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ACE to get my foot in the door...

by Adam
(NYC )

I just spoke to a trainer in my gym (NYSC) and asked him what certs they required to be a PT there. He told me that if I went with ACE, being that it's cheaper, they would hire me, and once an employee there, they would pay for my NASM cert. My question is do any trainers out there think is something I should do or not?

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ace cert first
by: Anonymous

Yes. Ace is actually thought of as a vewry reputable certification and not the easiest to get. However, it does not require any "hands-on" experience. It is still a wonderful place to start. You need the knowledge they expect in order to pass their test to be an effective, successful personal trainer. You should ask yourself a few questions first: 1. Are you comfortable w/gym equipment, body weight exercises, dumbbell routines, utilization of fitness bands and balls of various types and sizes? 2. Are you comfortable with putting together specific programs for clients? (meaning, taking into consideration different populations and their needs) If so, then I would definitely move forward with the cert from Ace. Good luck to you either way!

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PT?
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I'd suggest, to be a PT, go get a bachelors degree, then go to a graduate physical therapy program. Then after 7 or 8 years and passing your boards you can use the suffix PT. That is a professional designation for physical therapists just as MD is to medical doctors.

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Abreviations
by: Anonymous

PT, for these purposes, I believe would be PERSONAL TRAINER, not Physical therapist. Very different.

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name reference
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In the industry, a PT is a Physical Therapist. A CPT is a Certified Personal Trainer. These are the way these to professionals should be addressed.

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