Entrance Exam and Interview

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The Personal Trainer Entrance exam is used for coaches already possessing a 3rd party certification that wish to begin our mentorship program without purchasing our Level 1 Certification.

The Entrance Exam has two sections.

1) Technique on Barbells, Kettlebells, TRX, and bodyweight movements (30 minutes with warmup)

These are basic techniques that any seasoned personal trainer should know.  If you are going to be training clients you should know basic movements like toes to bar and the deadlift.  We also test your fitness capacity (e.g. max pushups, etc.)

2) Reading comprehension and logical reasoning through an online test.

We test reading comprehension to determine your ability to learn workouts. We test logical reasoning in order to determine your ability to apply knowledge gained from fitness books and articles.  We also use your score to gauge your ability to learn how to help with marketing such as blogging or video editing.


Reading Comprehension

Length: 30 minutesComplexity: Easy

The Reading Comprehension exam tests reading comprehension and logical reasoning. Part of your training at Sand & Steel involves reading materials on a variety of personal training methods. Logical Reasoning is tested to determine a coach’s ability to look at movement patterns and realize how to scale them.

Technique and Strength – Entrance Exam

Length: 30 minutesComplexity: Standard

The Technique and Strength Portion will test your ability to demonstrate proper technique on the below exercises. In addition, each exercise will have a recommended weight or reps associated with it. You’ll need to score at least 70% to pass this section.

  • Overhead Squat
  • Barbell Olympic Snatch
  • Barbell Olympic Clean
  • Deadlift barbell 1.5x BW
  • Romanian Barbell Deadlift
  • Pullups
  • Muscle Up
  • Ring Dip
  • Dumbbell Jerk
  • Kettlebell Turkish Getup
  • Russian Kettlebell snatch
  • Dual American Kettlebell Olympic Clean
  • Toes 2 Bar
  • TRX Atomic Pushups
  • TRX Bicep Curl
  • TRX Pushup
  • Handstand Walk