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Personal Fitness Trainer


best personal trainer certificationProgram Duration: 6 Months
Course Contact Hours: 330
Student Tuition: $4,000.00

Looking for the best personal trainer certification course? Fitness trainers and instructors lead, instruct, and inspire individuals or teams in physical exercise activities, consisting of cardio exercise (workouts for the heart and blood system), strength training, and stretching. They work with men and women of all ages and skill levels. Our two level physical fitness course will prepare students for a career in fitness training.

Personal Fitness Trainer Level 1

Overview

Personal Fitness Trainer– Level 1 includes essential details for students interested in a career as a personal trainer. This course offers an introduction to the profession coupled with coverage of exercise physiology, biomechanics, anatomy, motor learning, and nutrition. In this Personal Fitness Trainer– Level 1 course you are going to learn ways to create goals for clients and evaluate strength, flexibility, and risk and also establish resistance, cardiorespiratory and flexibility training courses. Learn to be a Personal Trainer and improve people’s lives!

Prerequisite(s): None

This course program combines a two course training track:

  • Personal Fitness Trainer Level 1
  • Personal Fitness Trainer Level 2

Personal Fitness Trainer Level 1

After completing the best personal trainer certification course, you should be able to:

  • Identify present trends in the area of personal training.
  •  Understand biomechanics and nutritional demands for fitness.
  • Define coaching as well as behavior modification theory.
  • Recognize the steps for a preliminary client screening and exercise program development.
  • Identify the guidelines for beginning your own personal training business.

Personal Fitness Trainer Level 2

Overview

Personal Fitness Trainer Level 2
Personal Fitness Trainer – Level 2 prepares you to take the ACSM’s certification exam. This course elaborates on all major aspects of preventative rehabilitation and fitness programs. We provide students with the info needed to address the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) set forth by ACSM. The contributions of experts in the field are included, showcasing their experience in physiology, kinesiology, fitness, cardiology, pulmonary medicine, and epidemiology. The material in this online Fitness Trainer Certification training program comprises both theoretical and practical physiological principles, with relevant examples of exercise testing, training, and programming.

Prerequisite: Personal Fitness Trainer – Level 1

Personal Fitness Trainer Level 2
After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Comprehend exercise physiology, nutrition, and related common diseases.
  • Identify the steps to complete a health appraisal.
  •  Recognize the steps to perform various exercise assessments.
  • Determine factors to consider when forming an exercise prescription.
  •  Understand the benefits and risks of regular exercise.

Fitness  Trainer Certification:

Personal Fitness Trainer Level 2
Upon successful completion of our Personal Fitness Trainer Level 1 and 2 courses, students will be prepared for an entry-level position as a Personal Fitness Trainer in a health & fitness setting and will be prepared to sit for the ACSM national certification exam to become a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT).

** Certification exams are not included in the cost of the course.**

 

Personal Fitness Trainer Level 1

Outline

Personal Fitness Trainer Level 1
Personal Fitness Trainer Module 1
Introduction to the Field and Profession of Personal Training

  •  The Current State of the Fitness Industry
  • Professional Career Environments
  • Core Body of Knowledge
  • Options for Personal Trainers
  • Future Trends in the Fitness Industry
  • Code of Ethics for ACSM Professionals
  • Career Track for Professional Personal Trainers
  • Becoming a Personal Trainer
  • Areas of Specialization
  • Establishing a Client Base
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Personal Fitness Trainer Module 2
The Science of Personal Training

  • Anatomy & Kinesiology
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Biomechanical Principles
  • Key Terminology
  • Applied Biomechanics
  • External Torque, the Movement of Inertia, & Angular Acceleration
  • Cardiovascular & Respiratory Systems
  • Muscular & Neurological Systems
  • Nutrients that Provide Energy
  • Nutritional Considerations

Personal Fitness Trainer Module 3
Behavior Modification

  • Bringing Coaching to Personal Training
  • Integrating Coaching Skills
  • Cognitive & Behavioral Change Processes
  • Client Relationships
  • Establish Credibility
  • Maintaining Confidentiality
  • Model a Healthy Lifestyle
  • Motivational Tools
  • Setting SMART Goals
  • The Behavior Change Pyramid

Personal Fitness Trainer Module 4
Initial Client Screening

  • The Initial Client Consultation
  • The Screening Process
  • Health-History Evaluation
  • Medical Clearance & Referral
  • Client Fitness Assessment
  • Heart Rate & Blood Pressure
  • Body Composition
  • Muscular Strength Assessment
  • Muscular Endurance Assessment
  • Flexibility Assessment

Personal Fitness Trainer Module 5
Developing the Exercise Program Part 1

  • Program Design
  • Types of Training
  • Functional Training
  • Resistance Training Programs
  • The Science Behind Resistance Training
  • Resistance Training Modalities
  • Machines versus Free-Weight Exercises
  • Acute Program Variables
  • Periodization of Exercise
  • Cardiorespiratory Training Programs

Personal Fitness Trainer Module 6
Developing the Exercise Program Part 2

  • Types of Programs
  • Exercise Intensity & Exercise Session Duration
  • Designing Flexibility Programs
  • Three Types of Stretching
  • Flexibility Program Development
  • Sequencing the Personal Training Program
  • Exercise for Special Populations
  • Programing for Older Adults
  • Programing for Pregnancy & Postpartum
  • Programing for Obese Clients

Personal Fitness Trainer Module 7
The Business of Personal Training

  • Business Basics & Planning
  • Legal Issues & Responsibilities
  • Who Is Your Market?
  • Structuring Your Business
  • Locating and Setting Up Your Business
  • Operating in Cyberspace
  • Yourself Apart
  • Start-Up Expenses & Financing
  • Maintain a Client Base
  • Be Your Own Advertisement

