Hi, how’re you doing everybody?Jonathan here. In this video I’m going to answer a questionI see very often and that is what is the bestpersonal training certification that you canget, specifically in this video in the US?I see a lot of videos on YouTube where somebodymakes an assertion based on research thatthey’ve done or they ask around but nobodyhas actually earned these actual certifications. Given the fact that I earned these certificationsspecifically to service you guys better asI started my business and had eight yearsof training before I ever earned my firstcert and I’ll explain why I think I’min a position to give you your best adviceon how you want to educate yourself and promoteyourself and your career. But before I do that, if you have not yetmake sure you click on that link up thereand subscribe to my newsletter as I send outshort articles every Monday on how to seesuccess in the fitness industry. If you just happened to stumble upon thisvideo make sure to click on that icon belowand subscribe to this channel as I make videosbased on questions that I get the most. As always if you’ve already subscribed toboth my newsletter and to the YouTube channelthank you very much for your support. If you find the information in this videohelpful please click the like button belowthe video player because every like that Iget helps this channel. I’m going to give you a quick story aboutme and I’m going to go through all thesecertifications. Quick story: I kind of fell into personaltraining. I started off working in a gym called Powerhouse. I really thought I was just going to be rackingweights for the summer but the PT directorover there took a liking to me. I was a football player for a Division Oneschool so he liked my story about learningabout fitness, learning how to train myselfand wanting to help other people. I essentially went through a mentorship programwhere I was just kind of like an apprenticeto the trainers. I was there for like twelve hours a day forat least a month just learning how to train,how to talk to people. I didn’t get certified for a very, verylong time because I was at that gym for awhile. I even started my own boot camp, having notgotten certified yet. Around the time I started the boot camp Istarted to make these videos and I number1: wanted to educate myself as much as possibleand I wanted it to be as much of a resourceas possible to you guys. I’ve earned some of the most popular certificationsyou could find out there. Down here is my ACE certification which alot of people ask about. Here you have the NSCA certification, theNational Strength and Conditioning Association. Here you have probably the most popular certificationright now which is the NASM certification. I’ve earned all three. I actually made a study course for the NASMcourse. In terms of which certification is right foryou, the first thing I want to help you understandis that certifications are very, very similar. In terms of the testing for these certificationsI’m pretty sure that I could’ve studiedfor the NSCA certification and passed theACE pretty easily and maybe even passed theNASM pretty easily. It just depends on how well you study andhow well you retain information. In terms of the testing information, in termsof what you learn from certification, it’spretty much the same because fitness is thesame no matter what. There’s always going to be risk factors,you’re always going to have to have a baseline understanding of nutrition. You want to understand how certain exerciseswork certain parts of the muscle. You’ll want to understand fitness testing. You want to learn how to keep clients safe. That’s essentially what all personal trainingcertifications do. There are a lot of other certifications thatI haven’t mentioned besides ACE, NSCA andNASM. Such as NESTA, ISSA, ACSN but when you lookat the requirements for gyms that are hiringyou’re not going to find any gym that wouldn’ttake any one of those three: ACE, NASM, andNSCA. So those are the three for the baseline. Now when it comes to ACE, that’s the firstcertification that I earned, I actually purchasedthe ACE study material three or four yearsbefore I ever took the exam. Even though I wasn’t officially certifiedI had all of the knowledge and implementedall of the knowledge of the ACE program intomy training. I was just very scared to test and a lot ofpeople are scared to test and that’s whyI put together videos on my channel on whatyou want to know for each certification. If you search “ACE Review” you’ll finda video for an ACE review after I took it. NCSA review, NASM review I give informationand tips on how you’re going to want todo well on that exam. What do you want to take from that?Number 1. You can’t be afraid of testing because ifyou study the material you’re going to beokay. The second thing that you want to take fromthat is you want to consider your path. If you specifically want to start off yourcareer working in a gym, and that’s probablythe path of least resistance in a lot of waysbecause you get a lot of people thrown yourway without having to do a lot of marketingon your own. You’re going to want to work at a gym. It’s helpful for you to have this, havinghave passed the test. I really didn’t need to get any other certswhen I started my business because a lot ofclients don’t even know what certs to askfor. When you think about it, you don’t evenknow what certs to get. So, clients don’t really know what certsto ask for. It’s kind of an integrity thing as a trainerfor you to educate yourself. Now, being completely practical and transparentif I were going to train on my own again andI wasn’t going to work at a gym I wouldpurchase the study material for a given certification,I would get one version back because fitnessdoesn’t change much. They just have to put out more versions becausethey can make more money that way. I would