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Indoor Cycling - Great Winter Cardio

Cycling Instruction Certification

Indoor cycling is deemed by many to be a popular choice amongst those looking for a viable alternative to biking outdoors, especially during the cold winter season. It’s not just considered to be an ideal winter cardio workout, but indoor cycling can be beneficial in other areas as well. 

Indoor cycling has been known to support strengthening of specific muscle groups, such as quadriceps and hamstrings - promoting muscular endurance.  Another benefit each individual client enjoys is the choice they have to work out at the desired level of intensity that suits their fitness needs best. Some may prefer a moderate aerobic intensity level of working out while others want to take it a step further.  Another key factor is safety.  It’s vital that a client’s positioning and posture is correct to further prevent the risk of injury. 

With an Indoor Cycling Certification provided by ASFA®, a personal trainer can steer a client in the right direction to achieve set goals in a safe and efficient manner, while focusing on building a stronger client base.  An indoor cycling certification can help a personal trainer reach out to a specific niche market that continues to expand while providing you the opportunity to further polish your resume with this relevant skill set that continues to be one of the most important in today’s fitness world.  ASFA's® Indoor Cycling Certification improves your marketability and appeal to either clients or potential employers by showcasing your knowledge and expertise in core areas such as class organization and technique execution. With proper organization, a personal trainer can set up a high-intensity indoor cycling session or class targeting a client’s specific needs or goal.

The ASFA's® indoor cycling certification independent study exam is readily available online at your convenience. You can study at a pace that best suits you from the comfort of your own home and take the ASFA® online exam at the time when you feel ready.  After you receive your certification as an instructor, keeping your classes engaging should be one of your primary objectives.  You can learn how to emphasize proper technique, heart rate and/or power training and use it in practical application for your client base.  If you’re looking to learn more information about how to improve upon coaching techniques and approach, tap into the online resources provided by ASFA's website which offers the latest in fitness research.

Indoor Cycling Instruction Certification

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Sports Specific Training - Fine Tuning an Athlete

Sport Specific Training Certification

Sports specific training programs are a niche market that is showing new level of popularity amongst athletes.  Many people feel they aren’t reaping the benefits of a particular sport they enjoy and want to take it a step further whether it’s for competitive reasons or simply wanting to learn new techniques to better improve themselves.  

Once an individual reaches a plateau or feels they have done all they can do, they’ll often seek out the advice or instruction of a certified Sports Specific personal trainer to broaden their knowledge in order to develop new skills to achieve results they feel are beyond their reach.  ASFA® offers a Sports Specific training certification that can help you reach out to those clients looking to further their abilities for their sport of choice whether it’s football, track, swimming, etc.  A certified personal trainer can identify areas where improvement is needed and layout a workout regimen that can help a potential client reach their optimal level.  Often, a client will learn that programs laid out for sports specific training are designed to help improve in areas they are related to the specific needs of the sport in which that client participates.  ASFA® equips you with online tools and resources needed to pass your certification exam so that you can grow your client base. 

As the market grows for sports specific programs and direction, demand for certified personal trainers continues with sport training specialties is increasing.  The ASFA® Sport Specific trainer certification is designed to assist you in your endeavors to seek new opportunity and give you the chance to increase your knowledge and awareness of sports specific related information whether it’s through the latest online research or hands on experience. 

One of the biggest markets in the industry is today’s youth division. Proud parents who believe in their kids athletic abilities want them to train at an intensity level that will allow them to excel to new heights and often seek out personal trainers who can help them enhance their performance for the designated sport of choice.  This certification can help open the doors of opportunity for you to reach out to that demographic. 

The ASFA® Sports Specific certification can also assist a personal trainer in the proper structuring of a workout program for an athlete that could help lead to improvements in core fitness areas such as flexibility, coordination, and strength conditioning.  To obtain your certification and delve even deeper into fitness specialties and education, check out the ASFA® Sports Specific trainer certification today!

Sport Specific Training Certification

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Becoming a Master Trainer - Setting Your Resume Apart

Master Personal Training Certification

Do you have the ambition to elevate your personal training career to the next level?  Have you ever been fueled by the desire to be head and shoulders above the rest?  ASFA’s Master trainer certification program can help you pave a potential pathway that can bring opportunity while distinguishing you apart from other personal trainers.  The master trainer certification provides you with the in-depth knowledge you need to advance your career in this significant field of work as a fitness instructor while appealing to a broad range of clients and understanding their fitness goals and needs. 

