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Education needed to become a personal trainer?

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What is the highest degree needed to become a personal trainer?
Are there multiple paths to becoming a personal trainer?
What is the best undergraduate degree to earn to become a personal trainer?
Is there any other experience/certification required?

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Antoine’s Answer

That's a great question! I'm actually taking my NASM certification exam next week. While there is no official mandate to being a personal trainer, many fitness centers will prefer you to be certified by an accredited organization (NASM, ACE, ISSA, etc.). They also like to see that you have experience with exercising. If you are interested in making it your career, it would be helpful to have a courses in Human Anatomy, Exercise Science, Kinesiology, Physical Therapy, and Nutrition. It is also useful to be educated in Sales and Marketing since being a personal trainer is similar to running your own business. As far as specific degrees are concerned, I would recommend B.S in Sport and Exercise Science or B.S. in Kinesiology. It is also important to stay up to date on the latest fitness articles/discoveries.

Above all, what's most important is a passion for helping others achieving their fitness goals!


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Rohit’s Answer

Yes, education is necessary to become personal trainer. While you perform physical activities you better understand the Physics behind if you are educated.

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