attended PFTA Personal Trainer Certification School on a recommendation
from a personal trainer and I'm glad I did! I am now starting my very
own fit body boot camp and can design nutrition plans as well. My
goal is motivate clients to achieve a healthy and sustainable lifestyle
so they can reach and maintain their fitness goals!
Amy Wang, PFTA Personal Trainer
Those two terms are far from equal. Let's be honest, a certification is important but it won't prepare you to train clients. In order to do a great job, you have to accumulate lots of practical and varied experience. We are sure you don't want to get injured and you definitely do NOT want to injure one of your clients! That's why we offer hands on training! We don't just give you a book to read and pass out certifications. We take you to the gym and show you the correct way to train someone. We show you the correct way to design a nutrition program for your client whether they are trying to bulk up or lose weight!
Moreover, would you go to a surgeon who only obtained an online education? Of course not! Same thing goes for a massage therapist, hair stylist, and of course a personal trainer. Make sure your trainer is certified and qualified to teach you the specifics of fitness and nutrition. So if YOU are looking for a certification that comes with hands-on training, you owe it to yourself to request a catalog and visit a PFTA Personal Trainer Certification School. You can speak with the instructor and several current students to get honest feedback and legitimate testimonials. You will also get to see the textbooks, gyms, equipment and the curriculum. Remember, Knowledge is Power! Good luck and Happy Health!
Trainer Jobs on the Rise
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, "employment of fitness trainers and instructors is projected to grow 8 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. As businesses, government, and insurance organizations continue to recognize the benefits of health and fitness programs for their employees, incentives to join gyms or other types of health clubs are expected to increase the need for fitness trainers and instructors."
Furthermore, that's why so many Americans are trying to transform their passion for fitness into a new career. Moreover, the fitness industry is one of the few growing businesses since the recession began adding nearly 10 million jobs and gym members since 2007. With the obesity problem in the United States continuing to rise, the demand for personal trainers also continues to rise. Health and fitness isn’t a fad, it’s here to stay. Almost every gym in America along with many other medical facilities is looking for certified personal trainers. In addition, personal trainers enjoy their flexible schedule. This flexibility allows for many trainers to spend more time with their families. Good luck and happy health!
Learn the Correct Way!
At PFTA Schools, the instructors will show you the proper technique for each exercise. Every instructor is certified and has their owner personal training business. There is no better way than to learn from the best...
For example, did you know there are two types of dips? Depending on your target will depend on the type of dip you should choose. If you are targeting more pecs in your exercise, you should set up with a light forward lean. Find a dip station and do 10-15 depending on your goal. Because your setup allows for shoulder flexion and horizontal shoulder adduction, you will emphasize lots of chest in this exercise. On the other hand, if you want to emphasize more triceps, you should set up with your feet forward and your hands behind you on a bench. This will allow for more elbow extension and less shoulder movement. With all movements, make sure you're instructor gives you the correct cues to prevent injury.
Yet another example of poor execution comes from the leg press machine. In order to prevent any injuries to your lumbar region, your low back should be firmly presses into the pad and make sure it stays there! The weight should be lowered slowly so as to not create momentum and lift your low back or create a curve called the posterior pelvic tilt. This will surely give you back pain in the near future if not instantaneously! Moreover, another technique a lot of people are not aware of is muscle targeting with foot placement. If you want to target the glutes and hamstrings, you should place your feet high on the plate; however, if you would like to target quadriceps, then you should lower your feet near the bottom of the plate. Therefore, if you would like a great workout for both quads, glutes, and hamstrings, then make sure to center your feet on the push plate. Finally, while you are already laying down with a good amount of weight at your feet, move your heels below the plate and perform plantar flexion with the balls of your feet. This will surely give you strong gastrocs and soleus muscles.
In addition, external rotations for rotator cuffs is best done with cables or bands. Many people at the gym use dumbbells and line up their joints incorrectly and therefore aren't working there muscles out properly. Think about lining up the primary mover against gravity before setting up any exercise for you and your client. If you have more questions, you can contact any of our experienced instructors. Happy health and happy lifting!
Weight training is just not for developing big, strong muscles. That way of thinking is a way in the past. Today, many people lift weights to improve bone strength as well. Several studies have shown that weight training builds stronger bones along with stronger muscles. In fact, these studies show that bones which undergo stress like weight training become bigger and stronger; while bones that do NOT experience much stress throughout the day become weak and brittle. The same way your muscles adapt to the weight training stress is very similar to how your bones will adapt to weight training. In a nutshell, exercise signals your body to make changes in the bone structure. With a proper diet which includes plenty of calcium and vitamin D, weight training will build bigger, stronger bones. Stronger bones is the key to preventing osteoporosis and minimizing fractures at the more common sites like the hip, spine, and wrist, as you get older. Moreover, bone density is site specific which means that although runners may have strong tibias (lower leg bones), they may be weak in other areas like the hips, spine, arms, and wrists. Therefore, everyone should participate in some type of weight bearing exercise for all the major muscle and major bones of the body. If you enjoy running, just make sure to include upper body exercises along with your running to keep ALL of your bones healthy! Happy health and happy lifting!