Fitness Specialist/Personal Trainer

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This fast-paced program prepares students for employment as fitness instructors or personal trainers in entry-level to mid-management positions in health and fitness clubs, athletic clubs, strength training gyms, corporate fitness centers, YMCAs and recreation organizations. The curriculum is designed to help students prepare for the American College of Sports Medicine Health/Fitness Instructor, American Council on Exercise Personal Trainer and the National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer certification exams. Ninety-nine hours of industry-based, internship or cooperative work experience is required for program completion.

Personal Trainer

Prepare for employment as a fitness instructor and personal trainer in health and fitness clubs, strength training gyms, corporate fitness centers, athletic clubs and recreation organizations with this fast-paced program. Learn exercise science, anatomy and physiology, nutrition for sports and weight loss, strength training, risk management and professional skills, fitness testing and evaluation.

Apply skills in fitness internships and sports training as you prepare for the American College of Sports Medicine Health/Fitness Instructor certification and the American Council on Exercise Personal Trainer certification.

Group Exercise Instructor

Students will learn the skills necessary to teach a variety of safe and effective group exercise classes. Courses in the program will cover theoretical and practical teaching skills and will include anatomy, kinesiology, exercise physiology, class format, cueing techniques and choreography so that the student can successfully teach a variety of class formats. Also taught are fundamentals of resistance training, stretching, injury prevention and exercise safety guidelines. This coursework gives students both the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to take a national group exercise instructor certification exam.

Degrees and Certificates

Credits

Estimated
Length*

Admission

Academic
Plan

Fitness Specialist/Personal Trainer AAS-T

103

6
quarters

Fall, Winter,
Spring, Summer

PDF

Fitness Specialist/Personal Trainer AAS

96

5
quarters

Fall, Winter,
Spring, Summer

PDF

Fitness Specialist/Personal Trainer - Certificate of Proficiency

56

5
quarters

Fall, Winter,
Spring, Summer

PDF

*Program length is estimated. See your counselor or adviser.

Fitness Specialist/Personal Trainer Certificate Gainful Employment Disclosure

WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY

Bo Dukes

Bo is a 20-year veteran of the United States armed forces. He has taken advantage of his GI benefits to enroll in LWTech's Fitness Specialist/Personal Trainer program with the ultimate goal of becoming a Physical Education instructor. Learn more about benefits available to veterans enrolled at LWTech. 

MacKenzie

MacKenzie realized big classes weren't for her. "At LWTECH everything is really easy to navigate and the people are so friendly." She's enrolled in the Fitness Specialist/Personal Trainer program. "My instructor always says, 'it's about what you are learning.' (LWTECH) provides a really good opportunity to get hands-on experience."