Personal Training - VLACS
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Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

1 segment/ 18 weeks

Overview

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.

*This course is recommended for grades 10-12.

This course is one of our Career Exploration offerings.

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

Status

Closed

Experiences allow students to demonstrate mastery of competencies through various real-world or hands-on learning opportunities, such as travel, service learning, independent study, internships or entrepreneurship. During an experience, students elect to meet all or some of the competencies in a particular competency group (ie. English 1, Economics, Biology, …), as an alternative to taking the course. Each experience is customized to the student’s opportunity. The student works with a VLACS instructor to determine deliverables that demonstrate mastery of the competencies and secures an outside expert to enrich the experience.

In Experiences students will:

  1. Meet weekly with their instructor.
  2. Secure an outside expert.
  3. Plan the experience prior to completing it. Credit is not awarded for experiences completed prior to enrollment and completion of the planning process.
  4. For many experiences, spend time at a business or other location.

Types of Experiences:

Independent Study

By signing up for an independent study, you will be able to direct your own learning, identifying what you want to learn and how you will demonstrate that you have mastered your learning objectives.

Internship

Internships allow you to gain professional experience, make connections, and become familiar with a career while working on site with mentors and professionals in a career of your interest.

Travel

While travel can be a great experience for learning life lessons, it is also an excellent way to acquire the knowledge and skills that allow you to demonstrate mastery in a variety of competencies. The world is a classroom and travel experiences will connect your real-world experiences to the learning that you seek.

Service Learning

In-Service Learning, you collaborate with members of your community to address issues to improve your community. You will connect your service with discipline-specific content so that learning can take place through problem solving and collaboration.

Entrepreneurship

Starting your own business is a great way to learn. This type of experience allows you to engage in an entrepreneurial experience and receive credit for competencies you master through this experience.

Credits .5

Competency Group Overview

Meets elective credit

Competencies

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Pre-Requisites

“Concepts in Fitness” is a recommended pre-requisite to this course.

Attend an open house

We offer regular online open house webinars where VLACS staff members provide parents and students with an overview of our programs and answer questions about online learning.