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Melissa Peretz, Mother, Part-Time Personal Trainer And All Around Health Guru, Shares How You Too Can Get Started

What resources can you offer women who are looking to find a "second career" in personal training?

I would suggest firstly that it be something you are passionate about. Do you enjoy and make fitness a priority in your own life? If not, how would you expect to inspire another person if you are not inspired yourself?
Start by learning more about what you enjoy – whether it is running, cycling, strength training, and yoga or aerobics classes. Learn from other instructors – how do they teach? What about their style do you think works and what do think hinders their connection with clients?

Using those cues will enable you to become a better trainer or instructor. Obviously we all learn and respond to different methods and that will affect the kind of trainer you are and the kind of clients who will respond to you.

Information, however, will always be critical. Is your information accurate, and up to date? Know your limits - if something comes up that is out of your realm, you must know when to refer to either a medical doctor or another type of practitioner.

I also feel that it is very important to “walk-the-walk.” Live according to the principles you are teaching.

There are many online sources of information. One of the best places to start is the American Council on Exercise (ACE), They have great courses, online exams for convenience and many resources to get you started.

Other organizations to check out are:

NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine)

ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine)

NSCF (National Council on Strength and Fitness)

NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association)

Most of the organizations require a current CPR/AED certification before you can take the Personal Trainer exam. Additionally, there are continuing education requirements to maintain membership status.

There are also many great online sources of information from to . The best thing is to find the area you love the most and go as far as you can.

If you want to find out more about how Melissa is helping her clients stay in shape, visit her website at: or email her at

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