By Amanda Cortez
Health and fitness careers is a booming market and for those who want to gain that edge against their competition in personal training, they may want to consider getting their education for the certificate to e prestigious NASM personal trainer certificate with an accredited organization.
The many fitness trainers I spoke with said that most reputable gyms require a NASM certificate and is the one to get to be highly marketable. They also said that the education will be a little more, but the investment will be worth it in the long run.
American Fitness and Nutrition Academy or AFNA is a premiere fitness accredited academy and offers career-minded fitness professionals a comprehensive and hands-on academy programs, applied training workshops or trainer education clinics. Located in beautiful, fitness friendly Pasadena, California, AFNA’s top credential Diploma in Advanced Fitness and Nutrition Training is licensed through the California State Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. Anyone who is considering training in this field should ensure their school meet these requirements to receive the proper education.
AFNA provides classroom and vocational instruction (day or evening) toward certifying in the NASM Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES), and Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) curricula. AFNA’s Diploma Personal Trainer qualification – a 500 hour program licensed by the State of California – includes vocational personal training and group training application at their commercial athletic club partner, Breakthru Fitness. AFNA also provides continued education fitness training workshops and health education clinics to working fitness professionals. But they also offer education to become a yoga instructor. Yoga is a multi-billion dollar industry that is only getting bigger, and the demand for qualified, committed, and caring instructors has never been greater. Inc. Magazine recently named Yoga as one of the best industries for starting a business right now!
AFNA’s 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Program prepares students for a successful and fulfilling entry into this career field. AFNA’s curriculum combines the principles, techniques, and philosophies of yoga with hands-on training application, delivering the underlying knowledge and confidence so students are prepared to launch their own yoga classes. Importantly, AFNA provides students with insight into what is required to obtain employment as a teacher, establish strong client relationships, and maintain a social networking presence that can fuel their business for the long term.
I researched quite a few fitness schools. There are many online that didn’t meet any of the criteria that AFNA offers so beware. Others were too expensive and/or not the right location. AFNA rates with high marks as a fitness training school. I like that their upscale fitness facility has instructors that care for their students and guide them every step of the program. This is uplifting for students who may be making a career change and may feel intimidated to a new life change. Their affiliate fitness club, Breakthru Fitness, is known for its state-of-the-art fitness floor and high level of personal training service and is just one block away from the school.
AFNA Director Tom Boland said, “Personal fitness training students will be taught the science, business and the art of personal fitness training and nutrition management by instructors who have graduated with a BA or BS and have extensive experience in the fitness industry. When students have completed the AFNA personal training program, they are assisted with job placement – we’re proud that many of our students have been hired by many reputable gyms or have started their own fitness business.”
Another plus for AFNA is that it is at a convenient location and headquartered in Pasadena, CA – near both the 210 and 134 freeways – only 15 minutes from downtown L.A. (epicenter of personal training). Pasadena is an easy destination whether commuting from the San Fernando or San Gabriel Valleys, or taking the trip north from Anaheim and Fullerton.
Boland said, “Pasadena academy students enjoy full club benefits at Breakthru Fitness while attending classes at AFNA! With the Rose Bowl and the Angeles Crest National Forest only a short distance from the school, outdoor fitness is also big part of their program.”
There is good news for personal fitness trainers since Michelle Obama launched Let’s Move! on February 9, 2010, a campaign to solve the problem of childhood obesity. With this effort, parents too, will become educated and likely want to improve their health. In an article in http://www.letsmove.gov, parents, businesses, educators, elected officials, members of the military, chefs, physicians, athletes, childcare providers, community and faith leaders and kids themselves have made substantial commitments to improve the health of our nation’s children. These groups have provided children with healthier food and greater opportunities for physical activity in schools and communities, helped get families the information they need to make healthier decisions, supported a healthy start in early childhood.
Let’s Move! increases personal training services even more. According to an International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) study on personal trainer usage, four million Americans were using personal trainers in 1999 and by 2004 the number of Americans who used personal training services hovered near the six million mark. The reason? A decade of mainstream personal training that stretches across all personal and socio-economic backgrounds and markets. Reports from The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that employment of fitness workers is expected to increase 29% between 2008 and 2018 – much faster, in fact, than the average for most other occupations. When recently compiled data by IHRSA for club trainer’s in-session rates are adjusted for this marked increase, it is clear that health and fitness club employment offers a level of security and flexibility with an opportunity for a solid career foundation and potential for growth.
Students who attend full-time will graduate in four months and part-time students will attend in the evening and graduate in eight months so for those interested in pursuing this growing field or advancing their current fitness training level for part-time or full-time jobs can review AFNA’s calendar of upcoming programs.
“The American Fitness and Nutrition Academy is committed to building confident students into fitness trainers and educators!” said Boland.