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AFPA Students Speak Out!
D. Bell, Certified Personal Trainer; Certified Nutrition & Wellness Consultant; Certified CardioKickbox Instructor
The courses I have taken through AFPA are continuing to further my buisness and reach into my community. Next month, I will be moving to a new location and become part of an orthopedics facility. AFPA is awesome!! Thanks to AFPA, I am able to not just have a career but love doing it and have a positive affect on my community and surrounding counties.
C. Thibaut, Certified Personal Trainer
I want to thank AFPA for again giving me such great material to work with; every Certification I receive through your organization makes me feel proud. I love being a group fitness instructor, and am so excited to branch out into Personal Training. I look forward to expanding my knowledge even further and believe that everyday I learn something new. Thank you!
T. Moseley, Children's Fitness Specialist
I gained a wealth of knowledge of fun lessons and activities to provide children with developmentally appropriate practices to get children motivated and excited about physical activity. I really enjoyed the course I took it was convenient and included a variety of media resources to gain insightful knowledge to help complete my exam and further my education. I thought the books were well written and organized in a logical manner that helped build a strong foundation and a wealth of knowledge to draw from. I love AFPA!
M. Lucas,Children's Fitness Specialist
There was some amazing information. I really appreciate the at-home format...3 books and 2 DVD’s! Great information in all!
F. Benson, Children's Fitness Specialist
It inspired me to want to learn more about fitness & physical education for children. Very informative and went along w/my graduate studies in early childhood education.
J. R. Barco, Group Fitness Instructor
The course materials were informative; I found the most informative and useful book to be the Fitness Leader’s Handbook. Overall, this was a good course to compliment my background and experience in physical fitness through boxing, karate and a researcher in Health Promotion and Education.
P. Sullivan, Cycle Instructor
I am a AFPA certified group fitness instructor and attend AFPA conferences. I believe it is a top rate organization. I am very happy to be a member.
C. Oliver, Group Fitness Instructor
The main focus I had was on reaching a point at which I felt comfortable presenting information to others in a professional situation – I wanted to feel that my knowledge was adequate in being beneficial to others. The material I was presented with was in depth and very descriptive. I feel that it has adequately prepared me for my future in the fitness profession. I was given a great deal of material and many different sources of information which all helped in creating a sense of accuracy and a broad understanding of group exercise.
K. Haynes, Group Fitness Instructor
I thoroughly enjoyed learning w/AFPA. The material given was a great source & the examination was a good reflection of what I learned.
J. Savarese, Group Fitness Instructor
I feel confident in my knowledge and ability to instruct group fitness classes. I found it very rigorous, yet very applicable to what I needed.
C. Rae Harris, Group Fitness Instructor
The course was very informative and covered what I was hoping for. The information given was enjoyable & the format was clear and easy to learn from. Thank you for the opportunity to become more educated in the fitness field and to have the pleasure to become certified. I enjoyed the course and would recommend this course to others. Also, the DVD’s & the photos were very helpful. The photos in the books were helpful in understanding things more clearly. Thank you!
C. Lynn Makrickas, Nutrition & Wellness Consultant
All materials cover all aspects of nutrition. I enjoyed the CD’s and the books. I frequently use them for reference. The price is expensive, but they are quality materials and through counseling you can make that money back!
R. Stevens, Nutrition & Wellness Consultant
I gained an incredible amount of knowledge & practical skills. Enjoyed the on-line quizzes & support.
R. Wintermeyer, Nutrition & Wellness Consultant
The material was challenging yet still easy enough to complete on my own.
E. Jones, Pilates Fitness Instructor
Easy to understand and everything was step by step.
R. Horter, Pilates Fitness Instructor
When I received my materials, it felt like X-mass morning! I’ve become more confident in my knowledge of pilates and my abilities as an instructor. I liked the range of study materials given and when I had a question, my email was responded to quickly.
R. Serio, Personal Trainer
I look forward to a career as a trainer and I feel I am prepared because of this course.
A. Kolb, Personal Trainer
What great material! I am always using the materials for reference even as a physical therapist assistant.
L. Lamz, Personal Trainer
The books & DVD’s were great tools-I will continue to use them.
K. A. Vaughn, Personal Trainer
I like the emphasis on business start up and operation – very helpful.
V. Peterson, Personal Trainer
This is a great course, I’ve learned a lot!
It was expensive but I know that it will pay for itself over & over again in the long run! I want to thank AFPA for giving me the opportunity to fulfill my goal of becoming a Certified Personal Trainer.
M. Ballou,Personal Trainer
I thought the course was great. I feel good about what I have learned and am ready to get started with my new life as a Personal Trainer.
S. Anthony Morton,Personal Trainer
I was very satisfied and was amazed by the ease of the process. It was worth every penny.
L. Lyons,Personal Trainer
I felt my confidence growing as I worked my way through this course. Thank you!
P. Sweeney, Personal Trainer
I especially like all of the sample business forms and find them very helpful.
C. Achorn,Personal Trainer
The book and manual were very useful, they made learning enjoyable. This is a great course and I will recommend (very highly) it to my friends.
S. Cohen, Personal Trainer
AFPA materials were an excellent source. Everything was very detailed & well explained. Well worth the money.
J. Hilterbrand,Personal Trainer
I expanded my knowledge about physical fitness and also about the business aspect of this career. I thought all of the course material was extremely educational and I am happy with my learning experience. While the course was expensive, I know it will pay for itself in future years.
M. Hernandez, Personal Trainer
I learned more than I expected to learn when I purchased the course!
