Continuing education should be taken very seriously. It is not simply an obligation to be filled; it is an opportunity to grow as a health and fitness professional. Through continuing education, you can work at making your weaknesses into strengths, learn new skills, and improve on skills you already have.
Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
Do not limit yourself when it comes to obtaining CEUs. You may be tempted to stay within the areas where you are comfortable because it is easier and safer. But you will gain so much more by stepping out of the box and challenging yourself.
If you continue to acquire knowledge only in the areas in which you are strong, you will be neglecting your weaknesses. It would be more beneficial to obtain the majority of your CEUs in areas where you are not as strong or as comfortable. That is not to say you should not improve on your areas of interest; just do not ignore the areas needing improvement.
If you tested a client and found weak muscles, you would spend most of your time strengthening those areas to correct imbalances. If instead you continued to work on the muscles that were normal and neglected the weaknesses, your client would never reach their full potential. You can think of your continuing education as being those weak muscles.
The more areas you can become proficient in, the better you can serve your clients and the more diverse your services will be. If you are afraid to branch out into other areas, you could be missing out on a significant portion of the personal-training market.
Choosing a Certifying Organization Based on CEUs
Sometimes aspiring trainers are tempted to become certified by an agency that requires a lesser amount of continuing education. Their thinking is that they will save time and money, but this is not a sound philosophy. The truth is, the more reputable organizations require more CEUs because they value education and want their trainers to be the best in the industry. Taking the easy way out is a huge mistake. You can put yourself and your clients at risk if you do not have sufficient knowledge and background.