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There has never been a better time to become a personal trainer in New Jersey. With the American public becoming more overweight and out of shape, there is a growing demand for qualified personal trainers. All you have to do is satisfy the state’s requirements and you’ll be on your way to a new healthy career.
Meet the minimum age requirement. In order to become a certified personal trainer in New Jersey, you must be at least 18 years old.
Understand the anatomy. A prerequisite for becoming a personal trainer in New Jersey is having a good understanding of the anatomy and how training affects the body. This means understanding the skeletal structure, muscle groups and the cardiovascular system. Some certification organizations require physiology and nutrition knowledge in addition to anatomical knowledge.
Know the equipment. In order to work as a personal trainer, you have to be familiar with the latest equipment, how it functions and how it affects the body.
Take a CPR class. While some organizations such as American Fitness Professionals and Associates (AFPA) do not require candidates or personal trainers to know CPR, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) does. Whether or not the certifying organization requires CPR certification, it’s best to have it because several New Jersey establishments require their trainers to be CPR certified.
Obtain a New Jersey-approved certification. There are several companies that offer certification for personal trainers in New Jersey. In addition to AFPA and ACE, there’s the American Fitness Training of Athletes (AFTA) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), to name a few. It’s best to speak with a potential employer as to which organization they accept and then seek the certification (see Resources below).
One of the best ways find out how to become a personal trainer is to talk to other personal trainers. Most personal trainers enjoy sharing their experience, knowledge and advice.