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    Certified Personal Fitness Trainer

    Includes ACSM Certification Exam
    22 Students Enrolled
    22 Students Enrolled

    Additional information

    Hours: 780
    Duration: 12 months

    Language: English

    Data sheet

    Certification included

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    Students that successfully complete our career training programs are assigned a career development adviser who will coordinate placement at a local externship or hands on opportunity. These opportunities are optional and may vary based on availability and occupation. Your career development adviser will also provide job search services such as: resume building, mock interviews, job opportunity resources, and more. Our professional enrichment courses do not come with a career adviser or career services.

    Program Description

    This program is designed for any individual who has zero experience in fitness training but wants to become a professional personal fitness trainer. However, people who do have experience in fitness training can use this program to prepare themselves for the ACSM certification. In this multimedia-rich program, you’ll learn the fundamentals of the following topics. • Exercise physiology • Anatomy • Biomechanics • Nutrition • Motor learning That is not the full extent of this interactive program. You will also learn how to: • assess a client’s strength, risk, and flexibility • establish goals for them • develop training programs for cardiorespiratory, resistance, and flexibility With this program, you can become a professional personal fitness trainer, and, thus, put your knowledge on physiology, fitness, kinesiology, cardiology, epidemiology, and pulmonary medicine to good use. If you want to be successful in this field, you cannot rely on the skills and knowledge required of trainers only. That is why this program includes detailed instructions on how you can start a personal fitness business of your own. Also, this program incorporates the Co-Active Coaching Model, which will help develop communication and relationship-building skills. You’ll also receive an exam voucher and preparation book for the Certified Personal Trainer certification by ACSM. You can also request for an alternative certification track through NASM or ACE.

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this course, students will be proficient in: • Current trends in the field of personal training • Biomechanics and nutritional needs for fitness • Coaching and behavior modification theory • The steps for an initial client screening and exercise program development • Principles for starting your own business and how to address legal issues • Principles of physiology, nutrition and body composition • The steps to perform a health screening and fitness assessment tests and procedures • Basics of exercise prescription for chronic diseases, such as pulmonary or cardiorespiratory disease • Benefits and risks of regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight • Factors to consider when forming an exercise prescription for patients and specific populations


    Level 1 Module 1-Introduction to the Field and Profession of Personal Training • The Fitness Industry: An Overview of the Landscape • Personal Trainer’s Scope of Practice • The Backgrounds of Personal Trainers • Establishing a Solid Knowledge Base • Professional Work Environments • Ethics and Professional Conduct • Client Expectations of a Personal Trainer • Where Do I Start My Career? • Rewarding Career Paths • Continuing Education and Career Development Module 2-Anatomy, Kinesiology and Biomechanical Principles • Body Position • Joint Movement • Musculoskeletal Anatomy • Joint Anatomy • Mechanical Laws of Motion • Vector Quantities • Power for Rotational Movements • Muscular Anatomy and Force • Biometrics of Selected Physical Activities Module 3-Exercise Physiology and Nutrition • Systems of the Body • Acute Responses • Energy Systems • Oxygen Requirement • Nutritional Concepts • Vitamins and Minerals • Hydration • Special Food Conditions • Understanding a Food Label Module 4-Behavior Change and Client Focus • Challenges of Behavior Changes • Transtheoretical Model (TTM) • Health Belief Model • Theory of Planned Behavior • Social Cognitive Theory • Goal Setting Theory • Helping Clients Stay Active • Self-Efficacy • Motivation • Increase Adherence Module 5-Coaching and Initial Client Consultation • Coaching Techniques • Active Listening • Developing Rapport • The 5 As Model of Behavior Change Counseling • Methods of Communication • Successful Client Relations • Relationship Marketing • Power of Nonverbal Communication • Generating Clients • Components of the Consultation • Client Communication Module 6-Screening and Fitness Assessments • The Screening Process • Risk Categories • Exercise Testing • Medical Clearance and Referral • Sequence of Assessments • Heart Rate • Blood Pressure • Body Composition • CRF Assessment • Muscular Strength Assessment Module 7-Program Design and Resistance Training Programs • Physiological Benefits of an Exercise Program • Muscular Fitness • Intensity, Time, and Duration • Flexibility • Anatomy of an Exercise Session • General Resistance Training Principles • Program Design Process • Resistance Training Modalities • Needs Analysis • Resistance Exercises Module 8-Cardiorespiratory and Flexibility Programs • General Training Principles • Cardiovascular Endurance • Benefits and Risk of Flexibility Training • Evaluating Flexibility • Three Types of Stretching • Static and Dynamic • Rationale for Flexibility Training • Flexibility Development Program Module 9-Functional Movement Assessments and Session Components • Sensorimotor Control • Mediators of Proprioception, Mobility, and Stability • Neutral Position • Assessment and Prescription • Optimal Client Care and Customer Service • Appropriate Sequencing • Education and Motivation Module 10-Program Options and Special Populations • Advanced Training Status • Advanced Program Design • Programming for Children • Programming for Older Adults • Resistance Training Guidelines for Older Adults • Balance Exercises • Programming for Clients with CVD • Programming during Pregnancy and Postpartum • Programming for Clients with Diabetes • Programming for Obese Clients Module 11-Business Planning and Legal Issues • Personal Trainer’s Position • Business Success • Training and Empowering Personal Trainers • Fitness Management • Starting a Business • Administration • Effectively Minimizing Risk • Scope of Practice and Professional Collaboration • Comprehensive Risk Management Program Level 2 Module 1-Physical Activity and Preexercise Evaluation • Physical Activity and Fitness Terminology • Public Health Perspectives • Sedentary Behavior and Health • Health Benefits of Improving Muscular Fitness • Exercise-Related Cardiac Events in Adults • Preparticipation Health Screening • Screening Algorithm • Medical Fitness Facilities • Preexercise Evaluation • Physical Examination and Laboratory Tests Module 2-Health-Related Physical Fitness Testing and Interpretation • Purposes of Health-Related Physical Fitness Testing • Basic Principles and Guidelines • Measurement of Resting Heart Rate and Blood Pressure • Body Composition • Cardiorespiratory Fitness • Muscular Fitness • Flexibility Module 3-Clinical Exercise Testing and Interpretation • Indications for a Clinical Exercise Test • Conducting the Clinical Exercise Test • Monitoring and Test Termination • Heart Rate Response • Electrocardiogram • Exercise Capacity • Interpreting the Clinical Exercise Test • Diagnostic Value of Exercise Testing for the Detection of Ischemic Heart Disease • Clinical Exercise Tests with Imaging • Field Walking Tests Module 4-General Principles of Exercise Population • Principles of Exercise Prescription • Components of the Exercise Training Session • Aerobic Exercise • Muscular Fitness • Flexibility Exercise (Stretching) • Neuromotor Exercise • Sedentary Behavior and Brief Activity Breaks • Exercise Program Supervision Module 5-Exercise Prescription for Healthy Populations with Special Considerations • Child and Adolescents • Low Back Pain • Older Adults • Pregnancy • Exercise Testing • Exercise Prescription • Special Considerations Module 6-Environmental Considerations for Exercise Prescription • Exercise in High-Altitude Environments • Medical Considerations • Rapid Ascent • Exercise in Cold Environments • Clothing Considerations • Cold Injuries • Exercise in Hot Environments • Exertional Heat Illnesses Module 7-Exercise for Cardiac, Peripheral, Cerebrovascular, and Pulmonary Disease • Cardiac Diseases • Inpatient and Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs • Patients with Heart Failure • Exercise Prescription for Patients with a Cerebrovascular Accident (Stroke) • Exercise Training for Return to Work • Pulmonary Diseases • Asthma • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Module 8-Exercise for Metabolic Disease and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors • Diabetes Mellitus • Benefits of Regular Physical Activity for Diabetes • Dyslipidemia • Hypertension • Metabolic Syndrome • Overweight and Obesity • Bariatric Surgery Module 9-Populations with Other Chronic Diseases and Health Conditions • Arthritis • Cancer • Cerebral Palsy • Fibromyalgia • Human Immunodeficiency Virus • Intellectual Disability and Down Syndrome • Kidney Disease • Multiple Sclerosis • Osteoporosis • Parkinson Disease • Spinal Cord Injury Module 10-Behavioral Theories and Strategies for Promoting Exercise • Exercise Prescription • Theoretical Foundations for Understanding Exercise Behavior • Decreasing Barriers to Physical Activity • Cognitive and Behavioral Strategies for Increasing Physical Activity Behavior • Exercise Adoption and Adherence • Special Populations



