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August 18, 2015

What Makes ACSM The Gold Standard Of Certification?

by Admin

What does it mean to be a part of the gold standard - ACSM certification?

This is a question we have been asking ourselves and our ACSM Certified Professionals over the course of several months. We heard stories of struggle and success, of lives changed, professional goals realized, and epiphanies sparked. We heard about the level of commitment and passion that our professionals bring day-in and day-out to a cause that's greater than the individual, building healthier lives across communities, cities, and the world.

That's what the gold standard looks like - it's not a single measurement, definition, or standard - it's a movement powered by you and the people you serve.

In bringing the gold standard to life, we're proud to have worked with actual ACSM Certified Professionals, as well as the great facilities and staff at the Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center and Indy So.Be.Fit. Interested in sharing your ACSM Certification story, or being featured as an ACSM Certified Professional? Get started by filling out a brief survey. 

Thanks to the following individuals who brought their energy and talents to the video:

Emmanuel "Rico" Colon-Romero (B.S. in Exercise Science, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer) is the Director of Fitness and Wellness at the Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center, an extension of the John H. Boner Community Center, which provides tools for change and growth through health, fitness, and education. Follow the Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center on Facebook and Twitter.

Joshua Dobbs (ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist and ACSM Certified Program Director) is the Director of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Services at Indiana University Health West Hospital. A motivated leader with experience blending best practices with new thinking to facilitate transformational change in our rapidly evolving healthcare environment, Joshua is trained and experienced in the implementation of LEAN processes (A3 thinking, Process Flow Analysis, Value Stream Analysis, Rapid Improvement Events, etc) for continuous improvement. He is experienced and confident in clinical discussion/terminology, medical information systems (EMR, PACS, and CPACS implementation and operation), coaching for improvement, building productive dialogue with physician partners, and developing new services/departments.

Kelly Drew, M.S., is an ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist with Community Bariatric Surgeons at Community Health Network in Indianapolis, IN. Kelly currently serves on the RCEP Practice Committee for ACSM's Committee on Certification and Registry Boards (CCRB). Kelly is passionate about helping people achieve their health and fitness goals through lifestyle change and exercise intervention.

A native of California, Laura Dubish relocated to Indianapolis in 2011. As a full time musician in Los Angeles, it was easy to put off physical fitness in favor of other professional goals and a busy lifestyle. After deciding to workout more to relieve stress, Laura found a passion for fitness and nutrition and there was no turning back!

As an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, Laura enjoys working with a diverse client base with a variety of fitness goals. Her high energy and self-determination help her to push her clients to achieve their fitness and lifestyle goals. As someone who has struggled with weight maintenance in the past, Laura has a passion for weight loss and management, and enjoys pushing clients to get off the treadmill and get creative with their cardio. She strives to help each client set goals and enjoy all the benefits an active lifestyle has to offer. When she is not in the gym, Laura enjoys working as a freelance musician, hiking, reading, and spending time with her husband and 3 awesome cats.

Tony Maloney (B.S., ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist, FMS, TRX, PN-1) is the NIFS Fitness Center Co-Manager and Group and Personal Training Coach

Tony graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and Health and Safety
Education from IUPUI. After graduation, Tony went on to teach Physical Education and Health for the grade levels of K-8 and coached at both the middle school and high school levels in the sports of Football, Basketball, and Track. After teaching youths for five years Tony decided to educate on a personal and group level with adults and began training individuals at Gold's Gym for approximately a year and a half.

Since coming to NIFS in 2008, Tony has worked with hundreds of clients of different fitness levels to achieve both fitness and lifestyle outcomes. Speaking to large corporate groups as well as to his large membership base is an opportunity Tony loves to take on and has presented to countless individuals ranging from College students, corporate leaders, members and fellow fitness professionals. Tony has been the Fitness Center Manager for 5 of his 7 years with NIFS and enjoys leading his team to provide the best experience for all the members at NIFS.

Laura Minor, owner of Indy So.Be.Fit., earned her Master's Degree in Exercise Physiology from Indiana University, and is an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer. Laura initially planned to practice in a hospital/clinical environment. However, after her experience with the general population, ranging from a demographic of adolescents to the elderly of both sexes, she realized her inspiration was right in front of her!

Laura saw a gap in the fitness community, and that was her inspiration for opening So.Be.Fit. What was missing? The care factor. Someone that is educated, motivated, and truly cares that you get the very most out of your efforts (and financial investment)!

Kyra Noerr is certified as an ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist, ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist, ACSM/NCHPAD Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer, and Zumba certified instructor. She is the program director of the exercise science undergraduate program at Franklin College.

Her primary research focus is on physical activity and intellectual disability. She is the co-director of Live*Laugh*Dance, a dance camp for individuals with Down syndrome. From children to older adults, she enjoys volunteering teaching group fitness and sharing her passion for healthy living to individuals of all ages.

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