Personal Fitness Trainer Level 1


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Personal Fitness Trainer

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Personal Fitness Trainer – Level 1 contains essential information for students interested in a career as a personal trainer. This course provides an introduction to the profession along with coverage of exercise physiology, biomechanics, anatomy, motor learning, and nutrition. In this Personal Fitness Trainer – Level 1 course you will learn how to establish goals for clients and assess strength, flexibility, and risk as well as develop resistance, cardiorespiratory and flexibility training programs. Learn to be a Personal Trainer and change people’s lives!

Prerequisite(s): None

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify current trends in the field of personal training
  • Recall biomechanics and nutritional needs for fitness
  • Define coaching and behavior modification theory
  • Identify the steps for an initial client screening and exercise program development
  • Recognize the principles for starting your own personal training business

Personal Fitness Trainer Module 1
Introduction to the Field and Profession of Personal Training

  • The Fitness Industry: An Overview of the Landscape
  • Personal Trainer’s Scope of Practice
  • The Backgrounds of Personal Trainers
  • Establishing a Solid Knowledge Base
  • Professional Work Environments
  • Ethics and Professional Conduct
  • Client Expectations of a Personal Trainer
  • Where Do I Start My Career?
  • Rewarding Career Paths
  • Continuing Education and Career Development

Personal Fitness Trainer Module 2
Anatomy, Kinesiology and Biomechanical Principles

  • Body Position
  • Joint Movement
  • Musculoskeletal Anatomy
  • Joint Anatomy
  • Mechanical Laws of Motion
  • Vector Quantities
  • Power for Rotational Movements
  • Muscular Anatomy and Force
  • Biometrics of Selected Physical Activities

Personal Fitness Trainer Module 3
Exercise Physiology and Nutrition

  • Systems of the Body
  • Acute Responses
  • Energy Systems
  • Oxygen Requirement
  • Nutritional Concepts
  • Vitamins and Minerals
  • Hydration
  • Special Food Conditions
  • Understanding a Food Label

Personal Fitness Trainer Module 4
Behavior Change and Client Focus 

  • Challenges of Behavior Changes
  • Transtheoretical Model (TTM)
  • Health Belief Model
  • Theory of Planned Behavior
  • Social Cognitive Theory
  • Goal Setting Theory
  • Helping Clients Stay Active
  • Self-Efficacy
  • Motivation
  • Increase Adherence 

Personal Fitness Trainer Module 5
Coaching and Initial Client Consultation

  • Coaching Techniques
  • Active Listening
  • Developing Rapport
  • The 5 As Model of Behavior Change Counseling
  • Methods of Communication
  • Successful Client Relations
  • Relationship Marketing
  • Power of Nonverbal Communication
  • Generating Clients
  • Components of the Consultation
  • Client Communication

Personal Fitness Trainer Module 6
Screening and Fitness Assessments

  • The Screening Process
  • Risk Categories
  • Exercise Testing
  • Medical Clearance and Referral
  • Sequence of Assessments
  • Heart Rate
  • Blood Pressure
  • Body Composition
  • CRF Assessment
  • Muscular Strength Assessment

Personal Fitness Trainer Module 7
Program Design and Resistance Training Programs

  • Physiological Benefits of an Exercise Program
  • Muscular Fitness
  • Intensity, Time, and Duration
  • Flexibility
  • Anatomy of an Exercise Session
  • General Resistance Training Principles
  • Program Design Process
  • Resistance Training Modalities
  • Needs Analysis
  • Resistance Exercises

Personal Fitness Trainer Module 8
Cardiorespiratory and Flexibility Programs

  • General Training Principles
  • Cardiovascular Endurance
  • Benefits and Risk of Flexibility Training
  • Evaluating Flexibility
  • Three Types of Stretching
  • Static and Dynamic
  • Rationale for Flexibility Training
  • Flexibility Development Program

Personal Fitness Trainer Module 9
Functional Movement Assessments and Session Components 

  • Sensorimotor Control
  • Mediators of Proprioception, Mobility, and Stability
  • Neutral Position
  • Assessment and Prescription
  • Optimal Client Care and Customer Service
  • Appropriate Sequencing
  • Education and Motivation

Personal Fitness Trainer Module 10
Program Options and Special Populations

  • Advanced Training Status
  • Advanced Program Design
  • Programming for Children
  • Programming for Older Adults
  • Resistance Training Guidelines for Older Adults
  • Balance Exercises
  • Programming for Clients with CVD
  • Programming during Pregnancy and Postpartum
  • Programming for Clients with Diabetes
  • Programming for Obese Clients 

Personal Fitness Trainer Module 11
Business Planning and Legal Issues

  • Personal Trainer’s Position
  • Business Success
  • Training and Empowering Personal Trainers
  • Fitness Management
  • Starting a Business
  • Administration
  • Effectively Minimizing Risk
  • Scope of Practice and Professional Collaboration
  • Comprehensive Risk Management Program
    **Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Ed4Career is committed to being both environmentally conscious and making it easier for you to study! We’re making your education mobile! All of our textbooks are now provided as eTextbooks. You can access them on your laptop, tablet, or mobile device and can study anytime, anywhere.

The move away from physical books to eTextbooks means you get the latest, most up-to-date version available. This also makes your training more accessible, so you can study anywhere you have your phone or tablet. The best part is that all materials are included in your training cost so there are NO extra fees for books!

 International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)

Ed4Career has been approved as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, Ed4Career has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of the Accredited Provider status, Ed4Career is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for courses and programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) was created by IACET as a measurement of continuing education. One (1) IACET CEU is equal to ten (10) contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction. Under IACET's care, the IACET CEU has evolved from a quantitative measure to a hallmark of quality training and instruction. For more information on IACET, visit

Internet Connection

  • Broadband or High-Speed - DSL, Cable, and Wireless Connections

*Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Classroom pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.

Hardware Requirements

  • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher
  • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended


PC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Windows 7 or higher
  • Microsoft Office 2013 or higher. Also, you could use a general Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • The Kindle Reader App or VitalSource Bookshelf App are needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • QuickTime, Windows Media Player &/or Real Player


MAC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Mac OS x 10 or higher with Windows
  • Mac office programs or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers- Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • The Kindle Reader App or VitalSource Bookshelf App are needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Apple QuickTime Media Player


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900 West Orman Avenue
Pueblo, CO 81004
United States
Phone: 727-824-7800 ext. 8

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