Personal Trainer + Strength & Conditioning Certs

Each few months or so I try to set out new goals for myself to stay accountable, focused, and realistically accomplish. I always find setting a few goals is so much more effective for me than trying to overachieve a list of like 20, feeling scrambled along the way.

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This year, I’ve been inspired to begin studying to earn a personal training certificate. When I began looking into it, I was immediately overwhelmed by all the options.  Luckily, my sister-in-law has her Bachelors in Sports Medicine, and now works for the USTA. Currently she’s studying for her NSCA-CPT, so I knew she would be the perfect person to talk to in regards to which direction to go.

She gave me TONS of advice that was so incredibly helpful. Except can we talk for a minute about how I feel like I’m talking in tongue – the ABCDEFGs what to what?! haha. I’ve never seen so many acronyms besides on social media and within text messages!

Anyway, I’ve been asked quite a few times what direction I’m going, and which test I’m planning to take…I’m still not 100% sure, but wanted to share all the options out there, as provided by my sista-from-another-mista, Jena. I have a predominantly fitness following, and know a few of my followers were in search of this info, so I hope it helps!

Good luck to anyone studying, or anyone lined up to take their test soon! I believe in you!!

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Click here to view all Certifications for personal training / strength and conditioning certifications.


Personally, I REALLY loved the feedback given by Joe Cannon, MS, an Exercise Physiologist on “What’s the best personal training certification,” which you can find here


3 Comments on “Personal Trainer + Strength & Conditioning Certs”

  1. This is very well written Shelley. You did a great deal of research and did a nice job citing your sources and giving your readers the power to form their own opinions. It is definitely shocking to look at the OTHER powders too…I use one of the other powders and it had very similar levels. Thank you for sharing this information.


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