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Personal Trainer

Personal Trainer Program


Ready to become a certified personal trainer or a group exercise leader? Mesa College’s Personal Training Certificate program prepares you for a career helping others reach their health and fitness goals. The program’s courses in anatomy and physiology provide you with a scientific foundation in the mechanics of the body to help you create nutritional and fitness plans that are mindful of diversity and ability. You will participate in a range of movement experiences that guide you through the principles of exercise and physical conditioning, and practice applying these techniques to your instruction of others. To help prepare you for your health and fitness career, our personal trainer courses will give you the chance to be the instructor, and facilitate internships and work experience courses designed to give you the opportunity to cultivate the skills you need to lead exercise classes and training sessions professionally. Whether you are earning your certification or preparing to transfer, the Personal Training program will help you build the confidence and leadership skills you need to succeed in your career.

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This program gives you the hands on training and tools to successfully step into a career as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor or other fitness professional. All classes involve active participation and experiential learning through exercise program development, fitness assessment, and exercise program delivery.

What Our Students Say

Student alum

Geneva C

Alumni

Personal Trainer Program, 2021

Besides my acting and dance career, fitness is a career I’d love to build as well so I’m really grateful I got to do this! I had such a wonderful time in this program! I feel ready to start a career in fitness and feel that I have the knowledge to pursue this career.

Student alum

Tracey P

Aspiring Dietitian

ACE Personal Training Program, 2021

As a future Registered Dietitian, future Certified ACE Personal Trainer and future Certified Culinary Nutrition who has a great deal of passion for Nutrition and Fitness, I can truly say I am enjoying my journey for knowledge. I am grateful for this opportunity to further my learning and enhance my abilities and have valuable resources to reflect and continue my education.

Student alum

Aida

Personal Trainer

Personal Training Program, 2021

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!

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Geoff Almstead

Personal Trainer

Personal Training Program, 2020

The program at Mesa helped inspire the confidence with practical applications and superior knowledge to provide stellar training. Looking forward to the growth I have experienced both in business and as an ever learning student.

Student alum

Irina Knyazev

Personal Trainer

Personal Training Program, 2020

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 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!

Student alum

Jim D

Health Coach

Medical Assistant Program, 2020

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.

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Stacy D

Alumni

Personal Training Program, 2020

The personal training program at Mesa College was an awesome journey for me. I find it so exciting to challenge myself and my physical limits, and through this program I learned how to share this excitement with others!

Student alum

Johnray Codina

Alumni

Personal Training Program, 2019

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. It changed how I viewed fitness and I learned how to properly train my body This program really influenced the way I live my daily life!

Student alum

David R

Personal Trainer & Gym Owner

Personal Training Program, 2018

I feel that I am better equipped to navigate a wider population of clients and 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.

Student alum

Jessica S

Alumni

Personal Training Program, 2018

I always have had the desire to become a Personal Trainer but I wanted to know how the body worked and the real purpose of every exercise, every movement and how to implement all of that. The professors and the program have inspired me so much that I now see many more academic possibilities in the future.

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