    There are no specific prerequisites for this course.

    Technical Requirements

    All required reference materials are provided with this program. Technical requirements: Internet Connection • Broadband or High-Speed (DSL, Cable, Wireless) Hardware Requirements • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended Software Requirements • Operating Systems - Windows 7, 8 or 10; Mac OS x 10 or higher • Microsoft Office 2007, 2010 or 2013 or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx) • Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended • Cookies MUST be enabled • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled) • Adobe PDF Reader


    ACSM Certified Personal Trainers® are fitness professionals who develop and implement personalized exercise programs for individuals across a diverse set of health and fitness backgrounds, from professional athletes to individuals only recently cleared to exercise. Becoming an ACSM CPT means that you’ll have the practical and scientific knowledge to work in a variety of facilities, including health clubs, gyms, university, corporate, and community or public fitness centers, and positions ranging from freelance to full-time and beyond. ACSM Certified Personal Trainers® are respected across the industry as high-achieving, knowledgeable professionals who represent the gold standard of health fitness certifications, no matter where their career takes them. ACSM Certified Personal Trainers® are motivated fitness leaders, backed by knowledge and abilities that set the standard for the industry. Qualifications and Requirements for Certification: 18 Years of Age or Older High School Diploma or the Equivalent Adult CPR/AED Certification Each state may have additional licensing requirements, be sure to research your states requirements for employment by visiting your states occupation board.


    • 100% Online, Self-Paced • Open Enrollment • Admissions and Student Support • Multimedia Rich and Interactive Content • Industry Certification Exam, when applicable • Hands-on Opportunity Upon Completion

    Career Services

    Students that successfully complete our career training are given a full years access to our modern day career services. With our career services, students are provided a multitude of career development tools to help launch their career quickly and successfully. These tools include:

    • Certification Exam Voucher and Registration Assistance (If Applicable)
    • Resume Building Assistance
    • Externship or Shadowing Placement
    • Career Coaching
    • Employer Skills Matching
    • And More!

    We are dedicated to serving our students on their unique career development journey. Whether you are transitioning to a new career, entering the workforce for the first time, or an experienced professional looking to climb the corporate ladder, our career services team can provide you with professional development tools applicable for any stage of your career.

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