Become an NASM-Certified Personal Trainer
If you're thinking about a career as a personal trainer, now's a great time to start! Employers and health organizations are increasingly recognizing the importance of physical fitness, leading to more job opportunities.
EFSC offers this 100% online course to help you become a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT). The job market is promising, with a 13% growth rate predicted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics through 2028.
According to Salary.com, personal trainers in the U.S. earn an average of $61,223 annually. Improvements in fitness technology, an increase in fitness-related benefits, and changing demographics are expected to further enhance career opportunities, making the profession even more appealing.
Through this course, you'll:
- Prepare to take the National Academy of Sports Medicine's (NASM) CPT exam.
- Gain expertise in health, fitness, nutrition, and human movement.
- Learn teaching and customer service skills.
- Enhance your organizational and communication abilities.
There are no specific prerequisites for taking this course.
The syllabus for the NASM-Certified Personal Trainer training includes the following:
Explore physical activity guidelines as they relate to the Optimum Performance Training (OPT) model.
Learn about major muscles and their functions, as well as subjective, objective, and performance assessments.
Discover the principles of human movement and flexibility, the benefits of cardio-respiratory fitness, and proper exercise techniques.
Explore training concepts including balance, plyometric (reactive), and speed, agility, and quickness (SAQ).
Study program design using the OPT model, acute training variables, and exercise modalities.
Investigate the structure and function of the human body, as well as the functions of anatomy and physiology during exercise.
Learn program design adaptations for individuals with health impairments or physical conditions.
Discover test-taking strategies, take a practice exam, and review the NASM's standards of professional practice for professional fitness trainers.
You can enroll in this flexible, self-paced course through our curriculum partner ed2go for just $1,295. Begin whenever you're ready! Assistance will be available via email, web forms, and telephone.
Personal Trainer FAQs
Personal trainers offer guidance, motivation, and information to individuals and groups aiming to enhance or maintain their health. Their programs can encompass diet, exercise, and mental and emotional well-being. While some personal trainers collaborate with health-related organizations, others primarily work one-on-one with clients.
Absolutely. Certification holds great significance because of the intimate connection between personal trainers, their clients, and their overall health and physical capabilities. This role demands not only specialized expertise but also discretion and trustworthiness. Obtaining a certification like NASM's CPT serves as a clear signal to clients, potential employers, and collaborators that a personal trainer adheres to the utmost standards of excellence and dependability.
Personal trainers have the flexibility to operate in various environments, which can be either private or public. Some choose to work in clients' residences or private offices, while others have associations with health clubs, clinics, or sports-related organizations and facilities. There are also personal trainers who find employment in hospitals, retirement communities, or other group-oriented settings.
As per CareerExplorer.com, personal trainers typically experience job satisfaction levels that rank among the top third of all professions. Alongside professions like golf pros, private detectives, and florists, personal trainers tend to have notably high levels of job satisfaction.
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