There are actually differences between fitness instructor and personal trainer.
Let me explain below:
This instructor is NOT allowed to take clients.He/she is like an assistant to a qualified personal trainer.
When I finished my study in the New Zealand Institute of Sport, I was given a role of fitness instructor for 3 months, before fully becoming a personal trainer.
I get tested on training skills and knowledge, interviewed by my manager and fitness tested before officially “promoted” as a personal trainer. Things are really different in Malaysia, as long as you hold a personal training certification, you are a “personal trainer”, much more easier in Malaysia.
My job as a gym instructor at that time including, ASSIST gym member, do gym chores(wipe the machine , clear the rubbish bin etc) and assist the personal trainer in programming.
A personal trainer is the real qualified coach that able to train and coach others.
So,where can i take a personal trainer certification course in Malaysia?
Personal trainer certification can be divided into 2 category:
(for a full list of personal training certification review go here)
-ONLINE AND OFFLINE
Online Personal Training Certification
I generally do not encourage beginner that do not have any knowledge on fitness, take their certification online.
This is because the are alot of fitness jargon and prior fitness knowledge that needed to complete the certification. A good classroom based course will be a better choice. However, if you are a tough motherFXXXer , that wanna challenge yourself, do it online.
Another advantage of doing online is that the cost is much more CHEAPER (30-40% cheaper ) .
Besides that, doing online you could do it on your own time, this is best for working people.
For Online ACE Personal Training Certification Discount click here
Offline Personal Training Certification
In Malaysia ,we really do not have much choices . There are only 2 main places that you can do your personal training certification .
Oh ya,there are 2 main personal training certification that you can choose from, which are NASM or ACE.
In short, NASM focuses more on programming, ACE focus more on theory. Both are great.
If you or any of yourself have taken any of these personal training certifications in Malaysia, feel free to share your experience over here , thank you.