Advanced Personal Fitness Trainer

The Advanced Personal Fitness Trainer Online Certificate Program will help you further your personal training education and incorporate specialized resistance training and functional movements.
Temecula, CA P.O. Box 760,, Temecula, CA 92593
(951) 9723600

Course at a Glance

Mode of learning : Online - Instructor Lead(LVC)

Domain / Subject : Medical/Healthcare/Pharma

Function : General

Trainer name : Ken Baldwin, Melissa Halas-Liang

Duration : 400 Hours

Difficulty : Medium

Advanced Personal Fitness Trainer

The Advanced Personal Fitness Trainer Online Certificate Program will help you further your personal training education and incorporate specialized resistance training and functional movements. Learn a variety of advanced training skills and how to form effective partnerships with registered dietitians so you can develop nutritional programs for your clients.This online certificate program is offered in partnership with major colleges, universities, and other accredited education providers.


  • Prepare to work as a personal trainer in the health and fitness industry
  • Learn to network and partner with registered dieticians to develop healthy eating plans for your clients
  • Design resistance training programs
  • Learn how to implement a medically based fitness model
  • Understand the process of conducting a detailed health and fitness assessment
  • Identify the business fundamentals of administration, marketing, and management in personal training
  • Gain information regarding nutrition, exercise science, kinesiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, neurology, client testing and assessment, functional anatomy, and exercise programming
  • Prepare to take personal training certification exams from ACE, and other national organizations


This program is compatible with the Windows XP and later operating systems and IE 7 and later browsers. This program can be taken using a PC or a Mac. 

Technical requirements include, but are not limited to, having Internet access with a 56K modem (but it is highly recommended that you have DSL or High Speed Cable Internet Access); 64 MB system RAM; 200 MB free hard-disk space or sufficient storage; reliable e-mail account access, CD-ROM/DVD capabilities, and a reliable Internet provider. Some individual modules may have additional software or hardware requirements.Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Acrobat Reader are required for this program.

These items will be provided by ed2go:

  • Manual of Structural Kinesiology
  • Exercise Physiology: Theory and Application to Fitness and Performance
  • ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription
  • Contemporary Nutrition
  • Total Body Functional Profile
  • EFS Exercise Clipart CD
  • ACE Student Bundle Package

The items below are recommended, but they're not required. These items aren't provided by ed2go, but you'll be able to purchase these materials through a discounted bookstore, if you'd like to do so.


  • Joint Structure and Function
  • The Anatomy Coloring Book, Third Edition
  • Kinesiology Scientific Basis of Human Motion, 10th Edition
  • Illustrated Essentials of Musculoskeletal Anatomy
  • Illustrated Skeletal Muscle Flash Cards, First Edition
  • Exercise Testing and Prescription, Sixth Edition
  • Measurements of Joint Motion A Guide to Goniometry

Fitness Equipment

  • Posture and Body Alignment Grid
  • Slim Guide Calipers
  • Blood Pressure Cuff and Stethoscope
  • Goniometer
  • Spring-loaded Tape Measure
  • Theraband Stability Ball
  • Challenge Pro Tubing (four different resistance levels)
  • Stretch-Out Strap
  • Foam Rolls
  • Medicine Ball
  • Theraband Stability Ball
  • Balance Disc Cushion


There are no specific prerequisites to enter this program, other than an Internet connection, an e-mail address, and basic computer knowledge. Students do need to receive CPR certification and approval by the program coordinator prior to beginning the Optional Field Internship Program.

This program is for you if you're interested in a career in the fitness and health industry. Whether you're just starting out or you're an established fitness professional seeking advanced education, the Advanced Personal Fitness Trainer Program will provide the training you need. This program is also suitable for registered dietitians seeking CPEUs and allied health and medical professionals from all fields seeking to broaden their careers and become full- or part-time personal trainers.

All of our programs are self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start them when you want and finish them at your own pace.

