Personal Fitness Training Certifications – Which is the Best?

As someone who has worked in the fitness industry for many years, I am often ask which personal training certification I think is the “best”. It’s a very good question because there are so many different certifications out there to choose from. Just a few of the more familiar organizations that certify personal trainers include ACE, AAAI/ISMA, ISSA, NSCA, NPTI, WITS, the Cooper Institute and ACSM. Trying to decide which organization to go with can be overwhelming.

But it doesn’t have to be if you remember this fact: the general public will probably NEVER ask you “who are you certified by”. This is because the public does not know the difference between ACE, WITS, NPTI, NSCA or any other personal training certification.

Another fact is that all personal training certifications basically cover the same main areas of knowledge. All fitness training organizations (and their textbooks) place emphasis on exercise science, muscle and cardiovascular physiology, anatomy, fitness testing, exercise program design, basic safety / first aid, geneal nutrition and exercise technique.

The difference between each organization is how in depth the certification exam and study materials are. Some personal training study books are so hung up on counting every ATP molecule made in the Krebs cycle that they forget to mention that people should be more focused on burning calories during exercise and not burning fat. In other words, they place more emphasis on the obscure E=MC2 high tech science stuff, rather than the information that people can use right now.

If you want to be a personal fitness trainer and been wondering about what cert you should get, give your mind a rest and don’t get hung up on which is the best certification. The trick is to look at several certification programs and find a certification that’s:

1. Reputable

2. Teaches you what you need to know to work safely with others

3. Allows you to get re-certified relatively easily. And…

4. Is cost effective for your budget.

Remember, Knowledge is more valuable to people then a fitness certification or the size of one’s biceps. Consumers are very smart and they look for professionals who can save them time not only working out but also as they search for answers about their health and wellness.

Regardless, the most important thing to do is to keep educating yourself. Remember, a certification does not mean you know everything. Most people are more concerned with how smart you are than how much you can bench press. Having a certification plus six-pack abs may get you a few clients but if you can’t accurately answer a question like “why does my urine look dark colored after I work out,” you are at a BIG disadvantage and you probably won’t keep those clients very long. Most certifications only teach facts and not how to apply those facts to the real world. Thats why I wrote my personal training book to help fitness trainers avoid mistakes and understand how the facts apply to real life.

The Importance of Physical Fitness

In its most general meaning, physical fitness is a general state of good physical health. Obtaining and maintaining physical fitness is a result of physical activity, proper diet and nutrition and of course proper rest for physical recovery. In its simplest terms, physical fitness is to the human body what fine-tuning is to an engine. It enables people to perform up to their potential. Regardless of age, fitness can be described as a condition that helps individuals look, feel and do their best. Thus, physical fitness trainers, describe it as the ability to perform daily tasks vigorously and alertly, with left over energy to enjoy leisure-time activities and meet emergency demands. Specifically true for senior citizens, physical fitness is the ability to endure, bear up, withstand stress and carry on in circumstances where an unfit person could not continue.

In order for one to be considered physically fit, the heart, lungs, and muscles have to perform at a certain level for the individual to continue feeling capable of performing an activity. At the same time, since what humans do with their bodies directly affects the state of mind, fitness influences to some degree qualities such as mental alertness and emotional expression.

Physical fitness is often divided into the following categories in order for people to be able examine its components or parts. Particularly, physical fitness is judged by:

1. Cardiovascular endurance: This is the ability of the body to deliver oxygen and nutrients to tissues and to remove wastes over sustained periods of time.

2. Muscular strength & endurance: Strength deals with the ability of the muscle to exert force for a brief time period, while endurance is the ability of a muscle, or group of muscles, to sustain repeated contractions or to continue to apply force against an inert object.

3. Flexibility: This denotes the ability to move joints and use muscles through their full range of motion.

4. Body composition: Considered as one of the components of fitness, composition refers to the body in terms of lean mass (muscle, bone, vital tissue, and organs) and fat mass. Actually, the optimal ratio of fat to lean mass is an indication of fitness. Performing the right set of exercises can help people get rid off body fat and increase or maintain muscle mass.