M. Josee Salvas, Personal Trainer
I loved the study materials because they are high-quality, credible sources. Thank you!
F. Loperena, Personal Trainer
This course covered a lot more material than I ever expected. It made my interest on fitness grow even stronger.
R. Foster, Personal Trainer
Exam was tough but easy to follow. I have learned a lot through AFPA Personal Trainer certification.
K. Votapka, Personal Trainer
The information that was provided will be very helpful in starting a career as a personal trainer. I can take everything I learned and help someone. Everything that was provided, from the books to the dvds and the forms on cd are all amazing. I will be able to look over them whenever I want. I enjoyed this program!
L. Harris, Personal Trainer
Everything is pretty much laid out for you. It’s up to the person. I love the course. Keep up the good work. It was fun but challenging: that’s what I liked about it. If you are not serious than this course is not for you.
K. Hamilton,Personal Trainer
I was very pleased to see how much of it was about the business aspect of personal training.
R. Dobbs Personal Trainer
My husband is in Iraq and I have a one year old. Completing this is a great feeling of satisfaction. I learned a lot and enjoyed it.
D. Trotman,Personal Trainer
It was a pleasure and great experience getting my learning information from you. Your program is very comprehensive and gives you all the tools you will need. I would highly recommend you.
I looked at many websites prior to making my selection to take the Certified Personal Trainer course with AFPA. I found the price affordable and was surprised to receive the package with so much information. I am proud to know that I successfully passed such a comprehensive and difficult examination.
I found the home course study program to be well done and extremely proficient. Instead of going to a class or study group for 1 hour at a time, I was able to come home from work and study 2 or 3 hours a night. I was even able to do 20 minutes at lunch at work! This was extremely important to me, because I'm working a full time job and have children. I didn't have time to be traveling to a school or seminar. I'm looking forward to changing my career in the very near future. I want to thank everybody at AFPA, they were all helpful.
Great, I really learned a lot. I really liked the home study course. It is very convenient and informative.
The learning experience was very enriching. The book was easy to understand and explained each area in a very detailed manner. I feel confident and comfortable after having gone through this process. I will be a great Personal Trainer.
R. Shoop, Fitness Director
Body Vision Bear, DE
I am sure you've heard this many times before and I'm also sure you know this is just one of the many reasons why your organization is so successful. As a matter of fact, I had a friend of mine ask me a month or two ago how he could get certified because he is very interested in becoming a personal trainer; I immediately referred him to your web site. Well, he ordered the at-home course and is currently on his way to becoming a personal trainer. I wouldn't even consider referring a person elsewhere because I feel that your organization is clearly in a league of its own. We are looking very forward to meeting with you again in the near future.
Great experience - very in depth course. I really feel I learned a lot.
D. Lindstrom, Manager
Curves for Women
It was an absolute delight going through the AFPA certification process. I have received my certifications both in Personal Training & Nutrition & Wellness Consultant. I will recommend AFPA to anyone interested in the Fitness/Nutrition field.
Very good. I really enjoyed the take home exam. It allowed me to work at my own pace and get a full understanding of each chapter.
D. E. DeNItto
Very user friendly. I love that I could work on it at my own pace. This certification reinforced a lot of previously learned material as I have my Bachelors Degree from Va Tech in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise Science.
J. Flaherty, PT, CWT
By the way, Great course! I especially liked the way you discussed, at length, working patients with functional exercises. You did an excellent job showing how effective exercises can be without even touching a weight machine. Furthermore you stressed how important proper documentation and safety is in preventing liability issues. Again, an excellent job done.
I feel there was (sic) many positives. The materials were great and useful. The supplies were excellent…
Good. Guidelines were set out in easy to follow directions & material was easy to understand. Diagrams were interesting & fun to follow & learn about as well.
I feel confident with the information I have obtained by completing the AFPA Personal Trainer Program.
P. A. Dunning, Ph.D.
I thoroughly enjoyed going thru the AFPA Certification…continually enjoy reading & learning more about Yoga ˜ my passion…I particularly appreciated anatomy and mobility assessment, and the various charts (1-4), which enabled me to evaluate my own progress.
I found the learning experience to be very rewarding. As an accomplished athlete I thought I had good grasp about weight training, but I learned so much….
The books and CD Rom were great. I enjoyed be (sic) able to go at my own pace. Robert Ehrlich I felt it was very beneficial and thorough. I would recommend it to others.
I liked the self-paced approach; felt material (textbooks, CDs) were very in-depth and thorough in answering any questions I may have had and an excellent reference guide…
As I meet other Trainers and observe how they train, I am glad I have been educated with an exceptional group as AFPA. Your standard of cautious training is so valuable. Not only teaching seniors but all individuals, studying the proper form and level of each person with safety as the priority. The client sees improvement without torture or with the misfortune of an injury. I have lots more to learn and am looking forward to some of your videos you recommend.
Have a glorious day!
I. A. Fedge
Wonderful - the material is put together well and thorough - I love being able to do the work on my own schedule.
My learning experience was good…I had a family death which set me back and things proved hard to re-motivate myself. However AFPA was very understanding and allowed me extra time to complete my course and I am ever grateful for this.
I learned a lot about the standards used to plan physical education lessons. Knowing the 5 components of exercise and how to incorporate them into reasonable lessons was very helpful.
K. Ann Fleming
I enjoyed it! Self pace is great, good learning materials.
Karyn King & Kimberly Forest
It was great. I thought that teaching P.E. was a no-thought job. I see now that it is structured, has a purpose & is rewarding.
