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(EXS 410) The Personal Trainer Certification

The course will empower students with tangible skills while providing the ability to graduate with a professional credential that is legally defensible and has national recognition in the field of personal training, the statistically most common job entered by graduates from health and fitness discipline. The student will be prepared to sit the board exam and can enter the job market as a certified personal trainer.

Credit Hours 3.0 Lecture
Prerequisites EXS 344/L, 349, and 365
Offered Winter
Programs Exercise and Sport Science (BS)

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Develop a vocabulary of appropriate terminology to effectively communicate information related to personal training and program design.
  • Explain the various training methods an body systems.
  • Recognize and explain the principle of progressive overload, super-compensation, muscular and cardiovascular adaptation, and exercise physiology.
  • Use anatomical knowledge to predict physiological consequences, and use knowledge of function to predict the features of anatomical structures.
  • Recognize and explain the interrelationships within and between physiological systems of the human body, they pertain to resistance and cardiovascular training.
  • Synthesize ideas to make a connection between knowledge of anatomy and physiology and real-world situations, including healthy lifestyle decisions and homeostatic imbalances.
  • Demonstrate information literacy skills to access, evaluate, and use resources to stay current in the field of exercise and sports training.
  • Approach and examine issues related to muscular and cardiovascular training from an evidence-based perspective.
  • Communicate clearly and in a manner that reflects knowledge and understanding of the human body and demonstrates the ability to adapt the information to different audiences and applications.