Recently I've been looking to add certifications to my name so I could better myself, but that's not to say that just because I have X Strength certification or Y training certification that I will be better with just the letters that come with it. I have to take the knowledge that is given to me in these courses and apply them. The certification I hold is probably one of the tougher ones to gain, mostly because you need a 4 year degree to get it. For the most part though they all equate to the same thing, maybe the only one (that I can think of at least) that's a little different is the CES (Corrective Exercise Specialist) from NASM.
Now then just because I have such certification it does not make me the cats ass automatically, it gives me a tiny bit of credibility and I belong to the NSCA through it now, but that's about all it gained me. I know people that have the same certification and to say the very least, they are absolute idiots. Some people get certifications and don't even use them or just do it to get letters next to their name. Let's put it this way, if I see letters next to your name in an e-mail or resume, like RKC (for Kettlebells) and your demonstration of a swing is shit, which you can bet your ass I would absolutely test if you were claiming to have such cert and interviewing for my company, then you now look worse than if you had never put the letters there in the first place. Sorry really long winded there.
My buddy Mike has a, what some would call, basic certification, ACE (American Counsel of Exercise), and the guy is pretty smart and is probably the best one we got here. He's smarter than me and what's-more the bastard knows it, JERK! The reason being is Mike makes himself better every day however he can, I try to do the same and any trainer worth a damn should as well.
There are ways to detect the trainers that are just out to grab your money and actually could hurt you, either way a couple things or words to amp your allergy to bullshit.
-TONING: There are few things that make me want to take a long walk off a short cliff quite like this word when I hear it. People please look up what the word actually means in a scientific article. Don't get too crazy but not something by Tracy Anderson or Jillian Michaels, THERE IS NO SUCH THING. Not in the terms you are probably thinking of at least. The more operative word or term you are looking for most likely is to firm up or drop body fat.
-BOSU (anything): I absolutely hate this damn thing, I'd rather suck on a lemon with a pulled tooth than use this thing. It got forced down my throat early in my career but then I wised the hell up. This thing has got minimal use for most of my clients. Especially when it comes to doing squats on this bastard, the risk far out weighs the reward, much like squats on a stability ball. Look below at the videos and you tell me which is going to get better results.....Done? Yeah I rest my case. Needless to say if your trainer tries to pull this thing out in the first few sessions to wow you, call BS on them and tell them no thanks.
-CURLS AND KICKBACKS: Yeah I want big arms too and I know you do too, but biceps curls and triceps kick backs are not going to give you the results you want. Maybe they will become something that you see in your programing for an off day or easy day, but you can bet the fuck not anywhere near the first few months you train with me. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but I'd rather be honest with you than be Burt Wonderstone and try to take your money for nothing.
-FAT BURNING ZONE: IT DOES NOT EXIST! End of story folks. You know what burns the crap out of fat? Lean muscle tissue, not some fictitious zone that you hear about on the Chew or some other crap day time tv show.
I think that will do it now, hope todays post helps you when it comes time for you to start working with a trainer or other health professional. Go out there and get after it today folks!