I would like to tell you that after obtaining my AFPA Personal Trainer certification last year my training career took off. First of all, I learned a vast quantity of information at the seminar, but preparing the exam gave me the reinforcement of your information that gave me the confidence I needed to become successful. I work in a local community center where within three months of passing your exam I was given a supervisory position. Six months later I was promoted to the head trainer position at the facility.
G. L. Franz
My learning experience was exciting and fun! I enjoyed learning about physical fitness and the human body because of my interest in this area. I definitely believe that this course was beneficial and worth the time and expense.
I found the learning experience very satisfying. Whether the topics were basics of anatomy and physiology or strength training and nutrition I found all topics interesting…
L. B. Fraser
I learned so much about the proper way to train…I have lost a lot of weight and now have definition. Honestly, I owe it all to this class. I just loved it…This is going to change my life! I am very excited…
J. S. Freeman
I truly enjoyed this course and learned so much in the area of nutrition! It was grueling due to the comprehensive nature of the texts. Great information.
My learning experience through the AFPA certification process was definitely fun and interesting. I learned a lot of new information that will help me reach my goal in becoming a personal trainer.
Home study was thorough, tough but rewarding!!
An interesting process. I have learned a lot of skills relating to personal training.
It provided a lot of new information as well as helped review some sections regarding other fitness modalities.
The exam is thorough and required a lot of thought, the interview case study provided a great start to further study. Thank you for an enlightening and productive experience.
Wow what an intense course. I am very confident I am going to be one of the most educated Personal Trainers out there. I am looking forward to taking more courses from AFPA in the near future.
I loved studying for this certification. Both the books and CD's explored the physiology and chemistry of exercise, which really solidified much of my prior beliefs-and corrected a few myths. The videos and textbooks were very helpful and re-energized me as a fitness instructor.
I thought it was perfect for me to do on my own time - very easy to follow & it helped incredibly!
Being a student while teaching heightened my awareness of my own posture & the clarity of my instruction….
I particularly enjoyed the reviews. It tested my memory and when I needed to go back and read again I gained more knowledge….The detailing was excellent and the overall knowledge this program offers is great…
It was good. I learned a lot of physical applications and how to apply them more for individual needs. I also was able to see new ways to sequence the poses to create maximum benefits.
J. L. Smith, III
My learning experience through the AFPA certification process was very interesting. I learned a lot about the body and how to care for it. I am very happy and satisfied with this program.
K. S. Chamberlain
I enjoyed going through the study materials and learning Pilates. I appreciated knowing that the study was on my own time. Since I work and am finishing law school the program was ideal.
T. R. Clark
I could learn things on my own time. I could focus on the drills for specific sports that are going to be relevant in my future. The information was clear and meaningful. The videos helped visualize the exercises…
A. Chandler- LA Fitness
Great Going at your own pace and using multiple sources and methods of learning.
I found it very informative and I think that it will be a great asset in maintaining a healthy balanced lifestyle.
D. P. Cohen
It was great!…great customer relation group and a pleasure to work with.
Worked well with my schedule and had all the information I expected.
I found the learning experience to be very informative and beneficial.
It was great. I got to learn different nutritional facts. Although I have background experience in A & P of the body, it helped reviewing the bones and muscles again. I love all the facts in the book…
I found that reading the material and referring to answer/question exam forces you to understand or comprehend the material not just memorizing the facts and figures.
I feel that the AFPA certification program was easy to follow & understand. It was a great learning experience. As a certified surgical technician, this also helped to refresh on a lot of things that I may have forgotten or overlooked. Thanks.
A great learning experience that I will utilize throughout my fitness career.
I enjoyed reading the textbooks and the videos were cool. To gain experience, I taught a group of girls from my church…I really enjoyed making up routines and improvising. I love aerobics! I hope to teach Step Aerobics this summer!
I was able to go at my own pace…wasn't too easy…I had to think about some questions which made me learn better.
It was nice to be able to study at my own pace. Being a stay-at-home Mom w/ preschool age children, I don't always have the time to attend a regular college class…
I learned a great deal of exercises, health tips, and overall anatomy.
It was excellent! The information was provided in a logical and easy to follow format. I really liked that pertinent information was given without a lot of fluff! The CD was also great.
It was a really great experience. I learned so much. The online application was so easy and the books and learning materials were very helpful.
I was pleased with the content and thoroughness of the material. I appreciated the focus of the exam and the way questions were asked. It helped me to retain the information…
The course material was easy to understand and I enjoyed learning from the CD. The manual & CD were very informative…I would definitely recommend AFPA to anyone wanting to get certified in the fitness industry.
The was a good program that helped me learn, reviewed lessons, gave insight to nutrition & made me more aware of the importance of nutrition w/exercise…
I like the self-paced study style. The materials provided are easy to follow through. I like the consultant course in particular.
Very helpful when I called with questions. All materials were excellent.
I enjoyed this format very much. The learning process and opportunity to apply it on the job is more comprehensive than a course requiring cramming for a one time test then having much of that information drain out…
Awesome - Very ease to follow. I learned a lot and will be able to pass it along to my clients.
Great and Smooth.
Learning experience was very thorough. Materials addressed all aspects of teaching.
J. M. Stolk
Very good. Book and other learning tools covered all of the bases.
My learning experience was great. I learned a lot & I am sure as I go over the book I will continue to learn.
It was a good learning experience, the information provided was very clear and concise. And it was presented in a way that divided up the studies in a timeframe that progressed with a supportive system of learning…
Thinking back to both of my pregnancies helped me move forward in my studies by applying my own experiences.
