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Personal training certifications to help with fitness and programming for the job?

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  • Personal training certifications to help with fitness and programming for the job?

    Hey everyone future aspiring firefighter here. Just wondering if any of you guys have gone through any personal training certification programs to help with your knowledge on health and fitness for the job? I want to get in really good shape before getting started with firefighting and I figured that this would be a good start for me with fitness. I know that there are tons of certs out there which makes it kind of confusing as to which one to choose. Does one teach a certain type of training that would be better for the job? Is there a certain one you would recommend avoiding? If any of you guys have any experience It would be great to hear your input.

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    Hey fire5555 yes I am looking to get certified for the purpose of training myself. This way I will have better knowledge so I can make better training programs and see better results in regards to my fitness. My question mainly whether or not there is a better certification out there compared to the other dozen I have found.

    I just finished reading this post on different CPT training certifications and It says you should choose your cert based on the type of training that you want to do. For firefighting, I would assume that we need mostly athletic and strength training primarily. Which I am guessing the NSCA or ISSA certifications would be best for? This is why I am asking if anyone here is certified and has experience with one of these. Or any other cert that might be recommended. All I know is that I should avoid "overnight" certs online that seem pretty scammy.

    Personally, I need to work on my strength, flexibility and endurance. I hope to hear from some of you.

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      I am not currently a firefighter and I live in california. I was just thinking that the cert could help me with my own programming instead of hiring a pt myself as they are quite expensive.

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        Originally posted by hankL73 View Post
        I am not currently a firefighter and I live in california. I was just thinking that the cert could help me with my own programming instead of hiring a pt myself as they are quite expensive.
        We are not expensive at all, plus you also want to consider what you want to invest in. With the number of years I have had in EMS and Fire, in combination with my multiple training certifications, no one way is better or perfect. This is why you have so many companies out there with their own philosophies. I have prepared several, successfully for the Police and Fire ability tests, the academy, and the job. If you're getting the certification for some extra cabbage, absolutely, and NASM, ACE, ACSM, and ISSA are good. CrossFit works, but even they acknowledge programming amongst randomization.

        Even with the programming knowledge if you take the course, you still may not know what will work best for you. Paying a firefighter/EMT who has been through the CPAT and various PAT's from RI to TN and the job itself who is a tactical trainer, will only be a payoff of an investment when you succeed.

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