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Personal Trainer Course Outline

Online Personal Trainer Certification

Course Outline

Learn everything you need to know to start a new career as a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer. U.S. Career Institute's Fitness and Nutrition training provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to make fitness evaluations, give advice on nutritional supplements, and help you determine your fitness needs as well as the needs of others.

Here's an overview of the custom learning materials and bonus items you'll receive in your online personal trainer certification course.

Unit 1


  1. The Fitness Industry and You
  2. The Fitness-Wellness Connection
  3. The Psychology of Wellness
  4. Exercise Physiology 101
  5. Nutrition 101
  6. Fueling for Activity
  7. The Energy Equation

Unit 2


  1. Anatomical Terms and Locations
  2. Digestion and Absorption
  3. Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Physiology
  4. Muscles in Action I
  5. Muscles in Action II
  6. Tools of the Trade
  7. Muscular Focus I: The Torso — Core Strength and Chest and Upper Back
  8. Muscular Focus II: The Pelvis and Leg

Unit 3


  1. Carbohydrates, Fat, Protein and Amino Acids
  2. Water, Fluid Balance, Vitamins and Minerals
  3. Flexibility Development
  4. Injury Prevention
  5. Muscular Focus III: Shoulder Girdle
  6. Muscular Focus IV: The Arm

Unit 4


  1. Nutrition Supplements and Training Adaptations
  2. Ethical and Legal Issues
  3. Body Composition
  4. Weight Management and Eating Disorders

Unit 5


  1. Immune Function in Athletes
  2. Training for Weight Loss or Gain
  3. The Initial Interview
  4. Developing an Exercise Prescription

Additional Course Materials*

  • School Catalog
  • Personal Fitness Trainer and Nutrition Specialist Lesson Books
  • Personal Fitness Supplement
  • The Shoulder DVD
  • Fitness & Nutrition Energy! Cardio DVD
  • The Core DVD
  • Personal Training Guide
  • Working Out at Home Supplement
  • Trends in Fitness Supplement
  • Muscular Focus Flashcards
  • Career Starter Guide
  • NCSF Exam Study Materials & We'll Pay For Your Test — $300 value! — graduation gift**

*Additional course materials will be delivered to you throughout your course.

**Denotes a graduation gift that student will receive upon completion of the program and paid-in-full tuition.


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