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Personal Fitness Trainer Level 2

Outline 

Personal Fitness Trainer Level 2
Personal Fitness Trainer Module 1
Advanced Preliminary Background Materials

  •  Functional Anatomy
  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Lifespan Effects of Aging & Deconditioning
  • Pathophysiology of Cardiovascular Disease
  • Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease
  • Pathophysiology of Pulmonary Disease
  • Psychopathology
  • Legal Considerations for Exercise Programming

Personal Fitness Trainer Module 2
Health Appraisal, Risk Assessment & Safety of Exercise

  • Preparticipation Health Screening
  • General Overview of Risk Assessment
  • Physical Activity Status
  • Understanding Chronic Diseases
  • Assessment of Physical Activity
  • Nutritional Status & Chronic Diseases
  • Assessment of Nutritional Status
  • Psychosocial Status & Chronic Diseases
  • Assessment of Psychosocial Status
  • Body Composition Assessment

Personal Fitness Trainer Module 3
Understanding Exercise Testing

  • Pre-Exercise Testing Evaluation
  • Cardiorespiratory Physical Fitness Assessments
  • Other Health-Related Physical Fitness Assessments
  • Muscular Fitness & Assessment
  • Clinical Exercise Testing Procedures
  • Diagnostic Procedures for Cardiovascular Disease
  • Occupational Assessments
  • Functional Assessments
  • Exercise Assessment in Special Populations
  • Electrocardiography

Personal Fitness Trainer Module 4
Exercise Prescription – Part 1

  • Cardiorespiratory Exercise Prescription
  • Musculoskeletal Exercise Prescription
  • Adaptations to Cardiorespiratory Exercise Training
  • Adaptations to Resistance Training
  • Group Exercise Programming
  • Weight Management
  • Exercise in Special Populations
  • Exercise in Pregnancy
  • Exercise Prescription & Medical Considerations
  • Exercise Prescription in Patients with Cardiovascular Disease

Personal Fitness Trainer Module 5
Exercise Prescription – Part 2

  • Exercise Prescription in Patients with Pulmonary Disease
  • Least Common Pulmonary Diseases
  • Exercise Prescription in Patients with Diabetes
  • Exercise Prescription for Patients with Comorbidities
  • Exercise Prescription for People with Osteoporosis
  • Bone Physiology
  • Exercise Prescription for People with Arthritis
  • Ostioarthritis
  • Exercise Prescription for People with Chronic Diseases
  • Essential vs. Secondary Hypertension

Personal Fitness Trainer Module 6
Programmatic & Professional Information

  • Theoretical Foundations of Physical Activity Behavior Change
  • Principles of Behavior Change
  • Skill Building to Promote Physical Activity
  • Health Behavior Counseling Skills
  • Channels for Delivering Behavioral Programs
  • Exercise Program Professionals
  • Community Physical Activity Interventions
  • Counseling Physical Activity Behavior
  • Delivering Physical Activity Programs
  • Promoting Physical Activity Programs

Personal Fitness Trainer Module 7
Health Appraisal, Risk Assessment & Exercise Testing

  •  Benefits of Regular Physical Activity
  • Risks Associated with Exercise
  • Preparticipation Health Screening
  • Risk Stratification
  • Purpose of Health Related Fitness Testing
  • Basic Principles & Guidelines
  • Clinical Exercise Testing
  • Diagnostic Exercise Testing
  • Diagnostic Value of Exercise Testing
  • Prognostic Applications of the Exercise Test

Personal Fitness Trainer Module 8
The Exercise Prescription

  • General Principles of Exercise Prescription
  • Components of the Exercise Training Session
  • Exercise Prescription for Pregnancy
  • Exercise Prescription for Children & Adolescents
  • Exercise Prescription for Older Adults
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs
  • Outpatient Exercise Programs
  • Exercise for the Overweight and Obese
  • Exercise for Those with Injuries
  • Exercise Behavioral Theories and Strategies for Promoting Exercise

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Required Materials:

Personal Fitness Trainer Level 1
Materials Included:

  • ACSM’s Resources for the Personal Trainer by ACSM
  • Anatomy for Strength & Fitness Training by Mark Vella
  • Start Your Own Personal Training Business by Entrepreneur Press & Ciree Lensenman

Personal Fitness Trainer Level 2
Materials Included:

  • ACSM’s Resource Manual for Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription by ACSM
  • ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription by ACSM
  • CSM’s Certification Review by ACSM

System Requirements:

Internet Access

  • Broadband or high-speed internet access is required. Broadband includes DSL, cable, and wireless connections.
  • Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Moodle pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.

Hardware

  • Windows hardware configurations and processors are acceptable
  • Mac computers MUST have Microsoft Window Operating Systems over Bootcamp (Bootcamp is a free download from Apple’s website)
  • 1 GB RAM minimum recommended
  • Operating Systems
  • Windows XP, Vista or 7 and Mac OS X 10 or higher with Windows
  • Web Browsers
  • Google Chrome is highly recommended
  • Internet Explorer is not recommended as it may not display certain menus and links
  • Cookies MUST be enabled
  • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • Kindle Reader App is needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded onto your computer.)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Media Plug-ins (These may be required depending on your course media.)
  • Adobe Flash Player (Required for many of our career courses and ALL of our IT courses.)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader, Apple Quicktime, Windows Media Player, &/or Real Player
  • PowerPoint Viewer (Use this if you don’t have PowerPoint)