How to Become a Certified Speed Trainer

Top athletes hire certified speed trainers for a competitive edge.
Top athletes hire certified speed trainers for a competitive edge. (Image: Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

A certified speed trainer is a personal trainer with a specialized certificate acknowledging the detailed study of improving the speed of an athlete. The certificate commonly includes recognition of agility training as well. Several personal trainers have become trainer instructors offering a certificates to graduates of their instructional courses. While many trainers hold multiple certificates, there are some more widely recognized than others. Holding a recognized certificate is often enough to gain the confidence of clients seeking improved speed.

Take a course in personal training that offers continuing education credits. Some such courses come with a certificate for personal training, which offers a credential to mention on a job application.

Gain experience working as a physical trainer. Many trainers work in exercise gyms to get experience while training for a specialized occupation in speed training.

Take a certificate course for speed and agility training that offers continuing education credits from a recognized athletic training company. The National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association boasts speed-training the U.S. Secret Service agents. (see Resources) Pay course fees when ordering study materials.

Complete the course studies from text books and DVDs and practice for the test with notes or study sheets. Take and pass the online test when ready; this enables you to receive certification.

Tips & Warnings

  • Advertise yourself as a certified speed trainer with the company identification of your certifying training house such as the National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association or American Fitness Professionals & Associates.

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