If you’re a fitness enthusiast, a career in Personal Fitness Training allows you to help others transform their lives. As a Certified Personal Trainer, you’ll help others achieve their health and fitness goals through nutrition planning and private training sessions or small group training programs.
Leave the monotony of a desk job behind, and start inspiring others to lead a healthier lifestyle!
The Personal Fitness Training (PFT) Program will help you further your personal training education. You'll gain the knowledge and skills to implement a unique, medically based fitness plan for your clients. You'll learn how to apply your client's health history, goals, and abilities into a systematic model that will allow each client to progress through different training levels and phases. You'll also have the unique opportunity to participate in an on-site, practical experience in personal training through an optional six-week, 60-hour field internship.
This interactive, comprehensive program is the result of collaboration between industry experts, internship affiliates, national organizations, and Educational Fitness Solutions, Inc., and their board of advisors.
This certificate program includes:
- Career path development
- Study of the exercise sciences, kinesiology, and biomechanics
- A medically-based fitness model to use with your clients
- Business administration and management systems in fitness
- Training in conducting health and fitness testing
- Information about the ACSM screening processes
- Analysis of exercise movements and performance
- Training in developing exercise prescriptions for all age groups
The program is offered in partnership with the American Council on Exercise® (ACE). Graduates of the Certificate Program will receive a preferred discount of 20% off the ACE Certified Personal Trainer® Certification Exam (an NCCA-accredited exam) and on study materials.
The program is offered in partnership with the American Council on Exercise® (ACE), the IDEA Health & Fitness Association, and Personal Fitness Professional (PFP). ACE provides graduating certificate students with a preferred discount on the ACE® Personal Training Certification Exam and study materials. IDEA provided content and curriculum for the program, and, as a student, you'll receive a complimentary six-month subscription to the digital edition of IDEA Fitness Journal PFP provides students with a free three-year subscription. The subscription includes nine print issues of their magazine per year, a monthly e-newsletter, a digital magazine, and access to an interactive Web site with blogs, polls, articles, and much more.
Continuing Education Credits/Units
The Commission on Dietetic Registration, the credentialing agency for the American Dietetic Association (ADA), has approved the Certificate in Personal Training program for 50 Continuing Professional Education Units (CPEUs) and the Optional Field Internship Program for 60 CPEUs for both registered dietitians and dietetic technicians-registered.
The following national organizations and associations have approved the Personal Fitness Trainer Program for CEC/CEUs:
- The American Senior Fitness Association (SFA): 2.0 CEUs per program
- The National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF): 10 CEUs per program
- The National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT): 1 CEC per program, equivalent to an entire six-month CEC requirement
Upon registering, you're given six months to complete this program.
- Registration + Fees
1. Introduction to Exercise Science: Level I (Anatomy and Kinesiology)
1. Define Kinesiology, Functional Anatomy, and Biomechanics
2. Identify Skeletal Structures and Primary, Secondary, and Stabilizing Muscles
3. Understand Terminology Used to Describe Body Part Locations, Reference Positions, Planes of Motion, and Anatomical Directions
4. Understand Functional Anatomy, Muscle Contractions, and the Effects of Stress Placed on Joint Structures During Exercise Movements
2. Introduction to Exercise Science: Level II (Exercise Physiology)
1. Understand the Reactions and Functions of the Muscular, Skeletal, and Cardiorespiratory Systems With and Without Exercise Conditioning
2. Review Enzymes in Their Role as a Catalyst in Cellular Reactions and Nutrients Used as Fuels During Exercise
3. Identify High-energy Phosphates and Interactions Between Aerobic and Anaerobic ATP Production During Exercise
4. Understand Neuromuscular Function and the Physiology of Exercise in Relation to Exercise Programs and Environmental Factors
3. Health-Risk Profiles and Fitness Assessment Techniques
1. Understand the Process of Conducting an Initial Health and Fitness Evaluation
2. Define Client-screening Procedures, Medical and Health History Intake Forms, PAR-Q, Informed Consent Forms, and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Risk Stratification Process
3. Learn How to Perform Fitness and Health Assessments, including Posture, Cardiorespiratory Endurance, Joint Range of Motion (ROM), Body-fat Analysis, Blood Pressure, and Body Measurements Based on ACSM Guidelines
4. Understand the Goals and Objectives of the Client and Learn the Importance of Building a Long-term Relationship
4. Business Administration and Management Aspects for Personal Trainers
1. Develop a Personal Career Track
2. Analyze the State of the Fitness Industry and Personal Training Market
3. Learn to Manage and Administer a Personal Training Department, Studio, or Business
4. Learn Business Fundamentals in Accounting, Sales, Management, Marketing, and Business Plan Development
5. Designing Exercise Prescriptions for Normal and Special Populations
1. Principles of Exercise Prescription Development, Including Resistance and Weight Training, Flexibility, and Cardiovascular Programming
2. Review the Specific Physiological Reasons to Initiate an Exercise Program and to Discontinue an Exercise Program
3. How Exercise Is Related to and Can Help Normal to Special Populations and Conditions
4. Document and Report Your Client's Exercise Prescription Evaluation Results and Progress
6. Elective Program: Optional Field Internship in Personal Training
1. 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
2. Network and interact with professionals in the health and fitness industry
3. Develop a professional goal statement and review career opportunities
4. Improve your ability to obtain employment or operate your own health and fitness facility
This program is compatible with the Windows XP and later operating systems and IE 7 and later browsers.