Whether your clients are pursuing strength conditioning or exercise therapy, the ASFA® Master certification allows you to target not just one, but all possible options available.  You can focus on key populations such as the senior community which is one of the fastest growing markets in the fitness world today or a sports specific client base seeking to better themselves in certain areas to improve their skill set for their sport of choice.  As demand continues to increase to maintain a healthy lifestyle, the field of fitness has become more competitive so it’s essential that a personal trainer sets him/herself apart from the competition by offering to clients an impressive set of skills and credentials that boast qualifications above and beyond the basic level of personal training. This ASFA® certification can help you jump start your career as a master trainer and is designed to assist you improve upon your knowledge in core fitness areas such as strength and/or muscle conditioning, nutrition, endurance, and many more.

The ASFA® website offers you convenient online access to the Master certification course.  You can study at a time that’s good for you and set your own pace to better accommodate your busy schedule.  After completion of studying, you may proceed to take an online exam. 

The ASFA® Master personal training certification is structured to help bring forth better opportunities including the possibilities of business expansion and chance to meet potential new clients that are excited about the prospect of being under the instruction of a certified master trainer. This certification can also help to elevate your marketability to the next stage, capped off with a solid skill set in master training and more in-depth knowledge of technique and execution. Not to mention, what better way would there be to compliment a personal trainer’s resume by showing that you have both enhanced and improved upon your abilities by attaining a greater understanding  of fitness research possessed by few and that is what will set you apart in the eyes of the client.

Master Personal Training Certification

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Senior Fitness - The Fastest Growing Fitness Market

Senior Fitness Instruction Certification

The senior fitness market is one of the largest in the fitness world today and continues to expand at an increasing rate. It’s becoming more important for seniors to want to maintain a healthy, fit lifestyle. The Baby Boomer generation is one of the most highly sought after niche markets available today.

Want to be part of this high-demand for certified senior fitness instructors? Start by taking the online Senior Fitness Instruction Certification exam offered by American Sports Fitness Association®  (ASFA) today! With a certification in senior fitness, a personal trainer has endless possibilities in a market that is flourishing with millions of seniors over the age of 60.

The ASFA Senior Fitness Instruction Certification is designed to be one of the key ingredients for establishing a successful client based relationship and a thorough understanding of senior-related needs, which is attainable through this online program.   

Upon receiving your certification, fitness trainers can look forward to getting acquainted with new clients while providing them the satisfaction knowing that their needs and desire to live a healthier, longer life can be obtained. The senior fitness market continues to be one of the most crucial in the world of sports and fitness as seniors continue to pursue a healthier lifestyle. 

If your goal is to reach out to the senior fitness community, which is growing exponentially, our Senior Fitness Instruction Certification can help you reach that market. With a convenient online independent study course, you can become certified in senior fitness at your own pace and pay only if you pass. Now is the time to pursue one of the largest growing markets in the fitness industry! Click below to get started today!

Senior Fitness Certification

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Kettlebell Certification from ASFA® - Specializing in Functional Fitness

Kettlebell Certification

The fitness industry goes through trends like yesterday's news. Still, there are some trends that might be here to stay. One of the latest trends in the industry is a push towards functional fitness. Unlike many passing fads, functional fitness has real life application and uses that will most likely keep this trend around. After awhile, it will probably not be a trend--it will just be another aspect of every well-balanced fitness regimen.

In keeping on the cutting edge of fitness, ASFA® offers many certifications to assist a personal trainer's continuing education. Specializing in certifications that emphasize functional fitness might be the match that you need to balance out your fitness resume.

Many personal trainers in the industry emphasize certain areas. We have all been to gyms were one trainer takes all the senior citizens and another takes all the athletes, etc. Specialization is great. Still, as a high performance trainer, you need to specialize in multiple fields that cast a broad net over the market. Specializing in a functional fitness certification such as Kettlebell Instructor could be the way to cast that net. Everyone can use functional fitness. By its very title, Functional Fitness promotes movements that will help assist you in everyday life. Unlike lifting perfectly balanced dumbbells or completing precise controlled movement, kettlebell routines emphasize the movement that will help assist your everyday function.

