View Full Version : What is the best personal training certification in Texas?

04-05-2005, 07:42 PM
I'm looking into getting my masters in Physical Education starting in the Fall. So, that means that I'm going to have to do something during the summer. I wanted to get certified and begin working on something that will actually contribute to what I'm going into.

I know there are several certifications out there, but I would like to know which ones are valued here in Texas. I appreciate anyones help on this.


04-06-2005, 06:14 PM
I'm not in Texas (...yet) but I would say nationally, the NSCA is currently the most respected organization. They offer personal trainer certifications and CSCS certifications. I would recommend the latter, especially since educationally you qualify.

Now, you will hear many people whine about the NSCA not being hardcore or edgy enough, and the points are sometimes very true (the elitefts site as an example), but the fact is, you have to play by the rules and get your foundations in the 'mainstream' before you can branch out, IF you want to have respect across the board.

This is true in many facets of life. For example, if Picasso had started right in with the abstract art, nobody would've taken him seriously. He had to start out doing more 'mainstream' stuff (and do well at it) before he could gain the respect where he could do whatever he wanted and truly showcase his talents and beliefs (never thought you'd see a Picasso analogy on the 'muscle building nutrition' message board, did ya?).

04-13-2005, 05:44 AM
Hey erp, I appreciate the info. My goal is to become a performance nutritionist/performance coach for a team, hopefully in Texas. I know they are different. But I can specialize later after I decide which angle I want to pursue. My bachelors is in nutrition, but they prepared us more for a hospital setting and I didn't want to go into that, hence why I'm wanting to get my masters in Physical Education.

I went to the NSCA website and it was interesting and I might get the CSCS during this summer, but I haven't fully decided yet.

Any other advice u might have?

04-13-2005, 04:32 PM
As an aside, tell me it's hot in Houston right now. I'm moving there this summer to begin my residency at Baylor. Right now I'm in Virginia and it's 42 degrees (noon). Looking forward to the warmth!

I digress...

Another cert you may want to check out is those available from the ACSM. I realize there are many, many certifying bodies out there, but really the NSCA and ACSM are the most widely respected. I think other internships/certifications certainly would help your knowledge base, but may not boost your resume to the people who hire you as much. That is a financial risk/reward situation for you to assess.

Also, read a lot. I understand the nature of typical undergraduate exercise/nutrition education in this country, with the general underappreciation for the science of sports and human performance. I received my bachelor's in exercise science and while I learned foundations and theory very soundly, the *application* of such was more to the health care setting than the human performance one. Much of my knowledge about the human performance/physical prep side of this field has come on my own reading, experience, and interactions.

Your master's obviously will delve into more depth in these various areas. But I think some extracurricular reading, perhaps this summer, would help set you apart from others will similar qualifications. It will expand your mind and help you to have a different perspective on things.

The best academic nutrition textbook I have come across is Biochemical and Physiological Aspects of Human Nutrition, by Martha H. Stipanuk (editor). It is very academic in nature, yet is not 'PC', i.e., it recognizes the literature on the benefits of higher levels of protein and fat, which most academic texts do not for some unknown reason. Much of this information will serve you well in the performance/sports market.

Of course, Will Brink's books, articles, and website are extremely reputable and useful resources. If I didn't think so, I wouldn't be here.

Others to check out:
* Nutrient Timing, by Ivy and Portman--these guys are great sports nutrition researchers based in TX btw--I believe they're in Austin at your 'rival school' (you're at A&M right? I'm just learning the regional rivalries...)
* Books, articles, website of John Berardi (he has an ebook and a DVD out--more for the end-user than the coach/consultant but still good info for you.)
* Books, articles, website of Mauro Di Pasquale (outstanding website on par with BrinkZone that you can join for free and get many excellent articles--his approach is different from Will's but nonetheless very sound)
* The Paleo Diet, by Cordain
* Nutrition for Serious Athletes, by Benardot
Learn your fats:
* Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill, by Erasmus
* The Omega Diet, by Simopoulous, Robinson

Best of luck in your endeavors.

04-14-2005, 07:33 AM
Cool, excellent info. Yeah, it's very nice here in Houston. I love the heat, in fact, the hotter the better...some think I'm crazy, but oh well. I'd rather sweat and wear shorts and flip flops than be cold and overly bundle up. It's about mid 80's right now and will be getting in the 90's soon. Out in Waco, it will be a little dryer than in Houston, but still warm nonetheless.

Yeah, texas, or t.u. is what we Aggies call them; I'll have to swallow some serious pride if I have to obtain advice from some longhorns :) But I'm looking to get my masters at Texas State, which is in San Marcos, about 30 mins from the enemy, so I guess I better deal w/ it.

If you haven't spent a lot of time in Texas, it's different, but it isn't like all the stereotypes that most northerners (yankees) have :) But you will see soon enough.