    I already work at a gym as a strength and fitness supervisor so they gave me my CPR AED for free. My gf has to take the course though, so she might take her CPR with Canfit.
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    Originally Posted by spillsy View Post
    Hey there,

    I just wanted to note to people - and I work at Can-Fit-Pro in the Certification department - that this is only a 25 hour course so of course you aren't going to come out of it a Kin major! It is a course meant to get you started and rolling and then in order to keep up your certification you are required to update your certification with continuing education each year. This helps to build your knowledge and to increase your confidence as a Trainer over time. I would agree, many Trainers coming out of our program should probably shadow a more experienced Trainer for the first little bit before they have clients on their own. Unless, of course they have some bigger education prior to taking the course.

    Just wanted to add that in as I feel that maybe people think this is the certification and only education we are saying people need - thats not it..we want you to keep learning!!! Its important for your cleints and your own confidence!!!!

    Happy Training everyone!
    Very well said!

    I believe CanFit-Pro has gained a bad reputation over the past year. Even though it is a weekend class, in order to pass the exam you must have some sort of knowledge in the sciences that is required. It's a great way to start your career as a trainer.

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    practical is fairly easy, depends on the teacher i think because its up to him if you pass but the theory exam is really easy if you read the book
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    I'm doing the written exam on Sat. 20 June... I'm very nervous!! I've read and reread the Study guide and my answers and still don't feel prepared I've also studied the book... I think it's the 80% average pass mark that's making me freak... Why so high? Darn my son is studying to be a nurse and he only needs 65% on exams!

    Another question, are all the 75 questions multiple choice? Preparing the workout program part doesn't bother me at all because I already make workouts for people. It's all the bones and muscles, the bioenergetic system etc that is bothering me...

    Anyways thanks for letting me vent a bit, it felt good LOL
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    Originally Posted by Ilener View Post
    I'm doing the written exam on Sat. 20 June... I'm very nervous!! I've read and reread the Study guide and my answers and still don't feel prepared I've also studied the book... I think it's the 80% average pass mark that's making me freak... Why so high? Darn my son is studying to be a nurse and he only needs 65% on exams!

    Another question, are all the 75 questions multiple choice? Preparing the workout program part doesn't bother me at all because I already make workouts for people. It's all the bones and muscles, the bioenergetic system etc that is bothering me...

    Anyways thanks for letting me vent a bit, it felt good LOL
    This i s what makes me nervous. I have a hard time remembering the bones and muscle
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    i am taking the exam tomorrow too. i didn't take the courses although i hear they give you the answers... can anyone tell me if the exam is super hard? i am kinesiology so a lot of this training stuff is review.. what is the practical like?
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    I just did the class study this weekend. It was pretty horrible, 90% of the class doesn't even look like they touched a weight before.
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    Originally Posted by Ilener View Post

    Another question, are all the 75 questions multiple choice?
    100 multiple choice questions
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    Yes, 100 multiple choice questions... I found it difficult but I have no experience in anatomy etc, I definitely didn't study that part enough... My girlfriend found it easy but she's been in the fitness business for 25 years, and works in a hospital... I don't have the results yet... but I doubt I passed with an 80%...

    I'll probably do a retake, why not, I've come this far!!
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    Can Fit Pro is a good "Start" if you have no post secondary education in Kinesiology or Physical Education.

    By no means does it give you anywhere near enough knowledge to be certified as a trainer. Granted you do have to start somewhere.

    My beef with this course is that it is used by many gyms to "certify" their trainers so they can be covered by the gyms insurance policy.

    The gym I work out at uses Can Fit Pro to certify their trainers. 95% of the programs I see are given to every person who signs up for personal training sessions & do not take into account level of fitness, experience, Muscular imbalances, etc... The trainers basically need to be able to count up to 10 or 15 & give everyone the same basic programs. IMO that is not "training" someone.
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    Originally Posted by labradarep View Post
    Can Fit Pro is a good "Start" if you have no post secondary education in Kinesiology or Physical Education.

