Where did this system come from?
A variety of health care professionals (exercise physiologists, nutritionists, chiropractors and trainers) and a review of 35 personal training certifications from organizations such as ACSM, ACE, AFAA, ISSA, NASM, NBFE, NSCA , "Mastery Level" from The Resistance University and the CSCS through the NSCA were resources for the current NCCPT curriculum.
The curriculum adheres to ACSM guidelines.
NCCPT Programming Philosophy
Many organizations have a philosophy for programming exercise. In many instances they develop a marketing term for their philosophy such as "Cross Fit," "OPT," "Bikram" Yoga, or "muscle confusion." At the NCCPT we do not have this type of marketing term per say. Although, most of these terms originate from science-based information, it is a way for these companies to market themselves.
Since personal trainers have such a wide variety of clientele; from teenagers to senior citizens or from a deconditioned population to performance athletes, it is important that a NCCPT trainer personalize the exercise application to appropriately service the client, both safely and effectively based on science not a marketing term.
We believe health and fitness is based on three legs of a tripod: exercise, rest and nutrition. Genetics is also a major factor, but there isn't much a personal trainer can do about that. When programming exercise for a client, we believe it's important to consider these three factors. It doesn't matter how much exercise we intend to do, or in which stage of training the client is; if they're exhausted or malnourished, performance and even health will suffer. Therefore, the type of exercise, the amount of exercise and the acute variables of sets, reps, weights and rest periods are all dynamic, depending on the each individual client.
The NCCPT teaches programming specifics, not specific programming. It's based on scientific concepts not exact science.
We teach a trainer to do a thorough assessment to each client prior to exercise. But not just once, but every single minute they are exercising, they are assessing!
Our programming is based on two main concepts: the concept of Periodization from Tudor Bompa and the concept of Specificity or the S.A.I.D principle (Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demands). Both of these concepts are well-established in the industry and every major sport and every rehabilitation program is based on these two main concepts.
Within the concept of Periodization there are macro cycles and micro cycles. The micro cycle is made up of the actual daily exercise routine. The NCCPT personal trainer is taught to consider four components when writing an exercise program for any client at any juncture in their training.
- Stabilization or Proprioception
These four components are like four legs of a table and must support the client's quest in their goals.
In summary, we provide the scientific concepts, assessment techniques and a thought process for trainers to adequately make the best decisions regarding their client's health and fitness goals. We don't have a marketing term for it.
An analogy would be: the NCCPT doesn't teach a particular way for a trainer to drive; we offer them a map, and guard rails for them to safely drive as slow or as fast as they need to help their clients reach their goals.
NCCPT-CB Board of Directors
|David Hoptar, CPT||Director||2012-2015|
|John Iyre||Public Member||2013-2016|
|Geno Carignan, CPT||Chair||2014-2017|
|John Platero, CPT||Ex Officio||*|
|Debra Weldon, CPT||Director||2014-2017|
|Doug Westerman, CPT||Director||2014-2017|