Course Description

Becoming a professional personal trainer means stepping into one of the fastest growing careers in the world.  If offers a healthy way to earn a living, the opportunity to run your own business or work for an established center, to freelance, buy a franchise or run a specialized fitness boutique. It is a service you can offer in your client's homes, outdoors, in any city and in any country.  The versatility of the personal training career is endless. 

In this class you will have the opportunity to work through your own personal business plan, guided through the set-up of your business, goals, how to attain and retain clients, grow your business, market and hire staff as needed.  Your assignments will allow you to develop work flow charts, understand good business practices and design your individual client programming.  You will get instruction on strategies for training various ages and how to communicate with a client about their goals and expectations.

As you learn and follow the instructional steps to sign up for an accreditation class, plan for the business style you desire and create systems for work flow, you will finish knowing exactly how to proceed and with a plan that will propel you to success as a professional personal trainer.   This class will lead you toward the accomplishment of your career goal and the possibilities that career offers.

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Course Lessons

Lesson 1: Skills, Requirements, and Certifications

This first lesson will provide on overview of this career. In this first lesson, you will focus on your goals, wants and needs, skills, and motivation. Additional lesson topics: How to Get Started as an Online Personal Trainer; My Honest Opinion of the Personal Training Career; Strength Training Anatomy, 3rd Edition; Ignite the Fire: The Secrets to Building a Successful Personal Training Career Revised, Updated, and Expanded 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 Quiz

Lesson 2: Setting Up Shop - Equipment, Space, and Money

This lesson will discuss tools such as equipment needs, space requirements, and financial factors that must be considered. Additional lesson topics: 30 Essential Pieces of Equipment for the Successful Personal Training Studio; Several Tips for A Successful Personal Trainer Business; Several Things to Consider Before You Start Your Own Fitness Facility; What Equipment Do Personal Trainers Need? 52 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Activity Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Quiz

Lesson 3: Setting Goals or Simply Wishing

In this lesson, the focus will be on goals for your career as a professional personal trainer, but it is a great thing to keep a developmental goal journal for everything because you will achieve more of what you want to do in life, as opposed to just sitting back and waiting for them to happen. Additional lesson topics: Goal Setting – Create A Goal The Smart Way; Effective Goal Setting for Personal Training Clients; Several Coaching Tips to Help Beginner Clients Reach Their Fitness Goals; How to Help Your Clients Set Goals They Can Achieve 52 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Activity Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Quiz

Lesson 4: The Business Plan

This lesson will take you through the steps of beginning a business as your own boss, as a part-time freelancing trainer on the side, or as you retain employment with an established fitness center. Additional lesson topics: personal training business plan sample; Business plan and start: how to become a personal trainer, get clients and make money training people; How to Write a Personal Training Business Plan; Personal Trainer Business Plan 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Quiz

Lesson 5: Sound Business Practices and Business Models

In this lesson, you will learn about franchising, opening your own exercise studio, and freelancing. Additional lesson topics: How to Start an In-Home Personal Training Business; A New Business Model: Partner and Small-Group Training; Several Expert Secrets for Making Your Personal Training Business a Success; How to think about and improve your business model 52 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Activity Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Quiz

Lesson 6: Growing, Marketing, and Retaining Clients

Clients are your gold. In fact, the greatest amount of time spent in this job of personal training is getting the client, so retaining those you have is very important. Additional lesson topics: Best Personal Trainer Marketing Strategies; Personal Trainer Marketing Strategies THAT gets you Personal training clients; Several Personal Training Marketing Ideas that will get You More Clients; Developing a Personal Training Marketing Plan; Personal Trainer Marketing 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Quiz

Lesson 7: Hiring the Right People

In this business, the staff have to be able to talk to people, show respect to everyone, and find ways to resolve issues. A good people person always can learn the skills, but a person who has skills without being able to work well with others will be a problem. Additional lesson topics: Finding and Hiring Qualified Personal Trainers; Several Apps for Personal Trainers and Health Coaches; How to Determine a Fair Compensation Package for Your Personal Trainers; Checklist for Hiring Personal Trainers 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Quiz

Lesson 8: Documentation of Workflow

Workflow is a set of processes, rules, or steps that direct, organize, and moves the production of the service or product. How a product goes from start to finish in the production line must be specific, reviewed routinely, and improved as automation and technology is improved as changes need to be made and to increase profitability. Additional lesson topics: The Must-Have Business Apps; Lean Processes Improve Your Business's Health; Get Organized: Document Your Workflow; Tracking Personal Training Clients [Please Steal My Worksheet 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 Quiz

Lesson 9: The Client - Needs, Wants, Goals, Interaction, Expectations, and Retention

In this lesson, you will learn how to pay attention to the community and who lives there because that is your customer base. Additional lesson topics: The Components of a Good Fitness Assessment; Fitness Testing; NMx Personal Training Client Assessment; The Essentials of a Personal Trainer's Assessment 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 Quiz

Lesson 10: Designing a Program and Teaching Strategies

One of the important parts of being a personal training instructor is knowing how to develop exercises and how to build a program for many different individuals. But also important is the need to understand teaching techniques and how those can vary from one age level to another. Additional lesson topics: Successful Cues for Personal Trainers; Several Skills You Can't Learn From Personal Trainer Certifications But Should Know ; Adult Learning Theory and Training Design; Mastering Group Fitness Instructor Teaching Techniques, Strategies and Cueing 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 Quiz

Lesson 11. Keeping It Fresh, Fun, and Moving Forward

This lesson will go over strategies to implement to keep this job continually moving forward. Additional lesson topics: Boot Camp Exercise Ideas For Personal Trainers; Workout Ideas; Exercise Routines, Workout Plans, and Personal Fitness Training for men ...; Personal Training Ideas; Boot Camp Exercise Circut Ideas For Personal Trainers; Work out idea library 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 11 Quiz

Lesson 12: Maintaining a Work-Life Balance

Like many doctors who fail to take care of their own health, don't be the personal trainer who fails to stay healthy, fit, and seek wellness in mind and spirit, body, and relationships. 350 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Lesson discussions: End of Course Poll; Course Comments; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Assessment: Lesson 12 Quiz
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define what a personal trainer is and the skills, requirements, and certifications you'll need to get started.
  • Define the business plan.
  • Describe sound business practices and business models.
  • Summarize growing, marketing and retaining clients.
  • Describe documentation of work flow.
  • Identify the client for your services.
  • Summarize designing a program and teaching strategies.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Additional Course Information

Online CEU Certificate
  • Document Your Lifelong Learning Achievements
  • Earn an Official Certificate Documenting Course Hours and CEUs
  • Verify Your Certificate with a Unique Serial Number Online
  • View and Share Your Certificate Online or Download/Print as PDF
  • Display Your Certificate on Your Resume and Promote Your Achievements Using Social Media
Document Your CEUs on Your Resume
Course Title: Personal Trainer 101
Course Number: 9770470
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.7 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Course Fee: $90.00 U.S. dollars

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