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Poll Sticky Thread Sticky: Poll: How To Be overprepared for the NASM

Hey guys ,after posting these past few weeks in here I constantly get pms regarding taking the NASM but that doesn't bother me at all , I am making this post to help everyone in the future on taking the NASM. My NASM experience was a very long one, I drove 3 hours to fail it by 1 point! This was...

Bradster101190‎, 06-07-2011 02:05 AM
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Arrow Sticky Thread Sticky: General Forum Rules

Welcome to the Forums It is our hope that the members of the forums will help each other in providing motivation and information to those looking to reach their fitness goals. To protect our members and the forums, the following rules are effective in all sections. Please take...

ForumSentinel‎, 05-19-2014 09:12 AM
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Sticky Thread Sticky: QUESTION: Which certificates are the best?

The 'Big 3' certifications are ACSM, NASM, and NSCA. ACSM NASM

Mythic Beast‎, 09-14-2008 10:57 PM
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Sticky Thread Sticky: Directions toward a career in fitness.

Hello everyone, I recently completed as blog series outlining my experiences in the fitness career path. Hopefully some of you might find it helpful, or at least get some ideas to put to trial. Here's the 3-part series: Directions Toward a Career in Fitness, Part 1 Directions Toward a Career in...

alan aragon‎, 11-18-2009 08:20 PM
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Sticky Thread Sticky: [new PTs] Wage, percentage and rental

Attached is a rental contract from Goodlife here in Australia . The rest we can't see as the interviewing manager (illegally) wouldn't let the potential "employee" take the rest with them to examine at home (or even worse, let a lawyer see it) and shredded it in front of them. You can see why...

KyleAaron‎, 06-05-2017 10:18 PM
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NESTA Certification

Hi, I am a soldier currently in Iraq and I am looking to become a certified personal trainer so that when I get out of the Army and go back to college I will have a part time job that is both financially rewarding as well as physically rewarding. A buddy of mine from back home told me he got...

jon_carter13‎, 06-20-2009 05:24 PM
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Study Material for NFPT

Hello all, I'm looking at a few different certifications, mainly NASM and NFPT, and I was looking for some advice. I have a lot of NASM's study material but I'd prefer to take the NFPT exam (for cost and lack of a CPR/AED cert). For anyone who has knowledge on both of these certifications, could...

christiang7‎, 05-09-2015 04:48 PM
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Looking for a Trainer in North Jersey

All - Hope to commit to a Physique competition in May '19.. Need some help. Please reach out if you're a trainer who thinks I have some potential in the Masters Physique forum.. Thank, JLM

JLMohawk‎, 11-09-2018 11:05 AM
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Both of these have a lot of online study which I like. What would you say between the two? Which has better learning material (I believe NESTA's material is all digital)?

copypaste‎, 04-22-2015 03:35 PM
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Hey everyone i’m currently working on my personal trainer certification with ISSA and I was wondering how everybody went about the program ? I don’t really use the workbook I read a chapter , copy down the summary and some key points and take the quiz. Any tips from anyone ?

JackMarx‎, 12-04-2017 10:59 AM
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Advice for starting a business

Hey guys Ive recently became a certified personal trainer and strength and conditioning coach Im only 17 but have a lot of knowledge in training after competing in powerlifting and weightlifting After some advice on starting a business and any extra pieces of advice on becoming a personal...

westymate‎, 11-04-2018 07:09 AM
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Question How do I get started being an online coach?

Hello, I really want to get into online coaching. I want to be a Strength & Conditioning Coach, but I'm in college right now and I really need to find a way to make money coaching people. I really do care about helping people and would charge nothing or very little and I really am knowledgeable on...

tcainerogers‎, 11-01-2018 02:10 PM
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Red face C.S.C.S. next week. The final certification. I hope the book is enough. Final tips?

Got offered a head S/C position at the local high school, and it's not required, but I know the respect that certification gets so I want those initials regardless. I've read the book. Condensed each chapter into 3-4 pages of my own notes. I've made flashcards of my notes and now just rehearsing...

SkinnyBeast24‎, 10-31-2018 11:39 AM
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"I don't want to get too big."

Thoughts occasioned by seeing this said in a group led by women, and dedicated to training women: they supported the idea of not getting "too big". As trainers, we will hear this from time to time. Here are some things to consider. "I don't want to get too big." A friend of mine works in HR,...

KyleAaron‎, 10-28-2018 06:57 PM
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If you were going to get a PT...

