Technical knowledge meets live instruction. Elements Online will prepare you to analyze, prescribe, and meet your client's fitness goals. This program is perfect for students who would like to support self-guided study with hands-on training from an expert instructor providing feedback in real-time.


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PTEO-01 – Course Introduction (1 hour)

This introductory module introduces the school’s mission, resources, and regulations as well as course expectations. Learn what it means to be a personal trainer and identify the qualifications and characteristics necessary to be successful in that role.

PTEO-02 Kinesiology (3 hours)

Kinesiology is the study of the mechanics of body movement and is used to promote health, reduce disease, and improve performance. In this module, students learn the fundamental principles of human movement, including identifying joint actions and planes of motion.

PTEO-03 Exercise Technique and Modifications (10 hours)

Proper exercise technique and the ability to modify an exercise based on a client’s unique ability are critical skills for a personal trainer to master. In this module, students learn how to perform, teach, and modify exercises based on visual and verbal cues.

PTEO-04 Musculoskeletal Anatomy (3 hour)

The muscular system contains muscle fibers that are responsible for movement through muscle contraction. The skeletal system contains bones, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. Anatomy is the study of the human body’s structure. This module focuses on the naming system for all the muscles and bones that work together during movement.

PTEO-05 Muscle Structure and Function (1 hour)

Building on the information covered in the Muscular Anatomy module, students learn about the three types of muscle contractions and the chemicals involved, slow and fast-twitch muscle fibers, as well as how to create exercise programs to target the different muscle fibers.

PTEO-06 Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics (2 hours)

Biomechanics explains the science behind the position and angle of body parts. In this module, students learn the prime (agonist) and opposing (antagonist) muscles involved in different exercises in addition to identifying the forces acting upon the body

PTEO-07 Cardiorespiratory System and Function (4 hours)

The cardiorespiratory system includes the heart, blood vessels, and blood and transports nutrients like oxygen throughout the body. In this module, students learn to label the heart with its chambers, major vessels, and valves; trace the flow of blood from the right to the left atrium; and identify the sinoatrial and atrioventricular nodes.

PTEO-08 Nutrition and Bioenergetics (2 hours)

The food we eat is broken down into nutrients that are used by muscles for energy to fulfill specific demands. Students learn to identify the caloric value, role in energy production, and the structural components of macronutrients. They also learn how the body converts energy into fuel that can be used for exercise.

PTEO-09 Business of Personal Training (3 hours)

In this module students learn how to build a career as a professional trainer by identifying common challenges, setting clear goals, and creating a plan to achieve those goals. They also learn how to determine if a company is the right fit, as well as interview skills that will set them apart from the competition.

PTEO-10 Program Design (8 hours)

Program design is the key to a successful career as a personal trainer. In this module, students learn how to develop an appropriate workout for a client based on essential training principles including progression, overload, and variety. They also learn how to identify the benefits, risks, and options for cardiorespiratory, resistance, and flexibility training.

PTEO-11 Assessment Skills (6 hours)

Clients have different goals, so to evaluate their progress, a wide range of assessment tools is required. In this module, students learn how to interview clients to determine their goals, health history, and injuries; calculate target heart rate zones and body mass index; how to measure blood pressure and resting heart rate; and active assessments from muscular endurance and strength testing to cardiorespiratory assessments and movements screens.

PTEO-12 Health Behavior Change (2 hours)

SMART goals – specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely – and how to establish them, are important in helping clients achieve their objectives. Students will learn how to effectively utilize SMART goals as well as strategies on how to effectively coach clients and keep them engaged during training sessions.


  • 6 WEEKS | 50 HOURS

    • Online Course
    • Attend Fully Remote 
    • Live Instruction 
    • NY State-Licensed Teachers 

    • NCCA Accredited Certification 
    • Nationally Accredited FPTI Certificate of Completion

    • Required to pass mid-term
    • Required to pass final exam
    • Complete an average of 4-6 hours of self-paced studying each week

    • No education pre-requisites for this course
    • Required State ID or passport needed to enroll
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