“If I’m right, and up to 8 out of 10 personal trainers suck, then what would lead me to believe that those numbers improve among online personal trainers?”
While I can understand its appeal, I feel it’s in a new trainers best interest to accumulate floor hours and gain experience working with people directly before venturing into the online training world.
I consider a number of scenarios with new trainers…
1. They might have limited, or no experience in training other people.
2. They may have only trained themselves.
3. They may not have trained themselves.
4. They have been trained by a good, or bad trainer and benefitted from it.
FACT: I firmly believe trainers can learn a lot from bad trainers.
Given the possible scenarios, “Does a CPT certification adequately prepare an individual to train another person online?” is a fair question.
How do trainers become certified? The two major paths are (1) Trade School, Internship/Mentorship programs and (2) Home Study courses. To my knowledge neither address online training, although there could be individual examples that I’m unaware of.
Personal observations. In the interest of transparency, my observations are not exclusive to new trainers.
An alarmingly high amount of trainers cannot do what their certification says they can do. I discovered this when 80% of trainer applicants couldn’t pass a practical evaluation of their knowledge, skills and abilities. The test covered material common to five different CPT organizations (ACE,ACSM,ISSA,NASM and NSCA) and nothing was proprietary or academically biased towards one organization or another. To me, the trainers paper is only as good as the trainer that holds it.
Program design and management appear to be a particularly common initial challenges.
A percentage of trainers get in over their heads by taking on clients they are ill-equipped to handle. Two particular issues being clients outside of the trainers scope of practice, or clients within scope but with needs/goals outside of the trainers skillset.
That’s in-person training, and these are things which reputable certifications suggest should be within the bearers competency level.
If observations could be entertained as fact then it suggests the CPT Exam alone doesn’t fully prepare a person to train others. In light of this, wouldn’t online training be all the more complicated?