Advanced Personal Fitness Trainer

Advanced Personal Fitness Trainer

The Advanced Personal Fitness Trainer Online Certificate Program will help you further your personal training education and incorporate specialized resistance training and functional movements. Learn a variety of advanced training skills and how to form effective partnerships with registered dietitians so you can develop nutritional programs for your clients. The student will have the unique opportunity to participate in an on-site, practical experience in personal training through an optional six-weel, 60-hour field internship.

Details + Objective

You Will Learn

  • Prepare to work as a personal trainer in the health and fitness industry
  • Learn to network and partner with registered dietitians to develop healthy eating plans for your clients
  • Design resistance training programs
  • Learn how to implement a medically based fitness model
  • Understand the process of conducting a detailed health and fitness assessment
  • Identify the business fundamentals of administration, marketing, and management in personal training
  • Gain information regarding nutrition, exercise science, kinesiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, neurology, client testing and assessment, functional anatomy, and exercise programming
  • Prepare to take personal training certification exams from ACE, and other national organizations

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 9 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 400 course hours

How you will benefit

  • Learn a medically based fitness model to use with clients or future employers
  • Develop the vocabulary needed to communicate effectively with clients and coworkers
  • Complete a course that’s recognized by national organizations and associations, including The American Senior Fitness Association (SFA), The National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF), The National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT)
  • Explore advanced skills and methods that will make you a more successful personal trainer
  • Registration + Fees

    Begins: Open enrollment | Registration will open soon

    Course: TBD

    Units: 40 semester hours of continuing education non-degree credit (9 months)

    Tuition: $2,995 | Prospective students of this program may be eligible for full or partial federal tuition assistance under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

  • Outline
    • Explore the fundamentals of anatomy and kinesiology. Learn how exercise affects the different systems of the human body. Understand the various functions of the muscular, skeletal, and cardiorespiratory systems with and without exercise conditioning.
    • Learn how to conduct a fitness evaluation. Define client-screening procedures, medial and health history intake forms, how to perform health assessments, and the importance of building long-term, positive relationships with clients.
    • Understand how to create an exercise schedule for clients that includes resistance and weight training, flexibility, and cardiovascular considerations. Explore the process of documenting and reporting your client’s exercise needs. You’ll also learn about nutritional needs and how they tie into exercise best practices.
    • Learn a systematic approach to developing resistance and weight training programs for all age groups and body types. Create training programs that implement safe, effective exercise moves.
    • Discuss the principles and techniques for flexibility, core, and balance training. Develop an understanding of the structures of the core complex and its secondary muscular structures.
    • Elect to intern for a total of six weeks/60 hours with professionals in the fitness and health industry for a practical experience working with members at fitness facilities and health centers.
  • Requirements

    There are no specific prerequisites to enter this program, other than an Internet connection, an e-mail address, and basic computer knowledge. Students do need to receive CPR certification and approval by the program coordinator prior to beginning the Optional Field Internship Program

    This program is for you if you're interested in a career in the fitness and health industry. Whether you're just starting out or you're an established fitness professional seeking advanced education, the Advanced Personal Fitness Trainer Program will provide the training you need. This program is also suitable for registered dietitians seeking CPEUs and allied health and medical professionals from all fields seeking to broaden their careers and become full- or part-time personal trainers

    This program is compatible with the Windows XP and later operating systems and IE 7 and later browsers. This program can be taken using a PC or a Mac.

    Technical requirements include, but are not limited to, having Internet access with a 56K modem (but it is highly recommended that you have DSL or High Speed Cable Internet Access); 64 MB system RAM; 200 MB free hard-disk space or sufficient storage; reliable e-mail account access, CD-ROM/DVD capabilities, and a reliable Internet provider. Some individual modules may have additional software or hardware requirements

    These items will be provided by ed2go:

    • Manual of Structural Kinesiology
    • Exercise Physiology
    • ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription
    • Contemporary Nutrition
    • Total Body Functional Profile
    • EFS Exercise Clipart CD
    • ACE Personal Trainer Manual Set

    The items below are recommended, but they're not required. These items aren't provided by ed2go, but you'll be able to purchase these materials through a discounted bookstore, if you'd like to do so.


    Fitness Equipment

  • Instructors

    Ken Baldwin, M.ED., ACSM-H/FI is the program coordinator and an instructor for the Personal Fitness Trainer and Advanced Fitness Trainer Programs. He is the former chair of IDEA's National Personal Trainer Committee and chair of the Senior Fitness Subcommittee for the Massachusetts Governor's Committee on Physical Fitness and Sports. Ken is the senior editor, content expert, and lead author for ACSM's Resources for the Personal Trainer Textbook, Second Edition. He continues to serve on national committees for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), AAHPERD, and the Medical Fitness Association. He has been honored with numerous awards, including IDEA's Personal Trainer of the Year Award, presented at the IDEA International Personal Training Summit. Ken has been involved in the fitness, wellness, and education profession for over 10 years. His background includes operating and managing a personal training company; training many types of populations, from children to seniors and beginning exercisers to athletes; and lecturing and consulting at corporations, public events, national conventions (ACSM Health and Fitness Summit, Club Industry, IDEA, International Council of Active Aging, and the Medical Fitness Association, to name a few), and international conferences. In addition to his industry experience, he's actively involved in working with national organizations and colleges and universities to develop educational standards for those wishing to enter the personal fitness training profession.

    Melissa Halas-Liang, RD, MA, CDE is a registered dietitian, with a Master's in nutrition education and a certification in nutrition support. In addition to working as a clinical dietitian, she assists in clinical trials, has taught group diabetes classes, and has counseled patients on weight loss. She has spoken on a wide range of topics in the community, from diet and fitness to high school sports nutrition. She has spoken at the Woman's Health Symposium on Fad Diets and on Weight Management and Disease Prevention. Melissa has published articles in periodicals on healthy eating and edited textbook nutrition sections. She developed curriculums for medical residents and lectured to health care professionals for continuing education credits on a variety of topics. Melissa's enthusiasm for healthy eating is contagious, and her outgoing and interactive approach to learning motivates her audience to commit to new lifestyles.