Fitness programs pump up careers

By: Staff report
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Anyone interested in a career in the growing field of personal fitness is invited to check out Folsom Lake College’s two new certificate programs: Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor. These programs recently received state approval and several fall 2009 classes apply directly to the certificates, according to a press release issued by the college. “Personal training and group fitness instruction are two of the fastest-growing occupations in the physical fitness field,” said Dr. Stu Van Horn, dean of Career and Technical Education for Folsom Lake College. “If you’re looking for a great program to start a great career, I encourage you to see what we have to offer.” Both certificates require 16-class units for completion. The programs are designed to provide students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary to be successful in the fields of personal training and group fitness instruction. In addition, the certificates will prepare students for the American Council on Exercise’s Personal Training examination. There are three core Physical Education Theory (PET) classes offered this fall as part of the program. Each class is 16 weeks, with first sessions the week of August 24-28. The following three courses are transferable to the California State University system, according to the release. PET 413: Group Fitness Instructor Certification This three-unit course is designed to provide students with the foundational knowledge, instructional techniques, and professional responsibilities a group fitness instructor needs to teach safe and effective exercise. This course will prepare students for the American Council on Exercise’s National Group Fitness Instructor Certification Exam. The class meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 1-2:10 p.m. and Fridays from 1-2:20 p.m. on the Folsom campus. PET 414: Health Fitness Management This three-unit class is designed to provide students with the basic guidelines for starting and managing multiple health and fitness centers in the private setting; focus on initial start-up of a health and fitness center and operating procedures with emphasis on equipment selection and arrangement, employee training, program planning for safe and optimally beneficial health and fitness results. The class meets Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30-6:50pm on the Folsom campus. PET 416: Sport and Fitness Psychology: Motivational Strategies for Behavioral Change This two-unit class will explore the concepts, theories, and techniques of sport and fitness psychology that will allow coaches, personal trainers, group fitness, and dance instructors to motivate behavioral changes in their athletes and clients. The class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-6:20 p.m. on the Folsom campus. For registration information on these classes, go to or call (916) 608-6500 or (530) 642-5644. ~ Staff report