Personal Trainer Certificate Program

Program Highlights

  • 12 Month Program-
    students given 18 months to complete Program
  • Nationally Accredited
  • Instructor Assistance Provided
  • Your Own Success Coach
  • National Exam Included in Tuition


Our Personal Trainer curriculum is designed to supply essential education integrating exercise science curriculum and practical training techniques into a systematic model that teaches students to progress their clients through different training levels and phases. Students will be prepared for careers working at medically-based fitness facilities, community wellness programs, personal training studios, physical therapy clinics, corporate fitness centers, YMCA’s/JCC’s, and private and commercial health clubs.


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  • Identify human movement impairments and describe specific predictors of each including muscles that are overactive and those that are underactive.
  • Identify, describe, demonstrate, implement, and teach exercises categorized to develop specific physiologic adaptations (e.g. stabilization, stabilization endurance) including flexibility, core, balance, reactive, and resistance training.
  • Develop an individualized training program based upon assessment results including flexibility, core, balance, reactive, and resistance training.
  • Identify the origin and insertion of the major muscles of the human body and describe their function (e.g., eccentric, isometric, concentric action).
  • Discuss the principles of specificity, overload, and variation and its impact on human movement.
  • Discuss the neurophysiologic principles of reciprocal inhibition, force-couple relationships, length-tension relationships, synergistic dominance, relative flexibility, and pattern overload and their impact on human movement.
  • Calculate, implement, and modify cardiorespiratory training including Zone 1, Zone 2, and Zone 3.
  • Describe and demonstrate exercise progressions and regressions using the neurologic continuum including modality selection, extremity symmetry, and plane dominance.
  • Identify the acute training variable ranges that elicit various physiologic responses including stabilization, stabilization endurance, strength endurance, hypertrophy, maximal strength, power, and maximal power.
  • Describe and differentiate models of resistance training including single-set, multiple-set, superset, pyramid-set, compound training, and complex training.
  • Describe the function of mechanoreceptors (e.g., muscle spindles, Golgi tendon organs) and their response to flexibility training modalities and styles.
  • Describe, demonstrate, and teach proper and safe usage of exercise equipment and training modalities.
  • Describe NASM’s Standards of Professional Practice including ethical business practices, confidentiality, adherence to legal requirements, and professionalism as they relate to the personal fitness trainer.