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Personal Trainer Certifications- Which is best for YOU? ACE, NASM, NCSF, NSCA, or ACSM?

what is up everybody this is Julian

powers or you can call me JP and today

I'm making a video on how to become a

personal trainer and I'm also going to

go over a few tips that you can keep in

mind on how to be a good personal

trainer but it's mainly going to be on

how to become a personal trainer and

what organizations give those out which

one's the best for you which one is the

best overall what what each

certification is that staff get two

things out of the way one sorry for my

shitty s writing I write like garbage I

don't know why I always have I'm not

very articulate like that I don't even

know if that's the right word

but also two I am certified by the NCS F

the National Council on strength and

finish so again I'll try to be as

unbiased as possible everyone always has

a little bit of biases towards their

towards their certification but when it

comes to that I'll just try to give you

hard facts it's about it and maybe in

comparison to the other certification

organizations also for the NSC and the

National Council and written fitness I

have their CPT manual come buy up the

book for the certified personal trainer

exam so and for the National Council on

strength and fitness I also have the

certified personal trainer a manual for

that too so for those to actually have

the book and for the ACSM the American

College of Sports Medicine I don't have

the cpt manual but I do have the

introduction to exercise science book so

I can I can't really give you a tell you

exactly what the personal trainer

manuals like but I can tell you

basically how they're kind of what what

their system is like a little bit but

also besides not having the books for

all of these I have books for three the

CPT manual for two I did a lot of

research all these online and I got

other people's opinions so again this is

a very subjective video I'm not trying

to offend anybody so it's 2016 a lot of

people do get offended so if you do get

offended honestly I don't give a so

watch another video now I'm just kidding

but yeah this shouldn't offend anybody

but starting with the first one um is

ace you if you're planning to be a

personal trainer and you're decide

oh the certification route you've

definitely heard of ace before from

again from doing review looking this up

online ace from basically all across the

board I've heard that ace is the easiest

it pretty much has the highest passing

rate out of all of these again knowledge

is knowledge it's how you apply it it

doesn't really matter but the fact that

it is the easiest kind of gives me a

little bit of indication that maybe so

up there probably a great amount of ace

personal trainers out there that know

what they're talking about don't get me

wrong but the fact that I has a high

pass rate means that maybe they're

lenient maybe the questions are easy I

don't know um it's hard to think that of

all of these that ace has the smartest

people and I really doubt that's the

case I just feel like their test is

easiest from what I've read even people

who have multiple certifications say

that ace is the easiest um so keep that

in mind

it has many many specialty

certifications so for example if you

want to get a personal trainer

certification and you decide ok why am i

sort of certified personal trainer

certification and I want to get extra

certifications in random things like a

corrective exercise specialist or a

sports nutritionist or something or

whatever it is ace has a good amount of

those that you can apply other little

shirts that you can get so you can kind

of further your education through those

it costs and for all of these I'm going

to go over how much it cost I'm going to

go over the baseline a package just that

the the basic study materials and the

tests so I'm not going to go over any

extravagant bundles all of these have

some type of crazy bundle that can come

with it but the basic exam and study

materials for ace is 599 dollars not

including tax so it may come up like 650


you have to recertify every two years

with ace so again think about that -

it's going to cost I don't know I didn't

looked at it but it's probably about

around 100 to 150 bucks to recertify I'm

so keep that I'm on every two years so

again ace is easy it's more of like a I

would say for the general population not

nothing crazy you're not going to be

training high level athletes if you get

someone that says I want to gain some

muscle you probably know how to do that

with ace again

maybe not a high-level bodybuilder but a

general person who wants to gain muscle

if someone's like you know I want to

lose some white aces path again that's

probably we're going to be a so

someone's like I want to learn how to

increase my sprint speed and jump higher

that's probably not going to be a good

certification for that that's more

towards again performance so alt is very

general and from what I've heard it's

the easiest I haven't took the test but

that's basically what everyone online

says NASA again this is probably again

one of the higher ones that you've seen

all across the board um you've probably

read about it maybe you have I mean

maybe you're already looking at it but

that's the National Academy of Sports