This program can be taken from a PC or a Mac. Technical requirements include, but are not limited to, having Internet access with a 56K modem (but it's highly recommended that you have DSL or high-speed cable Internet access), 64 MB system RAM, 200 MB free hard-disk space memory or sufficient storage; reliable e-mail account access, CD-ROM/DVD capabilities, and a reliable Internet provider. Some individual modules may have additional software and/or hardware requirements.
These items will be provided by ed2go:
- Manual of Structural Kinesiology
- Exercise Physiology
- ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription
- ACE Student Bundle Package
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.
- Joint Structure and Function
- The Anatomy Coloring Book, Third Edition
- Kinesiology—Scientific Basis of Human Motion, 10th Edition
- Illustrated Essentials of Musculoskeletal Anatomy
- Illustrated Skeletal Muscle Flash Cards, First Edition
- Exercise Testing and Prescription, Sixth Edition
- Measurements of Joint Motion—A Guide to Goniometry
- Posture and Body Alignment Grid
- Slim Guide Calipers
- Blood Pressure Cuff and Stethoscope
- Spring-loaded Tape Measure
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.
The Personal Fitness Trainer Program is for you if you're interested in starting a career in the health and fitness industry. This program is also suitable for registered dietitians seeking CPEUs and for allied health and medical professionals seeking to broaden their careers or become full- or part-time personal trainers or fitness 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.
1. Can I register for programs if I am an international student?
Yes, because ed2go programs are online you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.
2. How long does it take to complete a program?
All of our programs are self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start them when you want and finish them at your own pace. Upon registering, you're given six months to complete this program.
3. Do I have to buy additional materials?
No, all required materials are supplied with the program. However, there are several additional items that are recommended to help you further understand the program material. These items are listed on the PC Requirements/Materials page.
4. Can I get financial assistance?
ed2go courses are non-credit courses, so they do not qualify for federal aid. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses.
5. What happens when I complete the program?
Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.
6. Am I guaranteed a job?
ed2go programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don't provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.
7. Who will be my instructor?
Each student is paired up with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our facilitators are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach.
8. What software or hardware do I need in order to take online programs and what are the system requirements?
In order to take our online programs, you must have access to a computer and the Internet. You can access the program contents from any Web-enabled computer. You don't have to use the same computer to log-in to the program every time. We recommend that you have a word-processing program (Microsoft Word is best) and the latest version of Internet Explorer.
9. Can I use a Mac?
Yes, you can use a Mac for this program.
10. How can I get more information about the program?
If you have questions that are not answered on our website, please feel free to contact us via LIVE chat (click the button toward the top of the page). If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please feel free to send us a question using the "Contact Us" form to the right. You may also call us at 1-855-520-68061-855-520-6806 FREE. We will answer your questions promptly.
11. When can I start the program?
Our programs are all open enrollment. You can register and start the program as soon as you are ready.
Please note: Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.
12. How am I graded or assessed in the program?
Your grade will be determined based upon the total points earned on quizzes, problem-solving questions, exams, written reports, special projects, and assignments.
13. What must I do to graduate with the Personal Fitness Trainer Certificate?
Complete and receive a passing grade (of C- or above) in all modules to graduate with either the Personal Trainer Certificate or Advanced Personal Trainer Certificate.
14. How will I interact with the teacher?
We know how important it is for the teacher to be available to you. You can use regular e-mail, the classroom discussion boards, the chat room, or the telephone to interact with the teacher.
15. Where and how do I perform my Optional Field Internship Program?
Students who enter the program have three unique options for placement in a six-week, 60-hour internship experience. You may elect to intern at an approved partnered internship site, at a facility of your choice either in the U.S. or internationally (with program coordinator and instructor approval), or at a facility with which you’re currently employed. The internship program requires students to establish informational interviews approximately four weeks prior to the internship start date with several different internship site locations. An internship information packet is provided in the Business Administration and Management module that will guide you in the process of setting up an internship, if you're interested in this opportunity. NOTE: Students do need to receive CPR certification and approval by the program coordinator prior to beginning the Optional Field Internship Program.
16. What is the difference between the Personal Fitness Trainer program and the Advanced Personal Fitness Trainer Program?
The Advanced Personal Fitness Trainer Program includes the entire basic Personal Fitness Trainer Program, along with additional material on nutritional management, resistance biomechanics, and functional flexibility. The Advanced Personal Fitness Trainer Program offers a more in-depth education for aspiring personal fitness trainers.
17. What if I don't have enough time to complete my program within the time frame provided?
The time allotted to complete your program has been calculated based on the number of hours for each program, so don't worry too much about not completing in time. If, after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee may be charged for an extension.
"This program was a great boost for my career. It filled gaps missing from just taking fitness certification study/tests and allows me to present myself to employers and clients as an expert in fitness." - C.T., Cal-Polytechnic State University