I am ACE (American Counsel on Exercise) educated and W.I.T.S. (World Instructor Training Schools) certified. W.I.T.S. provides a compact training course of thirty hours of core knowledge and hands-on training, unlike many other "crash" courses that offer one day of lecturing and no hands-on experience. My W.I.T.S. training course utilized training manuals put out by ACE. The core knowledge section examines exercise physiology, nutrition, biomechanics, and practical application in a generalized, easy-to-follow design. The course includes all aspects of program design and implementation for a variety of individuals and situations. This challenging course is taught over a 5-week period for better retention and skill competency. The training consists of 5 sessions at 3 hours each on core knowledge and 5 sessions at 3 hours each on practical skill development. The certification testing consists of written and practical competency and takes 6 hours. Achieving Personal Trainer Certification requires a student to pass the written 100-question exam on theoretical issues and to pass the live practical skills exam where you take a client through a basic workout. The following is a summary of my certification knowledge and demonstrates the intensity of this great certification program:

  • Exercise Physiology (the study of the ways the cells and tissues of the body function during exercise)
  • Anatomy (the study of the structure of the body and its relationships of the body parts to each other)
  • Kinesiology (the study of the principles of mechanics and anatomy in relation to human movement)
  • Nutrition
  • Health Screening
  • Testing & Evaluation
  • Cardiorespiratory Fitness
  • Flexibility
  • Special Populations
  • Adherence
  • Motivation
  • Communication
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Legal Guidelines

* All of the following involve drills to learn your trade and make your mistakes with your fellow students, rather than on an unsuspecting client.

Show, Tell, & Do format!
  • Evaluating your clients;
    • Medical Histories, Fitness screenings and liability issues
    • Interview techniques and goal selections
    • Fitness testing protocols
  • Biomechanics of Exercise;
    • Terminology uses for program design
  • Equipment Usages;
    • Free weights and tubing
    • Machines (Universal, Nautilus, etc)
  • Weight Training Techniques;
    • Breaking plateaus
    • Super sets, pyramids
    • Origins of all techniques for modifications
    • Business protocols and handouts

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