Interview Series with Fitness Industry Professionals
VN: The 3 main ways I see are:
VN: The “safety” of being in a class setting allows mistakes to be made that turn into life impacting lessons learned, instead of job termination.
VN: The Short answer is No.
Let me explain it this way; the range of certifications, from not great to exceptional, are just as varied as varieties of grass.
There is a relative small list of those certifications that are properly accredited and nationally recognized, and NASM is one of them.
VN: NASM has done a wonderful job of making their textbook very logical in progression, and its application is adaptable/programable for all populations. It is the only certification to break training down into the Optimum Performance Training (OPT) Model of Stabilization Endurance, Strength (including strength endurance, hypertrophy, maximal strength) and Power.