If you’re likewise looking for the best kettle bells to buy, you’ll quickly find lots of options and some might seem very similar to others. I’ve found a lot of value in even basic exercises, which challenged my body in gym-worthy ways, an especially significant value in workout gear as we head into winter.
It’s easy to use and ultimately gives you unrivaled flexibility with what weight size you want in your kettle bell given you have the appropriate dumbbells to match with it. Heidi Pocono, a personal trainer and manager of training at GYMGUYZ, recommends a vinyl coated cast iron kettle bell.
Student candidates who are registered to attend an SFG certification live during these dates will have the option to submit outstanding skill requirements via video 6 months from the last day of the Certification (Sunday date). Because our SFG Instructors meet the highest standard in the industry, you should expect to be challenged and tested.
Candidates must wear clothing which would allow the testing instructor to see whether the elbows and the knees have locked out, e.g. a T-shirt and gym shorts. Upon the testing instructor’s command the clock starts and the candidate swings the kettle bell back between the legs and snatches it overhead in one uninterrupted movement to a straight-arm lockout.
The candidate is allowed to place the free hand on the hip or waist (but not on the thigh) and move the feet. However, the student must stop all movement when fixing the weight in the top position.
If you have a medical condition that prevents you from fully locking out your elbow you must notify your Team Leader before the snatch test is administered. The biomechanical breathing match is encouraged, but not a standard for the snatch test.
An unlimited number of hand switches and back swings is allowed. Failed to stop all movement (the kettle bell, the body, and the feet) at the lockout.
Touched the chest or the shoulder with the working arm and/or the kettle bell on descent. Chalk is allowed: belts, gloves, wrist wraps, and other supportive equipment are not.
Pass the kettle bell snatch test administered on the last day of the certification. Those who fail less than 4 test skills will have an opportunity to submit any skills or snatch test to their Team Leader within a 90 day/3 month time frame following their SFG Certification.
In rare cases a highly accomplished, national, or international-level coach or athlete may be exempt from the strength or technique tests due to chronic injury. I then dislocated my shoulder and after a lay off I couldn't get my arm overhead well but dips were fine.
Even if a very adept dipper, power dips on rings is asking for trouble, I'd have thought. The only thing missing is that I would guess he is strong enough that he would need to weight his push-ups for QED, but not dips, making it the simpler solution for him.
Having recently read QED and listening to the Podcast I've decided to change things up come the new year. Going to put SAS on hold and switch to the QED protocol 3x's per week.
Since it's described as a program that can be supplemented as is SAS, after finishing the QED I'm going to do a circuit of: Dips Evil Wheel Thus for three circuits and then finish the To as I always do with 50 consecutive snatches with the 24 kg (25l/25r). As this basic protocol worked great with SAS all I'm basically doing is adding press-ups and increasing the rest time between sets. Thinking about doing some light running on off days (talk test level) after listening to Pavel.
Additionally, GTG weighted pull ups daily...can't leave these out. The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASA) is one of the most popular organizations for gaining a personal training certification.
The NASM-CPT program is NCCA-accredited, widely recognized and based on the organization's Optimum Performance Training model. Founded in 1987, NASA has over 20 years experience providing education to fitness professionals.
Corrective exercise (CES) Performance enhancement Behavior Change Fitness nutrition Group personal training This range of specializations provides plenty of scope for serving different subsets of clients after passing your CPT exam.
Additionally, there's the option of training as a NASA Master Trainer once you've passed your CPT exam. There are stricter requirements for this program, and it involves a live event with limited dates.
One thing you'll notice when reading NASA's website or other promotional material is the focus on evidence-based practice. This is the basis of the organization's Optimum Performance Training system, which is designed to improve your client's strength, power and endurance depending on their goals (see the section below for more details).
In practice, OPT is a repeatable system to help trainers design effective programs for their clients. It's adaptable, so it can be used with a diverse range of clients, and removes the guesswork from program design.
It also aims to improve all areas of functional ability, including core stability, balance, flexibility, strength, endurance and power. When you first get certified, having a system for getting results with almost any client can greatly boost your confidence.
Whether a client wants to increase their muscle mass, reduce body fat, gain strength or just improve their overall health, the OPT model can do the job. OPT is also just as suitable for individuals with specific needs as it is for athletes or people who regularly play sports.
This brings me to an important point about NASA: it's a well-rounded certification that teaches you how to train the vast majority of the fitness population. This is great for most trainers, but if you want a certification that focuses on the athletic population it may not be the best choice.
It's worth remembering that the average American is unfit, sedentary and overweight though, so it's vital to know how to design programs for these people. Many people also spend their day sitting at a computer, which leads to tight hip flexors, poor posture and weakened muscles, which is why NASA spends a lot of time teaching you how to fix these issues.
NASA also teaches the foundational principles behind personal training, such as biomechanics, kinesiology and exercise science. This makes the program harder than some alternatives, but you'll develop an understanding of the material rather than just regurgitating facts.
It's important to note that NASA doesn't assume any prior experience with exercise science or kinesiology. The self-study program includes the testing exam, text book (hard copy and PDF), lecture videos, cueing library, exercise library, practice exams, quizzes and a study guide, so there is plenty of material to learn from.
Most importantly, you get access to a mentor and coach, live workshop and discussion questions. If you think you'll need extra support when learning the exam material, this option provides much more interaction and opportunity to get feedback.
The CPT Development Program provides an opportunity to get real experience and tutoring from experts, which isn't the case with most certifications. The All-Inclusive package also includes a job guarantee: if you're eligible and complete the CPT development program and don't find a job within 90 days, the cost of the Development Program will be refunded.
Purchasing a study package with NASA also includes exam entry. NASA also provides a digital certificate which can be accessed within three working days.
PSI runs a number of exam centers both nationally and internationally, although they tend to be found in large cities. Expect questions on all aspects of the syllabus, including assessment, exercise technique, program design, client relationships and nutrition.
I wish all certification schools would provide feedback on your results, but this can cause issues with people cheating in their retakes. NASA requires that all personal trainers with their CPT certification are recertified every two years.
There's also a “Recent for Life” option which costs $299, although you'll still need to complete the same amount of Zeus. NASA offers a range specializations, conferences, live workshops, and classroom courses, which count towards your CEU hours.
The amount of Zeus depends on the number of course units, so check with NASA before you start. There's no getting around it: NASA CPT is a relatively expensive school for getting your personal training certification.
The OPT model also means you can work with a diverse range of clients, including sedentary people and athletes. It's one of the most expensive certifications, especially if you want the live workshops, access to a mentor or extra training materials.