If you had a chance to catch Part 1 in our personal training certification series, you know that there are a number of training certifications from which to choose. You also now know that finding the right fitness certification can be pretty confusing. Helping you break through the clutter, FitMeNow is focusing on the most recognized, most popular personal training certifications on the market.
Featured Certification #2: The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
A very well-known program, the National Academy of Sports Medicine certification is focused on helping would-be trainers understand how to craft strong personal training plans, get maximum results out of their clients, and establish a successful personal training career.
Like the ACE certification, it is possible to tailor your education by specializing in various training subsets. NASM trainers can choose from Fitness Nutrition Specialist, Weight Loss Specialist, Corrective Fitness Specialist, and others. These specializations are ideal for those who want to work with a specific group like athletes, golfers, seniors and youth. If you’re already a personal trainer, they’re also great for enhancing your resume and opening the door to more career opportunities.
According to the NASM website, their curriculum and training have helped “countless Certified Personal Trainers … establish dynamic careers in fitness.” They also cite their Optimum Performance Training™ (OPT™) model as their primary differentiator. The OPT™ is the “industry's first training program founded on scientific, evidence-based research” and helps improve flexibility, core strength, power, balance and endurance. NASM also states that OPT™ has helped millions of clients lose weight and gain lean muscle.
For more information on National Academy of Sports Medicine personal training certification, visit their website nasm.org. Don’t forget to stay tuned as FitMeNow continues to cover the top personal training certifications and shares tips for building a great career in the fitness industry.