B. T. Tarrant
It was great. There were so many different areas to learn about when becoming a Personal Trainer. But AFPA had good text books and CD's to easily help with all the areas.
Very thorough from start to finish. Questions and answers followed in a logical and sequential manner.
This course has been a wonderful experience and the knowledge that I have gained from this program will only contribute to providing a better public service in the realms of health and fitness…thank you for your time and support.
All the reading material was excellent. Not only was it very informative, but was great for visual learning, and understanding also…I had heard so much about Lawrence Biscontini that it was super to learn from him through the videotapes.
The book was very informative and the other media were good too…
Very good, not like most home-study courses.
My learning experience was good while going through the AFPA certification process…
K. Allison Good
Information was easy to understand. I like the way the tests are designed.
It was great. I really learned a lot!
Easy to follow. Self guided process allowed my timeline to be flexible.
V. L. Anderson
I thought it was very helpful & educational as well as easy to learn.
I enjoyed the reading materials…Overall, I believe I've learned a lot. I've already been able to help 3 or 4 people with nutrition questions. One person had bad indigestion and a simple vitamin helped him tremendously.
I feel that the books and information given was very good…I enjoyed all the reading material as well as the CDs and Fitness Calculators.
…AFPA helped me to advance my goals and to become a great personal trainer.
I had to reread the books many times to thoroughly understand the information before I began the tests. I liked it that I could learn at my own pace. The CD really helps - with the video demonstration.
I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I like the hands on teaching or taking class requirements as well. And I plan on continuing my education with you!
The educational information sent has give myself the knowledge to help various clients in health and fitness.
G. A. Benson
Very good. I liked how things were repeated. I know a lot about pregnancy already but it's nice to strengthen my knowledge so I don't have to think about the answer it just pops out.
The information & studies were very informative and easy to follow.
I learned a lot about various children's exercises and the techniques for proper training. “Fitness for Children” offers great lesson plans and fun activities to do with children. I also thought the on-line info was helpful.
M. BlohmMy learning experience was good. The course took longer than I thought
it would take me. Mostly I wanted to be sure I was thorough with my answers. But I have to say that I feel confident in my skills now that the course is complete.
I enjoyed the study-at-home aspect of the AFPA Certification process. It enabled me to pace myself and absorb the material better than a classroom setting would. The combination of the books and CD's covered a full spectrum of applicable material…
Wonderful & exciting to get back in fitness & the study of it. AFPA helped to make obtaining this certification possible while raising children & taking care of the rest of my family.
C. A. Bowler
Excellent. The course materials were very thorough. The directions were clear…course materials were comprehensive and gave a great overview of senior fitness and how to set up business and market.
M. I. Bradley
The material was easy to follow and very informative. The illustrations were detailed and helped explain the different types of exercises and muscles.
I thought it was a very educational experience. I feel that it has made me prepared for the real world.
The timing allowed was great. Materials were well presented & easy to follow. Exam questions were fair and thorough.
I enjoyed taking classes with other instructors & feeling all the different approaches to the Pilates method…
There was a lot of good information provided. My knowledge has grew!
It was a very good experience. The content was very thorough.
G. M. Brooks
…It was a thorough examination…I became nervous in front of the camera during the taping of the video, but I'm not that nervous in front of my clients.
E. L. Brown
The learning experience added much insight to the knowledge and understanding that I had. It also corrected some of my own mistakes.
The learning experience especially from the reading material really helped my approach…I want to be a part of training individuals to become the best they can be.
It was a great experience. I have been involved in sports all my life and have weight trained for the past 18 years. The additional knowledge that I have gained from AFPA was well worth taking the Personal Training Course.
I learned about muscles I never thought of. I also learned about the bone structure which was a great experience. It was a lot of reading but I think it paid off at the end.
J. L. Wilson
Very helpful to have all the materials at hand - also led me to search out information on the web.
I learned a lot of information that will help me develop fitness programs in my future…
I gained a great deal of knowledge of proper ways to workout & also gained a much better knowledge of Nutrition. All material was excellent & will help me greatly in the future.
Excellent! I greatly enjoyed this learning experience.
It was nice to go at my own pace and not be rushed.
My learning experience while going through the certification process was good. I felt that both books were informative and helpful as was the CD ROM.
The certification process taught more so than anything else, how I should work out. As a result I'm smarter healthier and slimmer.
Confirmed many of the guidelines I learned while studying for my nursing degree.
This has been an enriching experience. I have benefited as a teacher, student, and especially as just me.
L. Sue Tucker
Very good. Enjoyed all of the materials! Great variety & all instrumental.
It was a great experience. I enjoyed the personal nutrition book; it is a very good book and easy to understand. The nutrition counseling book was more challenging but I learned a lot from it.
I love these Certification tests. They teach you so much.
L. Van Dyke
I learned a lot, enjoyed the materials provided. It was easy and challenging at the same time.
T. Miller VanFossen
The whole process was very thorough. I feel very comfortable with going out and personal training on my own.
B. Jo Vanmeerhaeghe
Liked being able to complete it at my own pace…the material was very complete and easy to follow. The CD forms and demo's are an excellent reference.
I felt the exam was very thorough and comprehensive. It addressed important issues and techniques while providing a good basic knowledge base.
Thought this process was excellent. It was a great review & I learned a lot!
I thought all the information was informative. A lot of the material I already do by didn't realize it. Some, though, I didn't do but will be better about incorporating the new ideas. I love the Fitness for Children book!! It's awesome.
I learned so much about nutrition as well as fitness and business so I feel I learned a lot.