Functional fitness is the wave of the future for the fitness industry and such certifications as ASFA's Kettlebell Instructor certification is exactly what you are looking for the boost your resume showing that you can train clients to assist in the movements of their everyday life. Kettlebell training is a great way to provide the functional fitness training that your clients are demanding. When a new client looks over prospective trainers and is looking to improve their day-to-day functionality, will you be the trainer with a functional fitness Kettlebell certificate from ASFA® on your resume? Or, will you be the trainer that has no specialty and is just looking to pick up whoever doesn't compare resumes?

ASFA® makes taking your Kettlebell certification convenient by offering an online independent study exam. Specialize in the type of fitness that everyone needs. Be the best qualified trainer for your clients' needs!

Kettlebell Certification

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Water Aerobics - One of the Most Versatile Certifications

Water Aerobics Certification

ASFA® is proud to offer a Water Aerobics Certification for existing fitness professionals. Water Aerobics is one of the most versatile certifications that a personal trainer can possess.  It can be used when the weather is too hot - or too cold.  It can be used when your client has an injury and needs a low-impact cardio workout.  It can be used when the gym is over-crowded (the pool rarely is).  Having a Water Aerobics certifications is a fail-safe fallback for many exercise limiting situations.  Besides, there is nothing better than holding your clients accountable by showing them what they look like in their own bathing suit.  Everyone has their own opinion of self-appearance. As a fitness trainer, you know that the more accurate your client's opinion is, the better you will be able to do your job.

ASFA® has certified thousands of fitness professionals throughout the United States and internationally.  Water Aerobics has been one of our most popular and in demand certifications.  Just imagine if you could recap the income from all the days that it was raining outside on your bootcamp class, or it was too cold to hold your outdoor group fitness.  With a Water Aerobics certifications from ASFA®, you could be able to continue your business seamlessly and help eliminate a higher and lower seasonal income.  ASFA® offers independent study certification exams for the fitness professional.  With manuals from Human Kinetics and endorsements from top industry companies and professionals, ASFA® offers you convenient online certifications that you may complete at your own pace.

If you have been thinking about how to level out your income throughout the year, a Water Aerobics certification could be a great portfolio and marketing builder.  Having the versatility to use Water Aerobics workouts to your advantage and at the same time having a boosted resume showing your recent continuing education might be the combination that separates you from the rest.

Water Aerobics Certification

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Sports Nutrition - Getting Ready for the Holidays

Sports Nutritionist Certification

It is no secret that the holidays are the time of year that overeating is not only acceptable but, often encouraged. It is also no secret that many of the New Year's Resolution clients are coming to enlist your personal training services because of their holiday weight gain. Knowing all of the above, now is the perfect time to update your portfolio and resume with a Sports Nutritionist certification

Everyone who needs a fitness trainer to lose weight knows that they gained holiday weight by making improper dietary decisions. Sometimes, just being a personal trainer is not good enough to get the client. Remember, you are competing with many other personal trainers, many of which have advanced degrees and certifications in their specialty fields. Specializing in Sports Nutrition could be just what you need to push your resume over the top! Knowing that you can assist your client with their workouts and nutrition plan is a great way to gain the edge over your competition.

The holiday season is here. Many future clients are overindulging and gaining weight right now. In a month or two, they will be requesting the assistance of the best qualified trainers. They need help with their physical conditioning and also their diet. Now is the time for you to focus on the upcoming New Year's rush by specializing in Sports Nutrition. ASFA's® Sports Nutrition certification is convenient for your busy schedule by offering independent study exams which may be taken online anytime. 

The trainers who earn the most in the busy season, are the ones that worked the hardest in the slow season. Specializing in ASFA qualifications that you know will directly impact your clients' decision for purchase is the best way to increase your marketability and credibility as the best personal trainer for your client's needs.

Sports Nutritionist Certification

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Kickbox & Step Aerobics: Indoor Cardio for the Cold Season

Kickbox/Step Aerobics Certification
As the weather turns and your bootcamp and outdoor group fitness classes have to discontinue, the logical step to keep your clientele and provide them with the same type of calorie burning workout is to expand into Kickbox & Step Aerobics.  Many fitness professionals with primary fitness certifications have used ASFA® to expand their portfolio into Kickbox & Step Aerobics.  Aerobics is not only one of the most popular classes, it has stood the test of time in the fitness industry.  As we have all watched different fitness fads come and go, the class that is always around is Kickbox & Step Aerobics.

