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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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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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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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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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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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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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Working with clients who suffer from FOMO?

Hey fellow PTs, how do you work with clients who suffer from varying degrees of FOMO as they are trying to change their behavioral habits to reach their fitness goals? (For instance, they couldn't get to the gym and complete homework because of this event they had to go to, or staying out later to...

AntonCrushes‎, 07-04-2019 02:18 PM
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In Need of Personal Trainer

Hey! I am not sure if this is the right place to do it, but I was wondering where I could go to find a good personal trainer? They don't need to be nearby, but if someone like could give me advice as to what work outs to do, and follow my progress that would be awesome.

TDRussian‎, 06-28-2019 08:49 AM
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Just passed the 2015 ACSM CPT exam. Here's some tips. (long and lots of tips)

Let me preface this by disclosing that I'm a non-traditional engineering student (I'm 32 and didn't start college until late in my 20's,) so my study habits/skills are possibly a bit different than most going into this exam. I studied for 3 days and passed. About 6 hours on the first day, and 3-4...

NateSteen‎, 03-04-2015 03:30 PM
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Promo videos for Personal Trainers

Hi guys, I have been into my fitness for a while now and have recently become a full time freelance content creator. I was just wondering whether any personal trainers out there feel there is a market for creating promo videos in order to market themselves and their services to potential...

tomneame‎, 06-27-2019 08:43 AM
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Stroke survivor client: NEED HELP!

I have a new client that is a stroke survivor. She's 58 and has left side weakness. Her doctor recomended she exercise and hire a personal trainer. I'm fairly new to personal training and would very much appreciate any suggestions or input as to what I could do with her. She will be coming in for...

AmberCPT‎, 12-17-2012 12:54 PM
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Looking for online trainers

Hello, I'm looking for a reputable online trainer to help me reach my fitness goals. I have looked around on Google and I'm trying to find a way to find good online trainers. What I'm looking for is to tell a trainer my fitness goals and have them develop a fitness program and preferably also...

trapset‎, 06-22-2019 11:23 PM
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UK. Are personal trainers seen as slave labour as cleaners and lackeys by gyms?

I have been looking at jobs in gyms as a recently qualified L3 PT. I cant find any, not one that offers a salaried position. As a PT you are expected to be a cleaner wiping down equipment half the day, running classes and put weights back and do inductions...but not get paid, oh and be aware of...

PaulintheUK‎, 05-18-2019 11:39 AM
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