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Old 08-21-2009, 05:48 AM   #1
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Question pt certs - nasm, issa, afpa, etc... are any of them worth it?

what is crossfit's opinion on any of these certifications? are any of them beneficial and how? thanks!!
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Old 08-21-2009, 08:22 AM   #2
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Re: pt certs - nasm, issa, afpa, etc... are any of them worth it?

the best one is the one that MAKES YOU USE THE SEARCH FUNCTION BEFORE POSTING.

there are lots of threads about this question.
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Old 08-21-2009, 08:51 AM   #3
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Old 08-21-2009, 12:19 PM   #4
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Re: pt certs - nasm, issa, afpa, etc... are any of them worth it?

Mee - It's your first post so... welcome.

The best benefit of those other certs: some places require them if you are looking for a personal training type job (CF doesn't) and they can make getting personal liability insurance easier. Other than that they are mostly a waste of time and energy for us.

There has been a lot of discussion on which to get if you HAVE to have one, you should be able to find all kinds of people discussing each one.

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Old 08-21-2009, 12:27 PM   #5
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Re: pt certs - nasm, issa, afpa, etc... are any of them worth it?

hi laurie, thanks for the welcome
this is all very new to me...
i'm getting my level 1 cert in november and would love to eventually be a crossfit trainer... just wasn't sure how feasible it is to get a training gig w/ just a level 1 cert and if any of those other certs would be helpful in any way.
thanks for your opinion!
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Old 08-21-2009, 01:19 PM   #6
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Re: pt certs - nasm, issa, afpa, etc... are any of them worth it?

Welcome Mee. Sorry for the harsh introduction there. Hopefully members will think and be more kind to new posters instead of jumping on them. We do require a high level of respect be shown to members here, per the site rules.


I'm going to move this thread to a section which may get you some more responses to help.
Good luck!
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Old 08-22-2009, 01:52 PM   #7
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Re: pt certs - nasm, issa, afpa, etc... are any of them worth it?

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the best one is the one that MAKES YOU USE THE SEARCH FUNCTION BEFORE POSTING.

there are lots of threads about this question.
Pretty much all questions end up geting asked multiple times on every message board on the internet. That does not mean that the correct answers have already been given. I have never answered any posts regarding this topic and I have an opinion.

I for one am more tired of people reponding in this typical rude fashion to valid questions than seeing the same question arise from a different member and recieving different answers.

Mee, I was a PT for a few years before I opened my gym. Most globo's require a certain cert to work at their facility. Generally CrossFit certs are not recognized as a valid PT cert since there is a 100% pass rate (level 1). If you are planning on opening your own CF spot, don't waste your time or $ on anything but a CF cert. If you plan on working at an affiliate, same thing. If you plan on working at a globo, ask what they require first.

Hope this helps.
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Old 08-26-2009, 12:37 PM   #8
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Re: pt certs - nasm, issa, afpa, etc... are any of them worth it?

Mee,
I'm going to go with Jim on this one. Look at the end state you are trying to acheive and reverse engineer from there.

Ex:
-Lifetime Fitness looks highly upon NASM CPT's
-24 Hour Natalus has their own Cert
-Golds may favor an ISSA
-Generally the CSCS is the Gold Standard for a Globo-type Gym and for a University Strength Coach.

Remember, none of these teaches you HOW to be a good coach or HOW to work with people. Same thing with CrossFit. The Level One teaches you "a way" to coach not "the way".

If you are looking to make a living as a personal trainer at a Globo, watch how much emphasis you put on the CF Cert. I applied at a globo years ago and my resume had 4 certifications listed (ACE, ISSA and AFAA, NASM in addition to being a CSCS Candidate) before the CF cert and I still got grilled because I considered myself a CrossFitter. I was told by one interviewer: "We don't allow CrossFit, we promote functional training".

This functional training consisted inch worming with a med-ball over a swiss ball and using free motion cable machines...

...Intresting...

Each of the certs I completed presented a different method of assessing a first time clients fitness. One did a step test, another the bike test. One said test strength another said don't.

It all ended up being "Wall Candy" for me. I think they are in a drawer somewhere.

Right Now, I'm a:
CF L1
CF L2 (attended but didn't pass- boo hoo, i'll try again soon)
CF Nutrition
CF Kettlebell
RKC
USA Weightlifting

Oddly enough, I don't work in the fitness field anymore other than volunteer Coaching CrossFit in my Garage Gym to anyone who will listen.

Again, look at the end state and reverse engineer from there.
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