Personal Fitness Trainer Level 2

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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

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

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
Health-Related Physical Fitness Testing and Interpretation  

  • Purposes of Health-Related Physical Fitness Testing
  • Basic Principles and Guidelines
  • Measurement of Resting Heart Rate and Blood Pressure
  • Body Composition
  • Cardiorespiratory Fitness
  • Muscular Fitness
  • Flexibility

Personal Fitness Trainer Module 3
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 4
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 5
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 6
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 7
Exercise for Cardiac, Peripheral, Cerebrovascular, and Pulmonary Disease 

  • 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 8
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 9
Populations with Other Chronic Diseases and Health Conditions

  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus
  • Intellectual Disability and Down Syndrome
  • Kidney Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Parkinson Disease
  • Spinal Cord Injury

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.**

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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!

Upon successful completion of our Personal Fitness Trainer Level 1 and 2 courses, students will be prepared for an entry-level position as a Personal Fitness Trainer in a health & fitness setting and will be prepared to sit for the ACSM national certification exam to become a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT).

**Certification exams are not included in the cost of the course.**

 International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)

Ed4Career has been approved as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, Ed4Career has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of the Accredited Provider status, Ed4Career is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for courses and programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) was created by IACET as a measurement of continuing education. One (1) IACET CEU is equal to ten (10) contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction. Under IACET's care, the IACET CEU has evolved from a quantitative measure to a hallmark of quality training and instruction. For more information on IACET, visit

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  • 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