Office: ES 203-J
Personal trainer certificate program
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About the program
The fitness industry continues to experience growth, with a 13% expected increase in employment between 2012-2022, and has an ongoing need for trained professionals in health clubs, fitness centers, sports medicine clinics and corporate wellness organizations.
- EXSC 280 Applied Exercise Physiology (2 units)
- EXSC 281 Applied Kinesiology (2 units)
- EXSC 284 Fitness and Sports Nutrition (2 units)
- EXSC 283 Exercise and Fitness Assessment (2 units)
- EXSC 242B Care and Prevention of Injuries (3 units)*
- EXSC 285 Exercise for Special Populations (2 units)
- EXSC 282 Techniques of Weight Training (2 units)
- EXSC 286 Techniques of Exercise Leadership (2 units)
- EXSC 288 Fitness Specialist Internship Lecture (1 unit)
- EXSC 270 Personal Trainer Internship/Work Experience (1-4 units)*
- Total Units = 19-22
- * = These courses are available to be taken in the fall or spring semester.
For the current class schedule, please see: https://www.sdccd.edu/students/class-search/search.html
- Kelsey Graham email@example.com 619-388-2431 Office: ES 203-J
- Catherine Hardy firstname.lastname@example.org
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What students are saying
The Personal Training Program has left an enormous impact in my life in the greatest way! Being 55 and going from computer programming to stay-at-home mom to now the fitness industry, I have realized that everything is possible when we put our heart into it, which has become my motto!The way in which the academic material in this program was presented to us, and the resources for studying were so generously offered in person and online (lectures, videos, office hours, comments on assignments, Mesa's super well equipped gym, interactions with classmates...) that I couldn't have asked for anything better. The whole Canvas page is a real fitness encyclopedia! The amount of knowledge this program offers is through the roof! Studying kinesiology, physiology, nutrition, weight training, injuries, exercise leadership, fitness assessment, or fitness for a special population was such an informative and enlightening experience; everything was based on scientific literature, which is so valuable in the fitness industry! Best of all, this fitness knowledge was taught from the hearts of the most extraordinary professors and guest speakers! Listening to the stories of the successful people in the fitness industry in the Personal Training Preparation class was so inspiring! Every story is so special and full of powerful advice for us fitness enthusiasts who are about to begin our careers. One of the best parts is the internship we get to do, so that we can have real life experience in this industry! The Personal Training Program is truly the golden key for the magic realm of passion and expertise in this field; this program opens up the door for us to share this knowledge and love for fitness with others, just like our phenomenal professors did for us.I am especially grateful to Professor Kelsey for creating and genuinely giving her all into this one-of-a-kind fitness experience! I feel so full of potential after completing this program, and I'm so excited for what's to come!
- Aida I., personal trainer
- Jennie L., personal trainer and yoga instructor
The Personal Trainer Program in San Diego Mesa College was one of the best decision
that I could have made. I have been working out for nearly 18 years and during this
time I have heard so much conflicting health and fitness advice from trainers. Honestly
I never knew if what I was told to people I was helping was 100 % accurate. But at
the same time I truly wanted to help people breakthrough their biggest obstacles.
Learning so much about the proven science behind everything was priceless. I left the Program feeling confident in the fact that I proudly could call myself an educated fitness trainer. I learned so much about in such a short amount of time. I felt like my brain was going to explode! But I left feeling that I retained all of the information. I feel like I have such a better understanding of the way human body works and why it works that way. I also feel like I have an incredible edge in business knowledge and I already apply it to achieve my future goals. I met so many great people with similar interests. I really can't emphasize enough how much I recommend Personal Trainer Certificate Program to anyone who values a quality education and is passionate about health and fitness!
- Irina K., personal trainer
This program changed my life path for the better. I entered the program already trained
as a Medical Assistant (MA), and 2-3x older than most of the my fellows. All levels
and ages of folks worked together with mutual respect. My knowledge about the true
causes of health increased 100-fold, and how to teach others. I may continue on and
become a health coach. I will continue my own fitness journey long after I retire
as an MA, I will to continue to learn and share what I’ve learned. I dream of being
personal trainer to an ex-pat community in the tropics some day.
- Jim D.
All of my clients have benefitted from my involvement in this program, whether it
be strategies for progression, exercise programming, exercise cueing, addressing behavior
changes or being able to explain the rationale in my exercise selection. After feeling
like I had been in the wilderness trying to stumble my way through learning effective
strategies for improving client outcomes and never quite knowing if I am hitting the
mark, I feel that I am better equipped to navigate a wider population of clients and
their goals. I feel validated in the strategies I already utilized and learned ways
to optimize and improve their efficacy. I have learned how to better help people implement
change in their lives and help them achieve their goals. I feel confident and ready
to move forward to the next step in my career as a fitness professional and I would
not have gotten to this place without this program.
- David. R., personal trainer and gym owner
Before this program , I would be afraid of going to the gym because I didn’t want
to look like those people that didn’t know what they were doing . The only information
about working out and exercising I knew was either from word to mouth or YouTube videos.
And for me, I’m a visual learner , so if I just stayed at home and read from a book
, I’d have a difficult time understanding . This program changed everything for me
. It changed how I viewed fitness and I learned how to properly train my body. Most
importantly , I learned how to teach others proper form and technique . Not only were
the classes informational and engaging , but I also made plenty of friends from the
classes . We would do class hiking trips and have gym sessions together . This program
really influenced the way I live my daily life!
- Johnray C.
- Jessica S.
"The Fitness Specialist Certification Program at Mesa College was a wonderful, life
changing experience for me. I learned an immeasurable amount from incredible and inspiring
educators. I made great connections and friendships that will last a lifetime. I would
recommend the Fitness Specialist Certification Program at Mesa College to anyone interested
joining the fitness industry.
Getting to design and teach group fitness classes and train students one on one during the internship portion inside the gym was one of the biggest highlights for me, learning things hands on and growing through constructive criticism. I gained knowledge and confidence in a real fitness industry setting.
Thanks to everything I learned at Mesa I was able to pass the ACE Personal Trainer Certification test with flying colors. Armed with the ACE certification along with my Fitness Specialist Certification I am ready and eager to join the fitness industry and start helping people reach their goals and get healthy." - Nicole G., personal trainer
"I started the Exercise Science program at Mesa College with the hopes of becoming a Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor. It has enhanced my personal training confidence and overall knowledge of movement and exercise programming.
Knowledgeable staff and caring instructors make all the difference when you're investing
in a career and that is a huge part of what makes Mesa College special. I would recommend
the exercise science program at Mesa College to anyone looking to start, grow, improve
or better themselves as a Personal Trainer of Fitness instructor."
- Louis A., personal trainer
"After 2 years enrolled in the personal training program at San Diego Mesa College, I can honestly say that this institution only offers the best to its student. The instructors are caring, flexible, understanding, and passionate towards their students. They are generally interested to keep a good relationship with their students. In addition, they all have a deep passion towards exercise science. Not only will you get the information needed to be a high-quality fitness professional, but will able to participate in supervised practice which is optimal for the personal training career.
The classes are strategized to keep the student engaged into the material. From listening
to the interesting content, to applying the material into a fitness setting. For instance,
the classrooms are set next to a fitness lab. This program also encourages one to
pursue higher degrees and certifications. This is especially important given that
the fitness industry is continually growing towards health clubs, fitness centers,
and even sport medicine clinics. This program is ideal for both the full-time and
part-time student. If you have a passion and interest towards personal training, San
Diego Mesa College is the best option to quench that thirst."
- Emmanuel P.