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The SCJ is the professional
journal for strength coaches, personal trainers, physical therapists, athletic
trainers, and other health professionals working in the strength and conditioning
Earn CEUs. Browse the list of NSCA approved home study courses and live events.
Learn the benefits of completing the new CSPS certification.
July 9-12, 2014
Las Vegas, NV- Paris Hotel & Casino
Check out the newest offering in the NSCA's Sport Performance Series.
The National Strength and Conditioning
Association is dedicated to providing fitness coaches and personal trainers
with the the resources and services to be successful. The Personal Trainer Program is intended to educate and train professionals working with a
wide range of clients to improve their fitness levels.
A coaching path
has been created that leads to becoming a Certified Special Population
Specialist (CSPS), intended for a personal trainer that is interested in improving
the health and fitness needs of clients afflicted by health conditions.
The NSCA prioritizes fitness initiatives by serving as a partner in the
National Activity Plan and holding the annual Personal Trainer Conference and
Youth Training Symposium. NSCA-Certified Personal Trainers, Certified
Strength and Conditioning Specialists, and other health and fitness
practitioners will be empowered by the Personal Training Program.
If you have questions about the Personal Trainer Program, please contact the Personal Training Program Manager.
The NSCA's annual Personal Trainers Conference allows attendees to engage in hands-on sessions that take you from the lecture hall to your clients’ workout. Explore topics from motivation to metabolic training and special populations to suspension training presented by leaders in the personal training and research industries. Take your career further and network with top industry professionals.
Personal Trainer Conference 2014 - October 3-4, 2014 in Washington, DC
NSCA State and Regional Events allow participants to learn, participate and network with colleagues in their area while earning CEUs. Hosted by the state and regional directors, these local events bring cutting-edge research and application to your backyard! Events are listed according to date.
The NSCA offers a number of celebrated conferences every year. Join other certified coaches in attending expert seminars, networking events, and continuing education talks.
The NSCA presents a variety of symposia focusing on performance topics like Youth Training, Nutrition, Power, and more. Get in-depth information on specialized topics in a smaller, more interactive setting.
Personal Training Quarterly is designed specifically for the personal trainer. You can discover easy-to-read, research-based articles that take your training knowledge further with Nutrition, Programming, and Personal Business Development columns in each quarterly, electronic issue.
Personal Training Quarterly is digitally published four times a year. Look for articles and information on how you can expand your personal training career through integrating training methods and accessing tools for building your business.
View the PTQ
The demand for certified fitness professionals who are properly trained is growing. Find the latest Personal Trainer job openings.
If you’re looking for an NSCA-certified personal trainer, then use the “Find a Certified Trainer” tool to locate one near you. This tool is also great if you’re looking for a career within the field and need to find a certified professional to shadow or network with. Find a Trainer.
Interested in learning more about experienced personal trainers in the field?
"Trainer Talk" features a snapshot into the life and experience of a select NSCA-certified personal trainer. Read Trainer Talk.
The NSCA has been publishing research-based articles for many years. Peruse through our NSCA Classic collection for strength training and conditioning research and exercise techniques that are TSAC-related and still remain relevant today. Read NSCA Classics.
NSCA-Certified Personal Trainers (NSCA-CPT) are health/fitness professionals who, using an individualized approach, assess, motivate, educate and train clients regarding their health and fitness needs. Certified personal trainers design safe and effective exercise programs, provide the guidance to help clients achieve their personal health/fitness goals and respond appropriately in emergency situations.
Recognizing their own area of expertise, personal trainers refer clients to other health care professionals when appropriate.
Visit our NSCA-CPT Certification pages for more information on exam format, content, prerequisites, and study materials.
Comprehensive and research-based, the second edition of NSCA's Essentials of Personal Training is the resource to rely on for personal training information and guidance. With state-of-the-art knowledge regarding applied aspects of personal training as well as clear explanations of supporting scientific evidence, NSCAs Essentials of Personal Training, Second Edition, is also the authoritative preparation text for those preparing for the National Strength and Conditioning Associations Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT) exam.
NSCA's Basics of Strength & Conditioning Manual
The NSCA is excited to provide you with the Basics of Strength and Conditioning Manual. This Manual is intended to assist Associate Members, however, it is available to all NSCA Members to help them learn the basics principles and movement fundamentals that should be included in every strength and conditioning program. View Membership Options to become an Associate Member and receive free access to the Basics of Strength and Conditioning Manual.
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Strength & Conditioning Course
The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), in partnership with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) developed Strength & Conditioning. It is designed for any individual who has responsibility for weight room supervision. The course presents the principles of conditioning and Includes in-depth explanations of best practices and over 80 videos demonstrating proper techniques. Coaches can complete a course immediately and will have up to one year to review and access all printable resources.
The NSCA is proud to present awards that recognize individuals who have demonstrated excellence in their chosen profession. Follow the links below for more details and past winners of awards in the fitness coaching industry.