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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (Oct. 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764556843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764556845
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.3 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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“…This non-nonsense book covers every conceivable aspect of the personal-training industry…straightforward, informative and easy to read…” (Muscle & Fitness, March 2005)

From the Back Cover

Find out what it takes to be certified

Find your training niche and make money

Want to be a personal trainer or improve your existing practice? This fun, practical guide gives you the tools to manage your business; design and conduct professional, effective workouts; and advance your client to the next level. You'll find savvy tips on choosing the right certification for you, marketing your business, and obtaining the best equipment and support.


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Online cheat sheet
Top ten lists
A dash of humor and fun

Discover how to:

Study for certification exams
Attract, keep, and motivate clients
Manage legal issues and tax planning
Interview, hire, and manage employees
Expand your services

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I guess they really mean for dummies... there is no useful information in the book. I wouldn't waste your money, just use your brain..
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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa772a9d8) out of 5 stars A must read for all prospective and current personal trainers Aug. 28 2005
By Keith R. Kaminski - Published on
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I have been a personal trainer for nearly two years and I thought I had a handle on everything. I was given this book as a gift and I was blown away with the comprehensive information that it provides. I learned the most from the True Stories sections as they provided extra tips and really expanded upon the knowledge contained in this book. I would highly recommend this book to anyone thinking about becoming a personal trainer and encourage current personal trainers to read it as well. I only wish I would have read this book a lot sooner.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7733dc8) out of 5 stars Awesome book!!! July 28 2006
By Amy Robinson - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is really good! It's funny and extremly informative. The only pitfall I think this book has is that it seems more geared towards people who are already certified. On the flip side though, it does have extremly good advice on becoming certified, taking exams, finding you niche etc...I would recommend this book to amatuers who are still in school (like me) and certified veteran personnal trainers alike :)
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7733378) out of 5 stars Crash Course in Basic Business Sept. 29 2005
By Dylan Row - Published on
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The basic steps for starting a business as a personal trainer presented in a concise and easy to follow format. Good business advice to avoid costly mistakes.
19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7736f9c) out of 5 stars already have a certification and want to start your own business? Feb. 27 2010
By tangerine - Published on
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The title of this book is remarkably misleading. The vast majority of the content is about starting your own personal training *business* not becoming a personal trainer. The sections on certification are fine but skimpy. The section on exercise prescription is, well, comical - stick figure diagrams? Really?

If you read the reviews, even the most positive ones say things like, "not what I thought it would be," or "geared toward people who are already certified." If you're already a trainer, the detailed instructions on how to write a business plan and market yourself could be quite useful. Otherwise, those wanting to break into the field can go online and find everything you need from this book in about fifteen minutes. Good luck!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7737168) out of 5 stars Very Informative July 6 2008
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This book provided alot of helpful insight from the mind of an individual who has already achieved success in the field I want to pursue myself. This is a good book to read if you're curious to see a realistic day-in-the-life look at the entrepreneurial track of fitness training. It also gives good tips for those that wish to work in established gyms as well; however, the entrepreneurial info is what reeled me in.