What to Expect
The Personal Fitness Trainer program teaches principles and methods of physical training and safe exercise, nutrition, health promotion and lifestyle counselling, and business management and marketing practices.
The Personal Fitness Trainer faculty have an average of 20 years of industry experience and certifications from a wide variety of industry organizations.
Classroom & Study Hours
Students can expect to spend on average of 8 to 10 hours of online and individual study time per week for each class they are enrolled in.
Students in the Personal Fitness Trainer (PFT) program work with a variety of exercise and fitness testing equipment. In addition to using NAIT’s general athletics and recreation facilities, the PFT program has a lab that includes:
- cycle ergometers
- free weights and cross-functional equipment
- foam rollers and Bosu balls
- Airex pads and agility ladders
- two metabolic carts
- 12-lead ECG
- sit and reach device
- Olympic lifting platform and equipment
Students also learn how to assess and monitor fitness levels with equipment such as: stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs, heart rate monitors, skinfold calipers, a BIA body fat measuring device, blood lactate analyzer, pulse oxymeter, pulmonary function unit and grip dynamometer.
Students enrolled in online courses will require access to a digital camera and/or video camera. Some online courses will require use of the the equipment listed above which can usually be accessed at your local gym.
Former competitive skater Carlee Sroka knows about training, injury and pushing past personal obstacles. Now a skating coach, she chose NAIT’s Personal Fitness Trainer program for its small class sizes and focus on relevant subjects. Read her story.
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NAIT instructor Dr. Randy Dreger and PFT students have been working to improve firefighter's physical fitness by combatting the decreased work capacity effect of self-contained breathing apparatus. Learn more about how this project may help save lives.