Medicine I'm pretty sure that's what

that stands for

it's I heard the exam is somewhat easy

from what I've heard them from my read

I've seen a few people take that and

then from what I've read online it's

it's not and by someone easy I don't

mean like it is easy it's in the middle

for some people if you're not really

good with you know like basically the

Health Sciences and exercise in general

it could be hard for you if you're

someone who is in school already or if

you've studied a lot on your own or just

the generally smarter individual this

might be a little bit easier one for you

but I've heard that it's fairly

well-rounded it's it's it's not it's not

bad when it comes to the amount of

knowledge you get the main thing that I

heard with the NASA is that it's going

to set you up for a big line gyms like

for 24 Hour Fitness LA Fitness things

like that those big change ins

that's going to their certification is

set to set you up for to work for those

it's dead on they have a specific thing

that you that they want you to do and

where you want it to work so when you

take that it may seem like they're

trying to almost I guess push you in a

direction you can do what you ever do

you want with any of these

certifications but I heard that that's

what they try to do as they try to it's

basically set up so that you can work in

big changes or gyms like that I heard

that it's also aimed more towards I

guess you could say like good form and

corrective exercise to slightly again

that's not what it's all about but if

you're picking up this shirt and again

you're aiming for more of a performance

standpoint like you want to train

football players this is not the SIRT to

go this is for again a general

population I heard it's almost like the

ACE except I heard it's more

in depth a little bit more knowledgeable

a little harder and again set you up for

big change in jobs that does also to

have many specialty certifications I

think I've seen like eight or nine on

there so they have like an MMA

conditioning certification you can get I

think they have a nutrition

certification um so again that's that's

another thing to think about the

baseline package with the test is $749

it was a little confusing looking at

that the prices on the website but I

came out to seven hundred and forty nine

dollars what I've seen before tax so

it's a little bit more expensive than a

Stu recertification for nasa ms two

years so again you got to keep that in

mind you know if you're a really busy

person two years is a little shorter it

doesn't get much longer than the other

ones it only goes up to three years but

hey i mean if you need the extra year

you the something to think about okay

the third one again this is the one that

i have i have a lot of experience with

it it's the NTSF it's National Council

on strength and fitness my the reason

why I got this before I even took it

just you know I'm not being biased the

reason why I got this one is because

when I read online people were saying

that it's harder than the up NASM and

ace not the last two but it was harder

than the general certifications out

there so I was like okay that's the one

I wanted I wanted to be challenged again

I was in the Marine Corps I got our due

to injury is an honorable discharge but

I like being pushed

I like being challenged and I'm kind of

a geek when it comes to training again I

love weightlifting I don't you know I

practice what I preach but at the same

time I wanted to be push that's why I

picked that so to me and when I took the

test too I can tell that they weren't

trying to tricky with the questions but

when I was taking the test I kind of

laughed because I was like wow if you

didn't study there's no way you're going

to pass it I studied for about a good

seven or eight months before I took the

test so um the I saw well would keep

that on mine um one's a little bit

harder um again this one also has many

specialty certifications so if you do go

with the NCS F then you're you're going

to be what I like to have like they have

a specialty certification on soccer they

have a sports need sports nutritionist

certification they have a plyometric

training certification they have a BOSU

ball certification or you know the BOSU

ball disks BOSU disks

they have a certification for that they

have a certification for band training

they have a lot of them I think I like

probably close to 20 around 20 so that's

pretty cool it costs $500 for your

baseline package for your book and your

your test you have to recertify every

two years so again and if i have to talk

about the actual knowledge in there

because i said it is harder what i would

say that this one does pretty good is

that because then this is one and I'm

certified in I repeated that but is

again it was pretty in-depth this one is

really good for I wouldn't say

maximizing performance but if you want a

good all-around cert that if someone

does come to you and they say well I

want to be able to jump higher that will

help with that and CSF you could they

definitely have a section in there

talking about a plyometric training a

little bit of it and talking about speed

of contraction and things like that so

you can train someone in that also - I

found like this one was really really

good on body building it just really was

the chapter on bioenergetics combined

with the chapter on biomechanics

