Personal Fitness Trainer Certification
Helping people reach their goals in life is rewarding on so many levels. Enrolling as Personal Fitness Trainer/Health & Wellness Professional Program at Southern California Health Institute (SOCHi) prepares the student for an entry level career as a personal fitness trainer and puts them on the path to helping themselves while they help others.
The comprehensive curriculum is based on scientific research, fitness expert experience and is aligned with key critical occupational skills and abilities. A combination of scientific content areas, laboratory performance domains, and work related activities allow for students to experience a blend of didactic and hands on learning.
Courses include anatomy and physiology, kinesiology of human movement, principles of weight management, exercise physiology, exercise psychology, sports-specific training, corrective exercise, client assessment and fitness program design, professional development, leadership skills, and first aid and CPR. Students will benefit from the activities that have occupationally relevant themes, created by fitness experts active in the field.
Dr. Michael A. Clark, DPT, MS, CES, PES, is the founder of national academy of sports medicine (NASM), and the creator of NASM’s exclusive Optimum Performance Training™ (OPT) model used by thousands of health and fitness professionals worldwide. The Personal Fitness Trainer/Health and Wellness Professional program was designed by NASM to prepare the student for an entry level position as a fitness trainer.
Southern California Health Institute prepares the student to sit for voluntary certification exams as a Personal Fitness Trainer, Fitness Nutrition Specialist and Corrective Exercise Specialist.
WHY CHOOSE SOCHi?
The Fitness Clinic at SOCHi
Many of our students have developed ongoing relationships with their training clients that extend beyond graduation and become the building blocks of their growing clientele as fitness professionals.
Why NASM Certification?
*For three decades, NASM has been renowned for the quality of its trainers and the scientific rigor of its program. In fact, all of NASM’s programs are developed from comprehensive scientific research that’s supported by the NASM Research Institute at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The industry’s most accomplished experts oversee its programs and partnerships.
NASM’s exclusive Optimum Performance Training™ (OPT™) model is the industry’s first comprehensive training system based on scientific, evidence-based research. It takes the guesswork out of program design and helps you produce consistent and remarkable results for your clients. This systematic and integrated (total body) training, reconditioning and rehabilitation program incorporates six components:
- • Flexibility
- • Cardiorespiratory
- • Core
- • Balance
- • Power
- • Strength
*Information courtesy of nasm.org
Job Expectations and Outlook
The employment opportunities for personal fitness trainers are very diverse. Here are some examples of places that may employ personal trainers:
- • Day Spas
- • Corporate Wellness Programs
- • Fitness Centers
- • Athletic Teams
- • Resort Hotels
- • Cruise Ships
- • Sports Medicine Facilities
- • Weight Loss Centers
- • Physical Therapy Offices
Job Growth & Wages
- • Projected job growth is faster than average through 2022 (20% to 28%)*
- • Median salary in California is $44,600.00*
*as specified by onetonline.org