About Personal Training Pioneer and Tyler Read B.S.

Credentials for Tyler Read

Bachelor of Science in kinesiology from Sonoma State University

NASM certified personal trainer

NASM PES (performance exercise specialist) certified personal trainer

NASM CES (corrective exercise specialist) certified personal trainer

CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) certified personal trainer

Ten years working as a personal trainer

My social media links:

My Google Plus account

My youtube account

My facebook account

PTP’s facebook account

My twitter account

My Linkedin account

Sites I have contributed to as an author:

Me and my new llama buddy (her name is chewy cause she loves chewing grass haha) in the hills of Machu Pichu

Hello, visitors to PT Pioneer!

If you have reached this page, I am guessing that you would like to learn a little bit about who I am and why I started this website! My name is Tyler Read, and I am a 32-year-old guy living in my Hometown Santa Cruz California.

No matter how far I move away, I always end up coming back to this beautiful, sunny beach town. I live one block away from the beach! Even in early March, it is still sunny on most days 🙂

Ever since I was a little kid, I was always interested in sports and fitness. I played every single sport growing up. I started lifting weights in high school because I wanted to get bigger and stronger for lacrosse. I was amazed at how hard work, knowledge, and dedication can change the entire way you look and feel.

Before I started college, I knew that I wanted to get into exercise science so that I can help other people look and feel the way that I do from exercising. Some other interests of mine include traveling, going on adventures, cooking, spending time with my cat (her name is Gatita), playing disc golf, studying Spanish and working on this website!

Here I am repelling down a 200-foot waterfall in Costa Rica. As you can tell by my facial expression, I am horrified of heights!

Why I started this site about getting started as a trainer

I have been working as a personal trainer for the last ten years since I graduated from Sonoma State University. I graduated with a kinesiology degree with an emphasis on pre-physical therapy. After graduating, I started checking out the different personal training certifications that were on the market.

I knew that I wanted to work as a personal trainer and thought it was a good idea to get certified in addition to my degree.

I quickly became confused about which certification to choose from because there were so many available.

I started going around to different gyms and asking the employers what the best certification was. I found that no particular certification dominated the market. Multiple different certifications are legitimate. I started doing research and all of them.

One of the most common questions I get asked from random people in the gym is, how do you get started as a personal trainer?

I decided to make a website that educates people about personal training! That is why I started PT Pioneer. On this website, I will talk about everything you need to know about personal training. I will talk about training tips, different certifications, continuing education, working with clients, different exercises and how to advance yourself within the industry.

I do reviews of most of the certifications that are on the market today. I have together this information by either going through the certification myself, doing in-depth online research or talking with friends/acquaintances that are certified.

I believe that this website will serve as a launching point for a lot of people getting into personal training.

I hope this helps a lot of people! If you ever need to contact me, you can use the contact page that connects to my email! Enjoy Personal Trainer Pioneer!


14 thoughts on “About Personal Training Pioneer and Tyler Read B.S.”

  1. Thank you so much for creating an amazing website. It’s the only reliable source for prospect trainers. I would definitely recommend it to all of my friends who are interested to become a personal trainer.

    1. Hello Anna,
      Thank you for stopping by and leaving your kind words. I am glad to hear that my website has helped you and good luck with all the studying in your personal training endeavors!

  2. Hello! I’m a diabetes prevention specialist for young children and I was wondering if you would know of a decent nutrition certification for children. I’ve seen Nesta, AFPA, and Dr. Sears wellness institute. I’m not really sure exactly which one would be the “right” one. If you could give me some insight on which you think may be a good one, I would really appreciate it. Thank you.

    1. Hello tyra,
      Most of the nutrition certifications listed on the best nutrition certification article are all good options. If you are trying to find one that specifically focuses on children, or specifically children with diabetes, there is not one certification in mind. They all do touch on various aspects including nutrition for children. But there is no real specialty certification for that.

  3. Hi Tyler,

    What a useful website you have created! Wow, very impressed and much appreciated for your hard work!!!
    I have a question about S&C certs. In your article, you have stated that UE citizens who would like to attempt NASM PES have a bit different requirements than US citizens:

    ”Europe the list of the requirements:

    Must be CPR/AED certified (this is a requirement)
    Must be 18 years old
    Must have graduated high school or the equivalent ”

    Is that a legit info? I am Eurepean citizen, interested in NASM PES, but I havent found on NASM website any info about that ( will send them an emial shorlty ). Any thoughts/experience with that?

    Any info will be appreciated !

    Thanks so much in advance,

    Greeting from Netherlands,



    1. Hey Damian,
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a kind comment. Honestly I do not know the requirements for every country or every region of the world. Most of my information is geared towards residence in the United States and the certifications that are accepted here. I do know that the national Academy of sports medicine is excepted in Europe. It is one of the only certifications that is. So I would assume that the performance enhancement specialist certification is as well. You should however check with your local gymnasiums or places that you would like to work to see which certifications they prefer and which ones they accept. I hope this helps answer your question.

  4. Hi Tyler my comment is mainly a question I see the top three certifications that you highly recommend and ACE been one of them but my question is… do you think that the NFPT certification is good just for the sake of saying that I have a piece of paper for the people that like to know that you have a piece of paper of certification? I’ve been training people for many years, I am a professional athlete, people come to me based on my years of knowledge and expertise and level of achievement I’ve made they come to me for specialty knowledge that most certified trainers don’t know and they actually come to me for advice on how to train their clients. So for that name sake of playing the game for people who want to know you have a piece of paper in which I would still incorporate my knowledge and expertise & training style because that is what I do and I’m good at my art and craft, but is NFPT good to get….or do you think I should still get ACE. Sorry so long, and just another note I do my own research and continue education on workouts, and training, and customizing programs for people based on their goals and lifestyle and perhaps current fitness status everyone is different and not everyone gets a cookie cutter program. I hope I expressed my question correctly.

    Tonia Moore IFBB Pro Athlete
    Long Beach, Ca

    1. Hey Tonia,
      In terms of recognition of holding a piece of paper, I would say that NASM is the most highly recognized certification for employers. That being said, from the clients perspective there is no difference between any of these because they really don’t know. In terms of a legitimate certification, the NFPT is a fine certification. It is accredited by the NCCA and widely accepted throughout the United States as a legitimate certification for employment. I hope this helped answer your question. Also, is never a bad idea to get multiple certifications as you would get a slightly different perspective on personal training which would only make you a more well-rounded trainer in the end. I hope this helps answer your question.

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