    By no means does it give you anywhere near enough knowledge to be certified as a trainer. Granted you do have to start somewhere.

    My beef with this course is that it is used by many gyms to "certify" their trainers so they can be covered by the gyms insurance policy.

    The gym I work out at uses Can Fit Pro to certify their trainers. 95% of the programs I see are given to every person who signs up for personal training sessions & do not take into account level of fitness, experience, Muscular imbalances, etc... The trainers basically need to be able to count up to 10 or 15 & give everyone the same basic programs. IMO that is not "training" someone.

    There lies the problem, a lack of imagination! Allow me to give a few examples from my own experiences outside of the 'personal trainer' domain. Years ago. [when I was a member of the CSIA] a buddy of mine was doing his level IV ski instructor course. Sadly, he did not pass and the excuse offered was; 'he was to innovative.' He strayed from their methods a little further than the little drones they were trying to create. Imagination is the staple of any career! As a McGill graduate in MIS and an MCP I have watched many network/IT guys falter because they failed to think 'outside the box.' [this is when they call in the 'troubleshooter.']

    What I am slowly realising in the field of 'personal trainer' is that anyone can get certified then begin a career as a trainer, thus the 'you show what you know' mentality. It's an egregious error to believe that one can walk out 'certified' and know the complete ins and outs of your field. There's a plethora of information[some good some bad] available to trainers and as trainers you need to keep studying and experimenting. I have reviewed several of the certs available and '*they all seem' to give you the same basic outline.(with the exception of ACSM)

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    * This is my opinion based on what I've read on the ACE, ISSA, and several other courses available.

    * As an NCCP certified coach[baseball, hockey, skiing, archery] I have become aware of the individual needs.
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    Hey guys/girls i'm curious do you think its worth doing the course? or should i get the 268$ package? The text book and the exam package.
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    Originally Posted by Lingweno View Post
    Hey guys/girls i'm curious do you think its worth doing the course? or should i get the 268$ package? The text book and the exam package.
    I did my written test 5 months ago, but I had done the in class like 2 years ago lol.

    So basically I didn't remember much from the course, just studied the book (read it page to page), and that was it. Passed the written with 80%. It's not hard...

    Doing my practical in a month. Should do fine since I have experience training.
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    Yes, 100 multiple choice questions... I found it difficult but I have no experience in anatomy etc, I definitely didn't study that part enough... My girlfriend found it easy but she's been in the fitness business for 25 years, and works in a hospital... I don't have the results yet... but I doubt I passed with an 80%...

    I'll probably do a retake, why not, I've come this far!!
    Just an update, I did pass with 85% written and practical...
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    Just curious will i still be eligable to get certified with just the exam and study booklet?
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    Red face I writting my Exam

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    Just an update, I did pass with 85% written and practical...
    Well, I am nervous about the exam, just wandering if you did the online study and sample exam online? did it help you pass the exam? I'm writting mine in Markham this December.
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    Originally Posted by lululemonade View Post
    Well, I am nervous about the exam, just wandering if you did the online study and sample exam online? did it help you pass the exam? I'm writting mine in Markham this December.
    Every little bit of studying I did helped... on the online sample exam I got 95%, but it's open book... I also did the online studying which helped too...Good luck, keep us posted on your progress....
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    does anybody know if there is a layout for the case study part in the thoery exam , i am writing it tomorrow, not sure wut they will want out of it
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    A little bit about myself...

    I've been thinking about becoming a PT for a while but i seemed to never have the time or money to get all my certs. In December i got laid off from my job in construction. I sat around for a week or so then i started to get really board. I went online figured out what was the min requirements that i needed to get to become a PT, and i did it.

    The flowing week i took my CPR course w/ Can-Fit-Pro ($50) Then the flowing week i got myself into the PTS course ($500).

    I completed my PTS on Saturday and Sunday / 6hr per day and also the flowing Saturday and Sunday / 6hr per day (2 weeks 24hr)

    I then took a week off, study the material, booked my exam... and did both my particle and written exam on the same day..