purchase the previous version of whatevercertification I chose and then I would readthrough that information and I would be aseducated. The only difference is that I will not begiven this piece of paper that they issueyou after you pass their thousand-dollar exam. You have to understand I’m kind of a cynicwhen it comes to education and the way thatthey charge money for just a piece of paperthat doesn’t necessarily determine whetheror not you are a good trainer or not. Some people test really well and won’t implementanything they learned in the book. Some people test really poorly but know thebook like the back of their hand. What I’m saying is if you want to work ata gym you have got to get this piece of paper. If you want to go solo and you are short onmoney, I would say purchase the text bookfrom one version back. I actually think the previous version of theNASM is clearer than the current version. Version 5 I believe it is right now. I’m going to pause the video and grab thebook. Here for instance is the current edition forthe NASM personal training exam. This is the fifth edition. I created my NASM study guide using the fourthedition. A lot of people pass the fifth edition NASMstudy guide using the fourth edition materialbecause material doesn’t change much. I actually found the previous version to thisone, the third edition, a little bit of aneasier read. That’s what I used to pass my fourth editionNASM exam. Like I might have said earlier in the videoI had the ACE study material for the longest. This is the ACE booklet that I used to studyfor the ACE exam back in 2013. I had this for years, read it front and back,knew everything in it but was afraid to test. This is the current version of the ACE manualand honestly this makes me want to jump offof a bridge. My biggest issue with ACE is that they loadup so much useless information and they repeatthemselves so often. I honestly think that the book could be thisbig if they were a little bit more concisewith how they explain their information. If it were me and I had to give you guys adviceon it, I personally wouldn‘t recommend theACE because to me it’s a very complicatedread and a lot of the fitness testing andscreening things that they you would probablynever do. This is the NSCA study guide and I believethis is still the same edition that they use. I don’t think they’ve updated it yet. To be honest with you the NSCA exam was thehardest exam that I took. I honestly thought that they gave me the wrongexam and I was taking the CSCS exam insteadof the personal training exam. It was the hardest one to study for but theNSCA certification will give you I believethe broadest amount of information as it relatesto how to train. But if I were to recommend a certificationfor you guys to start off with, especiallyif you’re just looking to train the layperson,not exactly high intensity athletes I am actuallya fan of NASM. I feel that their screening is going to bemost relatable to the average person thatyou’ll see walking down the street if theywere looking to get fitter. I believe that even though the newest editionisn’t as clear as the previous editions,it is the easiest to understand. There’s a lot to absorb in the NSCA bookletbut at least it’s not repetitive and it’sexplained clearly. It’s just a lot. With ACE, I’m sorry ACE you’ve got tofigure out a way to give that informationa little bit better. Now you might not agree all you ACE certifiedtrainers. I did it too so that’s my two sense. If I were going to have somebody new startI think the NASM is the best way to go ifyou’re looking for something that’s goingto train the layperson. I think the NSCA is going to have more information. I think you’d be better prepared to traina larger demographic of people than just thelayperson if you have the NSCA cert but itis harder. Like I said, if I were doing this and I didn’thave any plans on working at a brand-new gym,this is the current version of the NASM Iwould go on Amazon and buy this version andstudy it front to back because the informationis the same but the order is different. You’ll save a lot of money and I definitelyknow you could pass exam of the fifth currentversion with the previous version becausethat’s what I did with almost all of mycertifications to save for the NSCA. I would go NASM if I were you. I know you only need one of these. There’s no reason for me to have three ofthese as a professional trainer, but as amentor to you guys I had to get multiple certificationsso I could explain things like this to you. I hope you found this video helpful. You might have some opinions that you wantto throw back my way, put them in the commentsection below and I would be happy to answerthem. As always, I said that I saw a lot of my successbecause I had mentors. If you’re looking for a mentor I definitelyrecommend that you check out my Dumbbellsto Dollars courses. I can serve as an online mentor for you asit shows how I essentially not only how learnedhow to train but how to build a business. I evolved from doing one on ones to boot campgroup training because I didn’t want towork the long hours and I wanted to trainmultiple people at the same time. It gave me my best opportunity to see successas I learned all about business marketingand it’s all in that course. If you’re looking for extra mentorship Idefinitely recommend that you check it out. That’s about it. I hope you found this video helpful. Remember if you have any questions or comments,make sure to comment below. Your comments will fuel the videos that Iput up for this channel. If you have an opinion I would be happy toread it. Stay tuned as I will be making more videosas long as you remember to eat healthy, hydrate,drive safe, stress levels low, get rest, don’tslap anybody, love your clients and they willlove you back. I will see y’all tomorrow or the next dayand you have a good one.