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Creating Successful Personal Trainers Through Classroom and Gym Training

At PFTA Austin, our goal is to create successful personal trainers through classroom and gym training. This is more than just a tagline for us. We believe that anyone can become certified online, but without the hands on experience and practice, personal trainers fall short. Every single student that enrolls with PFTA Austin is guaranteed hands on practice in the gym.

If you follow us socially on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, you will see what we mean. We know that what we offer makes us different. We know that what we offer is extremely valuable to new trainers. We know this because we’ve researched and lived it.

Why You Should Care About Us

We love what we do and we practice exactly what we preach. In addition to instructing new certified personal trainers, we are certified personal trainers with active clients. When we aren’t helping students in the classroom or gym, we are hands on with our clients at the gym or in their homes. Amongst the instructor team at PFTA Austin, we have approximately 20 years gym experience, the bulk of which has been as certified personal trainers. We have successfully worked in commercial gyms and run our own practices. We have worked with people from early teens to approximately 80 years old. We have helped people lose weight, become more function, regain mobility, get back the pre-pregnancy curves, recover from surgeries, and gain muscle for competition. 

Why Gym Training Matters

Have you ever joined a gym and been offered a free personal training session? How was the experience? Did the trainer follow a script and feel distant? Did it seem like the trainers knew what they were doing? This is the experience we don’t want any gym client to have – regardless of where they workout. We want people to work with trainers. We want people to want to work with trainers. More importantly, we want people to work safely with competent and confident certified personal trainers.

What PFTA Austin Offers

Regardless of the Certified Personal Training session that you take, you experience a mix of classroom and gym time. If you join our Tuesday and Thursday session, which runs for 12 weeks, you enjoy Tuesday in the classroom and Thursday at Gym One. Our 15 week long Wednesday and Saturday groups spend every 3rd session at the gym. While it might seem like the Wednesday and Saturday groups are missing out with fewer gym sessions – trust us – they are not. We maximize every class – especially at the gym. Students experience a true learning environment, where the instructors demonstrate and explain, the students then perform the work on each other, and finally the students practice on the instructors. We take our time and we practice, practice, practice!!!

To keep our content solid and industry certified, we have proudly partnered with the National Council on Strength & Fitness. As a result of this partnership, you get:

  • NCSF student and lab guides; online access to an NCSF account containing review content, sample exercises, practice quizzes, and practice tests; and an NCSF exam voucher.
  • PFTA provided student guide with additional student content and notes.
  • Strength Training Anatomy and Stretching Anatomy books.
  • Over 60 hours of classroom and hands on gym training.
  • A gym membership at Gym One for the duration of the course.
  • End of course study groups to help prepare you for the national exam.

Additionally – we are here for you when class wraps up and you have completed your 12 or 15 weeks in the class. We not only want you to pass, we want you to be successful, so we make time to help you study and become comfortable with all the content. Did we mention that we also have a Spanish class? Hit us up for more information.

If you are interested in becoming a certified personal trainer or would like to partner with PFTA Austin to help educate personal trainers, we would love to hear from you!

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Offering First Aid/CPR AED Certification

Starting in August, PFTA Austin is proud to offer certification and testing for First Aid and CPR AED. Whether you are needing to certify for the first time or renew your existing certification, we can help!

To register for the skills assessment, at the American Heart Association website, click Locate a Training Center. To narrow down the options, provide 78757 as the zip code, filter the list for Heartsaver CPR AED Skills Session and Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Skills Session and then click Submit.

If you have any questions, please contact Keli for more information – (512) 710-7773 | keli@pftaaustin.com

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Continuing Personal Trainer Education in Austin

When students complete their Certified Personal Training certification with PFTA Austin, we want to continue to help them succeed in their personal training careers.

As a result, we continue to improve ourselves and expand our educational offerings for the personal training community. We are excited to share that Keli Hay will become fully certified as a CPR/AED instructor next week with the American Heart Association. With this new certification, PFTA Austin will be adding monthly CPR workshops – stay tuned for the exact dates!

Provider for Continuing Education

In addition to the CPR courses, we are creating workshops to help personal trainers hone their skills in different areas. Where are these workshops coming from? We have created them based on our first hand experiences as personal trainers (working in corporate gyms and as private trainers) and from feedback in the field.

To make sure certified personal trainers receive credits for our workshops, we became an approved provider of continuing education with the National Council on Strength and Fitness. Our inaugural workshops are:

  • Client Assessments and Engagement
  • Program Design

If you are interested in becoming a certified personal trainer or are interested in our continuing education workshops, we would love to hear from you!

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Client Assessments and Engagement

PFTA Austin is proud to announce our inaugural workshop. On July 14th from 10am until 3pm we will be running the Client Assessments and Engagement workshop – split between the school on Shoal Creek Blvd and Gym One.

In this course, students will practice meeting with new clients and conducting fitness assessments. Starting in the classroom, students review and practice completion of client screening documents, including the informed consent, the Par-Q, the health risk appraisal, medical history questionnaire, the health status questionnaire, and the behavior questionnaire. With this collected information, students then discuss how to interpret the information and what to do with it.

After the screening documents are complete and the data analyzed, students move to the gym where they practice client fitness tests including resting tests – circumference and skinfold measurements, postural assessment, and flexibility tests. Upon completion of the resting tests, students then practice the other fitness assessments, including the strength and power tests (bench press and pull ups), endurance tests (push ups and modified pull ups), anaerobic tests (vertical jumps and power steps), and aerobic tests (1 mile walk and 12 minute run).