    A week later i received my marks 93% on the written and 96% on the particle

    The next day i started sending my resume out to every gym in my area. I was getting phone calls and emails every single day all week, i had a couple interviews...

    Then about 2 weeks later... GoodLife called me, i was really excited to hear from them. I have always liked GoodLife and have only heard positive things about GoodLife. I went in for the 1st interview and it went awesome the next day they called me to tell me that they where interested and wanted to set up a 2nd interview. I went into the second interview a little nervous but it went even better then the first and they hired me on the spot.

    The point of my long ass ramble is that it took me less then 90 days and about $550 to go from thinking about becoming a PT and becoming a PT at the fitness center of my choice!!

    I do realize that Can-Fit-Pro only gave me the basics, but they also gave me the right tools to get my foot in the door, without spending 2-4 years in school and $10,000+ in dept.

    I do plan on continuing my education with Can-Fit-Pro and my career GoodLife. Right now with my PTS/CPR I start as a Level 1 PT ($20 per hr). I’m taking my NWS w/ Can-Fit-Pro in March and that will make me a Level 2 PT ($27 per hr) and it continues to go up (Level 5 @ 55+ hr) the more coarse and experience you get.

    IMO Can-Fit-Pro is a great place to start, it will help you get yourself a base level job in the industry and it will help you decide if you even enjoy training other ppl and if you do enjoy it, continue your education and maybe you could make career out of it!!

    I hope my story maybe inspires someone!! If you have been thinking about becoming a PT jus DO IT!!

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    You may also wanting to consider getting your CPTN certification. It is around $700 course and exam. It is more thorough and you have to have your First Aid as well as CPR and log 20 hours of personal training practice or job shadowing (yeah, you could lie but...). It seems to be a little more respected than Can-Fit Pro as well. I am going to go this route.

    Once you have your CPTN you can get accredited as a PTS with Can-Fit Pro as well without having to take their course or exam by proving that your have your CPTN certification. They charge $180 to do this.
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    Originally Posted by spillsy View Post
    Hey there,

    I just wanted to note to people - and I work at Can-Fit-Pro in the Certification department - that this is only a 25 hour course so of course you aren't going to come out of it a Kin major! It is a course meant to get you started and rolling and then in order to keep up your certification you are required to update your certification with continuing education each year. This helps to build your knowledge and to increase your confidence as a Trainer over time. I would agree, many Trainers coming out of our program should probably shadow a more experienced Trainer for the first little bit before they have clients on their own. Unless, of course they have some bigger education prior to taking the course.

    Just wanted to add that in as I feel that maybe people think this is the certification and only education we are saying people need - thats not it..we want you to keep learning!!! Its important for your cleints and your own confidence!!!!

    Happy Training everyone!
    Well no offense to you, but the continued education for CANFITPRO is a joke. Apparently the fact that I graduated with a Bsc in exercise science is not considered continued education, but paying $500 to travel 5 hours to go to a bender ball conference is... *rolls eyes*. Just a way to waste my time/money IMO.
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    Originally Posted by X-Mark-X View Post
    Well no offense to you, but the continued education for CANFITPRO is a joke. Apparently the fact that I graduated with a Bsc in exercise science is not considered continued education, but paying $500 to travel 5 hours to go to a bender ball conference is... *rolls eyes*. Just a way to waste my time/money IMO.
    this is true can fit is a joke they send you their ****ty magazine which i have used to wipe my ass... during my coarse i was taught to NEVER touch the bar to your chest when bench pressing. NEVER squat below the knees... its basically a coarse on how not to get sued... its a coarse just to say your certified the exam is easy as hell,, same with the practical exam.. and their CEC's... if hydro fit and pilates is your thing go ahead.. its more of a coarse for kin students to be able to practice before their done their real education. can fit wont really make you a good trainer thats somthing you have to do on your own research and creativity... ALOT of gyms dont take the canfit certification seriously either
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    taking the exam!

    hey guys im taking the exam on sunday! Any tips of what i def should know off my heart?!?Thanks guys i hope i pass! Fingers crossed!
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