Challenging, first and foremost…a great opportunity to further my abilities and knowledge in the vast field of nutritional wellness and sports nutrition.
Enlightening. I was far from a stranger to the gym and yet there was just so much I was unaware of.
I enjoyed the textbooks and found the questions in the exam related directly to them which was excellent. I learned more on this test than many others I have taken. I found the test challenging at times, but well worth it! Thank you.
K. Pelt, Manager Mathews Athletic Center, Wesleyan College
Again, I want to thank you for such a great conference and wonderful presenters. You always put on such a great conference.
M. Tracy Haines
The program was very comprehensive and provided a lot of good, usable information. I needed the flexibility to do this program in two different states and this program really fit the bill.
T. M. Hargat
Challenging!…even as an established RN I found learning new information about body mechanics and mobility very interesting.
A. S. Harris
I feel as though this was a lot of material - while it was very informative & interesting, it was lengthy. If I had to do it again I would probably opt to attend a formal class. I did like being able to move at my own pace.
The course was so interesting. Once I started I did not want to stop until I completely finished. I loved gaining so much knowledge. I did it at my own time. No rushing & no one to pressure me. Learning was fun!
All the resources provided were awesome…every time I got Mark on the phone he was more than helpful answered all my questions. Thanks Mark!
Being in the military and working the hours I do, this self paced program was convenient and allowed me to take the time needed to complete the course material.
It was more difficult than I thought it would be but it was great. I learned a lot of things that I didn't already know.
I enjoyed not feeling rushed (worked into my lifestyle well) and the reading was enjoyable. I really liked attending a class to observe (to look at it from a different perspective).
W. C. Henry
It was very rewarding. Also I work in a fitness facility with the Armed Forces Europe and a lot of things I'd study for this exam helped me in my job as a recreation assistant.
B. G. Himes
The course has great topics that has provided me with some techniques that I will be using in the future. The course has also shown me areas needing improvement in my teaching and provided several ways to improve myself as a teacher…
My learning experience was good. I feel that the material was well explained and fit the course…
Certification has greatly improved my skills and knowledge on physical fitness, health and related issues. I'm very interested in sport and coaching, therefore the material was very relevant…provided me with skills that I can use throughout my life.
I found this process to be complete, very well explained, very well presented…found the resource book upon which the exam was based to be thorough, easy to read…I feel good about the level of instruction, good about the depth of knowledge required.
I found it to be very knowledgeable. Both books helped me learn very well. I enjoyed the CD for the computer because it was a little easier to learn the muscle on it.
It taught many new ways to train in strength…It taught me how to work a certain area…also set reps to use for certain personnel…also what kind of exercises are good for certain disabilities.
Great! Lots of information plus new material I didn't know before. The course was easy to follow and made the exam non-stressful! Ryan M. Hurtado My learning experience was excellent. If I didn't fully understand something I could go back and read it as many times as I needed.
L. C. Husk
I especially enjoyed the CD ROM - the explore option was a lot of fun - nice job!
I learned a lot of background information that I hadn't seen in other books or videos. It was a very thorough study that filled in some of the gaps in my understanding of yoga's history and principles.
Very pleased with amount of knowledge that I acquired from this certification. I really enjoyed the wholistic approach to nutrition.
I am a massage therapist and often get asked questions about nutrition…since studying this course I have become much more confident in my advice…my family and I are now much more aware of what good nutrition is…
Because I'm now studying something that's interesting & fun for me, it's easy to absorb the material…like that I can go at my own pace…able to spend more time on things that I don't understand right away…less time on things I find easy…
It was a great experience. Having the ability to answer questions through short answer as opposed to multiple choice allows me to retain much more information.
My learning experience was very beneficial. I learned on many different levels. From anatomy to marketing, I feel like the course prepares you for almost anything you will encounter.
I thought the learning material was very thorough, especially the CD…The time frame for completing the exam was plenty enough so I did not feel rushed…studying and taking this exam was a positive experience for me.
Well I thought I knew enough to be a trainer before going through this process, I was very wrong. I learned about technique that I was doing wrong, some new exercises for the related muscle groups, and ways to train people with different limitations.
I found it very practical & worthwhile. It was difficult to know how detailed my answer were needed but I learned a lot.
The learning experience was easy and self-paced. It was easy to fit into my busy schedule. I enjoyed the presentation of the material.
R. E. Kindig
It was an excellent experience! It included informative, up-to-date information, presented in a simple, easy-to-follow format. The dynamic of the accompanying CD-ROM was a great study tool. It allowed me to see in action what I was learning.
Excellent materials. Very well designed program. Great reference materials that I will continue to use & study to learn from.
V. Luke Klein
Books explored the physiology and chemistry of exercise which really solidified much of my prior beliefs. (Also, it corrected a few myths.) The videos and textbooks were very helpful and re energized me as a fitness instructor.
Nice. I enjoyed the self-pacing. The questions encouraged me to read the text thoroughly.
I feel that I have learned a great deal through the AFPA certification process. I feel confident and ready to put my knowledge to use. I am excited about making a difference in the lives of those who need a personal trainer.
My learning experience was outstanding very knowledgeable and thorough.
I learned a lot of necessary and helpful information while completing this exam. Information that I can not only use to help others but myself as well.
I enjoyed my learning experience with AFPA. I actually recommended AFPA to a co-worker and she is now going through AFPA's Pilates Fitness Instructor Certification program. I liked that I was able to get an extension because life happens…
I am very glad that I chose the AFPA credential program…thank you AFPA for excellent materials and the chance to practice yoga and learn from your thorough program…
My experience was very positive, the course was more in depth than I thought it would be.