For information about the open enrollment for the July start of the Certified Personal Trainer course or any PFTA Austin workshops, contact:

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Squatting with a Ball by the Horns for Fun

PFTA Austin was very proud to host the CardioPump Kettlebell Certification workshop with Brook Benton this past weekend. While most students were PFTA Austin former or current students, we proudly welcomed trainers and kettlebell enthusiasts from the area. Thanks to Innovative Health & Performance Austin for providing us the perfect venue with plenty of water to keep us hydrated on a very hot and humid day.

Grab the Horns

Class was promptly started at 9am and by 10am we were up! Brook started the day by educating the class on the kettlebell components, the history of the kettlebell, and the various exercises. Then she got us all moving – all of us! From 10am – 6pm, we were actively moving for 5 of those hours. Yes 5. This course keeps you moving and gets your heart pumping! 18 students squatted, swung, pressed, cleaned, and moved kettlebells of various weights in many directions. Justin Wecker – already certified – helped coach various students, Tulio Garcia helped with some Spanish translation and coaching, and Keli Hay was an active participant becoming certified in the Kettlebell.

You Want Us to Swing that How?

If you have ever wanted to get a fantastic workout that hits on cardio/endurance and packs a punch with added weight – then grab a kettlebell and start swinging. Well – not right away. Find a workshop or a certified professional to help you safely move a kettlebell inside of a 360 degree area. This modality can not only be used in the sagittal, frontal, and transverse planes, it can be used solo or as a pair to workout every muscle group and hit every joint. 

For more information about open enrollment for the Certified Personal Trainer course starting in June or any of our workshops, please contact:

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Setting Yourself Up for Success

The personal training occupation, similar to others, is what you make of it. What makes the profession somewhat distinct from others, is that personal trainers (PTs) must be self motivators and lifelong learners. Regardless of whether Its work in a public gym or as a sole proprietor, this job is an earned investment.

Personal Trainer versus Certified Personal Trainer

When deciding to become a PT, you can become certified or not. If you choose to not follow the path of certification, your employment options will be limited as will your client base. By-law or company policy, most gyms require PTs to have active national certifications. If you choose to work at a private gym or independent, you will require PT insurance, which also requires an active national certification.

Which Certification?

While there are various certification options, including NCSF and NASM, they all have a similar concept – trainers must recertify every couple of years. As part of recertification, trainers must earn and complete continuing education units (CEUs) to maintain their certification. A CEU in the world of training includes an active CPR/AED certification, time spent on the job, and various training options. The biggest investment for PTs is in the training options because these investments help shape the clients for the PT. For example, PTs can become certified in:

Money and Time

Many people become PTs because they “love working out, so why not get paid for it” – but they fail to realize the investment they are making. While many courses and CEU options are not very expensive, you need to plan for and set aside time to earn them. If you want to become a successful PT, then certification is the route to take to make sure you can work anywhere. The investment you make in the ongoing certification ultimately makes you a well rounded investment to clients that pay for you to help them.

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Certifying Personal Trainers In Austin

Last week, PFTA Austin was excited to announce the partnership with NCSF. We are still very pumped to bring this unique partnership to the Austin area and would like to tell you more about it.


Certified Personal Trainer

NCSF is now providing the backbone content to our Certified Personal Trainer course. In addition to the thorough content, students receive accounts with NCSF to the online education portal. Upon completion of the course, students also receive a voucher for the national exam.

To fully equip students for certification and success as personal trainers, PFTA Austin also provides students with copies of Strength Training Anatomy and Stretching Anatomy.

Finally, for the duration of the course, students also receive a gym membership at Gym One – the location for the hands on training portion of the class.


Sport Nutrition

NCSF is also the provider for the content to support a workshop on Sport Nutrition. Students attending this workshop also receive access to the online education portal and an exam voucher.


Strength Coach

NCSF is also the provider for the content to support a workshop on Strength Coach. Students attending this workshop also receive access to the online education portal and an exam voucher.


For more information about any of our upcoming courses, please contact:

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Certified Personal Trainer – New

PFTA Austin has made some changes. In this session, we are offering a discount of 50% off the course. During the class sessions, we will be soliciting feedback to help refine the course for future training sessions.

What is different?

  • The curriculum has been revised and updated for better flow and delivery.
  • The duration has been shortened so that you can be certification ready in under 1 month!

Register here.

If you require any more information, please reach out – pfta.atx@gmail.com

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Getting Personal Trainer Certified in Austin

PFTA Austin is pleased to announce updates to the PFTA Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) offerings. The CPT course is our signature class providing classroom and hands on gym training to better prepare you for national exams. This course is designed to help you understand the human body and functionality, including working with people of various ages and health issues. You will begin by learning about human anatomy including the joint actions, primary movers, and exercises for various body parts. You will also learn about functional movements, the various systems that comprise the human body, and bioenergetics. After learning about the body, you will then learn about planning for clients including special populations, sports psychology, and nutrition. The understanding of clients will help prepare you for the next phase of program planning and design, as well as client health and fitness assessments. Finally, with an understanding of the human body and the various clients you might encounter, you will learn how to become a personal trainer in the fitness industry.

Continued Dates

We are continuing our current offerings of:

  • Tuesday and Thursday from 10am – 2pm
  • Wednesday 6pm – 10pm
  • Saturday from 10am – 2pm

Locations

Our classroom location is 8500 Shoal Creek Boulevard, Bldg. 2 Ste. H, Austin, TX 78757 where you can learn from our oldest instructor “Bones”!

For your hands-on gym training, we will be at Gym One located near Braker and Burnet in the Domain.

If any of these courses interest you, or if you have any questions, we can be reached at:

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