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Master Trainer

 Master Personal Training Certification

Nothing brings more credibility to your abilities than the title of “Master Trainer”. With the expertise you attain as an ASFA® certified Master Personal Trainer, you could be able to increase your client base by 10 to 20 percent or more! As an ASFA® “Master Trainer” you will be able to submit blogs and fitness articles to ASFA® for publication. Imagine the look on your clients faces when you tell them you write nationally published articles! How many more clients will you be able to book when it’s known that you are an ASFA® “Master Trainer”? The “Master Trainer” certification is a must have for any experienced trainer ready to take the next step in their fitness career!

One of best ways to advance your fitness career is to find a niche market. ASFA® has created many niche market certifications to help you differentiate yourself from all the other trainers at the gym. Take ASFA® Golf Specific Training for example. How many golfers do think there are in your gym that would love to add a few yards to their drive? Childhood obesity is a growing problem in America. Why not expand your knowledge with ASFA's Youth Fitness Training Certification?

Seniors are the fastest growing demographic joining gyms today. They want to improve their quality of life and you can answer that demand as an ASFA® Senior Fitness Instruction Certification. These are just a few of the ways ASFA® is striving to improve your bottom line by helping to make you more marketable.

ASFA® Certifications

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Cool Down with Water Aerobics

Water Aerobics Certification

The largest growing demographic in gyms today is the baby-boomer generation.  As working with seniors becomes more prevalent and vital to workers in the fitness industry, it is more and more essential to utilize low impact exercises to reduce joint inflammation and keep heart healthy.  So, why not cool down with Water Aerobics.  ASFA's Water Aerobics certification will not only provide you and your clients a long waited relief from the summer heat, but also a healthy low impact exercise.

Water Aerobics is great for increasing tone and cardiovascular health.  At the same time, it is a fun and active way to teach one-on-one or group lessons.  Water Aerobics is a unique niche market that may help you grow your clientele base.  As seniors are more and more prevalent in gyms, and the summer is only getting hotter -- what are you waiting for?  Become a certified Water Aerobics Instructor today and help grow your business.

Water Aerobics Certification

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Group Fitness/Bootcamp Instructor

Group Fitness Certification

Even in a tough economy, ASFA® helps your business grow!

The field of fitness is about confronting challenges—and overcoming them. And ASFA® can help you grow your career as a fitness professional in even the most challenging of circumstances. Today, men and women, your potential clients, are facing serious financial road blocks. At the same time, health problems such as obesity and heart-related issues—concerns directly related to physical fitness—are climbing. It’s more important than ever that people make fitness a conscious priority. This makes a certification in Group Fitness an extremely critical part of your portfolio package! An ASFA® certification in Group Fitness is a sure way to dramatically increase your marketability and keeps you operating ahead of the pack.

With ASFA’s certification in Group Fitness/Bootcamp Instruction, you can confidently market a huge variety of group fitness programs and attract the many potential clients looking for ways to stay fit while avoiding the cost of one-on-one training sessions. In addition, many people love the idea of training with others. Group fitness programs provide your clients with extra motivation and support from their peers, especially crucial considering today’s hectic lifestyles, making you more effective as a trainer and helping you offer more customers what they’re looking for.

Group fitness is a great way to insure you get the most out of your efforts as well. You can work with a large number of people in the same amount of time you would normally devote to one client, opening the door to enormous earning potential.

Certifications from ASFA® are absolutely risk-free. You only pay if you pass! Protect your career against uncertain times by earning a certification from the American Sports and Fitness Association® today!

Group Fitness Certification

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Kettlebell Instructor Certification

Kettlebell Certification

American Sports and Fitness Association® Now Offers Kettlebell Training Certification!

ASFA® works hard to stay on the cutting-edge of the fitness industry, and we’re continually expanding our list of certification offerings so you can do the same! As successful trainers know, the fitness industry is constantly evolving, and it’s critical to stay on top of the latest advances and stand out from the pack with up-to-date credentials. With the ASFA’s latest certification in Kettlebell Training, you can do just that!