I really loved the book. I found all of the information very helpful in creating my yoga routines.
I enjoyed the home-study experience because it allowed me to study at my own pace under the comfort and convenience of my own home.
I felt the course was very comprehensive and included much information that will be beneficial to me as I pursue my personal training career.
learned a lot about the various muscle groups & how they are affected…will not only benefit me, but others as well.
The materials were good and presented specific information, esp. concerning coping with challenges. They taught specific methods for planning lessons and structuring classes for diverse populations, i.e. disabled, overweight, low fitness level, etc.
Excellent! I enjoyed the reading and felt the test was challenging on many levels; it asked questions on all aspects of yoga and I thought this was great!
I liked the course. I studied it on my time off from work, which gave me flexibility. I enjoyed that…
M. Lovejoy Great!
Very in depth. I will be able to use everything included for years.
My learning experience was more than I could have asked for. I enjoyed reading all the material and learning about the human body and what I can do to improve it.
P. N. Lule
The learning experience was a good and rewarding one. The number that was provided for assistance was very helpful…very helpful and patient with my questions.
The learning experience was very enjoyable. There were many things I learned from completing the certification that I can apply to my clients as well as to my own workouts.
My learning experience was enjoyable. I was learning about my favorite things - nutrition & exercise.
Everything went smooth except for some miss prints in the test questions that were different from what was in the book. Also some exercises performed on the DVD had a different technique from what was in the muscle mechanics book.
It was a great experience. Being pregnant at the time helped me to have a better understanding of the program. The materials were well selected and very educational.
J. Q. Matlock
I believe that this was a very valuable learning experience. The books covered every topic and situation that I could think of. Along with the CD-ROM's, I feel that I have the exact and proper information to become successful in this field.
It was a great learning experience, it opened my mind to a whole lot of new information.
The learning experience was great. I learned a lot of useful interesting facts about the body and exercise.
I found the materials of use but a little overpriced due to the lack of guides or plans to go with the books.
J. N. McClusky
I really liked the self pace course because of my busy schedule. I also like the fact that I had to go to classes…It was a good experience! I got to check out different yoga classes and instructors…AFPA was wonderful to work with.
My learning experience was challenging and informative. Having been a practitioner of Pilates for 6+ years and Yoga around 10, I found myself confronting many bad habits I hadn't realized had formed…will aid me to become a more conscientious instructor.
I found this course very well organized and extremely informative. I have studied nutrition for several years but still found each lesson filled with information.
As I practiced and read I find there is always more that I can perfect and work on.
W. R. McKnight
I learned a lot. I found the sections on nutrition, special populations, and on muscle anatomy especially helpful.
I learned much more that I thought I would when I began the process.
I found the AFPA certification process to be a very enjoyable experience.
Wonderful. I really enjoy the conferences. I've been attending them since you started.
My learning experience was exceptional. It took a lot of my time, granted I do have three jobs, but accomplishable.
Lots of new ideas…I appreciate the effort made by AFPA for creating the study material.
The AFPA Certification process will be very useful for me in many ways.
It gave me very good info on training and sales.
B. T. Miller
Type of delivery method was wonderful. Being a single dad of two toddlers who has a full time job and is working on finishing up his MA degree does not give me a lot of free time. This exam allowed me ample time and worked great with my busy schedule.
It was an experience in self-motivation & self-study. These are good skills to acquire when teaching group fitness. The test was long but thorough & I learned a lot by having the test questions guide me through the books & videos.
It was not only a challenging course but it was also interesting and informative.
I really enjoyed the course & I am looking forward to taking another course with AFPA.
I learned so much more than I ever imagined!
I thought it was FANTASTIC! The information given is valuable and geared toward making a personal trainer successful!
I thought the nutrition certification was very interesting & easy to complete…
I felt the textbooks were extremely beneficial. The information was presented in logical sequence which greatly assisted me throughout the learning process.
AFPA certification process has been an intense learning experience. I demonstrate competency and greater quality in the practice…now can successfully complete a customized training program for clients with more confidence and assurance.
It was more comprehensive than expected and prepared me well for my new role.
This was very informative - so thorough! More challenging with so much info -
The anatomy was a good review from my college courses. Having had a lot of advanced sport & nutrition courses I sometimes struggled to keep answers brief.
I felt that it was a very smooth process. I learned a whole lot of information and I am excited about using it myself & to help others.
Books & CD were great. I enjoyed the AFPA website & the conference in Charlotte…
My learning experience when going through the AFPA Certification process was inspirational, insightful, and thorough. I look forward to further certifications with AFPA.
Great. I really enjoyed learning from the comfort of my home or taking my laptop to the beach. This was an awesome learning experience.
I thought this course was very easy to navigate & follow.
Excellent! I learned a great deal of information that I am able to use. The books and CD were filled with very informative exercise programs that I know I will use with my client.
I really enjoyed it. I've been studying training a long time but I especially liked where it gave you guidelines for people in need of special training.
Great - Forced me to do more hands on an (sic) speak to other professionals in the field.
AFPA has trusted the persons willingness to learn on their own. That is a good feeling which makes you want to do more…I currently work with the elderly. They expect you to be the one that is going to make them feel better. Thanks to my learning experience.
This is a much more complete course than many of the other certifications out there…many of which you just show up to take a test. The materials are extremely helpful & will be useful in the future. The time frame given is also very good.
I enjoyed the certification process. The written exam provided necessary study points and material and was very thorough. The DVD's plus learning kit gave the required practical practice.
Very educational. Tough questions at times. Very informative and well written.
