The Certified Personal Fitness Trainer & Nutritional Specialist Course offers a foundation in exercise physiology and nutrition, focusing on overall wellness and health. Students receive technical training on improving flexibility, muscular strength and endurance, cardiorespiratory fitness, and nutrition. Students also conduct health and fitness assessments and design appropriate fitness and nutrition programs for a vast segment of the population, including those with special needs. In addition, they will be trained to implement business and marketing strategies and effectively employ communication skills. The coursework trains students to:
Students explore the demand for personal fitness trainers and nutritional specialists and career opportunities in the fields of fitness, health, and wellness industries. Then, students learn the psychology of wellness and how lifestyle, motivation and expectation play a role in any fitness regime. Additionally, students gain an introduction to nutrition and how to effectively fuel activity. Finally, students learn the basics of exercise physiology.
Students learn theory and applications of cardiovascular exercise and energy production. Students then continue their anatomical and physiological studies as they closely examine how muscles work. They practice isometric, dynamic resistance and isokinetic exercises, as well as stretching and flexibility techniques.
Instruction Pack III introduces students to the various types of equipment and clothing used in the fitness industry. Students then focus on the anatomy and physiology of upper body movement and support, covering the torso, the chest, upper back, shoulder girdle and arm. Students also learn about ethical and legal issues for the personal fitness trainer and nutritional specialist to consider.
Students study the anatomy and physiology of the pelvis and leg. They also learn to recognize, treat, and prevent injury. Additionally, students explore the theory and anatomy and physiology of stretching and developing flexibility. Students then take their studies to an interpersonal level––the initial client interview and how to assess a client’s goals, needs, desires and level of physical fitness.
Students learn to manage training methods, intensity, duration, frequency, progression, and balance in fitness programs. Additionally, this instruction pack focuses on training methods and nutritional guidance for clients who want to gain or lose weight. Students learn basic first aid and emergency procedures. The course culminates in a practicum that allows students to develop appropriate fitness and nutritional prescriptions for a variety of hypothetical clients.