The field of exercise training is a growing field, and rightly so! With advances in technology, automation, manufacturing and more, people in developed countries need to incorporate exercise and fitness training into their own personal health care practice. The Human Body was designed to move as part of its ‘operating system’ just as the performance of our iPhones is dependent on its ‘O.S.’. However, in the modern world the need to move for survival is dwindling, if not fully diminished into the realm of obsolete.
People need to practice movement and engage in exercise on a regular basis to overcome the growing level of ‘inactivity’ in the modern world and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
At the same time, our modern world is exploding in physical capability and sets new levels of achievements year in and year out. Whether it’s lifting more weight, running further/faster, or recording a powerful blow deemed fatal on Sports Science, people are getting stronger, faster, and more resilient because our collective knowledge in fitness and training has been skyrocketing in recent decades.
In the field of fitness and training, the wealth of knowledge is vast and continues to grow – daily.
Here are the top recommendations for learning techniques and disciplines within the world of training from Michael Rosengart at PreHab Exercises:
National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF)
Certified Personal Trainer Course
Textbook and Online Course
The NCSF offers one of the most extensive courses available to become a Certified Personal Trainer. The textbook and eLearning course covers everything an individual needs to understand to become a successful Personal Trainer. From anatomy to workplace ethics, from physiology to assessments, and from exercise form to lifestyle diseases, the NCSF CPT course covers all essential topics and areas in both the textbook and the online eLearning portal.
The NCSF CPT textbook is used in several colleges’ classes and commercial gyms’ educational curriculum.
To learn more about the NCSF, use the following links:
National Council on Strength and Fitness – Website
Advanced Concepts in Personal Training – Textbook
National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
Corrective Exercise Specialist Certification Course
Textbook and Online Learning
The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) is another organization dedicated to providing the best information in the field of health and fitness. In fact, scores of Personal Trainers are certified through NASM; just about every gym accepts this certification. Yet, NASM made a splash with another certification course useful within the modern landscape of public health.
NASM’s Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) certification course pinpoints numerous Movement Dysfunctions that effect many people while providing a simple, but effective method to correct these compensation patterns. The CES four step method of Inhibit, Lengthen, Activate, and Integrate can easily help any trainer address, if not eliminate, the most common patterns of dysfunction that occur in Human Movement. From Valgus Knee to Forward Head, the CES certification course provides a trainer with the tools to create and implement an effective Corrective Exercise program with their clients.
To learn more about the NASM, use the following links:
National Academy of Sports Medicine – Website
NASM Essentials of Correct Exercise Training – Textbook
National Strength and Conditioning Association
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Certification Course
Textbook and Online Learning
The NSCA’s CSCS certification is regarded by many as the ‘premium’ strength & conditioning certification and it is one of the two certifications required by the NCAA for all Strength & Conditioning Coaches in Division I programs. The CSCS course and exam are extensive as they cover in detail exercise technique, exercise physiology, program design, and more.
More importantly, the NSCA continually provides access to the most current research through seminars and presentations from the most notable coaches in the field. The NSCA’s website hosts numerous videoed presentations from their annual conferences and has a database of webinars and articles concerning all things training as well as resources and programs for career building.
As an organization, the NSCA is committed to helping coaches learn and grow at every level of coaching– from youth sports to professional sports.
To learn more about the NSCA, use the following links:
National Strength and Conditioning Association – Website
NSCA Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning – Textbook
Performance Specialist Certification
The EXOS Performance Specialist course is highly recommended for two main reasons: 1) The EXOS Training ‘System’ has proven successful when it comes to SPeed, Agility, Reaction and Quickness (SPARQ) Training; almost 33% of all the players selected in the 2016 NFL Draft have trained with EXOS, and 2) the EXOS Performance Specialist Certification is skillfully taught by Nick Winkelman, who masterfully uses metaphors and alliterations to help an athlete or coach remember the most important training concepts of each exercise.
The EXOS Performance Specialist course covers in detail several important training concepts in regards to SPARQ Training, including: Pillar Preparation (Hip, Spine, and Shoulder Integration), Movement Prep (Effective Methods of Dynamic Stretching and Activation), Plyometrics (Simply Organized Progressions and Instructions), Nutrition, and more.
As mention before, the EXOS Performance Specialist is a ‘training system’ in which each element of the training program has been organized in the most effective sequence according to best practices in training and the most current research.
EXOS offers a line of nutritional supplements recommended and endorsed by many fitness and nutrition experts, including Precision Nutrition.
Textbook and Online Learning
Precision Nutrition is among the biggest nutritional coaching organizations in North America, and for good reason too. Founders John Berardi, Ph.D., CSCS, and Phil Caravaggio have certified nearly 25,000 coaches and trainers, which has helped 35,000 men and women lose over 450,000 lbs. of fat on their way to living healthy and more active lives. This certification course provides an enormous amount of useful information in regards to nutrition and food, but more importantly, nearly half of the course focuses on ‘how to coach a client’ to truly make a difference.
On top of Precision Nutrition’s dedication to cultivating effective coaching, the textbook and online material are both presented in easily digestible words and examples that make the ‘studying’ seem more like a simple but interesting conversation.