Personal Trainer Resources

Overview. The following article and linked resources are useful for a personal trainer or someone looking to hire a personal trainer.  I’ve been a coach and personal trainer for over 10 years. I’ve seen amazing personal trainers, and I’ve seen coaches that have no business training anyone. 

Declaring yourself a personal trainer and having knowledge and experience to be successful are two different things.  Here’s the formula I use, and some of the best articles on personal training I have written.  I hope they are helpful for you:

Personal Trainer Resources Strength and Mobility Kettlebell

Personal Trainer Certifications

Personal Trainer Based Certifications

NCSA, NASM, and NCSF run the best personal training certifications in the business.  I’ve had about 100 coaches work for me, and it’s clear to that the coaches who have passed these certifications are much more informed than other certifications (ISSA, ACE, etc.)

Equipment Based Certifications

Starting Strength, CrossFit, TRX, RKC, and StrongFirst all offer excellent certifications.  I recommend you take at least one of these certifications before you start coaching anyone.

Mobility Based Certifications

FMS Level II is very good.  Also Kelly Starret’s Mobility Specialist Certification is excellent.  I also recommend a 200 Yoga teaching certification for coaches serious about helping clients with mobility.

Nutrition Based Certifications

Precision Nutrition is excellent.   John Berardi regularly write class leading articles and helps me stay abreast of the latest nutrition diet and prorgrams.

Personal Trainer Books & Blogs
Preparation and Organization

Preparation and Organization

I teach all of my personal trainers to:

  1. practice the workouts they are training their clients with the day before;
  2. select appropriate warm up and skill drills for the workout;
  3. make sure he or she has mobility exercises pre-selected;
  4. check if they are correctional exercises the client requires (wrist exercises, hip stretches, etc.)
  5. make the coach knows 3-4 scalings of an exercise in the event a client cannot execute the exercise properly;
  6. make sure he or she knows all the faults of the exercises;
  7. make sure he or she knows at least 2-3 cues to correct that fault.
Programming Guidelines

Considerations on Programming

Contrary to what Orange Theory or CrossFit fans may tell you, randomly performed workouts do not work well for very long.  Yes in the beginning at exercise is better than no exercise, but your progress will plateau very quickly.  Here are some tips for programming a workout program for your client:

  1. design all your programs that they are customized to a primary goal and secondary goal,
  2. address any imbalances the client may have in each workout with appropriate correctional exercises,
  3. design the workout so that it is appropriately scaled for the clients level of fitness,
  4. slowly increase complexity as the client learns more from his or her personal trainer.
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