Sports Nutrition Fitness Trainers coach or instruct groups or individuals in exercise activities. They demonstrate techniques and form, observe participants, and explain corrective measures needed to improve their skills. They work in athletic centers, gyms, senior centers, recreations centers and clients private homes. Fitness Trainers include: Personal Fitness Trainer; Aerobics Instructor; Fitness Instructor; Group Fitness Instructor; Group Exercise Instructor’ Fitness Coordinator; Fitness Director; Fitness Technician; Fitness Trainer; and Private Trainer.
Skills for Success:
Previous work-related skill, knowledge or experience in health and fitness is required for fitness trainer occupations. Employees in these positions usually need one or two years of training that involve both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced personal trainers or fitness instructors.
Detail-oriented; dependability; self-control; ability to follow safety rules; ability to follow directions; cooperation; integrity; persistence; manual dexterity; mechanical aptitude; mathematical aptitude; ability to stand for long periods of time; ability to lift 35 pounds; excellent communication and customer service skills.
CCBC Credential: Students will earn a CCBC Continuing Education Certificate and have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).
External Credential: Successful completers will receive a fitness certification from the American Aerobic Association International/International Sports Medicine Association (AAAI/ISMA).
Certifying Organization: American Aerobic Association International/ International Sports Medicine Association (AAAI/ISMA) www.aaai-ismafitness.com
Train to work in entry-level skilled positions such as Personal Fitness Trainer, Aerobics Instructor, Fitness Instructor, Group Fitness Instructor, Group Exercise Instructor, Fitness Coordinator, Fitness Director, Fitness Technician, Fitness Trainer and Private Trainer.
Current CPR, Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and First Aid certifications.
Students should be computer literate and have Internet access.
Recommended: High School Diploma or GED; prior experience and/or interest in fitness and nutrition.
Length of Training
7 hours to complete the class and written exam
Courses are offered at CCBC Catonsville, CCBC Essex, and CCBC Owings Mills