CSCS or Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists are different from certified personal trainers in quite a few ways. As far as the name of the certification goes, it is evident that CSCS certified professionals work towards developing the strength and the overall conditioning of the clients who are primarily athletes. For becoming a CSCS expert, it is needless to say that a particular type of certification is needed that is known as the CSCS certification.
What are the differences between a CSCS certified professional and a certified personal trainer?
Role of a Certified Personal Trainer
Certified Personal Trainers or CPTs have a clear goal, and they work one to one with their clients to help them achieve their physical goals. CPTs not only work towards weight loss of their clients but also wherever they see fit, help their clients to gain weight that includes muscle development. In fact, CPTs help their clients achieve their dream fitness goals dedicatedly. They have several one-to-one interactions with their clients every week and try to find out the points which need improvement to ensure the proper development of the clients. The role of a CPT keeps evolving as the client progresses towards his or her goals. However, primarily the CPT looks into providing critical guidance, motivation, and measures to ensure that plateaus, when hit, can be conquered with persistent workout sessions. The motto is to make sure that the process of achieving the goal remains smooth throughout. CPTs are also specialists in understanding and providing customized solutions for clients with special needs like obesity issues, mobility issues, etc.
Role of a Strength and Conditioning Specialist
They are specialists in working with athletes, and they can either work with athletes individually or can also work with a team of athletes. Their primary goal is to improve the athletic performance of their clients. They are experts in developing safe and effective training regimen that can help athletes improve their performance also stay safe. That means that they neither overexert themselves to reduce the chances of injuries and nor they are underworked so that their performance on the field can reach the optimum levels. They are experts in quite a few specialized fields like they do sport-specific testing of their clients and are experts in sports nutrition and injury prevention methods. When compared with CPTs, the CSCS have higher standards to adhere to get their certification. Once a person acquires the CSCS certification, the person can also work as a CPT.
For both the certifications, some criteria remain the same. They have to appear for a comprehensive examination. For CPTs, a person has to cover topics on client consultation, exercise techniques, nutrition, safety, and emergency protocols, etc. For CSCS, the variety and range of topics are comparatively wider that include; anatomy, biomechanics of athletes, sports nutrition, administration, testing, and evaluation, etc. CPTs don’t require a college degree to get the certification. However, CSCSs do need to have a bachelor’s degree to apply for the certification program. Both CPTs and CSCSs typically do need to have a prior CPR and AED certification.