NPTI was the best investment I have ever made! I learned a lot over the course of the 4 months! The very first place I applied to, I got an interview, and got the job after they put me through a practical, i answered all of the questions they asked me, and i knew all the proper forms to the exercises they tested me on! To this day I'm at the same job and I love every minute of it! Thanks Paul, Brian, Dan!'
I have been attending NPTI part-time (12-month program) for LESS than a MONTH, and ALREADY I have accomplished the following:
can now find my way around a gym; have designed several solid workout sessions; played both trainer and been trainee, have learned at least 20 new exercises using weights, stability ball, and isometrics; can take blood pressure and explain the systolic vs. diastolic readings; do risk assessment for a potential trainee based on lifestyle and genetic risk factors; determine resting/max heartrate using two different methods; received an introduction to nutrition (micro/maconutrients, food pyramid, true function and definition of calories) and I can explain basic theories held by major certifying organizations. In addition, I've already seen a difference in my body after 6 classes that always include a great workout component.
Does the program have flaws? Of course it does. Any program will have some flaws. BUT- you get out of it what you put into it. For example, if you don't feel like you're receiving enough individual attention, ask questions! Textbooks do not read themselves- but all of the tools are provided for you to use. Take advantage.
I would recommend this progam for anyone who would like an in-depth, well-rounded fitness education with practical experience. I would NEVER have had the confidence to attempt to work as a personal trainer, and now after just a few classes, I'm providing informal training to friends who find themselves IMPRESSED with my knowledge. One even wants to enroll. I have no doubt that after a full year of this, I can be a huge success in this profession if I choose to pursue it. And if for some reason I choose a different profession, I will nonetheless be armed with the knowledge to grow old with strength, grace, and wellness.
I am considering attending the NPTI; however the cost is a hindrance, so I was wondering if there were any graduates of the program or current attendees that would be willing to discuss their experience. If I am going to drop 6K on an educational program I want to make sure it's worth it.
I loved the program! I went down to Orlando, Florida and got it done in 4 months. After looking for jobs for a couple months, the first job I interviewed for I got! I am now the manager/master personal trainer of a gym in Illinois. The knowledge I gained at NPTI is priceless. For anyone who is really serious about being a personal trainer and can afford it, I would point them to NPTI.
National Personal Training Institute certification is pricey but I think it was worth it. There are so many clueless personal trainers running around my gym. They wonder why their clients stop coming back. They don't stop to wonder if it might be their complete lack of understanding of anatomy and exercise techniques.
I have done the research and decided NPTI is the best holistic choice. Their program is more difficult and they produce fewer but better qualified trainers.
Super program and I will be able to test using any of the major certifications. They said that gyms are already trying to recruit people with this certification because they come in and hit the ground running rather than spending months figuring out what it means to be a personal trainer. I will complete in Oct 2008 and this gives me 1 year before I retire to get my personal trainer business going.
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NPTI wins hands down. I have NPTI, ACPT and ACE certs.
I attended the 500 hr. course in my hometown at an actual SCHOOL (office space) where the day was divided into 3 hours of classroom time and two hours at a gym down the street. I had already failed the ACE test (the first time) before finding the school and was discouraged that I would have no resource, no classmates, no instructor, no hands on learning--but then found NPTI and it was the best money I have ever spent and the best time ever spent. I got their diploma and then their advanced certification (ACPT) and then passed the ACE test. ACE really is for people already with exercise phys degrees or something very related; it doesn't do much to explain things; there is no hands on learning or physical tests. 200 hours I spent in the gym with an amazing instructor and classmates all learning to train each other. I was well qualified for my great job now as a personal trainer. I highly highly recommend NPTI. I truly feel that I would have been "acting" like a trainer had I not learned SO much there.
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I got my NPTI certification and love it. I still call my instructor occasionally when I have a question. You can't beat that kind of support. I am quitting my gym job and starting my own business soon. I feel confident in my knowledge which is, as they say, priceless.
It has been three months since I graduated from NPTI and my life could not be better. I received a position as a Personal Trainer three months into my schooling because I was confident enough at that point to take on clients.
The class room learning is phenomenal but no other certification can beat the hands on experience that NPTI provides. I have the other trainers at my gym constantly asking me questions about muscles, program design, nutrition, etc. even though most of them have been through a 4-year degree and some sort of fitness program; I was only in a 6-month program!
I highly suggest NPTI to anyone considering becoming a personal trainer, or even trainers that just want to brush up on their skills. It is useful to anyone and everyone.
I've been in the class for two months, I'm learning way more than I ever expected in such little time. The Instructor (Shaun Wooley) is the best, he really knows his stuff. The classes aren't too big and not too small, you get the most out of your money. If your not close to Orange County, Ca the commute is totally worth it. I can't wait to graduate and start my career!!!!!!!!
I am a personal trainer, and have been for twelve years. I have come across many different types of certification, and NPTI seems to be the best. New trainers that come into the industry with this certification have a vast amount of knowledge not only about varying exercises, but also about the anatomy of the human body. I would highly suggest researching the NPTI certification for anyone who is looking to enter the industry.
