Health and fitness have become so wide spread for the last two decades that it has branched out into many categories. There is no one way to keep fit, and people have a wide range of choices to choose from, based on what they like and enjoy. From a time and era where fitness was all about muscularity and heavy lifting, it surely has come a long way. One of the reasons this industry is going to be on an ever green phase is because of the demand it has. If you are looking to take up fitness professionally, here's your ultimate guide.1) Basic Experience Of Working Out At A Gym
No matter what certification you choose to do, it will all sound like Greek and Latin if you have no gym experience. Being a gym rat for a few years will surely add to your benefit as the experience one gains on the gym floor will contribute to your learning. Not all certifications teach form and technique and even if they do, there's no guarantee a 6 month long program will make you a pro at lifting weights. Having decent experience as a gym rat will add a lot of confidence and knowledge while pursuing your certification.2) Personal Trainer Foundation Course
Now that you have the basic gym experience or have been workout out for a few years, it would make sense to pursue a certification program. The basic of them all is the personal trainer foundation course. This is where you learn about muscles that you never knew existed. Knowing the origin and insertion of muscles will help you under physiology better. Understanding joint actions of muscles will help you choose one exercise over the other. You will also about the energy systems of the body and how the body produces energy. An introduction to fat loss and muscle gain will give you the basic understanding so as to be able to guide a client who may have such goals. This type of course will land you an entry level personal trainer job, which will help you kick start your career.3) Master Trainer Certification
A master trainer certification is a level higher than a basic personal trainer course. This course is usually for a much longer period of time and is very intense. From the basics that were taught at a foundation course, you now get into the indebt of things. This type of course also focuses on form and technique; it makes you a master and gives you the confidence to teach technique to clients. The right verbal cues to use while encouraging a client while he is training is very important.Specialized Courses
1) Kettlebell Certification
Sometimes if you need to set yourself apart from another trainers, you need to have a set of skills which are unique and rare .One such certification is a Kettlebell certification. A widely played sport in Russia and practiced by crossfitters all over the world, Kettlebell is a unique tool for conditioning and building stamina and strength. The beauty of this is that, you can get a fantastic workout in a short period of time. Hence such specializations will set you apart from other professionals and take you a long way.
2) TRX Certification
The TRX is not the name of the equipment, but the name of the company that manufactures those suspension straps. The TRX stands for nothing, except that it has an interesting history of its origin. The US marines decided to invent this so that they could be fit and keep exercising anywhere due to the convenience involved. The beauty of this equipment is that this endurance tool can be used to train any body part using resistance of gravity and the whole body without using any additional external weight but just the body weight. This form of training too has progressions and regressions and is fit for anyone to do.
3) Special Population
Not everyone can be trained the same way because not everyone is the same. There are certain segments of the society that come under special populations. Take senior citizens for example. The rules of the game also change while training a specially challenged people. Certain care must be taken while training people who require special attention. The risks are also high and training such people needs certain formal training as anything can happen at any time and a proper presence of mind is required by the trainer.
4) Prenatal And Post Natal Training
No longer do women give pregnancy as an excuse for putting on weight or missing out on their workouts. Women are highly motivated and challenge men in the gym every day. The prenatal and post natal courses are a set of specialized courses that enable you to be certified to train women who are pregnant as well as women who have recently delivered. Again, as motivated as they are to train, certain care should be taken while they workout. There are many exercises that may need to be avoided and at the same time, lots of additional exercises that would contribute to them. Understanding the different phases of pregnancy will ensure that you do not risk anything while training such people. At the same time, women who have delivered are generally physically weak and need to regain their strength. Women tend to be hyper mobile in the joints during this time and their core weaker.
5) Cross Fit Certification
Cross fit training is a fantastic way to keep fit. Although this sport has gained a lot of respect, there are lots of professionals who have made their own bastardised versions of this style of training and spoilt its name. A basic knowledge of exercise is required before one gets into cross fit. Understanding the philosophy and concept behind its program designing is very crucial. A certification will help you with that.
6) Sport Nutrition
No fitness certification is complete without the understanding of nutrition. As much benefits as exercises provides, nutrition plays a huge role in changing the body composition. Sports nutrition deals with the nutritional requirements of an exercising individual. It gives you an understanding of how much macro nutrients and micro nutrients are required to see a change in aesthetics and performance in a client. Diet counseling and creating tailor made nutrition plans for your clients will help them speed up the process to reach their goals. You can also choose to be a sports nutritionist and solely focus on nutrition for clients.
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