combined with the chapter on anaerobic

training I feel like if you were aiming

for building muscle or losing fat I feel

like this one is really good on that one

again so if you want to aim for someone

said even on like amateur bodybuilding

level if you were really smart

individual and you combined a lot of

experience self knowledge plus kind of

like the book smarts part of it and CSF

is a good way to go again that's just my

opinion I've studied the book like twice

I've passed the test so I would

recommend now so again this is a really

good for performance not so much like

sports but more kind of general sports

and for gaining muscle and just overall

general general Phenix I gained with

this one you could help someone lose

weight you could help someone jump

higher you can help someone gain muscle

and it has a really good neutral evah

for nutrition it has a chapter on

macronutrients it has a chapter on

micronutrients it has a chapter on

supplements a chapter on weight

management a chapter on body composition

so basically if you're like if you want

to kind of have if you want to have a

nutrition portion with your

certification but you don't want to get

a whole nother nutrition esterification

but you want to get balance I would

definitely say the NC SF has a good

nutrition part I don't know about the

other two because I don't have a sore in

a sense of books

that's the N CSF so that's you know what

I know about that one cuz I took it um

oh yeah just you can see the book to

again bear with me I know the book is

really up I've studied it so much

and carry two places it's really

up it looked a hundred times nicer than

this but you know that the back cover is

gone the front cover is gone I'm not

going to show you crazy but if you look

right here a lot of knowledge it's a

really big book again I would definitely

recommend that for anyone who wants to

be a personal trainer okay the NA nsca

the national strength and conditioning

Association sorry blanked out a little

bit again this one is a little bit of

the harder ones - I heard that the

passing rate for the cpt exam is 56%

that's what I read online so that's

that's pretty hard that's pretty rough

and I would say this one is probably on

par or maybe oh I would say it maybe

because I actually have this book - this

one I just just got but again so this

one looks way nicer as you can tell

because that one I messed up this is a

hardcover and the one that I got from my

certification was softcover if that

matters to you to me it doesn't really

matter but again just showing it to you

a pretty big book if you look at the

pages it has a lot of stuff in there um

again I heard that that one was really

hard from what I read online

I haven't took the test book just

looking at the questions there there are

pretty good questions to start to put

the on par or a little harder than the

one that I took but again it's pretty

good the biggest thing I could say what

the NSEA is that they are aimed for

sports performance and performance in

general of becoming faster and I

wouldn't say so much as a bodybuilding

standpoint like NC SF and gaining muscle

yes it does definitely help with that I

would say these two are very similar

because I have both books I've looked at

both they are very very very very very

very similar but I would say the NSCA is

probably the nutrition portion of the

NSAA I felt like was way weaker than the

NC SS way weaker but it was better way

better on again sports performance on

moving faster like if you want to be

someone who wants to Train athletes I

would definitely definitely and CNSC is

better than all of these that training


they have a whole chapter for plyometric

and speed training not just a section of

a chapter a whole chapter so yeah and

then they have a whole they just they

talk a lot about applying the stuff to

sports also too with the NSE a if you

want to get a very high insert you can

eventually ask when you get it you have

to have the bachelor's degree but when

you if you do plan to go to school then

you get a bachelor's degree you can take

the CSCS which is a certified strength

and conditioning specialist of

certification and basically means you're

a certified strength and conditioning

coach you can train high college level

athletes with that certification I'm not

saying it's easy to get in to get a job

with it again because that's highly

competitive but it's it's again that's

the only one here that has a

certification that you can get at a high

level for that type of for college level

athletes and like things like that are

right now I'm actually reading that book

I'm towards the middle of it so it's

really it's really high up there if you

don't have any background you jump in to

try to get the CSCS certification you're

going to be completely confused and

you'll have no idea what's kind of it

there'll be so many terms and all that

really kind of confuse you and throw you

off but it's a very good book so again

for sports performance NSCAA all the way

it's about $700 for the book and the

exam keep that in mind

there's few special t-shirts with this

one I really like it again it's overall

probably the best one on here in my

opinion just to throw that out there I'm

just going to throw that out there I

really like mine but I feel like the NSA

is a little bit better but again it's

