The mission of the National Council for Certified Personal Trainers Certification Board ("NCCPT CB") is to determine entry-level competence of the Personal Trainer who will provide safe and effective personal training programs to the public.
In carrying out this mission, the Board shall:
The NCCPT study materials are continuously updated based on a variety of research, peer-reviewed journals, government guidelines, a host of healthcare consultants and health and fitness organizations. Although science is a major component and the foundation of personal training, we recognize fitness professionals will be dealing with people. People are not always the same, therefore to be successful, one must also learn the "art" of personal training.
We believe health and fitness is like the three legs of a tripod: exercise, rest and nutrition. 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 in; 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 each individual client.
The NCCPT teaches programming specifics, not specific programming. It's based on scientific concepts not exact science.
We teach trainers to perform a thorough assessment to each of their clients prior to exercising. A Trainer should always be "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 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.
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.