Do you want to get a certification as a personal trainer and/or as an aerobics instructor?
Well, consider taking the fitness examination given by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA).
AFAA is one the major groups that evaluates and vouches the qualifications of personal trainers and/or aerobics instructors like you. A number of employers recognize and credit their fitness examinations.
The AFAA fitness examination is divided into two segments: the written test and the practical test. Here are some pointers on how you can easily pass it:
- Complete the AFAA-initiated certification workshop. You can check out the certification workshop details on-line. You can also visit an AFAA office in your area to inquire. Submit the basic requirements to formally complete your registration. See to it that you have a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification. It should be current. You can have one either from the American Heart Association (AHA) or the American Red Cross (ARC).
- Review your notes before you attend the certification workshop. It is definitely advantageous if have brushed up on exercise fundamentals. It is going to be a lot easier for you to anticipate the preliminary lessons and go along with the advanced topics. Zero in on muscle groups, joint functions, and exercise safety measures. If you no longer have your academic notes, you can also refer to some on-line resources. You can also borrow books from the library or from your colleagues.
- Complete the AFAA-initiated certification workshop. Get the best out of your attendance in the certification workshop. You are surely going to boost your chances of getting a passing mark by using your actual learnings there.
- Some certification workshops attract and accommodate bigger groups. Consequently, supplies become a problem. If that happens, come prepared. See to it that you have your own paper and pen so you can properly take down your notes. Bring your mat and your snacks, too. Wear something comfortable.
- Be familiar with the AFAA fitness examination structure. Prepare yourself to take the written test. You need to answer around 100 questions. All of them have multiple choices. Learn how you can manage your time. You only have about an hour to complete everything. So, brush up on your test taking techniques.
- Run-through your fitness moves. Practice them well, especially the basic steps. The second segment of the AFFA fitness examination is a practical test. So, be prepared for a demonstration of a workout sequence. Don’t plan something that is too complicated. Go for a more basic routine and include a good warm up, a set of cardio exercises plus a good cool down.
Since the AFAA fitness examination is going to assess for your
qualifications, get ready to defend your routines. Aside from
demonstrating your moves, you are also expected to verbally explain each
of them. Your examiner is going to check out your ability to justify
how each move can impact on the target muscle group. Your verbal
explanation should be straightforward and easy to follow. Rehearse what
you need to say. Sometimes, follow up questions may be raised, too. So,
be attentive. Show your personality and your confidence.