few specialty shirts so if you want to

get a bunch of extra special t-shirts

they have one for military training they

have one for I think it's like a like a

corrective health specialist I don't

know what the name is it's for like

disabled populations and things like

that and then they have one again the


and then the cpt that's it they only

have four total three besides the cpt

they only got three and the CS yes again

it's four you have to have a bachelor's

degree so basically if you don't wanna

get bachelor's degree besides the cpt

they only have two so again it's not a

ton they're what's really good about

this one too is you recertify every

three years some people may say well

that's not that good because you don't

have to update your knowledge as

frequently again the frequency of

recertifying is not going to make

someone a

or good a good a trainer again I feel

like if someone was a good trainer is

going to study no matter what so talking

to good trainers and people who are

going to study in their off time no

matter what I feel like that's not much

of a hassle three years is still kind of

frequent you know every three years

going to make sure you're good on your

knowledge and you know what you're

talking about but again I feel like it's

a little bit of a hassle every two years

because think about it you get your

shirt one year goes by then that next

year like oh I already got to worry

about getting certified again you know I

mean if you keep up when you study in

yourself I feel like three years is more

than enough it's more than enough time

you don't need to be that close so again

sports performance every three years

it's good and if you want a very high

end certification to kind of work

towards the CS is the way to go

I don't have that on the list because

that's not a certified personal trainer

that's again that's that's for do you

want to train like a football team or

maybe MMA or something if you apply

other techniques and then you can do

that um the last one on the list is that

a CSM the American American College of

Sports Medicine this one again I heard

it was harder and buy harder I don't

mean like again for all of these if I

say harder I don't mean you might take

you for all the people who are probably

thinking like oh it's not hard at all

I'm talking about for what I read online

and personal opinions again you could

take any of these tests and I could be

easy but for a general person generally

the ACSM was a little harder again this

one is aimed more for I would say on a

medical standpoint so for example if you

want to be a personal trainer but you're

eventually maybe thinking about going

into like a medical field or if you just

generally want a little bit aim more

towards a I would say like the

physiology part of exercise definitely

go the ACSM it's again this isn't this

is kind of almost like the opposite of

the performance side this is more again

a more like again like exercise

physiology knowing about the

cardiovascular system it goes really

in-depth on kind of like the nerdy stuff

I don't have a certified personal

trainer book that's what I read online

but I do have the exercise science book

and it was pretty in-depth there's a lot

of smart stuff in here so I really liked

that one too there are a few special

t-shirts for this one I don't think they

had any at all they had like two on

there one or two but it was basically

none they did have just like the NACA

they did have a high insert too but it

was for an exercise physiologist

assert that it's like college-level I

think you have to have like a bachelor's

or something I don't know you go on

their website but that one's pretty

pretty hard so for like the exercise

physiologist certification you've got to

have a ton of hours in like a shadowing

and clinical observation basically a lot

of volunteer work so again if you want

to go up and like step to a medical

standpoint or you want to be an exercise

physiologist but you still want to be

like a general personal trainer - I

would definitely go up to a CSM this is

the cheapest out of all of them for the

book without no membership rates or

nothing just regular rates for regular

person and the test and I included two

of the books in there it was like the

corrective exercise book and then the

regular book it cost about $400 so

that's fairly good so if you want you

know okay what cost $400 and for a CSM

you have to recertify every three years

so that again that's also in my opinion

it's also a good thing because if you're

you're that depending on time for

recertification that's not going to make

you good make you a good or a bad

trainer or a shitty trainer you are

which you are regardless of

certification so for good trainers I

feel like this is a good for bad

trainers not so much because the longer

time in between research the less you're

not going to the more time you're not

going to study so so three years for

that one now to sum it all up again

a CSM is the cheapest and if you want to

go for a medical standpoint go a CSM for

any sports performance mainly sports

performance things like that

I will definitely go NSCA by far that's

just my opinion especially with the

3-year recertification if you're looking

for and the all-around like the

all-around not like it's almost kind of

like a jack-of-all-trades it's not the

