How to become a certified Personal Trainer

on Aug 02, 2013 @ 01:15 am

I exercise a lot. And sometimes I give tips to my friends and family on now to eat and lose weight and to get the results they want. Some have been encouraging me to get an actual personal trainer certification and I think I would want to do this. My question is is how?

CanFitPro is the one advertised at Goodlife (the gym I go to). But I know there are other places that offer certifications too. Does it matter where I get certified? Do clients even ask when they get a personal trainer?

Anyone know anything on this?

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hmm on Aug 06, 2013 @ 12:13 pm

I have a few friends who are personal trainers and from their experiences it doesn't matter all too much where you go to get certified, as long as you possess the passion, leadership, and knowledge of human anatomy, health and nutrition that will help your clients. I think it would only matter if you are going for a specific certificate. Here is a list:

Clients need to see that your the right 'fit' for the job, that means you not only have to look the part, but have the credibility.

You can start as a floor trainer at a gym which is how my friends started, and build your rep. from there. Also you can get mentoring from other trainers around you. Ask your gym if they have any opportunities like that, and if they can advise you on where to go for certification.

Trainer George
Personal Training Certification on Aug 14, 2013 @ 03:59 pm

Hi TigerLilly,
I am a Registered Kinesiologist and a Certified Personal Trainer. It's great to hear that you are looking into becoming a personal trainer as well. If you are thinking of working for a gym in Canada, I would recommend that you choose CanFit Pro, as Goodlife owns them, and they would request that you get certified with them. GoodLife has also taken over all the Extreme Fitness Clubs. If you plan on being independent as myself then you could choose CanFit Pro or look elsewhere for getting certified. CanFit Pro certification would also benefit you as there is an educational practical component to complete. If you choose to be independent, make sure you look into liability insurance also.
I hope this helps you, and good luck with your certification. You'll love it.
If you have further questions, you can find me on here as Trainer George.
Trainer George.

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