Smoking is Injurious to Health

You all know the harmful effects of smoking on our health, environment and others. Smoking is harmful for each and every organ of the body. In simple words, we can say that smokers are near death stage. Nicotine is a highly addictive drug found in tobacco. The intake of this drug stops your body growth and results in causing various diseases.

Smoking results in causing ulcer, stroke, mouth and throat cancer, larynx cancer, various heart diseases, pulmonary disease, bladder and cervical cancer. So, it becomes very important to give up this bad habit. Quitting this bad habit will reduce your risks for diseases and improve your health.

Leaving smoking habits is not an easy job but it can be done. The choice is yours that how you want to quit, what kind of help you need, which option you want to choose and where to go for help. After 2-3 trials, you can successfully quit from this habit. Every time you try to quit, you came to know the favorable and unfavorable situations.

Firstly you have to make-up your mind and change your nearby environment. Throw all cigarettes and ashtrays from your workplace, car and home. Your family, friends can also help you to achieve this. Don’t allow anyone to smoke around you. You can also take advice from your health care provider. Keep yourself busy and take proper rest. There are many medication programs that help you in quitting and diminishing your urge to smoke.

Leaving this habit results into proper development of your body, lessens the risk of developing diseases, increases your learning and working capacity and halves the risk of dying. You will find the following symptoms that may exist for few days after leaving your smoking habit: faintness, depression tetchiness, trouble while sleeping, agitation, headache and sleepiness.

How to Improve Your Health

If you want to be successful in life improve your health and if you want to be happy in life then too improve your health. Unless a person is healthy he is neither able to remain happy nor successful in life. You should take care of your health to enjoy the pleasures of life.

The top priority of a person should always be health. If you are fit and healthy then only can you think of moving ahead in life and maintaining relationships and taking responsibilities.

It is very important for a person to assess his or her physical health. You can see the external problems but you should also know your body from within. If you have some external problem you always go to the doctor to have it checked. But at times when you do not feel good from within and find no symptoms of ill health you do not make an effort to go for a check up. It is here when we create problems for us. Whenever you feel weak or low visit your doctor. You could be facing some health problems which could be tackled easily rather than delaying and making it worse. Your body starts showing symptoms if it is unwell. The symptom could be physical as well as emotional. Never ignore the symptoms your body gives such as falling of the hair, often feeling weak and lethargic and getting irritated fast. These could be indications of serious problems.

Give time to yourself and improve healthcare. There are different ways of improving your health and it only requires a little of your time. You have to learn to be cautious towards your health.

How to improve health?

It is not very difficult. You have to see to what you are eating. Are you eating healthy food or only junk food? Do you take juices, fruits and vegetables in your diet? Is your diet balanced with all the vitamins, minerals and proteins? These are the questions you should often ask yourself and include that food which you do not have at all. You should avoid any kind of deficiency. At times you avoid certain food out of lack of interest and as a result facing health problems.

Overeating is also a factor responsible for an unhealthy body. Obesity is one of the main problems today. To avoid obesity you have to have a controlled diet. Avoid too much of fatty food. Again include juices in your diet. Vegetables juices give you a lot of energy as and at the same time they contain fewer calories. You should include fruits and vegetables in your food.

Exercises are a good way of health care. Exercises keep you physically fit and active. The muscles are strengthened when you exercise and there is proper circulation of blood. You could do any type of exercise such as aerobics, yoga exercise or just do some basic exercises. They not only keep you physically fit but also relieve you from stress.

To improve your health it is very important to improve your lifestyle. What you eat? How you eat? When do you eat? How much do you sleep? These questions tell you much about your lifestyle. When people do not eat healthy, that is they take too much of fatty food, they skip meals, do not have proper timings to eat, do not take much of vegetables and fruits and they do not take proper sleep then we can say that their way of lifestyle is unhealthy. They are the people who often face health problems.

So for a healthy living eat well, sleep well and exercise well.

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