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.
Course Code: GES115
Level I (Anatomy and Kinesiology): Identify skeletal structures and stabilizing muscles. Learn the basics of functional anatomy and biomechanics.
Level II (Exercise Physiology): Understand the functions and reactions of the muscular, skeletal, and cardiorespiratory systems with and without exercise.
Learn how to conduce a fitness and health assessment. Define client-screening procedures and understand how to complete an intake form. Discuss the best ways to build trust and set goals with clients.
Develop a personal career track. Analyze the fitness industry and identify career openings within it.
Master the principles of exercise prescription development, including resistance and weight training, flexibility, and cardiovascular programming.
Optional Field Internship in Personal Training: 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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Yes, because ed2go programs are online you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.
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.
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.
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.
Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, you can use a Mac for this 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 (855) 534-3690. We will answer your questions promptly.
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.
Your grade will be determined based upon the total points earned on quizzes, problem-solving questions, exams, written reports, special projects, and assignments.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.