All Certs are the Same
(Los Angeles CA)
It amazes me how everyone thinks this certification is better than that one and the rest!
What people fail to realize when getting into the PT business, is no certification or any degree will make you a great PT. All they are is a piece of paper with you're name on it. It's not going to mean you will be making a lot of money, nor does it mean every potential client will flock to you, because you have this certain certification.
It's a constant battle i see all the time, it's actually pretty funny, but hey, it's great marketing for the PT certs ain't it? I know plenty of trainers who have the so called best cert, NASM, and they also have a degree to go along with it. Sounds great don't it?
NOT...i see these trainers bounce from gym to gym, complaining about pay
What people need to do is ask themselves "why do i want to be a CPT". Way way way too many people get into the PT business for the wrong reasons, and they fail because of it. They bounce from gym to gym, complaining about pay, and not having clients etc....But wait a minute. They should be making lots of money and having lots of clients, because they have the best certification!
Sorry folks, there is no best certification. If you are getting into the business and looking to work for a gym, call the gym and speak to the Fitness Manager and ask what certifications they accept. Each gym will usually have a 25+ list of certs they accept. Pick one and go with it. You'll get the same pay if you got a $300 cert vs someone with a $600 cert
Besides, when you apply for a PT position at any commercial gym, you are actually applying for a Salesman position, because that's what you truly are, but it's fronted as a PT, because it sounds better to potential clients and members