THE WORLD'S BIGGEST LIST OF EXERCISE, FITNESS & NUTRITION PRACTICES THAT YOU SHOULD AVOID.

Hardly an hour goes by that you don't find someone at the gym doing something
that is not helping them and might eventually hurt them
Incorrect Exercise Form ♦ Inappropriate Exercise Selection ♦ Obsolete Exercises ♦ Contraindicated Exercises ♦ Ineffective Exercise Programs ♦ Things that Look Cool but Don't Make Sense (most of these don't really look good some people just think they do) ♦ Poor Nutrition


Saturday, September 6, 2008

NO Certification? NO TRAINING!!!

DON'T HESITATE TO ASK A TRAINER TO SEE A COPY OF THEIR CERTIFICATION(S) BEFORE HIRING THEM AND MAKE SURE THE CERTIFICATION(S) ARE NOT EXPIRED

I am shocked by how many trainers claim to have all sorts of certifications and education by organizations with every imaginable acronym, but are actually certified by NADA. And shocked by the clients who are so charmed that they just believe them. It is reasonable to ask to see copies, or to find out what organization they are certified by and verify it online. Make sure the certification is current, not expired: Personal Training Certifications require that the trainer earns continuing education credits and recertifies every 2 years. Don't take chances with your health. I've listed the links for some of the top certifying bodies below (you can verify me at NASM). Check out WHO they are certified by. There has been a positive change in recent years: The best certifying bodies are now themselves ACCREDITED by the NCCA, the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. Individual Gyms themselved, no matter how large, are NOT accredited certifying bodies. Of course a degree in Exercise Science, Physiology or the like from an accredited College or University trumps a certification any day. If someone is quoting you a bargain basement price for training, chances are they don't have the certification or education. (I make one exception here, that you will often find a new trainer who is very diligent and working towards getting their certification and education - as I was several years ago. This might be someone worth making a commitment to, but you deserve to know so that you can decide).

NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine)
ACE (American Council on Exercise)
ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine)
NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association)