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Now that you have determined the “Who” in this professional equation, now it is time to determine the HOW!
The next step in this series begins with choosing a training philosophy! What does that mean to a trainer that wants to gain experience?
A brand new trainer must “buy into” a training style or philosophy that they believe will benefit their niche the most. This will make the system of training other people easier and more professional. It took me about 6 months to determine that my knowledge and experience could come together in a proven system to help clients reach their goals. I finally settled on a philosophy called Constant Intensity Varied Exercise described in a recent article by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. What does that even mean? Simple enough, I select a phase from endurance, hypertrophy or strength and then I can vary the exercises over the course of the 4-6 week program because the reps and weights are more important for muscular adaptation than the actual exercise. This strategy keeps my clients interested and engaged over a long period of time, always challenging them mentally and physically.
Your specific certifications chosen will most likely define the programming philosophy that you and your clients will buy into to see the most success. For example, had I chosen to achieve the USA-Weightlifting certification first, my philosophy would have been much different than by choosing NSCA-CPT during my last semester of college.
However, do not allow certifications to box you into only one area of expertise. Expand, grow and always try new things yourself before implementing them with your clients. The best way to do that is to become well rounded as a trainer by adding the certifications you are most interested in obtaining.
Always remember, you are serving your clients goals first and never your own. If you help enough people reach their goals, you will surely reach your own! (This last statement is a paraphrase of a famous quote, “You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want,” -Zig Ziglar.)
I remind myself of this often to keep me on track with my clients fitness and nutrition goals.
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