Undergraduate: Bachelor of Arts degree; Graduate: Juris Doctor degree from Southern Methodist University
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA): The NSCA website states the following: “Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (CSCSs) are professionals who apply scientific knowledge to train athletes for the primary goal of improving athletic performance. They conduct sport-specific testing sessions, design and implement safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs and provide guidance regarding nutrition and injury prevention. Recognizing that their area of expertise is separate and distinct, CSCSs consult with and refer athletes to other professionals when appropriate.” A four year degree (or higher) is a prerequisite for the CSCS. The NSCA CSCS credential is widely regarded in collegiate and professional sports, as well as in the mainstream fitness and personal training communities. Some practitioners in the allied health fields (such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, etc.) hold the CSCS, as well.
Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) from the National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF): The NCSF website states the following: “The National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF) is a professional, member-driven, education and credentialing organization for personal trainers and exercise science professionals. The NCSF is committed to serving the public through research, service, and advancement of the movement sciences.” The CPT from NCSF is a nationally recognized certification. The NCSF website states: “The NCSF Board for Certification sets competency standards to protect the public, signify quality in practice capabilities, and identify qualified Personal Trainers to employers within the health & fitness industry. The NCSF Personal Trainer Certification is the preeminent fitness certification backed by full legal defensibility. The certification exam is developed and administered in complete compliance with the strictest standards for testing and measurement as set forth by the American Psychological Association, the American Educational Research Association, the National Council on Measurement in Education, the Association of Test Publishers, the Buros Institute for Assessment Consultation and Outreach, and the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.” The NCSF CPT course is recognized as continuing education for some allied health care practitioners.
Certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition (SFN) from the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA): The ISSA is a nationally recognized certification entity which has certified thousands of fitness professionals. The SFN Certification includes the following subjects (as stated on the ISSA website): Food Intake, Digestion, and Absorption; Energy Transformation and Metabolism; Macronutrients and Micronutrients; Collecting and Evaluating Client Information; Designing Individualized Nutrition Strategies; Outcome-based Nutrition Coaching. Robert’s SFN certification exam included submission of a case study, in addition to other testing. As an SFN, Robert is certified beyond the Personal Trainer level in the area of Fitness Nutrition. (Although there is overlap, Sports Nutrition is generally regarded as performance nutrition for advanced scholastic athletes or for professional athletes. Fitness Nutrition is generally regarded as applicable to more mainstream fitness populations.)
Certified Specialist in Sports Nutrition (SSN): from the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA): Nutrition (including supplementation) with an emphasis on the needs of athletes and elite exercisers, including performance, sport-specific considerations, and other factors.
Certified Wellness Coach (CWC) from Spencer Institute, a division of the National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association (NESTA): NESTA is a nationally recognized certification entity. The Spencer Institute’s website states: “Spencer Institute is accredited by The Certification and Accreditation Board of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. Spencer Institute is a member of IDEA, The Association of Fitness Professionals, and is listed with the American Whole Health Association as an alternative health educator and practitioner.”
All of Robert’s above Certifications require periodic Continuing Education and Re-Certification/Renewal and are current and valid.