What Does It Take To Become a Certified Personal Trainer

Did you know that as of 2022, there are over 170,000 personal fitness trainers in the US?

We know what you're thinking: with so many personal fitness trainers, who is going to notice you? But the thing is, if you're passionate about health and fitness, you will stand out.

Just read all the celebrity fitness posts and you'll see what we mean. Being fit is one of the most desirable qualities anyone can have. So, if you want to enter the industry, the first and crucial question is: what does it take to become a certified personal trainer?

Read on!

Complete an Accredited Personal Training Program

Personal trainers must complete an accredited personal training program to become certified.

The length of the program varies but generally takes several months to complete. The program should include both classroom and practical components. It should also cover topics such as human anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and nutrition. 

And if you're unsure where to start, the American Sports & Fitness Association or ASFA is one of those who specialize in providing programs that help personal trainers get certification online.

Pass a Rigorous Exam

The process begins with finding a credible, recognized organization that offers the certification exam. Once you have registered and paid the exam fee, you will receive a date to take the exam. The exam consists of a written part and a practical part.

The written part covers topics such as anatomy, kinesiology, and nutrition.

While the practical part requires you to show your skills in designing and leading a safe and effective workout. You must pass both portions of the exam with a passing score to receive your certification.

Get Liability Insurance

As a certified personal trainer, you are responsible for the safety and well-being of your clients.

You will need to get liability insurance to protect yourself and your business in the event that someone is injured while training with you. This insurance will cover your medical expenses as well as any legal fees that may arise from a lawsuit.

Get Certified in CPR and First Aid

This gives you the knowledge and skills necessary to help your clients in the event of an emergency. 

Becoming a trainer is not all about working out with your clients, it is also about making them trust you in keeping them safe.

Meet Any Other Requirements of the Certifying Organization

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. The requirements for becoming a certified personal trainer vary depending on the certifying organization.

And besides the already mentioned requirements, note that many certifying organizations have continuing education requirements for maintaining certification.

Become a Certified Personal Trainer Today

To truly become a certified personal trainer, you must have a passion for fitness and helping others reach their goals.

Motivate and inspire your clients. Be an excellent communicator and have great people skills. And be knowledgeable about anatomy, physiology, and how to design and execute workout programs.

And most importantly, you must be able to adapt your clients' programs to meet each of their unique needs.

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