Another plus of the NPTI program is that after you graduate from the program you are NPTI certified, and you have the know-how to successfully pass most certification exams.
I attend the NPTI Raleigh School and am having the best experience with both the teachers and the other students. The gym time is essential for becoming a qualified trainer and I find that the instructors are available whenever I have questions.
This school enables you to sit for one of the best personal training certifications currently offered- one that requires 500 hours of detailed curriculum. The coursework is difficult, but that is to be expected anytime one is becoming an expert in a topic. Learning is a two-way process and the student is encouraged to engage, participate and enjoy their NPTI education. I am coming out of the program learning way more than I every would have thought. As with any training school, such as massage therapy, law, nursing, and medicine, the certifications are completed afterward. But the school that you attend before taking the certification will help you gain the knowledge that you need- not just for the test, but for the actual job afterwards. I have met with graduates of this program in our area and they have been able to find employment in many sectors and start their own businesses. I would recommend NPTI Raleigh to anybody who wants to actually learn proper training techniques and network with other personal trainers and I know that my classmates would too.
National Personal Training Institute Is Worth Every Penny!
I attended the National Personal Training Institute in Cleveland, OH and I had an amazing experience. The lectures were great, the structured workouts were tough, the instructors really cared about the students, and I gained so much experience from the internship I did halfway through the class.
Since graduating from NPTI, I am working as a full-time personal trainer at a high-end personal training studio. I highly recommend this certification for anyone who is serious about personal training and changing peoples lives.
I was already a Fitness Trainer for 4 years prior to attending NPTI. I learned so much more and really developed as a trainer. Any other Certification such as NASM, ACE, etc, are quality books to read. However, the trainer never really understands what it means and how to apply it. In NPTI, whatever you learn in the classroom is followed by hands-on training. Even college does not get as much hands-on training as NPTI. Trainers that have college degrees have nothing on me as an NPTI student. All of my clients know that I am a special trainer compared to the others. I do believe that NPTI is more superior than a trainer with a college degree. However, the world always wants that piece of paper for a degree. The downfall for NPTI is that they are not credited enough. The course does not carry over to any college hours. I am at the point now where I need to have a degree to work as a Strength Coach at a School. I now need to spend more money and start over again. I will be taking college courses that I already know. I really wish NPTI was more credential towards college. They at least need to be NCAA approved.
NPTI is phenomenal. Not only do you have lectures, but you actually go out and train with your partner to get the right and proper techniques. These workouts were not a walk in park or the class either. It is pretty intense, but I have learned and gained so much from it.
The cool thing about the NPTI class is it really prepares me for the real world and I feel very confident now. Also on the good note, the ACE certification sample questions they have on this site... I answered all of them without looking them up.
I think it's awesome that I can still ask for assistance or even have them help me find a job! I got a job interview for the first gym I applied to.
Overall it's great experience, the instructors and the people are awesome, and I am really glad my friend showed me this program!
If you are looking to get certified I HIGHLY recommend NPTI!
I attended and graduated NPTI in Santa Monica. The course is only as good as its teacher. Ri Walton was the teacher in charge and she did an excellent job preparing her students. It's been four years since I graduated. I have worked in local gyms, boot camps, and now have a successful private training business.
The knowledge learned in this program has rivaled or exceed the knowledge of kinesiology majors of top university's. The course is expensive and this should be a career move not a hobby. You will be taught to be a true professional in every way. Keep in mind the job placement is not what is advertised. After six months of school don't expect a job to fall on your lap. This is pretty much up to you to go do on your own. Ri was very honest about the pay to expect. I have seen other teachers exaggerate and get kids hopes up. Like anything else if you put your dues in you will reap the benefits down the road.
I graduated in Jan 07 and loved everything about NPTI. I attended the Cleveland, Ohio school with Miles Rush. I learned so much about anatomy, nutrition, theory, and exercise, but I needed the time in the gym. When I was done with the program, I was ready for the interviews and clients. I was comfortable with every gym I visited. I can't say enough about the great job Miles and his staff did for the class and for my career as a personal trainer.
NPTI has been great for me. I attended back in 2002/2003 after getting laid off from a high paying software engineering job. I used my severance package to pay for school. My instructor Tim was knowledgeable both in the classroom and the gym.
I went to work at one of the gyms that advertised for trainers at my school. I graduated in April 2003 and started my own company - got bootcamp? 6 months later. That was 10 years ago and I am still in the health and fitness field.
My NPTI certification opened several doors for me. I have partnered with several gyms over the past 10 years as well as working independently. Obtaining personal training insurance was seamless due to having a national certification.
I have expanded my fitness business to health and wellness by providing wrap around services. I have my BS Psychology with a specialization in Life Coach. I am not able to help my clients with their physical as well as their mental/spiritual needs.
It was one of the best decisions I ever made. I found and am living my PURPOSE!