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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 09:57 PM
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Sticky Thread Sticky: About becoming a personal trainer

I get a lot of messages and questions from would-be and new trainers, and most dedicated gym-goers have at some point wondered about becoming a PT, so this goes out to them. Any questions or comments, fire away. Sr9FXdWc9l8

KyleAaron‎, 06-10-2019 05:13 PM
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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 01:05 AM
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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 09:18 PM
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Post NASM help

Hello. So I'm taking the NASM PT course (in UK), I finished all the theory exams and what I have left is the OPT 12 week predictive programming for level 3, where I'm a bit stuck. The material was good until this part, where little is explained, both in reading and online lectures. Now for some it...

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I haven't done any sprinting in years.. only walking/lifting.. I want to get to doing some wind sprints at the gym but I'm worried about pulling a quad or some other muscle in my legs.. Should i jog for a couple weeks first? and before i sprint/static stretching/dynamic stretching?

bea5twood‎, 09-06-2019 02:59 AM
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Looking for a trainer in Atlanta

Where is a good source for this?

r71‎, 09-10-2019 12:40 PM
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Eat your vegies

Too many trainers focus on macronutrient ratios and timing and blah blah, when some more very basic things are missed - are they eating any fruit and vegies? If you get a 40yo accountant or 35yo soccer mum, both of whom are overweight with back pain, is their issue really that they're having 110g...

KyleAaron‎, 07-15-2019 05:52 PM
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hi guys, im new to the business, so i trained a newbie today.. and i just found it so dang difficult to cue this person. its like they werent listening or didnt want to or they didnt understand what i was saying or something. or they just werent naturally able to get these points. i did a demo...

sunrisesunshine‎, 07-26-2019 06:22 PM
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Want to become personal trainer but I can't get my foot in the door.

I completed my ISSA certification. I am an avid kickboxer. Really into yoga and Pilates. I know my specialization. I live and breathe fitness, always learning new things about muscle mechanics. I've interviewed at countless gyms, chased after so many opportunities but I can't land a single gig...

Stryker7777‎, 08-27-2019 10:36 PM
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Post experience sharing:advice about Fat loss over 40,bear reading

Fat loss over 40? Possible? DAMN RIGHT IT IS. And oh so lovely Brenda is a great example of that. WAY too many times in my career I’ve seen people simply fall into acceptance when it comes to body change that can occur after 40. Suddenly how we were eating and exercising (or not) isn’t...

TonyStark99‎, 08-28-2019 08:15 PM
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Being a PT at Life Time fitness and/or Golds Gym

Hi y'all, I've been recently trying to get a job as a personal trainer. I have the CSCS and ACSM-EPC certifications and have a good amount of knowledge in regards to program design according to the client's needs and current limitations. I've just recently been interviewed by a Life Time Fitness...

TheDesertFox‎, 08-25-2019 08:52 AM
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Getting demotivated clients through a workout

Hello fellow trainers, I wanted to ask what strategies and tactics have you all found for getting through a not so good workout with a client. By this, I mean those days when the client is obviously stressed or tired and they have a more difficult time getting through a workout than they thought...

AntonCrushes‎, 08-24-2019 07:03 PM
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Ditch gym and personal trainer?

Hi. Just a quick question, I won't take up much time. I've been working with a Personal Trainer for the last few months. I've had great results, lost about 40 pounds. I really enjoy her company and I like working with her. I also appreciate her encouragement and drive to push me and kick when I...

enoonami‎, 08-21-2019 02:17 PM
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New York Sports Club: How much does it pay?

Hey, guys. I legitimately can't find this information anywhere. How much does NYSC pay per session? Or does anyone at least know the percentage? I might be working there soon...

GamerKT‎, 08-20-2019 03:09 PM
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Lightbulb Personal Trainer - Gym Space

Hi there! New to BodyBuilding, frankly, to ask this question. I just didn't know where to turn to to get some help/feedback... I recently underwent a pretty radical wellness change over the past year that has sparked a passion for building solutions for wellness pro's. I had an idea recently...

andweback12‎, 08-09-2019 09:05 AM
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Becoming a personal trainer

Couple questions: I'm in Canada, what certification should I get to be able to work in a gym? My mother is a trainer and she is suggesting Canfit or YMCA, but I've read that it is better to get legit certifications. Tips to find work at a gym. What do they look for? I see a lot of turn over...

