ACSM is it just for medical purposes?
I am looking to get certified as a personal trainer either through NASM or ACSM.
I currently live in Dallas and since The Cooper's Athletic Center is often mentioned by my peers as a good source to get your certification I have been leaning toward that a bit.
NASM and ACSM both seem similar, and I was looking more into ACSM than NASM, until I started reading that ACSM seems more geared toward the medical field, i.e. rehab, healing, etc. Although I find those are incredibly noble fields, I was not sure if this is right for me.
I have worked out for many years, but am new to personal training and wanted a certification that is entry level but also decently prestigious. I mainly want to help average people whether in shape or not loose weight, gain strength,improve their conditioning and live healthier lives. Pretty basic stuff. Since I am new to this I was wondering if ACSM is too specialized, or aimed more for people who want to make this a full time career through becoming specialized trainers in the medical field?
Am I reading to much into what ACSM does or is? Can someone please explain.
ALL I WANT TO DO IS GIVE PEOPLE A GOOD WORKOUT!