If you were going to get a PT - as a PT - how would you go about choosing one? I used to have a good PT and can no longer train with him as hes moved away. I've been looking at local trainers but keep finding things I disagree with... I imagine PT's would have the same problem if they...

purplepen30‎, 10-30-2018 06:43 AM
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Growing Your Fitness/Personal Training Business

Hey everyone! It's been a while since I have been active on here. I wanted to put together a thread and share some knowledge on running a fitness business, while also learning from other pros on this forum. I'm hoping this can stay productive and avoid turning into a pissing match between...

jonmd123‎, 08-07-2018 02:02 PM
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ACE Personal Training Studying.

I'm currently studying to become an ACE certified personal trainer and I've been studying since June but it's only recently that I've been really serious with studying as I keep on procrastinating as there's alot of material to cover and I get bored easily. I got the Personal Training Manual, the...

BlackScorpio91‎, 10-28-2018 11:10 PM
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Advice needed

I have a female client who has been working out for years. She lifts heavy! She has been training with me for about 3 months now more for accountability. She has been trying to lose weight but the scale hasn’t been moving. (We haven’t tracked Body Fat yet...she hasn’t gone to get it done). She...

jen362000‎, 08-25-2018 08:05 PM
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Question University or Certified course

I would like advice, is it possible to build a career in the fitness world without being graduated? I would like very much to study communication and to obtain a certification as a personal trainer without studying physical education. Opinions about it?

imsilenzi‎, 10-22-2018 05:01 PM
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Forearm pain when hitting back

New to forums so if this is in wrong place feel free to move, but I’ve seen 2 PTs and they don’t have a clue what’s going on. So a couple weeks ago I went to stretch for my back workout and got an extreme pain in my left forearm. 3 scenarios seem to trigger the pain. When my arms are fully...

supaskills‎, 10-18-2018 11:05 AM
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Question your methods

I've been training people with barbells since 2010. As most know, for most of that time I've trained people using more or less vanilla Starting Strength. I'm experimenting now with front squats for novices. Reasoning being, if you can front squat it, you can back squat it, but the reverse is not...

KyleAaron‎, 10-08-2018 09:37 PM
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Arrow 4 questions about NASM

I'm thinking of getting a NASM cert. I hear I have 6 months before the test which is a decent amount of time? I'm assuming they send you a huge textbook that you have to read through and take practice tests? Also, I see the cert is only good for 2yrs and a recert costs $330, kind of pricy. ...

theACEofSPADES‎, 10-13-2018 11:49 AM
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What's the deal with out of shape personal trainers?

Not trying to be rude, but I notice at some of the gyms I go to that the personal trainers seem to be in absolutely awful shape. Often 20-30 pounds overweight or more with very little muscle to be seen? I understand that you don't need to be ripped to have decent knowledge of fitness, but it seems...

Cyborg009‎, 12-29-2010 12:42 PM
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Question Nicely Designed Trainer and Fitness SItes?

I'm looking for designs to show a web designer so that I can get a my own fitness and personal trainer site made. Does anyone have fitness and personal trainer sites that they like the design of you would like to share? Feel free to share you own sites and let me know why you choose to with a...

bluebarbell‎, 09-07-2018 12:00 PM
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I have my NASM Exam Friday - Any Advice on Memorizing Acute Variables Appreciated

Hello everyone! First time poster here. I am a 26 year old male and (as the title says) I have my NASM CPT exam on Friday. Over the past couple of months - (I did the self study) I've managed to read through the book, just taking it chapter by chapter. A normal day was reading one chapter,...

richardg6734‎, 05-20-2018 08:06 PM
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Find a real trainer

How do I find a knowledgeable trainer. Not one from la fitness that I know more than...

reignman76‎, 08-05-2018 01:24 AM
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Why light day(upper body) day before heavy day (lower body)

Why do alot of 4 day programs have you do your upper body the day before you do lower body? Mon. Press + assistance Tues. Dead + assistance Thursday. Bench + assistance Fri. Squat = assistance Just curious

Augustus59‎, 10-07-2018 02:52 PM
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Passed ACE Exam!

Hey yall, just a few hours ago I passed my ACE exam! I'm going to share a few tips however, as I don't recommend doing what I did. I've been through 2 years of full time exercise physiology school, and crammed studying for ACE in last minute. A few things I would recommend really nailing down: ...

OperationMayhem‎, 08-08-2018 02:10 PM
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Any private one on one training studio owners out there? I have some questions

If there are any trainers that operate or own a private training studio out there I would love to know how you expanded your business. I have a small studio that I do private one on one training out of in OH. The problem that I am having is that the schedule is booked out every day of the week, I...

Ferrara715‎, 09-25-2018 08:12 AM
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Difference in Studying/Testing for different Certification Programs

I literally know nothing. What sort of studying goes into each certification? Are some harder than others? Are we talking 4 weeks? 4 months? What do the tests look like?

marcus319‎, 09-29-2018 10:05 PM
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