Personal Fitness Trainer Expert

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Love fitness and nutrition? If you are interested in not only personal training, but nutrion too, our program will allow you to take your career to the next level. Study the exciting field of Sports Nutrition while also focusing on becoming a certified Personal Fitness Trainier. 

Sports Nutrition

The exciting field of sports nutrition combines the sciences of nutrition and exercise physiology. Our Sports Nutrition course takes a personalized approach that guides you through the elements of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, minerals, vitamins, and fluids using case studies and practical applications for working with athletes. You’ll be introduced to the functions of these nutrients, proper dietary intakes, and how they affect your body. Proper nutrition is vital to the overall athletic performance and experience. To get a job in the sports nutrition field, you need to understand current guidelines, emerging research, and be able to apply knowledge to athletes of all ages. This course will meet those needs by using the most up to date information and tools.

Personal Fitness Trainer Level 1

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

Personal Fitness Trainer Level 2

Personal Fitness Trainer - Level 2 prepares you to take the ACSM's certification exam. This course elaborates on all major aspects of preventative rehabilitation and fitness programs. We provide students with the information necessary to address the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) set forth by ACSM. The contributions of experts in the field are featured, showcasing their expertise in physiology, kinesiology, fitness, cardiology, pulmonary medicine, and epidemiology. The content of this course comprises both theoretical and practical physiological concepts, with related examples of exercise testing, training, and programming.

Prerequisite: Personal Fitness Trainer - Level 1

** Course Subject to Change.

Sports Nutrition

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Recall the importance of basic nutrients, the effects on our bodies, and energy systems
  • Identify the functions of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, and fluids to overall body composition
  • Recognize the fundamentals of nutritional ergogenics, weight management, and endurance
  • Differentiate between strength/power athletes, team sports athletes, and types of consultations
  • Recall how to work with special populations and potential jobs in sports nutrition

Personal Fitness Trainer Level 1

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 Level 2

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Recognize the principles of physiology, nutrition and body composition
  • Identify the steps to perform a health screening and fitness assessment tests and procedures
  • Recall the basics of exercise prescription for chronic diseases, such as pulmonary or cardiorespiratory disease
  • Identify the benefits and risks of regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight 
  • Recite factors to consider when forming an exercise prescription for patients and population

Sports Nutrition

Sports Nutrition Module 1  
Basic Nutrients

  • Why Study Sports Nutrition?
  • How Does the Body Produce Energy?
  • Dietary Reference Intakes
  • Enriched and Fortified Foods
  • Basic Nutrition Guidelines
  • How are Carbs Digested?
  • How are Fats Digested?
  • How are Proteins Digested?
  • What is Energy?
  • Cells and ATP
  • Three Energy Systems

Sports Nutrition Module 2    
Carbohydrates and Fats

  • How are Carbohydrates Classified?
  • Functions of Carbohydrates
  • Sources of Dietary Carbohydrates
  • Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load
  • How are Lipids (Fats) Classified?
  • Which Foods Contain Fat?
  • Cholesterol
  • Fats Affect Daily Training and Competitive Performance
  • How Much Fat Should be Consumed?

Sports Nutrition Module 3    
Proteins and Vitamins

  • Main Functions of Proteins
  • Nitrogen Balance
  • Daily Protein Consumption
  • Foods with Protein
  • Benefits of Protein Supplements
  • Why is Protein Essential for Daily Training?
  • Water-Soluble Vitamins
  • Fat-Soluble Vitamins
  • Antioxidant Properties
  • What are Phytochemicals?


Sports Nutrition Module 4 
Minerals and Water

  • What are Major Minerals?
  • What are Trace Minerals?
  • Consequences of Poor Water Balance
  • How Much Fluid do Individuals Need?
  • Pre-exercise Hydration
  • Hydration During Exercise
  • Post-exercise Hydration

Sports Nutrition Module 5  
Nutritional Ergogenics and Consultation

  • What is Ergogenic Aid?
  • What are Dietary Supplements?
  • What is Doping?
  • Commonly Encountered Doping Substances
  • Diet History
  • How are Food Records Analyzed?
  • Steps for Initial Consultation with Athletes
  • Walk-In and Short-Sessions

Sports Nutrition Module 6 
Weight Management

  • Common Weight Management Concerns
  • Determining Weight Status
  • Body Composition
  • Energy Intake and Energy Expenditure
  • Weight Loss
  • Disordered Eating Patterns
  • Healthy Weight Gain

