"Why do you always pick on NASM?"
Let me tell you a story behind my NASM fervor. In 2007, with a degree in Kinesiology from Chico State / UCONN (top kinesiology program in the nation) and ACSM certified, my new boss at a swanky SF-Bay Area gym REQUIRED every trainer to get the NASM-CPT. Stubborn as I am, I implemented the 5-rules of dodgeball (Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive & Dodge) avoiding this "new cert" at all costs. Luckily, I was able to blackmail her because she was sleeping with another trainer (the life of a trainer has more drama than the NEW season of The Hills 😻.) The NASM clown 🤡 came after me again in 2013 when I was forced to teach NASM at NPTI. I finally gave in and read the textbook- It was terrible. Their OPT model (though easy to follow), was greatly flawed: 1- Stabilization Training was debunked by @ericcressey in 2007 while he got his masters at UCONN (The Effects of Ten Weeks of Lower-Body Unstable Surface Training on Markers of Athletic Performance), 2- Chapter 7, why foam roll for 10-20 minutes? Adhesions are not backed by science, just drawings from what looks like a 6th grader, and then 3- Phase 3 & their hypertrophy model is lacking volume and missing the biggest aspect of Hypertrophy (Maximal Tension, not 2-0-2 and their time UNDER tension.) As an educator, I'm exposing the fitness industry for what it is- a clusterfuck. Do a quick little "research" by Googling "best personal training certification" and you'll come across 5-10 associations claiming that they're the "Gold Standard" and "Most accepted certification among gyms." We need a change: Internships > Certifications. My book How To Become A Successful Personal Trainer Vol. II highlights these aspects and will help you understand what you need to become a successful personal trainer- EDUCATION & PRACTICE. Reading a textbook, taking a test and then applying your anecdotes will be prohibited. We can't continue to allow nincompoops to train. Look @equinox trainer who clearly had no idea how to train. 10-million dollars and a stroke later, I wonder how long it's going to take for these corporations to realize it's about education & internships, not certifications? Repost @showupfitness