In our April 30th blog post we mentioned that May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. The President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition has dedicated this time period to focusing national attention on the importance of personal health and ways to incorporate physical activity into our busy lives, which can sometimes be difficult to do between family responsibilities, work, and your CE requirements (of course)! At the mention of health and fitness, we can't help but think about our fitness and health professionals: Certified Personal Trainers and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists, and their roles in helping people stay fit and healthy!
NSCA Certified Personal Trainers: If you're looking for someone to take you under their wing and show you the ropes in the gym, seek out one of these guys! Under the rigorous requirements of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, NSCA CPTs are trained to take an individualized approach to educating, motivating and assisting clients in achieving their goals by creating safe and effective customized health and fitness programs that address each client's strengths and weaknesses. These professionals are also trained to recognize when it's appropriate to refer their clients to other healthcare practitioners. When you want to kickstart a new workout routine, you couldn't be in better hands!
Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialists: The unique thing about this group of fitness professionals is that they lend their knowledge and training specifically to help athletes achieve their performance goals. They create and implement personalized strength training and conditioning programs based on the results of sport-specific testing sessions, and offer nutrition and injury prevention advice to their clients as well. Just like NSCA CPTs, CSCSs will refer their clients to other healthcare professionals when deemed necessary. As NSCA professionals, they are also required to maintain rigorous certification and renewal standards to stay licensed.