First of all, you shouldn’t become a personal trainer to get rich. You’re not going to. You’re not going to become an instant millionaire because you chose the profession of personal training. But, the underlining fact is that if you are going to make a career as a trainer – it needs to pay the bills. In 2012 if you want clients – you have to broaden your scope.
In 2005, the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) recommended that health club owners hire personal trainers with credentials from agencies who have had their certification program accredited by a recognized third party.
As the biggest health club association in the country, a recommendation from IHRSA is worth taking notice, and most did. Health clubs voluntarily complied with stricter hiring requirements. They want to make sure that their members are being trained by knowledgeable and appropriately credentialed staff. They want to create a safe, productive and effective environment that is conducive to meeting personal fitness goals.
So what’s the problem? – well, personal trainers still seem to have a hard time knowing what to look for in a personal trainer certification.
They just know what they’re being told – they need to get certified to work.
So, what the heck does accreditation have to do with it? What does it mean, and why the heck should you care?
Accreditation is the one way to guarantee a third-party governing body is reviewing the policies and processes of every part of the organization – every part of the certification program. The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) is the authority when it comes to granting accreditation to certification programs in this and many other industries. The NCCA evaluates a certification program based on such things as its purpose, how it’s governed, how the test is developed and delivered, what is required for recertification and continuing education and much more.
Any Tom, Dick or Nancy can start a certification program and begin handing out a piece of paper and gold stars. The issue – it doesn’t mean there’s validity in it. Sure, accreditation isn’t all the buzz that it was some 6 years ago, but it’s still a measurement of legitimacy and evidentiary support of a credential’s worth and industry value. Don’t dismiss its importance, or you could be missing a very basic element when it comes to consumer respect and confidence in your training services.
Whether it’s from NFPT or not – please exercise due diligence in choosing your accredited certification program and credential. Your time is valuable, and your career path may depend on it.
Every day inspiring stories are shared with our staff. We receive amazing success stories by email and if we are lucky – we get to meet the trainer in person or at least talk with them on the phone. And now, with our new blog and Facebook page – we have a place to share them with all of you.
Monday, March 5, Gary Berglund, a NFPT certified personal trainer from Memphis, Tennessee, was in the news.
Berglund’s story takes you through his journey from drug addiction to success as a personal trainer, husband and aspiring Ph.D. Congrats Gary! Read his story.
February marked a special month for Leon Randolph, a NFPT certified personal trainer from Mercerville, New Jersey. RWJ Hamilton Center for Health and Wellness named Randolph trainer of the month.
We are always keeping our eyes and ears open for our NFPT certified personal trainers who pop up in the news. If you know of anyone who deserves a shout out or are a personal trainer with a story that will motivate others – let us know.
More than forty years ago, a U.S. Marine was shot in the arm while serving his country. While rehabilitating his arm he discovered a passion for fitness. This is the story of NFPT’s President and CEO, Ron Clark.
Q: What type of exercises did you have to do to rehabilitate your arm?
A: I had to do a lot of resistance exercises and, of course, weight training.
Q: When you got healthy, what was the first decision you made?
A: After my hand got strong, I decided to open a personal training business. I studied exercise science and became fascinated with the human body. Ten years later, I accomplished my goal and I opened The Gym, Inc.
Q: What led you to establish the National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT)?
A: As a personal trainer, I realized that there weren’t that many credible resources. I had to work hard to research places to get certified and wondered if they were legit. I knew it was time that someone stepped it up and offered a more attainable certification for hardcore fitness professionals like myself.
Q: What did you have to do before NFPT offered its first certification to a personal trainer in 1988?
A: I worked with many business colleagues, educators and physiology experts to research the current certification environment. I had a vision, but I wouldn’t say I knew exactly what I was doing. I recruited the right people to help me and asked the right questions. I knew where I wanted to end up – helping personal trainers become their best. I also received numerous certification credentials and competed in many bodybuilding competitions. I spoke with hundreds of body builders and asked if they’d be interested in getting certified. Even before I started NFPT I had a long list of names ready to be certified.
Q: What do you attribute to your success?
A: You have to surround yourself with the right resources. Find strong and intelligent people to help you get to where you want to go. I would also say my passion for body building and weight training. I am extremely lucky that my passion just happened to be able to be my career.
Q: What quality do you have that is similar with other entrepreneurs?
A: I think anyone who takes a risk to start a business must have the will to get back up after getting knocked down. If you are going to be successful, you have to get up every time you get knocked down. It’s going to happen. It’s about how you handle it.
Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: At NFPT, we are now recognized globally as a NCCA – accredited certification. We are always working to improve our continuing education materials and to find new ways for personal trainers to earn their credits. We are launching social media channels to develop a two-way communication policy. We aren’t just about telling personal trainers what to do or what to think. We want to know what they are doing, feeling – what do they want to see changed?
Q: Is there anything else that you want to see happen in the future; any new visions lately?
A: Actually, it’s already happened. It not a future thing – it’s a now thing. And, yes, it was another vision, but is similar to the one I had in 1980. Once again, I needed to open my own gym. For so many years I have been running a successful business. Because it was necessary to the success of NFPT, every year I got further and further away from the gym floor. I started to forget the challenges that personal trainers face every day. I started to forget the art of motivating a client to succeed and hit their strength goals. So, I recently opened NFPT Strength and Fitness in Lafayette, Indiana. If I am going to truly help personal trainers become their best – I have live, eat and breathe their experiences.
Q: What advice would you give to other personal trainers who are planning to open their own gym or start their own personal training business?
A: Crisis management is key. Problems are going to come up. You have to have good problem solving skills. And, if you don’t, find someone who does. Problem solving skills are so important. There is an answer to every problem. And, don’t ever make a quick judgment or fast decision on anything. Sleep on it.
Q: If I am a personal trainer and I needed more information on NFPT, what should I do?
A: If you need to know more about the certification process, you can always call us at 800.729.6378. If you want to just hang out with us first – introduce yourself on Twitter and Facebook.
For more than 20 years we’ve been thinking like a publisher. Our goal has been and will continue to be to better serve personal trainers. Personal Trainer Today (PTT) began as a simple newsletter and grew to a professionally printed publication. Then, in the 2000s online media sources were becoming increasingly popular and personal trainers wanted instant access to health and fitness articles and resources. PTT newsletter articles were already a part of NFPT continuing education. So, we listened, put the two together, and personaltrainertoday.com was born.
NFPT personal trainers were able to take CEC self-tests easier via the Web. Before then, NFPT trainers would be required to return hard copy answer sheets by mail. And, for us – it just made sense – if we truly wanted to focus on penetrating an attitude of health to every corner of the world – that should probably mean our environment too. In 2004, we embraced Going Green!
We will continue publishing PTT. We are just adding to our repertoire.
What’s the difference between PTT and The NFPT Blog?
PTT’s Benefits to Personal Trainers
• Offers continuing education articles (exercise, general fitness, health, nutrition, exercise news and nutrition news).
• Provides self-tests and other information on how to acquire continuing education credits.
• Delivers valuable fitness articles to keep you encouraged and motivated.
• Gives you a place to network. You can post your picture, bio and resume and point clients to your online profile.
• Spotlights products, services and companies that add value to your lives and business.
The NFPT Blog Benefits to Personal Trainers
• Reports on the latest industry news.
• Provides business advice.
• Gives shout outs to personal trainers with remarkable stories.
• Introduces you to industry experts.
• Publishes interviews with NFPT staff and other industry peers.
The NFPT Blog is just one more place where we are trying to provide information that will help you succeed. We also want to get to know other industry professionals. If you have an amazing fitness experience to share or a personal trainer success story – reach out to us. We’ll cover it here!
Let us know. What are some topics you’d like to see?
Who We Are
We are a group of people – a culture dedicated to serving personal trainers. Since 1988 our organization has been certifying personal trainers. We have offered our accredited trainer certification program to personal trainers to encourage them to live their dream. We provide fitness trainers with the education and health resources that nurture effective fitness skills. Upholding our mission to encourage continuing education is what we’re all about. At the end of the day, we are people determined to better the lives of people. We aren’t a building or a logo on a website. Our daily goals – to encourage you to enhance your performance skills, and to create a safe and purposeful environment for your clients.
Why Are We Blogging
For more than 25 years, we have provided the knowledge, resources and tools necessary to succeed in the life-changing field of personal training. The NFPT team is dedicated to you and the personal training industry. Our blog will allow us to deliver updated information about our industry and your passion. We have built a worldwide network of personal trainers and recognize the hunger you have for learning and the desire to stay at the top of your game. We want to share what we know, and learn more about you along the way.
What Will We Be Blogging About
You’ll be hearing from NFPT team members, subject matter experts, gym owners, personal trainers just like you and others who live, eat and breathe personal training.
You’ll read about the following topics:
· Industry News
· 2012 Trends
· Advice to Personal Trainers
· Marketing for Personal Trainers
· Shout Outs to Personal Trainers
· Expert Q & As
If there are topics you would like us to cover, let us know.
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