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Online Personal Trainer Course

Career Diploma in
Personal Trainer

Turn your passion for fitness into your dream career with our online Personal Trainer course. Our Personal Trainer training teaches the fundamental skills and knowledge required for the certification exam delivered by our partner, the National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF). Get certified and get fit for a great career!

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Study Method: Textbooks with Online Exams
  • Program Length: As few as 6 Months

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  What You'll Learn

Our certified online Personal Trainer course consists of 20 detailed lessons. Each lesson introduces concepts specifically selected for you to help others get physically fit. You’ll discover the secrets of professional personal trainers, such as…

  • The impact of physical activity on heart function
  • Physical activity and cardiovascular fitness
  • Training and target zones for aerobic exercise
  • Forms of aerobic and anaerobic exercise
  • Principles of strength training

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Lesson 1: Learning at Ashworth  

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Lesson 2: Introduction to Fitness, Nutrition, and Wellness Careers  

Introduction to career opportunities available in the fitness and exercise, sports psychology, massage, and nutrition fields.

Lesson 3: Introduction to Physical Fitness and Wellness  

Benefits of routine physical activity on life expectancy; actual causes of death; components of fitness and wellness; national health and wellness goals.

Lesson 4: Health Benefits of Physical Activity and Exercise  

Relationship between physical activity and health; health-related concerns of inactivity.

Lesson 5: Changing to a Healthy Lifestyle  

Benefits of changing to a healthier lifestyle; Stage of Change model and its role in healthy living; designing personal contracts for changing health-related behavior.

Lesson 6: Preparing for Physical Activity and Exercise  

Determining how much physical activity is needed per week; selecting activities based on the Physical Activity Period; evaluating the principles of a successful workout using the FITT formula; preparing for physical activity in different and changing environments.

Lesson 7: Achieving Cardiorespiratory Fitness  

Differentiating between aerobic and anaerobic exercise; benefits of cardiorespiratory fitness; measuring and assessing personal cardiorespiratory endurance; designing appropriate cardiorespiratory exercise programs.

Lesson 8: Developing Flexibility  

Benefits of increased flexibility; factors that influence flexibility; flexibility assessment; four types of stretching; various stretching exercises; implementing stretching into an exercise program; prevention of low-back pain; posture improvement.

Lesson 9: Developing Muscular Strength and Endurance  

Distinguishing between muscular strength and endurance; body changes that result from muscle training; differences in muscle fibers and their functions; assessment of muscular strength and endurance; individual muscle-training exercises and programs.

Lesson 10: Fitness Nutrition  

Identifying nutrients and their functions within the body; how the body converts nutrients to energy, which is then used during exercise; recommended nutritional guidelines and assessments; evaluating food and supplements using labels; recognizing and coping with problems resulting from diet change.

Lesson 11: Body Composition and Fitness  

Distinguishing between essential body fat and storage fat; causes of excess weight and obesity; recognizing different body shapes and their associated risks; assessing body composition; strategies for effective weight management; gaining weight safely; eating disorders and their treatment.

Lesson 12: Managing Stress  

Distinguishing among stress, distress, and eustress; identifying common symptoms of stress; describing common sources of stress; strategies for coping with stress.

Lesson 13: Making Informed Decisions  

Lifetime fitness programs; evaluating health/fitness clubs; myths and false claims about exercise; assessing exercise equipment; precautions related to hydrotherapy equipment and facilities; evaluating Internet information.

Lesson 14: Injury Prevention  

Examining for injuries; following RICE procedures; returning to physical activity following an injury; specific injury care; heat- and cold-related injuries.

Lesson 15: Assessing Diet  

Six basic nutrients for athletes; three keys to healthful living; exercise and the food pyramid; eat to your heart's content; the anti-cancer crusade; salt and its effect on high blood pressure; fiber; building strong bones: calcium and osteoporosis; the coffee controversy; nutrition facts for the pregnant athlete.

Lesson 16: High-Impact Meals for Top Performance  

Don't skip breakfast; breakfast for dieters and champions; cereal alternatives; healthy lunches and dinners; dealing with snack attacks; sweets; the low-impact salad.

Lesson 17: Fueling Your Muscles: Carbs vs. Protein and the Importance of Water  

Sugars; carbohydrates; glucose; glycogen; smart diets for runners and body-builders; counting carbohydrates; protein needs and supplements; meat in your diet; protein for vegetarians; amino acids; the importance of fluids; sodium replacement; sports drinks and their benefits; avoiding muscle cramps and dehydration.

Lesson 18: Eating for Exercise and Recovery  

Proper nourishment before exercising; eating for endurance; sports bars; tips for the diabetic athlete; preventing chronic fatigue; electrolytes; fluids for recovery; vitamins vs. food; supplements for special situations; minerals; energy enhancers; caffeine in foods.

Lesson 19: Weight Management for Athletes 1: Fat Levels, Maintaining a Healthy Body Image, and Adding Bulk  

Body fat facts; measuring body fat; body image; at war with the scale; calories do count; meal timing; personalized food plans; thirteen tips for successful weight reduction; diets for athletes with weight limits.

Lesson 20: Weight Management for Athletes 2: Losing Safely and Identifying Eating Disorders  

Eating disorders among athletes; case studies; nutrition for the athlete with amenorrhea; the weight-gain diet; boosting calorie intake.

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  What You Get

Enroll in our Certified Personal Trainer course on your terms. Study when and where it’s convenient and move ahead at your own pace. At course completion, you’ll be introduced to the National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF) where you can become a member (your first year’s membership is on us) and take your NCSF Certification exam at no cost.

Everything you learn is applicable in the real world – designed to improve your fitness abilities and that of family, friends and clients. Your tuition covers:

  • Customized personal trainer lesson books
  • Open-book, online exams
  • Dedicated academic support and tutoring
  • After you graduate: National Council on Strength and Fitness Certification exam package from the NCSF. Includes Advanced Concepts of Personal Training textbook, course manual and lab material; Concepts of Training CD, Personal Training Technique and Assessment DVD; NCSF Certification Exam voucher and a free one-year NCSF professional membership
  • Career search and time management guides
  • Participation in the Student Community
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When you graduate you’ll receive a beautiful diploma and you may attend our annual graduation ceremony. You’ll be proud knowing your diploma is from an accredited college, expressing your commitment to professional advancement.

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You’re a great fit for a fitness career! Begin your Certified Personal Trainer training today. Speak with an Admissions Advisor at 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online now.