J. M. Randolph
I enjoyed my experience very much. I was able to practice on my own schedule and that is very important to me. That alone made this process not as stressful or frustrating as most exams.
My learning experience was an excellent experience. There was a lot of information that was provided with having both the Personal Trainers Certification course and Advanced Personal Trainer Certification course together…allowed me to work and maintain a home and have family time.
This course does enable a consultant to look at many aspects of a person's nutritional concerns. I value the counseling education.
A learned a lot…liked the pictures in the musculoskeletal anatomy & human movement. They will help show clients what you are actually talking about. I have a degree in Exercise Science & I liked the way the program brought it all together in two books.
The learning process has been awesome. It was a very eye opening experience to learn the “behind the scene” process of PE/Fitness classes. Very motivating…
Enjoyable, because I've always been interested with Pre/Post Natal fitness, reading the books didn't feel like revision because I wanted to find out as much as I could.
I believe I learned a lot, but that a “book course” cannot equal classroom type course.
I have already graduated from an Exercise Science program. This experience has greatly increased my knowledge of all different types of subjects. I should now be better qualified for any position because of this experience.
M. R. Russin
I would like to thank you for the opportunity to complete this Fitness Instructor Home Study. Being able to do this at home comes as a huge advantage to those of us with children (I have three myself)!…
Excellent. The information and books were very helpful and enjoyable.
I really enjoyed my learning experience with AFPA. The manual was easy to understand, yet still challenging at times. The CD ROM was most helpful.
D. M. Scheible
This course was very interesting, challenging and I enjoyed it immensely. I am looking forward to taking other courses in the future.
Great! I enjoyed every page…reading up on the different exercises, then practicing after each segment is a nice way of learning…
Very thorough. I learned a great deal about how the body works; how disease is affected by exercise & diet.
It went well. I feel like I learned a lot. I also now feel I have the tools and knowledge I need to be an educated and competent trainer.
The experience was great. I found it to be very informative and easy to understand. Being a working mother traveling to require (sic) certifications is difficult. This was an excellent alternative…
I have actually noticed a difference when working with clients. I now have more answers to odd questions and I have noticed my explanations have become more in-depth. I have more information to share.
I learned a lot of things as far as the body make up and how the body functions. It was rewarding to read about training clients with different situations as cystic fibrosis and osteoporosis. If you increase your knowledge you will increase your revenue.
It was great, a whole lot of information. I thought I knew a lot about health and fitness, but going through this course has shown me a lot.
Great experience!! Thank you!! I was previously certified through AFPA & other companies. I feel the home study was excellent. Easy to follow - LOTS of information. Great information on the business end of training.
B. Mae Ola
My learning experience was good. I thought I knew a lot about the body until I began my studies with AFPA. I will use the text book and material as an ongoing study tool.
I feel more knowledgeable of different muscle groups that are affected by various exercises.
I really liked the convenience of working at my own pace, being able to work around my job (teacher) and my family. The materials I was given were great! Very easy to follow and understand.
I really enjoyed my learning experience with AFPA. I usually become bored easily when reading, however, reading your material was enjoyable. I feel that I have gained a great deal of knowledge through AFPA!
I felt the course was very well laid out with relevant questions and good reading materials. I learned a great deal about conducting an interview to gather the best information. The tools provided were useful and method easy to apply.
I feel as though this was a very thorough certification with a lot of material to consume. I don't think that I would have been able to absorb as much in a day or two seminar. I was able to pace myself and take extra time in areas where I needed to.
Toughest thing I've had to do in a while as a 42 year old mother of two. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge!
The material covered many subjects that I found helpful in trying to establish my own personal business as a personal trainer. I learned so much and doing it at home was convenient to my situation.
I had a pleasant learning experience since due to the demands I have as a mom & wife, this process allowed me to do the course at a comfortable pace.
I was very impressed by the book and audio visual program. I have read many books on the exercise program and seen many videos but I thought your materials were outstanding. The exam followed naturally from the written and video information.
It went really well. I was amazed of the amount of relevant and accurate material learned and reviewed. I would definitely keep the materials updated in my library of reference materials.
I definitely learned a lot! Having all of the books & CD's to keep as reference guides makes me feel more confident in my future because I can always go back & look up an answer or use the sheets from the CD's.
The learning process was very nice. I learned a variety of information that will be useful in counseling for nutrition and wellness.
I really enjoyed the books that were provided. Mark was personable on the phone and set the tone for a positive experience. It helped me reflect on my teaching experience in the classroom as an elementary school teacher.
I enjoyed the process and found the material easy to follow and thorough.
T. Janice C.
The learning experience was great. Because my degree is not in PE/Health Education it (the course) was extremely helpful - thanks!
V. Regina M.
I enjoyed working at my own pace. I was able to take my time and work on what was required.
I think I had a fantastic learning experience. Accurate, thorough materials and an enjoyable lesson plan.
The learning experience was wonderful. The reading materials were in great detail and easy to understand.
My learning experience while going through the AFPA Certification process was fantastic! The course was perfect for people with little or no previous experience while remaining challenging for a seasoned professional. I am the founder of The Better Health Network, an organization to help educate people worldwide about the latest advances in nutritional supplements and weight loss programs. My learning experience through AFPA helped me to better understand the clinical studies that I use on a daily basis, so that I am better able to explain their significance to my clients. I am looking forward to a long relationship with AFPA and will promote the certification process wherever possible. I feel the experience and materials were an excellent value for the investment cost. Thank you.