Providing a modern spin on an ancient technique, Kettlebell Training is one of the hottest trends in the fitness industry today. Kettlebell workouts are known for being a straightforward and efficient method of treating the whole body. Both men and women from across the country—and across the world—are tapping into the potential fitness gains offered through Kettlebell Training. Kettlebell Training is also extremely cost-effective, making it a particularly appealing option for clients and trainers alike in a tough economy. And you can earn your ASFA® certification in Kettlebell Training now!

While you’re at it, tap in to the other niche markets ASFA® makes available for you. Whether it’s our Golf Strength, Youth Fitness, Martial Arts or Senior Fitness Certifications, ASFA® gives you the tools you need to reach a wider market and expand your career.

Kettlebell fitness-related sales are exploding as more and more people are becoming aware of this unique fitness option. Don’t let your profits lag behind! Launch your career into the New Year with the credibility that comes from adding an ASFA® certification to your resume! Your clients will know without a doubt that you have the experience and knowledge to help them achieve their goals. 

Kettlebell Certification

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Youth Fitness - Fighting Obesity

Youth Fitness Instruction Certification

Obesity in America has become a serious health problem. If that isn’t bad enough we’re passing it on to our children. Research has shown that children who have a parent that is obese are 40% more likely to be obese. And when both parents are obese that number is doubled to 80%. The results are kids having metabolic syndrome at an early age including the onset of arterial disease among other problems. Take a look at these facts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Among children aged 6 to 11 years, the prevalence of obesity has more than doubled over the past three decades, rising from 6.5% in 1980 to 17.0% in 2006. The rate among adolescents aged 12 to 19 years has more than tripled during the same period, increasing from 5.0% to 17.6%. Childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term health impacts:

· Young people who are obese are at greater risk for bone and joint problems and sleep apnea.
· Obese children and adolescents can suffer social and psychological problems, such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem.
· Young people who are obese are more likely than children of normal weight to become overweight or obese adults.
· Six in ten obese young people have at least one additional risk factor for heart disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure.
Good eating habits and regular physical activity are critical for maintaining a healthy weight. Unfortunately, less than 25% of adolescents eat enough fruits and vegetables, and only a third of adolescents get the recommended 60 minutes or more of physical activity daily.”

As an ASFA® Youth Fitness Instructor you can bring attention to yourself as a means for parents to get their kids moving. Create fun and exciting programs to help motivate the kids and get them away sedentary activities. Exercise is important but exercise for kids is different than for adults. The same goes for dietary concerns. You must be careful when altering the nutritional intake for children. Kids will not readily take to a radical change in their eating habits. It takes small changes as well educating them on healthy eating habits.

For more information check out the following link:

https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/children/index.html

Youth Fitness Instruction Certification

For a list of all of our certifications, just click: Fitness Certifications

To see our Personal Training Certification, just click: Personal Training Certification

Senior Fitness

Senior Fitness Certification

The fastest growing demographic joining health clubs today are those over the age of 60.   Many seniors want to improve their quality of life but may feel intimidated by the health club scene.  You can capitalize on this growing demographic by becoming an ASFA® Senior Fitness Instructor. Take the fear out of fitness for this older generation by guiding them on a well designed fitness program. Strength and balance training are two of the main ingredients to help this age group enjoy a better quality of life. Arthritis and osteoporosis are of main concern and strength training can help both. Arthritic joints become more mobile and pain free with the right kind of exercise but most seniors are afraid to use weight training for fear of causing injury. This is where a certified ASFA® Senior Fitness Instructor comes in.  You can help get them started on an age appropriate exercise program that is safe and effective.

Read the following information from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:


“Tufts University recently completed a strength-training program with older men and women with moderate to severe knee osteoarthritis. The results of this sixteen-week program showed that strength training decreased pain by 43%, increased muscle strength and general physical performance, improved the clinical signs and symptoms of the disease, and decreased disability. The effectiveness of strength training to ease the pain of osteoarthritis was just as potent, if not more potent, as medications. Similar effects of strength training have been seen in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
As people age, poor balance and flexibility contribute to falls and broken bones. These fractures can result in significant disability and, in some cases, fatal complications. Strengthening exercises, when done properly and through the full range of motion, increase a person’s flexibility and balance, which decrease the likelihood and severity of falls. One study in New Zealand in women 80 years of age and older showed a 40% reduction in falls with simple strength and balance training.”

