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What specific things do I have to study in order to be a certified fitness trainer?

My name is Yazlynn. I am 15 years old and I love staying active. Since we are in a pandemic, I am focusing on fitness a lot more. I do a lot of lifting and HIIT workouts and continuing to stay on a good diet. Many of my friends have asked for help but sometimes I don't always have the answers since I am not a professional fitness coach. #healthcare #coach #quarantinefitness

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Maria’s Answer

Yazlynn,
I think it's fantastic that you are into fitness and staying active! If I were in your shoes, I would focus on trying many types of ways to stay fit, not just the traditional workouts (maybe yoga and floor Pilates as a suggestion). I would also encourage you to explore alternate ways to take care of your mind and body (such as meditation and mindful breathing). It's important to set yourself apart from others in a similar field and when you have a large variety of experiences, you have more to share. The most important thing is that you are passionate about what you do and love it!
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Miriam’s Answer

Yazlynn - There are a few different organizations that offer certifications as a personal trainer. There are also options to become a certified nutrition coach. National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) is one of those organizations.

NASM lists the following prerequisites for enrolling in one of their certification programs:
- High school diploma or GED
- CPR certification - available through American Heart Association
- AED certification - available through American Heart Association

Once those prerequisites are met, you are eligible to enroll in their training programs. There is also an online option for the program, which allows flexibility.

In the meantime, you may want to watch instructor led exercise classes online to get exposure to the different types of exercise and styles of teaching exercise.

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