Nutrition and exercise certificates legit?

Originally published: Aug 29, 2013-14

Revised: 2017

As I was reviewing previous entries… I was gonna delete this one.

Currently, I have a different, but strong standpoint.

While completing college courses… I guess there was a certain level of peer-pressure, but I didn’t let that get to me. In the beginning, I was brainwashed to believe certifications are bad. I guess some people pay for college courses and expect the world to follow or revolve around them. Some individuals bash certifications.

Personally, I attended an alternative school to complete my high school diploma. I recall people doubting me – it was the best choice I ever made. So, with that analogy, I do not want to be ignorant to different forms of education (that includes certifications). I do not want to limit myself nor should you.

While attending college, I noticed dietitians criticizing individuals w/ a nutrition certificate. However, that same dietitian managed to get a fitness/exercise certificate…talk about hypocrisy.

While completing MNT (medical nutrition therapy): I was completing online educational webinars; actually, I started to produce some – which is available online. After completing college-level (nutrition and exercise) courses…you’d think I’d be against certifications? No. Actually, I find some to be adequate. With that said, not all are created equal – not all people put in the same amount of effort nor care. Guess what, in college, I have to say…it is no different – some people care and others do not. Matter of fact, I am looking to earn another certification (or continue my education).

What do I like most about certifications?

Specifically, I can choose what / how I want to study…as oppose to attending a college level course w/ an awful instructor (reading word-for-word from a PowerPoint).

February 18, 2013
I really do not understand all the hype (commercial stuff). I guess some of us think training at a high end gym is more important; I think exercise should be the main reason for joining, right?


Some of us get too caught up on…

”Is my personal trainer (PT) certified because that is so important….or is it?

— is it state of the art equipment and is the floor made of gold?


  • Certified personal trainer (PT):

I notice some of us believe…certified (PTs) are highly educated…continue reading.

  1. A decent percent of us can become a certified trainer in less than 3months…
  2. all is left is a association to get certified under — it is that easy. Sorry to disappoint, I guess the term….certified personal trainer means….hard working individual who passes a rigorous test on: basic chemistry, physiology/anatomy, and instructional demonstrations; well, I wish most of us were qualified, but not in my state.
  3. Some personal trainers (I have met)…fail to know the basics and pretend to be a fitness instructor.
  4. Some trainers (ranging in age: 27-36) cannot complete a basic (beginners) routine (which is supposedly designed by them)..S/he may steal plans from the internet — note: this so common in most chain gyms (ex: planet fitness – anytime fitness). s/he will act as a nutrition expert & write nutrition prescriptions, which is against the law. s/he will quote studies, but fail to know the context of the actual study.

note: personally, I do take past injuries (genetics) into consideration ( can limit one’s physical ability / activity / metabolism) — perfection is not an objective — education in some form is.

What is state-of-the-art-equipment?

      1. State-of-the-art equipment is designed to work with the natural movements of the human body to support a strength training / cardiovascular workout tailored to one’s needs.
      2. Some PTs make a big deal out of this — “we use state of the art equipment.”
      3. In any case: again, I think any piece of equipment (that is effective) should be implemented.

note: I am not referring to physical therapy –

– PTs should use science base evidence to support claims.

In my response, “I think we as a country need to know how things work – our body is included.” In other words: do not believe someone because s/he works at a gym / health food store – they are just as clueless as the next person. All they know how to do is read from a note card or I-phone — enough said”


      • What do I use?

– I try not to limit myself, and so; I will use any piece of equipment (if it reduces injury & delivers (desirable) results). Therefore, I use free weights – machines…again, I know HOW TO USE the machine…the machine does not use me — do not be a DUMB-bell

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