Sports Nutrition Module 7
Endurance and Strength/Power Athletes  

  • Endurance Athletes
  • Energy Systems Used During Endurance Exercise
  • Total Energy Systems
  • Macronutrient Needs
  • Energy Systems Used During Strength/Power Exercise
  • Carbs and Proteins Needed

Sports Nutrition Module 8
Team Sport Athletes/Special Considerations

  • Team Sport Nutritional Needs
  • Special Considerations for Diabetes
  • Special Considerations for Pregnancy
  • Special Considerations for Child and Teen Athletes
  • Special Considerations for College Athletes
  • Special Considerations for Masters Athletes
  • Special Considerations for Vegetarians


Personal Fitness Trainer Level 1

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
Personal Training and Advanced Session Components  

  • Client Safety
  • Professional Conduct
  • Session Components
  • Warm-Up Phase
  • Cool-Down Phase
  • Neuromotor Training
  • Advanced Training Program Design
  • Quality Training

Personal Fitness Trainer Module 10
Special Populations and Risk Factors

  • Programming for Children
  • Programming for Older Adults
  • Resistance Training Guidelines for Older Adults
  • Programming for Clients with CVD
  • Programming during Pregnancy and Postpartum
  • Programming for Clients with Cardiovascular Disease
  • 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.**


Personal Fitness Trainer Level 2

Personal Fitness Trainer Module 1
Physical Activity and Preexercise Evaluation

  • Physical Activity and Fitness Terminology
  • Public Health Perspectives
  • Sedentary Behavior and Health
  • Health Benefits of Improving Muscular Fitness
  • Exercise-Related Cardiac Events in Adults
  • Preparticipation Health Screening
  • Screening Algorithm
  • Medical Fitness Facilities
  • Preexercise Evaluation
  • Physical Examination and Laboratory Tests

Personal Fitness Trainer Module 2
Clinical Exercise Testing and Interpretation  

  • Indications for a Clinical Exercise Test
  • Conducting the Clinical Exercise Test
  • Monitoring and Test Termination
  • Heart Rate Response
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Exercise Capacity
  • Interpreting the Clinical Exercise Test
  • Diagnostic Value of Exercise Testing for the Detection of Ischemic Heart Disease
  • Clinical Exercise Tests with Imaging
  • Field Walking Tests

Personal Fitness Trainer Module 3
General Principles of Exercise Population   

  • Principles of Exercise Prescription
  • Components of the Exercise Training Session
  • Aerobic Exercise
  • Muscular Fitness
  • Flexibility Exercise (Stretching)
  • Neuromotor Exercise
  • Sedentary Behavior and Brief Activity Breaks
  • Exercise Program Supervision

Personal Fitness Trainer Module 4
Exercise Prescription for Healthy Populations with Special Considerations

  • Child and Adolescents
  • Low Back Pain
  • Older Adults
  • Pregnancy
  • Exercise Testing
  • Exercise Prescription
  • Special Considerations

Personal Fitness Trainer Module 5
Environmental Considerations for Exercise Prescription  

  • Exercise in High-Altitude Environments
  • Medical Considerations
  • Rapid Ascent
  • Exercise in Cold Environments
  • Clothing Considerations
  • Cold Injuries
  • Exercise in Hot Environments
  • Exertional Heat Illnesses

Personal Fitness Trainer Module 6
Exercise for Cardiac, Peripheral, Cerebrovascular, and Pulmonary Diseases

  • Cardiac Diseases
  • Inpatient and Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs
  • Patients with Heart Failure
  • Exercise Prescription for Patients with a Cerebrovascular Accident (Stroke)
  • Exercise Training for Return to Work
  • Pulmonary Diseases
  • Asthma
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease  

Personal Fitness Trainer Module 7
Exercise for Metabolic Disease and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors

  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Benefits of Regular Physical Activity for Diabetes
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Overweight and Obesity
  • Bariatric Surgery

Personal Fitness Trainer Module 8
Populations with Other Chronic Diseases and Health Conditions

  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus
  • Kidney Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Parkinson Disease
  • Spinal Cord Injury

Personal Fitness Trainer Module 9
Brain Health and Brain-Related Disorders

  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Intellectual Disability and Down Syndrome
  • Parkinson’s Disease

Personal Fitness Trainer Module 10
Behavioral Theories and Strategies for Promoting Exercise

  • Exercise Prescription
  • Theoretical Foundations for Understanding Exercise Behavior
  • Decreasing Barriers to Physical Activity
  • Cognitive and Behavioral Strategies for Increasing Physical Activity Behavior
  • Exercise Adoption and Adherence
  • Special Populations

**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!**

*A few courses still have physical materials.

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