PERSONAL TRAINING THEORY AND APPLICATION (300 HOURS)

FOCUS Personal Training Institute

Business of Personal Training

  • Industry Overview
  • Trainer’s Scope of practice
  • Qualities of Successful Personal Trainers
  • Professionalism in Personal Training
    - Resume, Cover Letters and Interviewing
    - Customer Service
    - Interpersonal Skills
  • Commercial Gym Setting
    - Client Prospecting
    - Client Retentions
  • Growing a Business
    - Networking
    - Referrals
    - Policies and Pricing

Kinesiology

  • Planes of Motion
  • Joint Actions
  • Scapulohumeral Rhythm
  • Lumbopelvic Rhythm
  • Joint Actions of Upper Body Exercises
  • Joint Actions of Lower Body Exercises
  • Joint Actions of Trunk Exercises

Anatomy of Movement

  • Anatomical Reference Terminology
  • Skeletal Anatomy
  • Joints of Movement
    - Upper Body
    - Lower Body
    - Spine
  • Muscular Anatomy of Movement
    - Upper Body
    - Lower Body
    - Spine

Biomechanics

  • Defining the Human Body’s Work
    - Force
    - Power
    - Torque
  • Lever Systems
  • Muscular Consideration for Force Production
    - Length-Tension Relationships
    - Muscular Architecture
    - Force-Velocity Relationships
  • Biomechanical Analysis of Exercises
  • Comparing Different Exercise Modalities

Functional Anatomy

  • Application of Biomechanics to Anatomy
  • Upper Body Musculature
  • Lower Body Musculature
  • Trunk Musculature
  • Exercise Analysis

Behavioral Concepts in Personal Training

  • Communication Skills
    - Coaching and Cueing Exercises
    - Motivation Techniques
  • Overview of Behavioral Theories
  • Goal Setting
  • Preparing for a Client Interview
  • Creating a Client Program

Special Populations and Injury

  • Common Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Chronic Disease and Injury Guidelines
  • Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome
  • Special Populations Overview
    - Aging
    - Children
    - Pre-post Natal

Exercise Physiology

  • Muscle Structure
  • Muscle Contraction
  • Motor Unit Recruitment
  • Cardiorespiratory System
  • Environmental Considerations for Exercise
  • Chronic and Acute Exercise Response
  • Proprioceptors for Flexibility and Balance

Client Intake and Assessment

  • Paperwork and Pre-Screening
  • Risk Stratification
  • How to Select the Appropriate Assessments
  • Resting and Active Heart Rate Measurement
  • Calculating Target Heart Rate
  • Blood Pressure
  • Cardiorespiratory Assessments
  • Circumference Measurements
  • Bodyfat Measurements
  • Muscular Fitness Testing
  • Movement Screening
    - Postural
    - Passive ROM
    - Dynamic

Nutrition and Human Energy Production

  • Macronutrient Structure and Purpose
    - Carbohydrates
    - Protein
    - Fat
  • Micronutrients and Supplementation
  • Energy Balance and Weight Loss
  • Bioenergetics
    - Aerobic vs. Anaerobic Energy Systems
    - Training for Performance
  • Calorie Requirements
    - Calculating Caloric Expenditure
    - Calculating Caloric Needs
    - Nutrition Planning for Performance

Program Design

  • Periodizing Exercise Programs
  • Designing Effective Exercise Programs
    - Choosing Appropriate Volume
    - Choosing Appropriate Intensity
  • Designing Effective Warm-Ups
  • Cardiorespiratory Program Design
  • Training the Muscular System
  • Training for Flexibility And Balance
  • Case Studies

Exercise Selection and Technique

  • Exercise Equipment Overview
  • Exercise Technique
    - Upper Body Exercises
    - Lower Body Exercises
    - Trunk Exercises
  • Making Exercise Modifications
    - Upper Body Exercise
    - Lower Body Exercises
    - Trunk Exercises
  • Analyzing and Creating Compound Exercises
  • Creating a Dynamic Warm-up
  • Self Myofascial Release Techniques
  • Flexibility Techniques
  • Training with Plyometrics
  • Agility Training
  • Comparing Training Intensities
  • Target Heart Rate Training

Entry Prerequisites

To enter this course, you must meet the requirements listed on our admissions page.

Primary Textbooks

  • ACE Personal Trainer Manual by the American Council on Exercise, Current Edition.
  • ACE Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals by the American Council on Exercise, Current Edition.
  • NSCA’s Essentials of Personal Training by Human Kinetics, Current Edition.
  • Manual of Structural Kinesiology by Floyd, Current Edition.