The NGA has been educating and certifying professional trainers for 40 plus years. Our main goal is to provide you with an affordable educational experience that is both practical and functional for the fitness professional and the general public. Begin your career as an NGA Certified Personal Trainer with 6 simple steps!
The NGA Fitness Certification Course was developed for both practical and ethical standards to insure that NGA certification provides you with the most current training principles in health, fitness, nutrition, and exercise physiology. This program covers everything you will need to know as you venture into this exciting business of personal training. It is extremely comprehensive and is guaranteed to provide you with all the tools you need as a professional trainer.
The Goal of the NGA Certified Personal Trainer course is to provide you with an affordable educational experience that is both practical and functional for the fitness professional and the general public. The NGA’s enrollment has grown and will continue because of our sole commitment to excellence.
Proper athletic training must include more than what one does in the gym. It must include proper nutrition and proper rest in addition to a physical training regimen.
Nutrition can be defined in four different ways:
The working definition of nutrition used by NGA certified professional trainers and instructors pull all of these ideas together in the term proper nutrition.
For the personal trainer or instructor, it is important to understand that proper nutrition is vital to successful training and the achievement of optimal physical performance. That is why the trainer or the instructor should make every effort to educate clients toward establishing and maintaining an adequate and balanced daily intake of nutrient throughout any type of training program.
Areas covered: BASIC CONCEPTS - CATEGORIES OF NUTRIENTS - WATER - CARBOHYDRATES - FIBER - FATS - PROTIEN - VITAMINS - MINERALS - PHOSPHORUS - MAGNISIUM - IRON - ELECTROLYTES - CONCLUSION
The relationship between dietary planning and human performance is best defined by one of the basic principles of training: progression. The diet that ensures proper nutrition will satisfy current and increasing levels of intensity.
Areas covered: ENERGY METABOLISM IN THE MUSCLE CELL, NUTRITIONAL PLANNING TO MAINTAIN PERFORMANCE, ASSESTMENT OF BODY COMPOSTION, EATING DISORDERS, NUTRIENT CONTENT OF POPULAR FOODS
This part of our course will combine the subjects of anatomy, biomechanics and kinesiology to create a practical perspective for the fitness professional. Our goal is to provide you with a working knowledge that pulls together concepts from the scientific study of movement.
You should come away from this section with concepts that you can immediately apply in the gym for evaluating and training clients
Areas covered: INTRODUCTION TO ANATOMY, BIOMECHANINS, AND KINESIOLOGY - NOMENCLATURE OF THE MAJOR BONES OF THE BODY - KINESIOLOGY AND APPLIED ANATOMY - GENETIC INFLUENCE - POSTURE
A healthy body is the result of proper nutrition combines with a regular pattern of physical training. The definition of exercise is: bodily or mental exertion, especially for the sake of training or improvement. The Taber’s medical definition is: performed activity of the muscles, voluntary or otherwise, especially to maintain fitness. The founder of the NGA defines exercise as follows:
Areas covered: PRINCIPLES OF CONDITIONING - TESTING AND RECORDING - BIOMECHANICAL RESPONSES TO TRAINING FOR POWER, SPEED, AND ENDURANCE - OVERTRAINING - DEFINITION AND MEASUREMENT OF FLEXIBILITY - DEFINITION OF AEROBIC FITNESS - DEFIINTIONS OF STRENGTH AND POWER
The desire to become a free-lance personal trainer or an on-staff private training instructor has its roots in a number of different emotional and physical experiences that are defined and addressed by the behavioral and biological sciences. Yet the driving force behind this desire is not easily described or explained, even though its sources are observable. All of us have a background in which we either accumulated our experience by gaining and performing as competitive athletes, or developed our experience as trainers along with our abilities as stress and strength enthusiasts. In the formal educational environment of a university, or informally on our own as self-taught. self-made people, all of us have studied the science of human performance with its interrelated view of nutrition, energy utilization, anatomy, kinesiology, biomechanics, physiology and gaining techniques.
At one time or another, all of us have searched with the science of human behavior to discover and harness the motivations that underlie the accomplishment of a goal, whether it is for ourselves, for our clients, or for the competitive athlete who comes to us for guidance to achieve a new personal best.
When all the elements that contribute to being a trainer are assembled, the resulting whole is much greater than the sum of its parts. The effect of combining the scientific disciplines that define fitness and strength gaining with the experience of being a trainer and encountering first hand the failures and successes of our clients, is more than an additive. It resembles a geometric progression, wherein the meanings of all the facts are multiplied several times by the experience of putting the facts to work in a gaining program. It is this notion -- that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts when facts are illuminated by the light of life.
As a trainer, you are going to encounter people who are healthful and vigorous, other who are ill or weak and many more that will be in a population that exists between those extremes. Our understanding of human performance, i.e., the capacities and capabilities of the population we encounter at work, is defined by the psychologic, physiologic, pharmacologic and biomechanic factors that are addressed in the sections of this chapter.
Areas covered: PSYCHOLOGIC FACTORS - PSYCHOLOGIC FACTORS IN PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE - IMPORTANCE OF PLANNED VARIETY IN THE WORKOUT - WALKING, JOGGING, AND RUNNING - TRAINING AND TRAVEL - DIARIES AND RECORD KEEPING - GENDER, AGE, PHYSICAL CHALLENGE, AND PHYSICAL TRAINING - ENVIROMENTAL FACTORS - THE USE OF DRUGS IN ATHLECTIC TRAINING - SPORT INJURIES AND THERAPEUTIC MODALITIES
From the outset, it is essential that the personal fitness trainer view his or her job as a true profession, one that can yield bountiful rewards for many years to come if it is approached from the proper perspective. A thoroughly qualified and respected personal trainer can develop a devoted following in much the same way as professionals in other fields. In many respects, the relationships that evolve between client and trainer are often much closer than those found in other professions. After all, within the context of a normal business relationship, a person would have to be in considerable legal trouble or quite ill to need as much time with his attorney or physician as he does with his personal fitness trainer. This closeness that develops between client and trainer is necessary for the positive nature of the relationship. However, it also carries with it certain ethical responsibilities toward the client. If the trainer chooses to work as a salaried employee or subcontractor, this is a responsibility as well to the employer, which can be a cruise line or hotel, but most often will be a fitness facility of some kind.
With defining these responsibilities in mind, we will briefly discuss the issues that have a direct impact upon the quality of the relationship a trainer can develop with clients as well as with the fitness facility.
Areas covered: DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILILTIES OF A PROFESSIONAL TRAINER - BUSINESS RESPONSIBILITIES - DETERMINING AND MAINTIANING THE CLIENTS STATE OF FITNESS
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The NGA Certification Course believes that there is much more to the personal trainer than this basic knowledge of physiology and technique. After you are certified, how do you apply this knowledge to an individual?
This is a crucial issue! A good personal trainer learns how to read the individual. This includes not only a person’s physical condition, but his or her emotional state as well. A successful personal trainer is going to build a program around that individual’s lifestyle and personality, incorporating their real world in the pursuit of ideal health and appearance.
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