I had an extremely positive and valuable experience during the AFPA certification process. I enjoyed the self-pacing aspect of the process and through the learning procedure was very thorough. I will be using the AFPA website as a reference for future questions that I will have.
I fee this to be a rewarding experience & it helps me to tie up all the loose ends. Thank you
The materials were very thorough & the videos were very good. Yes-the learning experience & materials were a good value my money.
A great resource for fitness materials. I learned & relearned a great deal pertaining to anatomy & kinesiology & exercise. The learning experience was a great value for the money-Absolutely!
Awesome. Great Program! I am so happy with this Nutrition & Wellness Consultant course, and have highly recommended it to several others! It is the best program out there!! Kudos to you-Thanks!
My learning experience was very enlightening. I feel that the choice of text for the Nutrition & Wellness Consultant Certification program was well written. I appreciate the ability to complete this course at my leisure while still attending school and work. I look forward to future courses & training offered through AFPA.
The information provided in the textbooks were impressive, easy to understand and made the learning experience pleasurable. The information answered all of my questions. Thank you for the wonderful and informational textbooks and course materials.
I have just sent my Pilates Fitness Instructor Certification program. I wanted to let you know that the information provided in your package was extremely informative and helpful. I studied with my trainer at his gym and he and I were both impressed by the amount of educational information and tools given. Thank you for aiding me in my quest for certification. Your program was wonderful.
P. A. Boyle
AFPA has made many good resources available for myself with variations and concepts for my yoga classes. Please keep addressing the needs of Beginners/Intermediate Yoga Instructors. The materials were well written and will serve as an excellent library.
Darren W. Lucas
My learning experience was more than I could have asked for. I enjoyed reading all the materials and learning about the human body and what I can do to improve it.
“I'm writing to inform you that last Friday I received the Pilates Fitness Instructor Certification program. To tell you the truth, I was quite surprised with the high level of standard AFPA organizes their correspondence courses. The material (books, videos, cd's, etc) is of high quality, and well illustrated. I am really looking forward to complete the course by the said deadline.”
Bob & Deb Lombard
The A.F.P.A. Hilton Head Island Fitness Extravaganza was fantastic! Lectures by dynamic presenters and shared stories with our peers left us with renewed enthusiasm. AFPA has made such a positive impact on the health and well-being of our clients, our friends, and our families. Thank you for making such a remarkable difference to so many people.
I appreciate all the professionals who put together the materials. I found it all very enlightening & thank you all very much. This was a wonderful learning experience & the materials were a good value for the money.
I do not know if you got my earlier e mail, but I really did love your book. I went vegan right after watching the video. I also gave up caffeine, sugar, white flour and alcohol. Tofu and udon noodles are awesome and I never would have ventured into that realm before. I was really nervous that I wouldn't have enough energy for my 7 mile runs and workouts, but, that's not the case. I'm sure I'll fall off the wagon every now and then, and succumb to some chocolate, but, because of the nutritional information contained in your book and the Nutrition & Wellness Consultant Certification course material, I will never return to my carnivorous ways.
Thank you so much.
The AFPA Hilton Head Island Fitness Extravaganza: Best conference I have been to in several years. I have been coming to AFPA for a number of years and this one was the best ever. Just wanted to thank you all. As a certified aerobics and Pilates instructor for almost fifteen years, but my full time job is as a physician assistant in a cardiology practice and this is one conference that actually gives me information to take back to both. You guys are great. I really enjoyed all the instructors were terrific. Keep up the good work
Marcus DeValentino - Karate & Cardio Kick boxing World HQ
What can I say? The AFPA, in my experience is what it says it is…
AMERICAN: AFPA epitomizes the American spirit providing a welcome opportunity for success and achievement for those who have the desire and faith to make a difference.
FITNESS: AFPA has an incredible record that speaks for itself and sets the example of humble, politics free leadership in the competitive mind, body, spirit industry.
PROFESSIONALS & ASSOCIATES: Education and experience of the AFPA and faculty is legit to quit. “Good people attract good people” As a veteran of the USMC, I can attest that Mark Occhipinti himself a veteran, is driven by a passion to serve with pride and honor. He will continue to Keep the Faith. Thank you Mark & Amy for all that you do and may God bless you and yours.
P. Kuck, Founder of Fitness Tutor and Publication manager of Singapore
Fitness Instructors' Association AFPA offers one of the most stringent and comprehensive fitness certification courses available to fitness enthusiasts today. Honestly speaking, as a fitness consultant, speaker and trainer of trainers, I have benefited a lot from attending the various courses offered by AFPA. I am proud to be certified by AFPA!
D. Lee, Personal Training Manager - Planet Fitness Far East Square, Singapore
In my last five years of involvement with the fitness industry, I have sat for a number of international certification programs. But to my surprise, I was opened to new training methods and exercises while attending my last AFPA certified personal training course conducted by Mark J. Occhipinti in June 2000. I believe AFPA is a certification program for personal trainers and group exercise instructors at all levels who simply want to add new ideas to their current training! It has been a fruitful learning experience for my staffs and me.
I just returned from the Hilton Head conference. I have attended conferences in Washington D.C. and Atlanta and by far you had the BEST one yet!! All your presenters were extremely informative and personable. They were there to help and to teach and it really showed. One of the best parts of the weekend was the food!! It was such a nice treat to have that lunch and breakfast provided. Thanks for all your hard work and the wonderful conference that you were able to provide us. The sergeants work out was awesome!! He should definitely return next year. (as my group will too)
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AFPA "Beach Jam" Fitness, Trainer, Sports & Mind Body Conference
May 8 - 10, 2014
Ocean City, MD