Designed to give students the knowledge and understanding necessary to become effective personal fitness trainers and to prepare for the American Council on Exercise (ACE) Personal Trainer Certification exam. Course work presents a comprehensive system for designing individualized programs based on each client’s unique health, fitness, and performance goals. Students learn how to facilitate behavior change and adherence, self-efficacy and how to develop client rapport.
Students will learn how to design programs that help clients improve posture, movement, flexibility, balance, core function, cardiorespiratory fitness, and muscular endurance and strength. Students have to show proof of current American Heart Association or American Red Cross Adult CPR/AED certification. All courses listed can be applied toward the Associate of Applied Science in Exercise Science.
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Apply the basic principles of exercise science, behavior modification, nutrition, and weight management to help clients achieve a healthy lifestyle.
- Describe and apply basic elements of anatomy, applied kinesiology, biomechanics, and exercise physiology.
- Administer and interpret basic health screenings and fitness assessments to design safe exercise programs for apparently healthy populations.
- Summarize the scope of practice and professional responsibilities of a certified fitness professional.
CORE REQUIREMENTS: (11 HRS.)
EXSC 150 Fitness Instructor Training I (4)
EXSC 151 Fitness Instructor Training II (4)
EXSC 202 Instruction in Lifestyle Change (3)
APPROVED ELECTIVES: (5 HRS.)
Choose from the following:
EXSC 120 Instructional Methods: Pilates (.5)
EXSC 122 Instructional Methods: Youth Fitness (.5)
EXSC 123 Instructional Methods: Fitness
EXSC 124 Instructional Methods: Senior Fitness (.5)
EXSC 126 Instructional Methods: Personal
EXSC 129 Instructional Methods: Group
EXSC 132 Instructional Methods: Alternative Strength Training (.5)
EXSC 133 Instructional Methods: Training Techniques Review (.5)
EXSC 134 Instructional Methods: Outdoor
HLED 112 Weight Management and Exercise (2)
HLED 113 Stress Management (3)
NOTE: See First-Year Student Success Course Requirement on Page 8.
TOTAL 16 CREDITS