  • Introduction to Exercise Science: Level I (Anatomy and Kinesiology)
    • Define Kinesiology, Functional Anatomy, and Biomechanics
    • Identify Skeletal Structures and Primary, Secondary, and Stabilizing Muscles
    • Understand Terminology Used to Describe Body Part Locations, Reference Positions, Planes of Motion, and Anatomical Directions
    • Understand Functional Anatomy, Muscle Contractions, and the Effects of Exercise Placed on Joint Structures During Exercise Movements
  • Introduction to Exercise Science: Level II (Exercise Physiology)
    • Understand the Reactions and Functions of the Muscular, Skeletal, and Cardiorespiratory Systems With and Without Exercise Conditioning
    • Review Enzymes in Their Role as a Catalyst in Cellular Reactions and Nutrients Used as Fuels During Exercise
    • Identify High-energy Phosphates and Interactions Between Aerobic and Anaerobic ATP Production During Exercise
    • Understand Neuromuscular Function and the Physiology of Exercise in Relation to Exercise Programs and Environmental Factors
  • Health-Risk Profiles and Fitness Assessment Techniques
    • Understand the Process of Conducting an Initial Health and Fitness Evaluation
    • Define Client-screening Procedures, Medical and Health History Intake Forms, PAR-Q, and Informed Consent Forms
    • Learn How to Perform Fitness and Health Assessments, including Posture, Cardiorespiratory Endurance, Joint Range of Motion (ROM), Body-fat Analysis, Blood Pressure, and Body Measurements
    • Understand the Goals and Objectives of the Client and Learn the Importance of Building a Long-term Relationship
  • Business Administration and Management Aspects for Personal Trainers
    • Develop a Personal Career Track
    • Analyze the State of the Fitness Industry and Personal Training Market
    • Learn to Manage and Administer a Personal Training Department, Studio, or Business
    • Learn Business Fundamentals in Accounting, Sales, Management, Marketing, and Business Plan Development
  • Designing Exercise Prescriptions for Normal and Special Populations
    • Principles of Exercise Prescription Development, Including Resistance and Weight Training, Flexibility, and Cardiovascular Programming
    • Review the Specific Physiological Reasons to Initiate an Exercise Program and to Discontinue an Exercise Program
    • How Exercise Is Related to and Can Help Normal to Special Populations and Conditions
    • Document and Report Your Client's Exercise Prescription Evaluation Results and Progress
  • Nutritional Analysis and Management
    • Vitamins, Minerals, Proteins, Carbohydrates, Fats, and Supplements
    • Partner With Registered Dieticians to Develop Healthy Eating Plans for Your Clients
    • Learn the Effects of Nutrition on the Exerciser and Non-exerciser
    • Foster Healthful Eating Habits by Identifying and Implementing Beneficial Practices
  • The Science and Biomechanics of Resistance and Weight Training Techniques
    • A Systematic Approach to Developing Resistance and Weight Training Programs for all Age Groups
    • Understand Training Volume, Sets, Repetitions, Load, Frequency, and Rest Periods
    • Key Biomechanical and Scientific Principles
    • Design Resistance Training Programs and Implement Biomechanical Elements Into Creating Safe, Effective, and Efficient Exercise Movements
  • Functional Flexibility, Core, and Balance Training
    • Principles and Techniques for Flexibility, Core, and Balance Training
    • Understanding and Implementing Functional Training and Stabilization Movements Into a Comprehensive Exercise Program
    • The Structures of the Core Complex and Secondary Muscular Structures
    • The Roles of Muscles During Balance and Flexibility Training
  • Elective Program: Optional Field Internship in Personal Training
    • Intern for a total of six weeks/60 hours with professionals in the fitness and health industry for a practical experience working with members at fitness facilities and health centers
    • Network and interact with professionals in the health and fitness industry
    • Develop a professional goal statement and review career opportunities
    • Improve your ability to obtain employment or operate your own health and fitness facility?


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