best in any one thing but it's kind of

like a jack-of-all-trades again it's

fairly good price $500 on many specialty

certifications again it is one of the

harder certifications but again it has a

two-year recert which I'm kind of little

not against but it's whatever I would go

NCS stuff but again I'm not saying that

they're the best they're not the best so

I would just say it's the

jack-of-all-trades it's not the best at

one thing which again could be a

negative thing depending on what your

goal is but if you're just like okay I

want a good sir I'm not trying to train

athletes at a high level and I'm not

trying to necessarily go to a medical

I just want a good CPT out Glenn CSF if

you're trying to specialize Sports

Medical NASA if you're just trying to I

guess I don't see the point in getting

the NASA or ace over any of these three

that's just my opinion if you're going

for a big change in you can go NASA

McGann there they set you up right for

that so in that instance if you're like

I want to work for LA Fitness I want to

work for some gym Gold's Gym 24-hour

Fitness you might you could get that

again I personally would in ACE to me

that just seems like the weakest out of

all of them it's the easiest to get in

what it I mean again that's just my

opinion from what I read online if you

want to be challenged more I could say

that if you're a person who's a little

scared of jumping into the medical

personal training because there's a lot

of knowledge out there go ace since it's

the easiest that could benefit you you

benefit you begin prices medium so it is

what it is now to say something about

all of these two they are all accredited

by the NCCA

the National certifying I forget what it

stands for it's like national certifying

credit crediting agency but basically

it's a third-party organization that

kind of gives like a stamp of approval

to other organizations that they think

have good knowledge so all of these

companies are accredited by the NCCA

which means they're all legit they all

are legit again already get my opinion

on that they all are legit and final

notes if I had to pick one that's

all-around best that I would get to

someone I would say go with the NSCA

that's just my opinion

again the jack of all trades NCS F the

best overall just my opinion is NSE

again I'm not even certified by them

either of those as good so yeah that

that's what it is what it is you can

take it for a grain of salt or you can

use this information if what you want

how to be a good personal trainer just a

few things whatever certification you

decide to get the main thing that you

should keep in mind is don't be a shitty

trainer and by that I mean don't be the

trainer that's on your phone

training true while they're training

people don't be the trainer that's over

there sitting down while the

person's doing repetitions you're not

watching them don't be the trainer that

don't be don't be lazy and by lazy I


get your certification then barely when

it comes to recertification hunger

you're rushing or hurry up and glue over

your notes again just so you can barely

pass the test to me that's

garbage and I'm a personal trainer and I

don't want you to be a personal trainer

and ruin our reputation if you're going

to be a piece of

so again if don't don't be garbage don't

be lazy don't always continue to seek

more knowledge be responsible for your

actions you should always be seeking

knowledge also to in the fitness

industry you have to have tough skin you

have to have tough skin there are so

many everyone wants to be the

best trainer everyone has these shitty

ass fads that they're throwing out there

and everyone has a really strong opinion

oh I feel like a lot of personal

trainers their egos are up here up here

so one stay humble stay humble you do

not know everything you're a personal

trainer you're not a doctor you're not a

you're not a dietician that's the

biggest thing too is that you're not a

dietician you're not all you don't know

all about nutrition none of these no

matter how good they are with nutrition

they don't go that much into nutrition

they don't just as general nutrition

guidelines and stuff like that so you're

not a dietician you're not a doctor

you're not a physical therapist so again

stay within your scope of practice and

know where you're at don't be afraid to

say I don't know if a client asks you

something because if you don't you're

going to just be talking out of your ass

I've seen it too many times people try

to act like they know everything and you

don't I don't know everything on the

other end don't be afraid to stand up

for what you know was right you may come

across fat dice and someone may be

telling someone else about a fat diet

and then that person asks you what do

you think don't be shy with your answers

I mean everyone there has to be a system

of checks and balances here if you're a

good trainer I mean I'm not saying be a

dick to people but I mean state your

opinion if you think you're right think

you're right if you have a factual

knowledge from actual text and you're

not again you're not talking out your

ass defend your point I mean again

there's no need to be a dick about it

but I mean be B be humble but be

confident so again hopefully that all

helped you they're all pretty ok certs I

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