Posts Tagged ‘#certifications’

It is an understatement to say the flood of information (and mis-information) on the Internet is very confusing.

There are some very credible training resources online which are often almost blotted out by hype and faddish nonsense.

Unconventional training is  not exempt from this any more than mainstream fitness.

The general public often falls prey to the flashy and unfounded promises of unscrupulous advertisers. They just know, and often are too lazy to do their “homework” to find the quality coaches & trainers.

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People sometimes group things together in an attempt to  simplify things.

Take for example  mace training.

Is mace flow like a mace completion at the Vintage Strength Games?

No, not at all. The only similarity is that they both use maces

It is important for people to know what they would like to learn and why.

Here’s another example.

Is a mace certification the same thing as a  macefit.com certification?

Once again, the answer is no.

A mace certification teaches the mace.

Macefit teaches a broader spectrum of training using different types of equipment.

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Only a handful of certifications are really worthwhile to get, in my opinion.
I went after numerous certifications when I was just starting out.
Back then I really didn’t how little some of them would actually apply to the types of training I have found to be the most effective.
Don’t get me wrong, some are excellent!

In the process of establishing credibility, new trainers often think that having a certain certification (or a bunch of them) will bring them that. However, that is not the case.

Some of the most credible coaches and strongest guys I have ever met have no certifications but huge amounts of experience, and they get solid results for those they train.

First they must learn how to train themselves, before they start training others. This does not happen quickly, and many new guys are super impatient and just don’t want to wait. That is just plain tough.

In the real world, you better know what you are doing!
There are no substitutes for experience.

A person is better off finding some solid training partners, who actually know what they are doing, than going to a gazillion certifications.

Another good way to learn is through seminars that focus on establishing a good foundation of basics. Don’t worry about if you get a piece of paper for being there or not.

Invest in training manuals. They are like gold!
Listen to good podcasts, most of which are free.
Take notes and study.

Most of all, get under the bar and lift!