Fitness Accreditations and Memberships

When you work with a personal fitness trainer, you put your health in that individual’s hands. You want to find someone with the skills and training to help you safely meet—or even exceed—your goals. Fortunately, there are several certifications and designations that set apart those trainers with extensive knowledge and experience in the field. Joel DuBose is certified by three organizations, including:

Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA): This professional organization was formed in 1983 and is now the world’s largest fitness educator. Its rigorous standards make it the most desired accreditation for trainers in all major gyms. To become an AFFA certified instructor, Joel completed in-class trainings and demonstrated his knowledge and techniques to AFFA instructors. He continues his education each year with relevant coursework and readings, and he is tested every two years to ensure that his certification merits renewal. For more information, see afaa.com.


The International Association of Fitness Science: Joel has been certified as a Contest Prep Coach (signifying his training in various fitness programs, carb depletion/reloading, the art of posing, and sports nutrition) through this organization, which is led by eight-time Mr. Olympia Lee Haney. Visit http://iafscertification.com/ for details.


CPR and First Aid: Joel is certified by the American Heart Association’s Heartsaver® First AidCPR AED program, an instructor-led course that teaches students critical skills needed to respond to and manage a first aid, choking, or sudden cardiac arrest emergency within minutes. Students learn how to treat bleeding, sprains, broken bones, and shock, and they are trained in adult CPR and AED use.


Joel is also a member of the National Physique Committee (NPC), the largest amateur bodybuilding organization in the United State, and has competed in NPC-endorsed state bodybuilding contests. Visit www.nationalbodybuilding.com/info.html for more information.

National Physique Committee Member

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