Get The Training and Certifications You Need To Excel
Nowadays just saying you’re a personal trainer is not enough to attract clients due to the amount of competition around. So what separates some trainers from others? Degrees and Certifications can highlight the credibility, professionalism, and commitment to the field of training and help you stand out from the crowd.
Why get an education?
Gina Gutierrez , BS in Exercise Science, MA in Sport Management, Certified Holistic Life Coach through CHEK, and General Manager of DIAKADI fitness, highly recommends personal trainers getting their bachelor’s degree in some form of physiology and/or kinesiology in order to obtain an in-depth knowledge of the human body, how it functions, and how the recommendations she makes to her clients actually affect the physical make-up of the system.
Zack Van Wagoner, BS, NASN certified, Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES), TRX, TRX Trainer, and personal trainer also has a lot of certifications and degrees under his belt. He too advocates the knowledge component of knowing the body as a whole and how everything works and functions together in order to specialize in specific populations and find a niche in certain styles of training.
Get a Bachelor’s of Science:
Both Gutierrez and Van Wagoner state that certifications are important for further training. Gutierrez acknowledges that a bachelor’s of science can amplify and enhance one’s expertise and experience in the industry. This additional knowledge can help trainers create their brands and head in to new career paths that may not have been open before. Gutierrez explains how her degree helped her gain confidence in her personal training practice by placing higher standards on her expertise for how she was trained in multiple areas of sports science. Van Wagoner also describes how his bachelor’s degree increased his credibility and quality as a trainer. He also recommends going to an accredited college or certification program to further warrant one’s expertise and training.
Where do you go?
Before just jumping into any program, do some research and evaluate where you’d like to take your business level to and what education style works best with you, advises Gutierrez. Van Wagoner also proposes the possibility of online degrees through accredited universities. Get the bachelors first and then get additional certifications based on your particular training goals and training style and population you will want to work with.
A degree and further certification can provide credibility and validate expertise. However, Gutierrez emphasizes having passion for your career because passion shows through our personalities and truly keeps our clients coming back for more.
Sarah Koszyk is a Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Coach at Eating Free, an online adult weight management program. She also provides in-person nutrition coaching at a private practice, MV Nutrition, in San Francisco, CA, where she specializes in sports nutrition and adult and pediatric weight management. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.