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AFAA Workshop & Exam

by Christy
(Kentucky)

The AFAA Personal Trainer Workshop was well worth it! I was certified with AFAA for Group Exercise and decided to also experience the Personal Trainer Certification. Before the workshop, I read the book, completed my study guide and studied online (the ideal pupil, right?). However, the actual workshop was far beyond that. It certainly could just be my learning style and/or a great Instructor, but I can't imagine taking the exam without the extra training. I had a much better understanding of the concepts/application and was able to ask questions and review points that were confusing. Go AFAA! I highly recommend this over an all-online certification.

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AFAA Fees
by: Anonymous

AFAA just increased their fees for re-opening a failed quiz from $10 to $79. Of course you don't learn this until waiting on hold for 2 hours because you have to call to get a quiz re-opened. Total money grab, shame on you AFAA.

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Wasted $199
by: Anonymous

I had a terrible experience with AFFA personal training workshop in New York Flushing. The workshop supposed to start at 7.30am. The lady who was teaching workshop showed up at 8.45am, not even introducing herself. She was having an attitude like we were a reason for her having a bad day. It was just four students for this workshop. I found it very unprofessional. I left. I called to AFFA customer service to tell what happened. I asked the full refund but they are refused to do refund. That's mean to me that they carry only about money, not about customers and quality of workshops. I have attended NASM workshop in Manhattan. I had the most beautiful and knowledgeable experience I have ever had. I will keep going for NASM workshops.I will never ever come back to AFFA workshop again!

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AFAA personal trainer certification workshop

by John
(Phoenix, AZ)

I attended the 3-day workshop and took the certification test on the last day. Coming from a non-health background, i found the workshop to be challenging and rigorous, leaving with a sense that i did get quality instruction from the workshop. The good part about the certifcation is that there is a practical test that one must complete to pass, whereas many other tests do not include it.

Although i believe it is a good solid certification, I wish AFAA was as prominent as ACE or ACSM in the personal training arena. I guess it could be compared as attending a regular 4-year college or attending harvard, with all the strong history and foundation that comes with the name, although the material taught may be the same.

in all, I would recommend AFAA's certification!

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AFAA Group Fitness Cert
by: Anonymous

I was just wondering about the group fitness cert workshop. Was wondering if anyone could explain what is in the test. I worry about the choreography the most, because I can't do it! Any thoughts on what to expect.

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Do not reccommend
by: N

I took the AFAA workshop, and I was disappointed with the outcome. The workshop was good, and so was my instructor (Linda MacGee), but the test - practical and written - was awful. The written is fairly simple, but as you'd expect with any organization, they're in it for the money, and it shows. There are questions meant to throw you of, or be ambiguous. The Visual Discernment portion was bogus; the picture quality was awful and misleading. I passed the written, but failed the practical and had to retake it. You can only get one point off before you fail. Much of it is up to the instructors value judgements, too. Honestly, I am considering not recertifying with AFAA, which would be cheaper than taking a test with another organization, simply because I would rather give my money to an organization that doesn't make my life more difficult than it has to be. They also took 6 weeks to send me my results, unless I paid $35 to have it processed sooner.. it's a Scantron.. it shouldn't take that long. Depending on what you want to do, ACE, NASM, or even NSCA are all better (according to what I've seen, and reviews from friends).

Just use another organization.

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AFAA PT Certification 3 day course way to go

by Michele
(Massachusetts)

The instructor I had was WELL qualified! There is prep required prior in that you read the WHOLE 14 chapter text and do the questions in the workbook. Also, the practice test was VERY helpful! If you're serious and passionate about helping others, you shouldn't mind this. It DEFINITELY made the weekend go a lot smooother. I can't imagine NOT doing the prep! The actual course was review, reinforcement, and a bit of extra, helpful info. You shouldn't be looking for an easy way out if you're going to properly train clients SAFELY!

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AFAA Personal Trainer Workshop

by Marie
(Bellevue WA)

I went to the 3 day workshop in 1998 and I found the workshop to be good and the hands on training was great. I passed the practical/written exam on the first try. A first for me as it took me several attempts to pass the AFAA group certification which is a prerequisite. AFAA has an online course to prepare you to take the National Board Exams which I am studying for right now. I'll give you an update on whether this helped me pass the exams or not.

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Three Day AFAA Workshop

by Deana
(ft.lauderdale)

You can call it a three day crash course..
the instructor rushed through all the material and at the end I didnt really learn anything.
it was not an easy written exam. There were a lot of detailed questions that the material was never pointed out as being important. The practice exam was easy to me.. Our instructor was in a rush to leave early every day and didnt want to review on the last day of the test. Its not worth the money...

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AFAA Workshops prepare you for the exam

by Margaret
(Louisiana)

The AFAA personal trainer courses supply enough preparation for the exam. I over prepared and I studied the wrong details before the workshop. The workshop totally prepared me. Yes i had to go home and study what I learned that day but other than that it totally prepares you.

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AFAA prepares you better
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I agree. I have both AFAA and ACSM H/FI certifications. After attending the workshop for both, I felt totally prepared to take the AFAA exam, but still spent weeks studying for ACSM. The ACSM review book is designed to prepare people for all their certifications. During the ACSM workshop, the presenters were just random personal trainers who each covered a different topic. They even left out two sections because they couldn't find a presenter who knew the information well enough. AFAA presenters are trained specifically to present the information directly from their text. Their information is based on ACSM guidelines for exercise programming. The AFAA experience definitely helped me better prepare for the ACSM exam than attending the ACSM workshop!! I felt I wasted a ton of money on ACSM. AFAA was the better value of the two.

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AFAA PT workshop rocks!
by: Estee

Absolutely the gold standard. Presenter was not only highly qualified with multiple degrees and working in the industry, but she was engaging and inspirational. The workshop is designed to help you pass the exam. It is not easy, nor should it be, however if you are already familiar with the concepts and take great notes, you should do fine.

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