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ACSM exam is not worth the effort

Well I've talked to a few people who are majors in exercise science and they have failed the ACSM test. They told me the books are basically 2-3 years worth of college courses. Since it's not going to be my career I really don't see a point in studying for 6 months to make money that could be made more easily.

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You're right there is easier money elsewhere
by: Katie - Admin

ACSM is definitely not an entry level cert. If you are not pursuing a career as a personal trainer then there is no point to getting ACSM certified. But if you really love being a personal trainer and want to be the best trainer possible, ACSM truly is the gold standard.



- Katie

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HELP HELP HELP
by: Anonymous

A PERSONAL TRAINER (MANAGER) TOLD ME ACSM IS THE BEST. WELL I HAVE BEEN ON THE WEBSITESSS ALL DAY AND CAN NOT FIND OUT WHERE TO START.IS IT ALL ONLINE OR DO I JUST GET MY OWN BOOKS AND STUDY THEN CONTACT ACSM TO TEST?? DO NOT UNDERSTAND?? NO ONE EVER ANSWERS THEIR PHONES> THANX

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Signing up
by: versa

The process is to first buy the books online. Then Study, and when you feel ready sign up through the online site (Pearson Vue)where they will give you numerous testing sites in your area.

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Test is challenging
by: Andover, MA

Just finished the exam. Shocked at how some of the questions were not even in the review book/class. The are very tricky as well so you really have to read the question and choose the best answer.

Focus on muscle fibers, spindles, and the Myotatic Stretch Reflex. There were questions on that, as well as the Golgi Tendon Organ.

(Which I could not find anywhere in the Review Book nor did they review it in the ACSM Review Course which I took for 6 weeks.)

Know the fat soluble vitamins, that is a question. A D E K

Know the Met Calculations.

Know what the daily cholesterol intake is recommended by ACSM. Which is less than 200 mg/day.

And really study ALL the risk factors. They give a lot of questions and case studies that you have to figure out.

Good Luck!



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acsm personal trainer exam not a fair exam
by: Anonymous

I took the ACSM personal trainer exam after a 8 week work shop 1 night a week,had bought all the books studied for 6 months and Failed the exam I was shocked.They don't tell you why you failed so I guess you study everything again.Things you should know as a personal trainer are not in the exam and things that you really don't have to know are there,I feel it's just an unfair exam to make money and not about who is taking the exam. Thank you. I really love the world of fitness but getting certified is all about $$$$$

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