Business Development

  • Starting a Fitness Business
    - General Planning
    - Setting the Operational Foundation
    - Service Offerings and Pricing
    - Sales Strategies
    - Case Studies
  • Expanding and Retaining a Client Base
    - Marketing Overview
    - External and Internal Business Generation
    - Retention and Customer Service

Psychology and Behavior Change in Exercise Programming

  • Effects of Exercise on the Brain
    - Biological
    - Psychological
  • Behavioral Principles
    - Factors Influencing Exercise Participation
    - Client Communication
    - Behavioral Change Models
  • Case Studies
    - Real-World Application of Behavior Change Theory

Fitness Classes and Fads

  • Semi-Private and Small Group Training
    - Benefits
    - Drawbacks and Risks
    - Skillsets
    - Programming Considerations
  • Popular Group Fitness Formats
  • Methods of Instruction

Special Populations

  • Pre/Post Natal
    - Changes During Pregnancy
    - ACOG Guidelines
    - Program Considerations and Exercise Modifications
  • Youth
    - Pre-Adolescence Changes and Concerns
    - Risks and Myths
    - Program Considerations
  • Older Adults
    - Changes that Occur with Age
    - Programming for Older Adults
  • Benefits of Exercise for Special Populations

Chronic Diseases and Exercise

  • Application of Biomechanics to Anatomy
    - Neurological Disorders
    - Multiple Sclerosis
    - Parkinson’s Disease
    - Stroke
  • Cardiovascular Disease
    - Heart Disease Risk Factors
    - Medications and Effects on Exercise
    - Congestive Heart Failure
    - Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Disease
    - Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
    - Restrictive Lung Disease
  • Metabolic Disorders
    - Diabetes Type I and Type II
    - Metabolic Syndrome
  • Autoimmune Diseases
    - Rheumatoid Arthritis
    - Fibromyalgia
  • Exercise Assessment, Prescription and Considerations for Chronic Diseases

Research in Exercise Science

  • Hierarchy of Knowledge and Research
  • How to Read Exercise Science Research
  • Pitfalls of Research
  • Recent Research Review
    - Review of Studies
    - Analysis of Methods, Procedures and Design

Advanced Anatomy and Injuries

  • Defining Scope of Practice
  • Medical Communication
  • Post-Rehab Essentials
  • Obtaining Post-Rehab Clientele
  • Musculoskeletal Screening
  • Spine
    - ­Spinal Anatomy and Biomechanics
  • Lower Body
    - ­Hip, Knee and Ankle Anatomy and Biomechanics
  • Upper Body
    - ­Shoulder, Elbow and Wrist Anatomy and Biomechanics
  • Upper and Lower Body Injuries and Program Considerations
  • Conditions, Injury Mechanisms, Indications and Contraindications
  • Case Studies

Advanced Mobility Training

  • Flexibility
    - Flexibility vs Mobility
  • Types of Stretching
    - Active
    - Passive
    - Static
    - Dynamic
    - PNF
    - Ballistic
  • Implementation of Stretching
  • Components of Mobility
  • ROM Assessments
    - Clinical
    - Functional
  • Self-Myofascial Release
    - Definitions
    - Tools for SMR
    - Implementation of SMR

Advanced Training Methods and Modalities

  • Kettlebells
  • Plyometrics
  • Speed, Agility and Quickness (SAQ)
  • Resistance Bands, Chains and Cables
  • Bodybuilding and Physique Training
  • Boxing and Kickboxing
  • Strength Training: Advanced Analysis and Coaching
  • Olympic Weightlifting
  • Programming for Advanced Training Methods and Modalities
    - Advanced Training Methods Foundational Exercises, Techniques and Coaching Cues
    - Complexes and Finishers

CPR Training and Certification

  • AED Training
  • Hands-on Lifesaving CPR Training
  • CPR Certification

Personal Trainer Certification Exam Preparation

  • ACE, NASM, NSCA and ACSM Exam Content Review and Exam Preparation

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

  • NASM Essentials of Exercise Science by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, Current Edition.
  • ACE’s Guide to Exercise Testing and Program Design: A Fitness Professional’s Handbook by the American Council on Exercise, Current Edition.