Becoming a Personal Trainer

Congratulations on deciding to become a personal trainer. It’s a lifestyle I think you’ll love, especially if helping people achieve their goals is something you’re passionate about.

Personal training is more than just getting people in shape, in order to be successful, you have to almost wear your product. What I mean by that is you have to be your own best client. Show others what your training is capable of producing. Master that and you’re off to a great start.

But before you start training others, you should consider becoming a certified personal trainer and take a look into these personal training certification programs.

Best Certifications

No disrespect to any other certifications out there but there are two accreditations out there that stand out from the rest. ACE and NASM are rated the best personal training certifications among the industry’s leading fitness experts.

American Council on Exercise (ACE)

ACE offers a variety of health and fitness certifications; through research I have found that even their basic personal trainer certification is one of the best. They provide a 2-day study workshop that should help you prepare for the final test. With ACE, you will have to recertify every two years.

National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)

NASM is also renown in the health, sports and fitness industry. They provide many courses and workshops that will prepare you for their test at the end of the 9 weeks. They also have specialty certifications that you can obtain and are based on clientele specific goals. These certifications will only further establish you as a fitness training expert.


Like most organizations you have to be at least 18 years old, however you do not to a high school diploma, GED or equivalent but you must be CPR certified as well. With both programs you must recertify every two years to keep your personal training certification.