Whether you're in the midst of a fitness certification program or just developing an interest in health, wellness and personal training, we want to help you evolve your knowledge and expertise. Sorting through different resources can be overwhelming, especially when you're new to the field. But not to worry, we've narrowed the search and found the top resource types to help achieve your goals.
The Personal Trainer Resources We Recommend:
1. Comprehensive Guides
One of the most valuable and effective resources you can use to get started on your personal training venture is through an educational ebook or comprehensive business guide. Many health and fitness organizations offer free downloadable guides that can help you effectively establish and measure your goals, develop exercise programs and position yourself for success in a competitive industry. While accredited certification programs are designed to achieve high-levels of competency for health and wellness professionals, comprehensive guides can help you with the more minute aspects of business, health and fitness.
Check out one (or all) of the guides below for useful tips:
2. Health & Fitness Blogs and Magazines
Blogging is not only a highly-effective marketing tool used to attract new clients to your personal training business; but it's also a fantastic resource for you to continue your education. What do we mean by that? As you're starting out in the field, reading niche blogs provides the opportunity to explore different view points and easily receive updated information. You'll stay on top of trends, and have the latest news to share with your clients.
As with anything else, you want to be sure that you are engaging with quality content that will provide accurate data - the last thing you want is to give ill-informed advice that may endanger your client's safety. Below you will find a few trusted blogs and online magazines:
There is nothing better than increasing your expertise by engaging in person. One of the best ways to advance is to attend a conference and/or workshops in your area (or travel if you have the time and resources). Conferences are extremely valuable for anyone in the field - whether you have one or multiple certifications, it's always important to build and refine your skills; fitness conferences can help you accomplish just that. Not to mention, it's a perfect opportunity for you to network and meet other professionals in the field.
If you're looking to attend a conference in 2015, check out some of our favorites:
Whether you are currently enrolled in a certification program, or looking to acquire a second certification in order to gain a competitive advantage in the market, AFPA offers some of the most highly regarded certification programs and educational opportunities within the fitness industry. Check out one of our available programs to see how you can achieve your business goals.