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Estimated Completion Time

18 weeks


This course examines the role and responsibilities of a personal trainer. Students will learn the steps to become a personal trainer, including performing fitness assessments, designing safe and effective workouts, and proper nutrition principles. Concepts of communication and motivation will be discussed, as well as exercise modifications and adaptations for special populations. Students will also examine certification requirements, business and marketing procedures, and concerns about liability and ethics. In addition, throughout the course, students will be able to explore various exercises, equipment, and tools that can be used for successful personal training.

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Major Topics and Concepts

Course Introduction

Unit 1: Intro to Personal Training

  • 1.1 Intro to Personal Training
  • 1.2 Health Concepts
  • 1.3 Professionalism

Unit 2: Assessing Fitness Levels

  • 2.1 Exercise Readiness
  • 2.2 Cardio & Strength Assessments
  • 2.3 Flexibility & Skills Assessments

Unit 3: Exercise Programming

  • 3.1 Program Design
  • 3.2 Implementation
  • 3.3 Injury Prevention & Treatment

Unit 4: Exercise Considerations

  • 4.1 Sports Considerations
  • 4.2 Special Populations
  • 4.3 Programming Considerations & Modifications

Unit 5: Becoming a Professional

  • 5.1 Professional & Legal Responsibilities
  • 5.2 Business Development
  • 5.3 Certification & Beyond

Credits .5


  • Personal Training Requirements
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the requirement for being a highly qualified personal trainer by analyzing certifications and best business practices.
  • Goal Setting with Clients
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of creating goal-focused expectations for clients by analyzing a client's baseline health history and current fitness level, identifying client’s health goal, and creating a realistic plan to enable the client to reach identified goals.
  • Targeted Workout Creation and Implementation
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of creating and implementing targeted workout programs by developing fitness routines focused on flexibility, cardiovascular, and muscular training needs.
  • Training Special Populations
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of training special populations such as elderly, women who are pregnant, and those with specific injuries by creating modified exercise programs based on the needs and abilities of clients.



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