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Fitness Specialist/Personal Trainer (SOC CODE: 39-9031.00)

Job Description Overview

Instruct or coach groups or individuals in exercise activities. Demonstrate techniques and form, observe participants, and explain to them corrective measures necessary to improve their skills.

Related Careers

  • Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors
  • Animal Trainers
  • Fitness and Wellness Coordinators
  • Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Training and Development Specialists
  • Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Coaches and Scouts
  • Career/Technical Education Teachers, Secondary School
  • Occupational Therapists

Sample Job Duties

  • Offer alternatives during classes to accommodate different levels of fitness.
  • Plan routines, choose appropriate music, and choose different movements for each set of muscles, depending on participants' capabilities and limitations.
  • Evaluate individuals' abilities, needs, and physical conditions, and develop suitable training programs to meet any special requirements.
  • Observe participants and inform them of corrective measures necessary for skill improvement.
  • Teach proper breathing techniques used during physical exertion.
  • Monitor participants' progress and adapt programs as needed.
  • Instruct participants in maintaining exertion levels to maximize benefits from exercise routines.
  • Teach and demonstrate use of gymnastic and training equipment, such as trampolines and weights.
  • Explain and enforce safety rules and regulations governing sports, recreational activities, and the use of exercise equipment.
  • Provide students with information and resources regarding nutrition, weight control, and lifestyle issues.

    What Classes Do I Need to Take?

    • Personal Trainer Certificate

      Certificate E0808
      The Fitness Specialist/Personal Trainer Certificate prepares students for careers as personal trainers, health/fitness professionals in corporate fitness facilities, wellness centers and public/private health clubs. The Fitness Specialist/Personal Trainer Certificate curriculum is designed to prepare students who wish to take exams offered by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and other nationally recognized organizations. Technical skills necessary for implementation of a safe, effective and motivational physical fitness program are presented.

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      KIN 15Administration of Fitness Programs2
      KIN 24Applied Kinesiology2
      KIN 38Physiology of Exercise for Fitness3
      KIN 39Techniques of Fitness Testing2
      KIN 40Techniques of Strength Training and Conditioning3
      KIN 85Fitness Specialist Work Experience1
      Choose one course from the following3
      NF 10
      Nutrition for Health and Wellness
      NF 12
      Sports Nutrition
      NF 25
      Introduction to Nutrition Science
      or NF 25H
      Introduction to Nutrition Science - Honors
      Total Units16
      Recommended Electives 
      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      DNCE 39AAlignment and Correctives I0.5
      KINF 25Core Performance and Foundation Movement1-2
    • Kinesiology & Wellness Emphasis, AA Liberal Arts & Sciences

      Degree A8986
      An emphasis in Kinesiology and Wellness provides the student with an understanding of kinesiology, health promotion, and the mechanics of human bodily movement. In addition to the foundational physical education and movement courses, students select courses from a scientific and nutrition and behavioral development and diversity cluster.

      This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      Cluster 1: Kinesiology, Movement, and Health Promotion
      Choose a minimum of 6 units from the following:6
      DN-T 18
      Introduction to Dance
      DN-T 20
      History and Appreciation of Dance
      KIN 3
      First Aid and CPR
      or KIN 5
      Advanced First Aid/CPR/Emergency Response
      KIN 13
      Sports Officiating
      KIN 17
      Introduction to Kinesiology
      KIN 19
      Introduction to Care/Prevention of Activity/Sports -Related Injuries
      KIN 34
      Fitness for Living
      KIN 39
      Techniques of Fitness Testing
      KIN 44
      Theory of Coaching
      Cluster 2: Scientific and Nutrition Background
      Choose a minimum of 3 units from the following:3
      ANAT 10A
      Introductory Human Anatomy
      or ANAT 35
      Human Anatomy
      ANAT 10B
      Introductory Human Physiology
      or ANAT 36
      Human Physiology
      ANAT 35
      Human Anatomy
      ANAT 36
      Human Physiology
      BIOL 1
      General Biology
      BIOL 4
      Biology for Majors
      or BIOL 4H
      Biology for Majors - Honors
      BIOL 5
      Contemporary Health Issues
      BIOL 13
      Human Reproduction, Development and Aging
      CHEM 10
      Chemistry for Allied Health Majors
      CHEM 40
      Introduction to General Chemistry
      CHEM 50
      General Chemistry I
      or CHEM 50H
      General Chemistry I - Honors
      MICR 1
      Principles of Microbiology
      MICR 22
      Microbiology
      NF 10
      Nutrition for Health and Wellness
      or NF 12
      Sports Nutrition
      NF 25
      Introduction to Nutrition Science
      or NF 25H
      Introduction to Nutrition Science - Honors
      PHYS 1
      Physics
      PHYS 2AG
      General Physics
      PSYC 1B
      Biological Psychology
      Cluster 3: Behavioral Development and Diversity
      Choose a minimum of 3 units from the following:3
      ANTH 5
      Cultural Anthropology
      ANTH 22
      General Cultural Anthropology
      CHLD 1
      Child, Family, School and Community
      CHLD 10
      Child Growth and Lifespan Development
      or CHLD 10H
      Child Growth and Lifespan Development- Honors
      CHLD 11
      Child and Adolescent Development
      COUN 2
      College Success Strategies
      COUN 5
      Career and Life Planning
      PSYC 1A
      Introduction to Psychology
      or PSYC 1AH
      Introduction to Psychology - Honors
      PSYC 3
      Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology
      PSYC 14
      Developmental Psychology
      PSYC 15
      Introduction to Child Psychology
      PSYC 17
      Introduction to Human Services
      PSYC 26
      Psychology of Sexuality
      PSYC 33
      Psychology for Effective Living
      SOC 1
      Introduction to Sociology
      or SOC 1H
      Introduction to Sociology - Honors
      SOC 2
      Contemporary Social Problems
      or SOC 2H
      Contemporary Social Problems - Honors
      SOC 15
      Child Development
      SOC 20
      Sociology of Ethnic Relations
      or SOC 20H
      Sociology of Ethnic Relations - Honors
      Required Electives
      Activity Courses
      Choose a minimum of two courses from the following: (these units count towards the 18 required for the degree 1 - 5.5 units)
      DNCE 1
      Ballet Fundamentals
      DNCE 10
      Modern Fundamentals
      DNCE 17
      Jazz Fundamentals
      DNCE 28
      Theater Dance I
      DNCE 41
      Pilates I
      KINA 8A
      Swimming - Beginning
      KINF 10A
      Weight Training - Beginning
      KINF 34A
      Cardiorespiratory Training Beginning
      KINF 36A
      Circuit Training Beginning
      KINF 38A
      Aerobics-Beginning
      KINI 4A
      Badminton - Beginning
      KINI 18A
      Golf - Beginning
      KINI 29
      Self Defense and Martial Arts
      KINI 33A
      Kickboxing Beginning
      KINI 50A
      Yoga
      KINS 2A
      Basketball Beginning
      KINS 10A
      Beginning Soccer
      KINS 24A
      Volleyball - Beginning
      KINX 88
      Pre-Season Athletics
      KINX 99
      Off-Season Athletics
      KINL 2
      Physical Fitness for the Physically Limited
      KINL 18
      Weight Training for the Physically Limited
      Must complete at least 18 units from clusters 1 – 3 including activity courses.
      For Area of Emphasis
      Total Units 18

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