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Online Personal Training Certification?

Phil Ray - Friday, January 17, 2014

In the world of personal training education, there has been a significant rise in schools offering personal training education and certification without ever leaving the comfort of their computer.


Training without training

Here’s a quote from one of the online personal training programs:

“our self-paced online personal training course means you can study anytime, anywhere. There are no in-person classes to attend and no schedules to keep.”

While the promise of becoming a personal trainer without having to participate in hands-on training might sound like an efficient way to begin a career, it could actually be the opposite.

Here are a few reasons why:


You could potentially hurt someone

Without the proper knowledge and understanding behind the individual needs of each trainee, coupled with a lack of experience in teaching proper exercise technique, you could be putting your clients at significant risk for injury.


Your clients may not reach their goals

Personal trainers help clients reach their goals by employing a number of sound exercise techniques, dietary strategies, and lifestyle changes designed to maximize their gains. Without proper hands-on training, there is no way to properly and safely teach these concepts to clients.


You may find it difficult to land a job

Gyms, hospitals, and other fitness facilities may choose not to hire you. These businesses are responsible for the conduct of their trainers, and are looking for the best the market has to offer. They are seeking potential trainers who have been properly educated in the classroom, and in the gym, with quality instruction focused on safety, technique, and on a variety of different training equipment, and fitness assessment tools.


A foundation for success

For the very best chance at personal training success, both for you and your clients, consider getting a complete personal training education that consists of live classroom education, hands-on training, from experienced industry professionals, and significant business training to ensure you hit the ground running in your new fitness career.

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