What is a CSCS?
Well for starters, CSCS stands for Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. CSCS is defined by the NSCA as “a professional who applies scientific knowledge to train athletes for the primary goal of improving athletic performance.” These specialists have knowledge in areas such as:
- Programming for increased strength, muscles size, conditioning for sport
- sport-specific testing and program design for teams and individuals
- nutrition guidance
- injury prevention through movment
How do you get there?
To obtain the certification, one must have a Bachelor’s degree, hold a CPR/AED certification and pass a multiple section timed and proctored exam covering:
– exercise physiology
– program design
– exercise technique
– testing and evaluation
– organization and administration
The standard for becoming a CSCS is higher than a personal trainer due to the rigorous application and exam process. Because the standard for the test is so high (The pass rate for the exam is only 53%) and there is so much information covered, the NSCA does provide study materials and a step by step process that they believe will help you ace this test! Make sure to pop over to their website to prep if you are interested in becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.
Why become a CSCS?
Talk to Andrew, or Ryan about why they are proud to hold this certification and what it allows them to do. After receiving this certification, it allows you to work with athletes for a college or high school team. This certification allows you to do personal training and is more marketable than a standard personal trainer certification that can be done on a weekend course. The standard of the NSCA CSCS is high and people recognize this as the gold standard in the industry. We would love to answer any questions about becoming certified, come chat with us!
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