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Lifetime Fitness and NPTI

by Shanna
(Alpharetta, Georgia)

I am interested in working for Lifetime Fitness as a personal trainer but they told me that they do not acknowledge NPTI certification. They told me that they will not employ me once I got NPTI certified! Why would they do that?

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Ignorance is probably the issue
by: Katie - Admin

NPTI is easily the best of the non-college personal training education courses. Lifetime Fitness is probably rejecting it because the person you spoke to doesn't know anything about NPTI. With so many acronyms of personal training certifications that all sound the same, it is easy to get them confused.

Instead, ask them what certifications they will accept. They will likely accept ACE or NASM or ACSM. The list usually depends on where the manager got their certification (because surely the manager chose the best one for himself).

Then you can get educated by NPTI and then take whatever certification test you want. You will be able to easily pass multiple certification exams after going through the NPTI program. For more info, check out my post about understanding the difference between education and certification.

- Katie

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Odd
by: Anonymous

That's odd, considering Lifetime accepts their advertising in their magazine.

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Lifetime Fitness and NPTI
by: Sue

By year end NPTI has a plan to be the top certifications of all. It will be a Nationally Accredited. There is no other program like it where it involves practical application. I am a student of NPTI and feel I got so lucky in choosing this school. I have learned so much. Our instructor is a manager at a local lifetime and said he views this program as the elite. The word just isn't out yet. The students in my class are recruited before they finish the program. Are you a NPTI student?

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Don't go to NPTI
by: Anonymous

Probably because the owners and managment of the company burn bridges and screw many over in the business. Its all a scam. Very few accept the "Diploma". They have been talking about becoming accredited for years. Still not anywhere close to a real certification such as NSCA. Yeah you may have fun workin out everyday and hanging out with everybody. But come on over 6,000 bucks and your not even certified. You won't learn anything after week 5 and you'll basically waist 11 more weeks of life and thousands just to .......hang out and work out.

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ANONYMOUS
by: Brian

I've just started researching the Personal Trainer field. I'm eligible for retirement in 3.5 years and I definitely want to become a personal trainer because I enjoy working with people. I've only seen two negative responses on this site so far and both have come from "Anonymous". I'm curious as to whether he/she just didn't pay attention and thus, got nothing out of the course or what. NPTI is hands down the most thorough course, "in theory" than any online course. Face it, there's no way that an on line course is going to match a hands on, instructor taught course. That explains the difference in money. Are you buying a book, or paying for actual, human instruction. "Anonymous" sounds like they'd be real pleasant to work with as YOUR trainer.

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ANONYMOUS
by: Stan K.

Anonymous was somewhat right in his comments unfortunately. You learn a lot of good information at the school if you don't have any previous knowledge of working out and if you have a lot of money it's not a bad investment. However, it is way too overpriced for not having been certified despite the powers that be claiming it will for years. Much of the information is common knowledge to one who has worked out before. For $6,000 grand they should be paying for the ACE test as well, which costs about $300 if memory serves me correct. If you don't get a recognized diploma apart from NPTI you have little chance of even getting an interview, and if you have to apply online, like you do for most personal training jobs, you have to chose a certification to even get looked at...Guess which one isn't listed in every application for a personal training job out there?

N.P.T.I.

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Disagree with Stan K
by: Ruby

I have to disagree with Stan K on the basis that: You only learn good or valuable information at NPTI if you have little knowledge of of working out.

I have worked out for over 15 years. I even participated on a Division I Varsity Track and Field Team in college where I took advantage of the access of top notch facilities and programs. Yet, I have still learned more in 6 months at NPTI through practical experience than I have learned in all of my exeperience as a lifetime athlete.

Also,I know of several fitness professionals that are looking to take enroll or have enrolled into the NPTI program. With their access to information in the industry certainly they must some reason why they are chosing NPTI.

In regards, to the title of this post; Lifetime Fitness and NPTI. A recent NPTI grad was offered a postion in NC and recently turned it down.

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Not correct
by: Anonymous

Bottom line. BS. Lifetime WILL accept that certification. However, there are many more you will need to expand on your career there. BTW, The acccepted certs does not come from the department head. IT comes from a corporate list.

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LTF Does Hire NPTI Grads
by: Fit4Life

LTF does hire those who have graduated from NPTI. LTF actually works very close with NPTI to hire the top trainers from their institute. For NPTI trainers, within the first 6 months of being hired at LTF they must obtain a cert from NSCA. This exam costs between $370-420. http://www.nsca-cc.org/nsca-cpt/cost.html


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what a joke
by: Anonymous

I like how fit4 life says LTF accepts the cert from NPTI but you have to get NSCA within 6 months. So basically they will hire you but don't feel the cert is good enough to stand alone so force you to get a another one.....but if you come in with NSCA then thats fine alone. So over 6000 and you still need to pay the couple hundred to get NSCA's CPT. Hmmm

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by: Tyler

The reason NPTI offers a diploma instead of a cert is because they are recognized by the Department of Education. You can only get recognized by them if there is actual learning/hands-on learning taking place in an environment separate from the home. This is better than most certs. Even better is a degree.

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