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Old 08-18-2007, 09:53 AM   #1
Rolando Ezequiel Martinez
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...that have good synergy with the Crossfit Level I-III certifications.

My goal is to start up a Crossfit facility in the near future once my enlistment in the Air Force is complete (4 months).

Currently I'm a PTL as an extra duty and fitness/nutrition is something I'm extremely passionate about. I practice Muay Thai and have been performing Crossfit for about 6 months now and LOVE it.

Before I separate, I want to take advantage of the one time paid certifications and my 100% TA from the Air Force.

Could someone recommend me some Health/Fitness training programs/certifications and/or agencies that would make me a better group fitness and Crossfit instructor. Thank you!

p.s. I've been looking at NFPT, NASM and ISSA so far.
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Old 08-18-2007, 11:00 AM   #2
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The NSCA is one of the few not-for-profit certification organizations AND they've been around a while.
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Old 08-19-2007, 11:06 AM   #3
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NSCA is a great org and as a member you get loads of layman info and scholarly journals.
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Old 08-19-2007, 11:35 AM   #4
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Thank you for all of your information guys! I've registered at NSCA and scheduled the CPT exam for next month.

I wish there was an opening for any of the Crossfit Certification seminars though! I would be willing to travel just about anywehere =P

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Old 08-19-2007, 01:31 PM   #5
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Should we tell him about that affiliate doing the cert in Antarctica?

"Everybody outside for the ten kilometer run!"
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Old 08-20-2007, 08:44 AM   #6
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Re: Need recommendations on certifications...

NASM follows good guidelines for corrective exercise, which I find are useful in helping people who simply cannot move themselves as I need them to. I started with their CPT course a few years ago and have since attained their Performance Enhancement Specialist cert, which dives deeper into some of the corrective techniques and movement progressions. NASM even has a Corrective Exercise Specialist cert that all CPT holders are eligible to apply for. However, I've gained the most experience on the job with my client base, as everyone's needs are different. I'd also recommend the Perform Better seminars for some great exposure to different hands-on methods that are out there. When I saw Gray Cook for the first time, it put a lot of the missing pieces back in the puzzle!
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Old 08-20-2007, 09:15 AM   #7
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Re: Need recommendations on certifications...

Thanks Mark!
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Old 08-22-2007, 09:14 AM   #8
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Re: Need recommendations on certifications...

I asked the guy at my HAWC (I'm in the same situation as you, with longer to go), he recommended ACE, NSCA and the Cooper Institute.

The only reason I want one of these is so I have the credibility on paper to work as a trainer and save up for a Crossfit cert.

Email your base fitness manager. He/she may be able to help as well.
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