I successfully completed my certified personal training exam via the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Yay! There are a handful of different personal trainer certifications out there but I did my research and narrowed it down to 2 different programs, finally deciding (after months!) on NASM. Here is why I chose NASM.
Why I Chose NASM
In deciding which personal training certificate to get, I found that (for me) there were three options: ACE, ACSM and NASM. I did a lot of online research, read blogs and other reviews and ruled out ACE. This test had the highest pass rate and felt like employers wouldn’t take it as seriously.
Then it was down to ACSM and NASM. Honestly, I went with NASM because I had previous knowledge of the company. There is something about brand awareness that gets me every time! Knowing the test was going to be hard was a better feeling that knowing I could pass but feeling like a fraud afterward.
Here is where it gets tricky. NASM offers (as of publish date) 6 packages! I chose the package offering the exam, text book, interactive online portal and flashcard bundle for $699. You can chose to take the test only or go all out and choose to drop $1,999 on a whale of package. How long would it take me to recoup those funds? Answer – forever. Spending a near mortgage payment on this would be absurd.
I also love studying. Hello – I got my MBA in 2 years while working full time. I really do love learning and when I am committed to something, I do the work and get it done. The package I chose gave me the ability to study at my own pace and do the work when I had the time and the drive.
My Advice to You
Take this exam seriously. Like I said yesterday, this test is HARD. You need to know your shit. IF you aren’t in a life place where you can dedicate time to studying or if you are not truly interested in learning the material than the NASM exam is probably not for you. If it’s not your jam, it’s not your jam. No harm, no foul.
Also, make your roommate, significant other, child, etc. to model for you as you learn the muscles and go through the fitness assessments. There is nothing better than making someone hold a squat position with there arms up in the air while you take notes and tell them about their over and under active muscles.
Staying Up to Date: NASM CEUs
What is a CEU? Simple – it is a continuing education unit. Passing the NASM exam was tough but it doesn’t end there. You have to keep your shit on point with CEUs. NASM is committed to the safety and integrity of the program so trainers must re-certify every two years.
In order to re-certify, trainers must update the CPR and AED certification as well as complete 2.0 CEUs (20 hours) of approved continuing education and submit proof to NASM. NASM offers many course to take through them for CEUs and certifications in group classes (like R.I.P.P.E.D.) count for CEUs as well.
Who know where I’ll be in 2 years or what I will want to do to re-certify but in choosing NASM for my certification, this was definitely a factor.