Senior Fitness Certification

For a list of all of our certifications, just click: Fitness Certifications

To see our Personal Training Certification, just click: Personal Training Certification

Master Trainer Certificate Update!

ASFA® Certifications

Due to increased demand, ASFA® has taken another step towards improving your marketability and credentials by creating the “Master Trainer” certification!

Nothing brings more credibility to your abilities than the title of “Master Trainer”. You could be able to increase your client base by 10 to 20 percent or more! As an ASFA® “Master Trainer” you will be able to submit blogs and fitness articles to ASFA® for publication. Imagine the look on your clients faces when you tell them you write nationally published articles! How many more clients will you be able to book when it’s known that you are an ASFA® Master Trainer? The Master Personal Training certification is a must have for any experienced trainer ready to take the next step in their fitness career!

One of best ways to advance your fitness career is to find a niche market. ASFA® has created many niche market certifications to help you differentiate yourself from all the other trainers at the gym. Take ASFA® “Golf Fitness Instruction” for example. How many golfers do think there are in your gym that would love to add a few yards to their drive? Childhood obesity is a growing problem in America. How about the ASFA® Youth Fitness Instruction Certification?  Tackle the hard-hitting problems of fitness by specializing today!

Seniors are the fastest growing demographic joining gyms today. They want to improve their quality of life and you can answer that demand as an ASFA® “Senior Fitness Instructor”. These are just a few of the ways ASFA® is striving to improve your bottom line by helping to make you more marketable.

ASFA® Certifications

For a list of all of our certifications, just click: Fitness Certifications

To see our Personal Training Certification, just click: Personal Training Certification

Solutions for Exercise Induced Back Pain.

Running Fitness Instruction Certification

Back pain can often put a crimp in your exercise program. It can also be an indication of more serious problems. You may see some possibilities in the article:  Solutions for Exercise – Induced Back Pain by Dr. Marybeth Crane. The following in an excerpt:

“Back pain can be an indicator of a serious problem and can lead to a cascading injury that slows your running to a complete halt! Muscular back pain is the most common and can be annoying and complicated to treat due to the myriad of causes. If you have severe pain, seek medical attention immediately. If your pain is mild and seems to be directly related to your running, look to your feet as a possible contributor to you pain.”

Have you had client's that have experienced back pain after running?  Perhaps their gait is off.  Maybe their stride is incorrect.  Can you identify the problem?  Check out our Running Fitness Certification today and learn how to improve run economy, gait, posture, identifying running errors and more!

Running Fitness Instruction Certification

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New Years Resolutions!

ASFA® Certifications

We all know how everyone makes the New Year Resolution to lose weight. But how many actually follow through? As a trainer this is our prime opportunity to make the right impression on potential clients. Especially in our current economic condition, people need to know they’re getting their money’s worth. As a trainer you need to be prepared to meet the clients needs. These needs could vary widely. Take the time to improve your skills and marketability by adding specialized certifications to your credentials.

Niche marketing is an excellent way to set yourself apart from the average. There are many special populations that need certified trainers to meet their needs. Baby boomers are one of the fastest growing segments that are finding their way to fitness. For example many will be looking how to improve their golf game or get involved in water aerobics. Find a niche and what interests you and you may find your path in the fitness industry.

ASFA® Certifications

For a list of all of our certifications, just click: Fitness Certifications

To see our Personal Training Certification, just click: Personal Training Certification

Perfect Push-ups Anywhere

Sport Specific Training Certification

The push-up has always been used as a strength test for upper body fitness. The following is an excerpt from a recent article in the New York Times, An Enduring Measure of Fitness: The Simple Push-up

“The push-up is the ultimate barometer of fitness. It tests the whole body, engaging muscle groups in the arms, chest, abdomen, hips and legs. It requires the body to be taut like a plank with toes and palms on the floor. The act of lifting and lowering one’s entire weight is taxing even for the very fit.”

Perhaps the push-up is already part of your sports regimen.  ASFA® Sport Specific Trainer exam helps trainer specialize in the niche market of sport training.  With the prices of tuition going up, there is a large demand for sport specific trainers to help hopeful athletes win scholarships.  Capitalize your niche marketing with Sport Specific Trainer. 

Sport Specific Training Certification

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