What You'll Learn
Our Certified Personal Trainer training course consists of 18 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
Lesson 1: Fitness and Wellness
Lesson 2: Preparing for Exercise: Training Threshold
Fitness, physical activity, and health defined; why people do and don't exercise; the impact of physical activity on heart function and heart disease; how fitness affects hypokinetic and non-hypokinetic diseases; promoting wellness.
Lesson 3: Cardiovascular Fitness
What to know before beginning physical activity; warm-ups; cool-downs; stretching; flexibility; preventing and treating soreness and injury; exercise principles for optimal fitness; fitness testing.
Lesson 4: Developing Flexibility
Physical activity and cardiovascular fitness; threshold of training and target zones for aerobic exercise; forms of aerobic and anaerobic exercise; evaluating cardiovascular fitness; fitness performance tests.
Lesson 5: Developing Endurance and Strength
The benefits and types of flexibility exercises; 20 specific flexibility exercises; precautions to take before exercising; flexibility tests; ballistic stretches.
Lesson 6: Strength and Endurance Exercise
The truth about strength; principles of strength training; resistance training types and techniques; preventing injury; muscular endurance.
Lesson 7: Measuring and Controlling Body Fat
Examples of isotonic and isometric exercises for endurance and mild strengthening; examples of free weight and resistance training exercises; avoiding hazardous exercises; safe alternatives.
Lesson 8: Skill-Related Fitness: Body Mechanics
Measuring and evaluating fat; body composition and health; diet, physical activity, and fat; lifestyles, eating, and fat control; strategies.
Lesson 9: Wellness and Fitness Nutrition
Testing for skill-related fitness; sports, skills, fitness, and wellness; static postures; backaches; neck aches; posture and back/neck care; lifting and carrying; helpful back and neck exercises; planning an effective physical activity program.
Supplement: Time Management Guide
Wellness defined; basic nutrition and good health; healthy lifestyles; dietary recommendations; sound eating practices; dispelling nutritional myths; recognizing quackery in nutrition.
Lesson 10: Managing Stress: Evaluation Fitness Facilities
Maximizing your studying and productivity.
Lesson 11: Combating Threats to Your Health: Addiction
Stress; tension; exercising for relaxation; developing physical skill; reinforcement; exercise fallacies; passive exercise; assessing exercise equipment and health clubs.
Lesson 12: Combating Threats to Your Health: Physical and Mental Disorders
Key facts and considerations about smoking, drinking, and alcohol abuse; physiological and psychological effects of drugs; how addiction presents health risks.
Lesson 13: The Athlete's Diet
HIV, AIDS, and a variety of other sexually transmitted diseases; reducing STD risks; exercise and cancer, diabetes, and other major diseases; how to reduce accidents.
Lesson 14: High-Impact Meals for Peak Performance
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 15: Sugar, Carbohydrates, Protein and Hydration
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 16: Eating for Exercise and Recovery: Dietary Supplements
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 17: Weight Management for Athletes: Lean Body Mass
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 18: Weight Management for Athletes: Losing and Gaining Safely
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.
Supplement: Career Search Guide
Eating disorders among athletes; case studies; nutrition for the athlete with amenorrhea; the weight-gain diet; boosting calorie intake.
Proven techniques designed to help students find desirable fitness-related positions; résumé writing and interview tips.
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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 fitness and exercise lesson book
- 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
- Career Services powered by CareerBuilder®
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.
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.