Kickbox & Step Aerobics provides a dynamic workout that can burn hundreds of calories in as little as a half hour session.  Aerobics workouts are also convenient, as they do not require much equipment or gear to complete.  Progressing from a Bootcamp style Group Fitness outdoor workout to a kickbox & step aerobic workout should be a natural progression seasonally.  Instead of making all of your income and getting all of your clients into shape in good weather and then, letting them fall out of shape as you struggle financially in bad weather, why not keep everyone happy with year-round workouts.  Your business will do better, as you clients remain in the shape they desire.  Of course, when your clients are happy, they bring you more business.  As much as a good marketing plan can help you, word-of-mouth clients could be your best shot for long-term training success.  So, why not obtain the necessary skill set and qualifications to teach classes that are year-round.  Instead of seasonal fitness, have your clients on a yearly functional fitness routine.

ASFA® is proud to offer a Kickbox & Step Aerobics certification for experienced fitness professionals.  We provide an independent study course that you can take around your work schedule.  Your kickbox & step aerobics certification is convenient and cost efficient.  You make take the test risk-free!  You only pay if you pass.  Even then, you are not required to purchase anything.  With convenience and cost-efficient certifications, ASFA® has become a leader in the field of fitness continuing education. 

Set up your own year-round fitness classes today. After qualification, continue your fitness education with ASFA® certifications such as Kickbox & Step Aerobics, so you never have a down season! 

Kickbox/Step Aerobics Certification

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ASFA Partnership with Human Kinetics: Credibility Through Continuing Education

ASFA® Certifications

ASFA® is always striving to provide the best resources for ASFA® members.  Providing credibility in continuing education is very important. ASFA® provides credibility through strategic partnerships that help our members the most. 

Recently, ASFA® has become partners with Human Kinetics. Human Kinetics issued the following statement that may be found on our endorsement page

“Human Kinetics is proud to work with the American Sport and Fitness Association to help achieve the mission of conveniently providing high quality educational materials to ASFA® members to help them grow and prosper as fitness professionals."

In addition to endorsement, establishing even more legitimacy and credibility, ASFA® has become full partners with Human Kinetics. Please view the following description for Human Kinetics' partner page: 

http://www.humankinetics.com/partners/partners/american-sports-and-fitness-association-asfa

ASFA Online Personal Training & Fitness Certifications

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Credibility through Continuing Education: ASFA Partnership with HPSO

HPSO

ASFA® strives to make the strategic partnerships that benefit its members the most.  Credibility is important when pursuing continuing education and niche marketing certifications. Keeping that in mind, ASFA® has partnered with HPSO (the world's largest healthcare insurance provider) to make sure that ASFA® certified fitness professionals can obtain insurance for their practice. Please read the following excerpt which may be found at:  www.hpso.com/asfa

"At the American Sports and Fitness Association®, our goal is to serve fitness professionals country-wide. One important aspect of our association is to promote practice safety among our members and having appropriate professional liability insurance in place is an important component of a safe practice.

ASFA® recognizes the importance of providing our members with an insurance program that is not only affordable but also offers a plan designed to cover the unique needs of fitness professionals. After a thorough review, ASFA® is pleased to announce its new partnership with Healthcare Providers Service Organization (HPSO) as our new professional liability insurance provider

HPSO is one of the top specialists in administering professional liability insurance coverage to over 1,000,000 healthcare providers nationwide. The HPSO plan is underwritten by American Casualty Company, a CNA company and has received an "A" rating from A.M. Best for its financial strength and stability.

Many fitness professionals opt for a policy of their own, considering it essential given the volume of clients they see, the many responsibilities they have, and the oftentimes unpredictable nature of healthcare. With your own individual policy through HPSO, your interests come first - and yours alone. You'll have your own limits of liability to pay covered claims, and - where necessary - an attorney to defend you. HPSO also recognizes how important it is fitness professionals to protect their interests should they become involved in a disciplinary action against their license. That's why the plan available through HPSO includes coverage for License Protection."

Coverage Features Include:

  • Professional Liability

  • Defendant Expense

  • Deposition Representation

  • Plus many other coverage features.

  • Legal Expenses

  • License Protection

  • Medical Payments

 

ASFA® is always looking for affiliations and partnerships that will help strengthen ASFA® members credentials and provide resources for ASFA® members.  If you are looking for insurance as a fitness professional, ASFA® members need look no further than HPSO.  For more information about ASFA® and HPSO -- please visit:  www.hpso.com/asfa.

HPSO

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