two or three years we, as certified personal trainers, are required to earn a predetermined
number of continued education units (CEU) to maintain our certification status.
Every recertification period we sign up for classes, register for new
certifications or attend clinics, camps, conferences, seminars and symposiums.
Robert's Continued Education Corner
Books for You
Body Breakthroughs (2010)
A collection of some of the most successful
fitness professional's secrets to success.
A very motivating book that both inspires and educates personal trainers
on new strategies to implement with their clients. A well rounded book that
focuses on program design, exercise selection and mental preparation.
Advances in Functional Training: Training
Techniques for Coaches, Personal Trainers and Athletes (2010)
Mike Boyle has done it again. The "Godfather" of performance training
has authored the greatest functional training book ever. This is a must read!
Female Body Breakthrough (2009)
Rachel Cosgrove, reflecting on her
personal experience, puts together a fantastic book specifically written to
educate and motivate women on their quest to developing the female body the
have always wanted.
question is, why is it so important for us to earn those CEUs? First, constant
never ending improvement (CNEI) is the desire for us, as certified personal
trainers (CPTs), to continually improve our education and the quality of the
product we provide. Second, networking and career advancement come hand-in-hand,
as we should be encouraged to meet our peers, discuss fitness related topics
and possibly pursue new business endeavors. CEUs and the ways we go about
perusing them can assist us in taking the next step in our careers. Obtaining
the required CEUs provides us with so many opportunities; however, we must have
the right mindset when doing so.
is the key to our success. To assist you in achieving that success I would like
to take a deeper look into these two categories as well as developing the
proper mind-set required to be a successful fitness professional.
Constant never ending improvement (CNEI)
fitness industry is constantly changing. What may have been the best way to
train our clients five years ago may not be today. Scientific studies and
in-depth research has provided our field with an abundance of evidence supporting
or discrediting training techniques and program design. Learning and applying
this relevant information can literally change the way we work and the success
we have with our current clientele.
clients put their faith in us to be up to date on the cutting edge information
and be able to apply that information accordingly to their program designs. Learning
this information allows us to take our professional development to the next
level. Continually adding to our education will assist us in elevating the
quality of our product and the stature we have as certified personal trainers.
should be our goal, as professionals, to be known in each of our training
facilities as "the educated personal trainer" who knows the
profession better than anyone else. Our clients value education and feel more
comfortable working with someone who continually makes an effort to educate
themselves. We have all heard the saying, "knowledge is power," and
in our profession this saying couldn't be more true.
Networking and career advancement
opportunity to network with other certified professional in our field is
available at every CEU event. Networking has many benefits as it provides us an
opportunity to develop professional relationships with our peers as well as
possible career advancements. Networking can be as simple as discussing
training techniques with others during a break between speakers at a clinic or
as prestigious as presenting at a CEU event.
allows you an opportunity to spotlight yourself as a professional as well as
share valuable information that can be used to improve the product we provide.
Speaking at an event can be nerve racking; however, it can assist you in
bringing credibility to your name as a professional and could lead to new
professionals, many of us are looking to take that next step in our career and
the opportunity to do so can begin while networking with other fitness
professionals. Professional relationships developed from networking can often
lead to opportunities like writing or co-writing a book, creating DVD
instructional videos or presenting at a future CEU event.
for new businesses can be established or a jumpstart on applying for a position
with a company can come about from networking. The sky is the limit in our
profession, and we should take every opportunity to meet and talk with our
peers, as we never know where it might lead us. The exchange of business cards
is a great way to stay in touch with other professionals as well as leaving a
lasting impression on a potential career advancing opportunity.
Gretzky once said, "You miss 100% of the shots you never take." The
message of this quote goes for our profession as well. Take every opportunity
you can to meet other fitness professionals and develop professional
relationships with them because you never know what opportunity you might be
missing out on in future.
takes time to develop a committed and passionate mindset in our profession. Our
first priority should be to assist our clients in achieving their fitness
goals. There is a sense of accomplishment when you see the look on your clients
face when they perform their first chin up, back squat their body weight, fit
into their skinny jeans or achieve any of their personal fitness goals.
more of our clients start to achieve their goals our passion should grow
deeper. To continue to educate and improve our clients we need to continue to
educate ourselves. Some trainers view the requirement to obtain CEUs as a
burden while the more passionate trainers views it as chance to bring new
information back to our clients. These educational opportunities teach us the
keys to success as we get to listen to experienced professionals discuss the
steps of their accomplishments.
it comes down to it we should all be passionate professionals constantly
striving to improve our product and ourselves. We should be passionate professional
reaching out to our peers within our profession. We should be passionate
professionals seizing the moment to advance our profession and our careers.
Simply put, we should be passionate professionals trying to make a difference.
Robert Linkul MS CSCS D*
is the NSCA's Northern California state director and trains over
100 clients a week in his personal training studio. Linkul has his master's
degree in personal training, is a certified strength and conditioning
specialist and a certified personal trainer with distinction.