To educate and develop personal trainers who demonstrate technical proficiency, integrity and professionalism.


    This dynamic and interactive program is for students who are passionate about becoming a personal trainer but can’t commit to a full-time program.

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    Whether classes are attended on-campus, or from home with live-online sessions, this program provides students with beginner and intermediate skills and abilities in personal training.

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    This course includes premium equipment kit (online only), CPR-certification, and choice of one of two NCCA accredited personal training certification exams.

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Do you want to be a personal trainer, but can't commit full-time? The hands-on Personal Training Foundations program covers everything you need to launch your career as a personal trainer.

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PTF-01 – Course Introduction (4 hours)

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

PTF-02 – Kinesiology (13 hours)

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

PTF-03 – Exercise Technique and Modifications (21 hours)

Students perform, demonstrate, teach, and cue exercises. Since no two clients are alike, students learn how to modify each activity based on the client’s unique ability using visual, tactile, and verbal cues.

PTF-04 – Musculoskeletal Anatomy (14 hours)

The word musculoskeletal is a combination of the words “muscular” and “skeletal” and refers to what makes up the body – bones, cartilage, muscles, tendons, membranes, joints, and ligaments. This module focuses on the naming system for all the bones and muscles that work together during movement.

PTF-05 – Mobility (5 hours)

To get the most out of exercise and prevent injuries, joints need optimal mobility and flexibility. Students learn how to design and implement a warm-up based on a client’s training goals, and how to identify, perform, and teach stretches for each muscle group.

PTF-06 – Muscle Structure and Function (12 hours)

Students learn about slow- and fast-twitch muscle fibers, the three types of muscle contractions, and the chemicals involved in initiating each contraction. They then put this knowledge into practice by creating programs to train power, speed, agility, and quickness (SAQ).

PTF-07 – Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics (10 hours)

Biomechanics explains the science behind the position and angle of body parts. Students learn the prime (agonist) and opposing (antagonist) muscle movers for exercises and movements in addition to identifying the forces acting upon the body.

PTF-08 – Cardiorespiratory System and Function (7 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.

PTF-09 – Cardiorespiratory Practical Application (4 hours)

Cardiorespiratory fitness is defined as the ability of the circulatory and respiratory systems to supply oxygen to muscles during prolonged physical activity. In this module students learn various methods used to train the cardiorespiratory system in order to improve a client’s performance.

PTF-10 – Group Fitness Considerations (3 hours)

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a technique that alternates between intense bursts of activity followed by recovery periods. Students will learn how to create and coach a fun and engaging group fitness circuit which will strengthen the cardiovascular system, improve overall work capacity, and develop sport-specific energy systems.

PTF-11 - Nutrition and Bioenergetics (10 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 major structural components of macronutrients. In addition, they learn to calculate the caloric deficit required to reach a weight-loss goal.

PTF-12 – Business of Personal Training (4 hours)

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

PTF-13 – Program Design (12 hours)

Students learn the training principles, including progression, overload, and variety so that they can identify the benefits, risks, and options for cardiorespiratory, resistance, and flexibility training. Students then develop an appropriate workout given a list of client’s goals, capabilities, equipment, and schedule.

PTF-14 – Pre-Screening and Risk Classification (4 hours)

When working with a new client, it is important to evaluate them first to identify potential health risks. Risk classification is a best practice for identifying people with health issues like pulmonary or cardiovascular disease as well as those with an elevated risk for sudden cardiac death. In this module, learn to evaluate pre screening questionnaires and risk factors to determine if there is a need for medical clearance or testing.



Hands-on training. Countless challenges. FPTI is unlike anything you’ve experienced before.


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