Do I need a personal training certification?
I am considering starting my own personal training business or working through a gym as a trainer. I have 4 years experience in varied and intense physical activities through my work in the Army Special operations. I have spent months teaching "functional" fitness to small groups.
My problem is that the type of training I would like to teach is not very mainstream and uses functional full-body movements, Olympic lifts, and cross-training to achieve over all fitness. I never use machines, never isolate muscles, and never, ever do the same workout twice. This type of training is similar to that of CROSSFIT, or that taught by Mark Twight (gymjones.com)
I know it's very helpful to have a certification, but will a certification from a group such as ACE really teach me anything I can use or will I be learning to implement a program I don't wish to use? My goal is to teach my current techniques and program without compromise, but I need more credibility as a trainer don't I? If so where should I go to get it and what kind of certification do I need?
I would love to get any advice on this subject I can.