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Estimated Completion Time

16-18 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

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
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of personal training careers by describing career requirements for personal training careers, explaining dimensions of wellness, and describing professional behaviors in the personal training careers.
  • Personal Training Exercise Readiness
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of personal training exercise readiness by explaining exercise goal setting, describing cardio and strength assessments, and describing flexibility and skills assessments.
  • Personal Training Exercise Programs
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of personal training exercise programs by describing exercise program design, explaining exercise program implementation, and describing exercise program safety.
  • Personal Training Exercise Considerations
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of personal training exercise considerations by explaining the physical demands of sports, describing special populations of exercise clientele, and describing exercise program modifications.
  • Personal Training Professional Responsiblities
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of personal training professional responsibilities by explaining personal training professional responsibilities, explaining personal training business development, and describing personal training certification.



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