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Last year, I got a personal training certification to round out my knowledge and ensure I can be even more of a know-it-all when I write about fitness for you guys. Since so many people are interested in this line of work, I thought I’d break down what the experience was like, whether it was worth the effort, and what I learned about the personal training field in the process. It’s funny: a lot of people look to personal trainers as the supreme experts on exercising, while others claim that a certification is meaningless. Neither of these view is accurate, in my opinion, but there are grains of truth in each. There are really great personal trainers out there, and someone with a certification is likely better at the job than a gym rat who has picked up a few good tips here and there. But you also don’t have to have real-world experience to earn a certification, so somebody who has managed to pass a test on the subject is not necessarily going to be a good trainer. What is a certification good for? The whole point of a certification is to give you a certificate you can show to somebody. Who will want to see it? Who will care? Certification is a way to demonstrate your credibility. If you want to convince a potential client to hire you, they may be looking for someone with a certification, or they may see one as a valuable bonus. (For […]