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PFTA hands on learning vs. ISSA certification

by Fred Santo
(Austin, Texas)

I have an opportunity to take the ISSA (on line) or a local company PFTA with (hands on). I'm 45 years old and want this very bad. It seem personal trainer hold the cards close to the chest and want to get my foot in the door somewhere. Who will most likely get me in the door.

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PFTA School in Austin, TX
by: Mark Jackson

Well Fred, I am glad you chose us. Not many gyms accept ISSA here in Austin. I have had several trainers that work for gyms come to me because their gym was not goint to accept their ISSA Cert anymore. We are on most gyms approved list here in Austin and other areas. We deliver a great hands on training program that includes sales and marketing. Thanks agian Fred and we put your Santa Clause Pic on our website...check it out.. www.pftaschools.com
Mark Jackson
PFTA Instructor
NSCA CSCS

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WHY?
by: Anonymous

I AM A NEWBIE HERE, AND I JUST WANT TO BECOME CERTIFIED. WHY IS ISSA GOOD OR BAD? WHICH CERTIFICATE IS THE STANDARD? PLEASE DON'T TELL ME PFTA JUST BECAUSE THIS SITE IS PFTA. I'D LIKE SOMEONE TO CALL IT LIKE IT IS.

CHEERS.

MIKE

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Different Personal Training Certifications
by: C.J. Woodruff, PFTA San Antonio Instructor

Truth is there are over 300 or more Personal Trainer Certifications Nationwide.

What is the best Certification to get your foot in the door?

Well first what door are you trying to get into? The truth is that all gyms, fitness studios, and health clubs have different opinions on which certifications are the "Best".

When it boils down to it you need to look at what the program offers. Its not about the piece of paper you receive in the end... its about the knowledge and practical experience you get.

Truth is that ALL GYMS are looking for top notch Personal Trainers... regardless of where they got that knowledge.

I am not here to promote my program PFTA Schools HOWEVER you should look for a program that gives you more than just an "Online Education".

At PFTA we give you real life knowledge and experience through the classroom setting as well as in the gym.

In my opinion thats what your looking for out of a school.

C.J. Woodruff
Lead Instructor,
PFTA Schools San Antonio, TX
www.PFTAschoolsSanAntonio.com

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NSCA
by: Anonymous

The top three are the ACSM NASM and the NSCA, NSCA being known for being the hardest of the three and will definetly show that you have experience.

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NSCA being the hardest?
by: Mark Jackson

Again, someone says that if you go online and read a book and take a test it will show that you have experience? That is such a wrong statement. I know plenty of NSCA certified people who are working at grocery stores. Don't get me wrong..NSCA,NASM and ACE are great programs and if you have all the understanding of biomechanics and joint actions and have great people skills and know how to sell you can make a ton of money without a cert! We have researched how many people order online certs because they are cheaper. Out of 100 people that order, 50% never even take the test! Out of the other 50%, over 25% don't pass the exam! Education is key. I would recommend a 4 year degree over our program in a heartbeat but some people don't have the time or money to go that rout. Check us out www.pftaschools.com

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5 years later....
by: Anne Walker

It's a no-brainer. Would you get your hair done by someone who took a test online? Then why in the world would anyone trust their health and wellness to someone who didn't spend classroom time learning about bio-mechanics, the kinetic chain and nutrition before letting them manipulate their inside and out? I am floored that national certifications served from taking a test on line are even considered. ALL personal trainers should be required to take a course such as PFTA. It is the perfect option for folks that want to be a serious trainer, but can't necessarily afford a college education. Knowing everything I know today, and everything I have learned since I took the course years ago, it is the information I learned at PFTA that I refer to over and over again in my training...I am always amazed when I meet trainers that simply achieved their training online, and never know where to go from there...it's a long rocky road without the proper training.

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