The Origins: A need for Holistic Personal Training
The NCEP Story
The National College of Exercise Professionals (NCEP) has a unique history, one that is organic in growth and has evolved over time. NCEP was born out of the original Sports Club Company in Los Angeles in the late 1990s where Michael DeMora, the Founder and President of NCEP, was a Fitness Manager for the Sports Club Company. Eventually, Mike became the Director of Education for the prestigious Spectrum Clubs, a new (at the time) gym chain that branched out of the Sports Club Company.
In this position of Director of Education, Mike came in contact with hundreds of clients who appreciated his holistic approach to health and fitness, and the type of functional training that became a staple of the gym chains he managed. Out of these experiences, combined with his elite education with two masters degrees, Mike realized that there was a need — a need for a “better” way to educate people about health and fitness that went beyond the confines of a gym and encompassed wholesale lifestyle changes. Thus, operating out of a local office in Southern California, Mike created NCEP as an alternative personal training certification, along with other courses, that focused on functional training through a holistic approach. Throughout the 2000s, NCEP has taught over 3,000 trainers, or more accurately, what we like to call “exercise professionals,” who have gone on to great success in the field. Since these early days, he has worked to build NCEP from the grassroots — focusing on people, relationships, and cutting-edge research in ways that make NCEP different among its competitors.