Psychology and Behavior Change in Exercise Programming

  • Effects of Exercise on the Brain
  • Real-World Application of Behavior Change Theory

Chronic Disease

  • Neurological Disorders
    • Characteristics and Program Considerations for Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease
  • Cardiovascular Disease
    • Cardiovascular System Function
    • Heart Disease Risk Factors
    • Overview of Medications
  • Pulmonary Disorders
    • Characteristics, Symptoms and Exercise Guidelines for COPD, Restrictive Lung Disease and Vascular Lung Disease
    • Special Considerations for asthma, Emphysema and Chronic Bronchitis
  • Metabolic Disorders
    • Signs, Symptoms, Complications of and Risk Factors for Type I and Type II Diabetes
    • Exercise Criteria, Precautions and Guidelines for Type I and Type II Diabetes
    • Overview of Syndrome X, Hyper/Hypothyroidism, Hyper/Hypoparathyroidism, Acidosis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
    • Characteristics, Symptoms and Exercise Considerations for Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus and Fibromyalgia

Advanced Anatomy and Injuries

  • Defining Scope of Practice
  • Musculoskeletal Screening
  • Spinal Anatomy, Mechanisms of Injury and Program Considerations
  • Hip, Knee and Ankle Anatomy
  • Upper and Lower Body Injuries and Program Considerations

Special Populations

  • Pre/Post Natal
    • Structural and Metabolic Changes During Pregnancy
    • ACOG Guidelines
    • Program Considerations and Modifications
    • Benefits of Exercise During Pregnancy
    • Prenatal Exercise Contraindications
    • Prenatal Exercise Modifications
  • Youth
    • Benefits and Risks of Training Children
    • Creating Training Games
    • Benefits of Exercise for Youth
    • Risks and Myths in Youth Exercise
  • Older Adults
    • Physical and Cognitive Changes that Occur with Age
    • Special Considerations for Training Elderly Populations

Starting a Fitness Business

  • General Planning
    • Essential Questions to ask Yourself
    • Creating a Strategic Objective
    • Budgeting
  • Service offerings and Pricing Structure
  • Hiring
  • Considerations for Future Growth
  • Creating an Operational Foundation
  • Fitness Business Models
  • Services and Price Structures

Expanding and Retaining Your Client Base

  • Marketing and Generating New Business
  • Networking and Partnering
  • Retaining Your Clientele Through Programming, Professionalism and Customer Service
  • Understanding Demographics
  • Internal and External Business Generation
  • Expertise and Innovation

Nutrition and Human Energy ProductioExercise Modalities

  • Kettlebells 1
    • History, Design and Scientific Principles of Kettlebells
    • Uses and Benefits of Kettlebell Training
  • Flexibility Training
    • DNS and Motor Learning
    • Kettlebells as Corrective Tools
  • Plyometric Training
    • SMFR Theory, Principles and Guidelines
    • Tools for SMFR
  • Self-Myofascial Release
    • Pre-Requisites for Injury Prevention
    • Stretch-Shortening Cycle
  • Manual Resistance
    • Principles, Benefits and Drawbacks
    • Application and Program Design
  • Non-Traditional Equipment
    • Gymnastic Rings, Sleds, Slide Boards, Sand Bags and Vipr
  • Biomechanics of Resistance Bands, Tubing, Chains and Cables
    • Different Effects of Bands, Chains and Cables on an Exercise
    • Types and Benefits of Resistance Bands and Tubes
  • Boxing/Kickboxing
    • Stance and Footwork Drills
    • Punch and Kick Techniques and Cues

Science Behind Training

  • Powerlifting
  • Science Behind Bodybuilding/Physique Athletes
  • Science Behind Olympic Weightlifting
  • Science Behind Endurance Events
  • Science Behind Speed Agility Quickness
  • Fitness Classes and Fads
  • Recent Research Findings and Critiquing Research/Media Claims

Entry Prerequisites

In addition to the entry requirements listed on our admissions page, to enter this course you must possess one of the following:

  • a certificate of completion from a state licensed personal training course that is at least 300 hours in duration or
  • a bachelor’s degree in an exercise related field or
  • a nationally accredited personal training certification and three months or 150 cumulative hours of fitness related employment.

Primary Textbooks

  • ACE Personal Trainer Manual by the American Council on Exercise, Current Edition.
  • Biomechanical Basic of Human Movement by Hamill and Knutzen, Current Edition
  • ACSM’s Exercise Management for Persons with Chronic Diseases and Disabilities published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Current Edition