After you get the necessary certifications to pursue a career in personal training, you have to consider how to keep learning and continue getting better in this competitive field.
One option to supplement your knowledge is to read articles, as you are doing now, and books from experienced thought leaders in the industry. Another is to find seminars, classes, workshops, conferences, and so on to attend. The difference is that to be a personal trainer, reading books and articles is optional, while you actually need to periodically pursue educational opportunities within the industry. Most of the major certifying bodies, including ACE, NSCA, NASM, and ACSM, each require that you fulfill a certain amount of continuing education units, or CEUs, to expand your knowledge and skill set.
CEUs give you the perfect opportunity to enhance your educational background, maintain a high level of professional qualification, and increase your ability to assist and attract clients. The conundrum is that in today’s increasingly digital world, you have more continuing education options than ever, ranging from online courses to in-person workshops.
On one hand, the online courses can seem like the more convenient way to go, but don’t just blindly opt-in to a continuing education class based on convenience. Instead, consider the following three factors bef…