Daniel1836‎, 08-05-2019 06:39 AM
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How hard will it be to make commission from this PT job?

For a friend, I can't really comment as I don't have much experience in the sales field of PT. He's been offered a 'Personal Training' role in Abu Dhabi. Home of the richest parts of the world where people go for money but he's been offered a flat salary of 3000AED (£700 GBP, or around $850) not...

Ohhhimark‎, 08-05-2019 04:08 AM
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Fitness Classes NYC

Where to find the best fitness classes in New York City?

traininglab‎, 08-04-2019 10:24 PM
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quality vs quantity

Everyone wants to grow their business. This means diversifying what you offer. You'll never get 500 people in one place all squatting, pressing and deadlifting. Or just doing kettlebells, or whatever particular tool or method you think is most useful. But there's a limit to how far you should...

KyleAaron‎, 07-23-2019 05:58 PM
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Ryan's Q&A Thread - Building Successful PT/Coaching Businesses

What's up everyone? Whether you know me or not, I've been on the forums for years. My main threads revolve around my GST program and I've managed them for the past five + years. Feel free to browse them so you can get a feel for who I am and how I operate. First Thread:...

2020Wellness‎, 05-14-2015 12:32 PM
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2 Questions from a futurebe

Yes, I tend to make up my own words sometimes. Anyway I am in the process of studying for my ISSA PT, just finished chapter 18 so I still have a ways to go. My first question after a brief description of my current area. I live in a small town in South-Central Illinois with a population...

bassing68‎, 07-18-2019 11:30 AM
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What is a good meal plan for trying to build muscle?

For most people, the intersection of ease, price, and taste makes brown rice, sweet potatoes, and oatmeal the go-to muscle-building core foods. Every day for as long as you want to build or maintain muscle, you must eat enough to reach your calorie target.

rawpersonaltrai‎, 07-15-2019 11:37 PM
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1 on 1 Personal Training sessions vs Small Group classes

I have a friend with a Starting Strength gym located in a strip mall in a fairly dense suburb of a major city (Dallas, TX) and his set up is 100% small group classes. His turnover rate is fairly brisk, but he caters to a market of mostly older white males, so it works for him in the location that...

401Delta‎, 07-14-2019 01:27 PM
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Adding muscle on 1500 calories a day

I had lapband surgery and my calorie intake is supposed to be no more than 1500-2000 calories a day. Im also wanting to bulk up. Is there any advice on how to add muscle when i cant really drink a lot of the high protein/high calorie shakes or supplements?

cornerstone226‎, 09-07-2010 10:36 PM
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ISSA Case Studies

Just wondering what peoples' thoughts are on the two case studies for the ISSA cert. Any suggestions would be helpful. Case 1: CLIENT PROFILE: CHAD EVERMORE Age Gender Resting Heart Rate Height Weight Body Fat Percentage 55 Male 80 bpm 6'2" 180...

Stallionforce‎, 11-15-2010 04:54 PM
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Stretching trainer?

Apologies if this is the wrong forum, I am not a PT, but have a question for all the PTs. I am approaching 40 and have been fairly inactive for a while. I was always active up through my 20s and have played organized sports my whole life, but my 30s hit along with a desk job and kids and I got...

allandr‎, 07-09-2019 07:22 AM
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UK people - anyone heard of FitLearn?

Hi everyone, so I've decided to take my Level 2 and 3 PT certs. I had been thinking of Lifetime (, but then ran into this provider, which apparently awards the same certs at a much lower cost. It's...

Luca2‎, 07-20-2017 09:48 AM
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1st Day as a PT, thinking about quitting.

I want to know how normal it is to have all your hard work and hours of knowledge just vanish? I became a PT 2 years ago but wasn't confident enough to get work, so instead I filled everyday reading countless books from Mel Siff to Mike Boyle, to getting my NASM CES/WLS, S&C level 1. I knew...

Ohhhimark‎, 07-04-2019 12:52 PM
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