Benefits of being a Certified Personal Trainer
Many of the knowledgeable and experienced trainers might be thinking that it is a waste of time to get certified after so much work in the field. Read this article to know the importance of being a certified personal trainer. And yes, you can get certified at any point of time!
In India, many small-scale exercise facilities are still running on the shoulders of uncertified trainers. Don’t get us wrong, as experience might have taught them what certification courses might have theorized in the first place; but these trainers are not able to make it big in personal training field because they lack the heavy credibility of an authentic qualification in personal training. Also, according to guidelines, it is mandatory to be a certified personal trainer before training clients as one cannot just experiment on the health and fitness of other people, the people who need an expert guidance in the first place. One cannot deny the importance of a certified course in fitness owing to this fact.
The first consideration when entering PT space is to have an applied passion for health and fitness. You must be an example of lifestyle you wish to promote. You can’t apply principles you never lived by, that’s as good as shooting in the dark. It also becomes difficult to market your credibility when you don’t present yourself as an ideal model for success to prospective clients. So take your time, do good work upon yourself, gain more knowledge and experience before opting for a career in personal training.
Why to get certified?
The next most important step towards taking on the fitness world is to get certified. You might have the most advanced applied knowledge of health and fitness principles without any official qualification but being non-certified can leave you at a serious disadvantage.
Firstly, there is always a question of credibility. No client or gym can read your mind to gauge your level of applied knowledge. You need to have in black and white.
Secondly, most reputable certifications like ACE and EREPS will provide you with liability insurance or a means to get it. This is very important in order to avoid any legal pitfalls, especially, considering most of your clients will be in the poor physical condition or will be prone to injury.
A certification provides a platform for further advancement as well as fills in the gaps in your knowledge. No matter how much you think you know, there is always room for improvement and learn more.
Last but not the least, a good certification packs you up with confidence on paper. Your qualification speaks for you, wherever you go along with your experience. Those people who start by taking a certification and then train clients get the advantage of fresh and updated knowledge and new take on client management. On the other hand, the trainers who already have good knowledge and experience when get a certification, they are ready to take a bigger leap in this profession as they don’t have clients doubting their capabilities even before trying their services.
A good institution that has a mix of certification, level-wise structured and suited for every kind of trainer and offers affiliated courses of national as well as international recognition, is a good choice to kick-start a career as a personal trainer.