Fostering professional personal trainers in Korea

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▲ Im Wan-ki, Sports Science Professor at Hoseo University, President of NSCA KOREA

The U.S. sports association ‘NSCA’ stands for National Strength and Conditioning Association. Established in 1978, the NSCA is the first organization enforcing the CPT Certificate approved by the NCCA (National Commission for Certifying Agencies, US). ‘Strength’ in the name means ‘weight training’ and ‘Conditioning’ other training and methods that can improve one’s health and physical performance. The exam for the certificate is held in 8 languages in 20 countries and it is managed by the NSCA KOREA in Korea. President Im Wan-ki of the NSCA KOREA is the first Korean obtaining the certificate during his career as an exchange professor at University of Wisconsin, US, in 2002. He is credited for making a great contribution to settling down this international certification system in Korea by actively carrying out various projects such as translating and publishing books, implementing the training and inviting the NSCA-CPT translation exams. As a result, Korean’s interest in the NSCA has significantly increased and it played the primary role to launching the NSCA KOREA in May 2009. “The NSCA Certificate is must needed in order for Korea to grow as a global powerhouse of sports science. Thankfully, I could be able to introduce the NSCA-CPT exams to Korea in January 2008 followed by the SCSC international exam in August 2010” explained Im. Im started to work as a professor at Hoseo University in 1993. He is praised for making contributions to fostering talented students and increasing the level of researches that pointed out the problems of the aerobic exercise-driven health management. He co-wrote a number of books such as <Essence of Personal Trainer>, <Perfect Weight Training>, <Exercise Physiology> and <NSCA-CPT and CSSC Workbook>; these books have become the must-read for many trainers and students preparing for the exams. In recognition of his contribution to the field, the Marquis Who’s Who in the World 2017 listed his name in. Im served as the dean of the department for 3 years from 2011 and as the first director of the Sports for All Training Institute (an affiliate of Hoseo University) as well as the dean of the Hoseo University Graduate School of Sports Science. 

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