Hi. I’m Mark Nutting, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT*D
The 2015 elections for the NSCA Board of Directors begins on May 1st and runs through July 11th.
I’m running for the BOD as the personal trainer representative. Naturally, I am writing this post in the hopes that I can convince you and your friends to vote for me. Now, I know that I must give you reason to select me over my opponent, so here’s my story.
I was born in a small town… OK, maybe I won’t go that far back. I have been a personal trainer and health club manager for 35 years. In fact, my wife and I will be opening a personal training and group fitness studio in Easton, PA this summer. Personal Training has always been my passion and I’ve spent most of my career promoting it and trying my best to help other trainers as well as improve the personal training profession.
Back in the late 1990’s I realized that I needed to expand my knowledge base. A long-time member of ACSM, my mostly clinical approach was not enough to maximize benefits for my clients. The NSCA’s view and more functional take on training needed to be my next direction. I joined the NSCA in 1998.
Within a couple of years, I realized that I could help what had become “my organization”. When my family and I moved from NYC to Maine in 2001, I took on the position of NSCA Maine State Director. I loved being able to represent the NSCA locally by creating educational and networking opportunities through state clinics. I held that position for 6 years and, in fact, was named State Director of the Year for 2004-2005.
I then went on to become the NSCA Northeast Regional Coordinator and Served on the State/Provincial Director Committee for 6 years. Along with this position, I sought out how I could more specifically help the personal trainers within the organization. I served on the council of the Personal Trainer Special Interest Group for 3 years and 3 more years as its Chairperson. I was asked to serve on the NSCA-CPT Exam Development Committee and worked with some the best and brightest on that committee for 7 years.
I have also, through the years, been asked to serve on various personal trainer ad hoc committees/groups and I have loved helping out whenever I could.
I have seen the NSCA go through some tough times, in which, many of the names that were synonymous with the NSCA, left the organization. I am still here because I have always believed that this is the best organization in the strength and conditioning/fitness world. Our original research journal fuels the evidence-based programming of our practitioners and our local state/regional chapters provide live educational opportunities unlike other organizations.
With all that I know and love about our organization, I know the NSCA can do better. I have spent the last decade mastering business, sales and marketing skills, both for my own business and to pass on to other trainers. With that knowledge in hand, I believe the NSCA must continue to pursue new marketing avenues:
– To reach new potential members through social media, connections with industry employers, and through educational institutions.
– To support our members and certified professionals in their pursuit of a successful career by contacting and educating potential employers as to what holding an NSCA credential means, by continuing to create professional development resources (webinars, podcasts, and written material) on http://nsca.com, and by including more career building sessions at our conferences.
– To help the layperson connect with the professionals and the information that the NSCA provides. The more the NSCA becomes a household name, the more demand there will be for NSCA professionals. One thing I would like to see is a free-access, layperson-friendly article library or blog on http://nsca.com that is written by NSCA certified authors.
I also believe that our organization can do a better job of supporting our local State/Provincial Directors (SPD) while they volunteer their time and effort to build the NSCA. Having been a State Director and Regional Coordinator, I know the challenges they face. A few areas that could be addressed include offering greater aid in organizing local clinics. (In this day and age, I can see an app that would be able to help the SPD with task timelines and obligations). They could receive more help in locating more potential presenters and even developing a new presenter-training program to create a greater pool of potential presenters. The S/PDs should also receive more recognition publicly at our conferences and, while that isn’t why they serve as directors, a little more appreciation would go a long way in helping them feel more pride in the work they put into building and supporting the NSCA.
In the last few years the NSCA has added new certifications, the Certified Special Population Specialist (CSPS) and the Tactical Strength and Conditioning-Facilitators (TSAC-F), to the well-respected CSCS and NSCA-CPT certifications. While I believe that these new certifications are well-developed and have value, the NSCA must proceed cautiously. As certifications are added, they have the potential to dilute the NSCA brand. I would like to see the NSCA promote these four certifications and hold off on any future ones.
This is a little about me and some of my feelings and why I am choosing to run as the Personal Trainer representative on the NSCA Board of Directors. I would love to answer any questions you may have and would appreciate your vote. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for taking the time to read this. #NSCApride