Personal Fitness Trainer - Level 2

Hours: 320 / Access Length: 12 Months / Delivery: Open, Mentor Supported
Retail Price: $1,625.00

Course Overview:

Personal Fitness Trainer – Level 2 prepares you to take the ACSM's certification exam. This course elaborates on all major aspects of preventative rehabilitation and fitness programs. We provide students with the information necessary to address the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) set forth by ACSM. The contributions of experts in the field are featured, showcasing their expertise in physiology, kinesiology, fitness, cardiology, pulmonary medicine, and epidemiology. The content of this course comprises both theoretical and practical physiological concepts, with related examples of exercise testing, training, and programming.

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Comprehend exercise physiology, nutrition, and related common diseases
  • Identify the steps to perform a health appraisal
  • Identify the steps to perform various exercise assessments
  • Identify factors to consider when forming an exercise prescription
  • Comprehend the benefits and risks of regular exercise

Prerequisite: Personal Fitness Trainer - Level 1

Course Outline:

Personal Fitness Trainer Module 1
Advanced Preliminary Background Materials
  • Functional Anatomy
  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Lifespan Effects of Aging & Deconditioning
  • Pathophysiology of Cardiovascular Disease
  • Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease
  • Pathophysiology of Pulmonary Disease
  • Treatment of Pulmonary Disease
  • Pathophysiology of Metabolic Disease
  • Treatment of Metabolic Disease
  • Psychopathology
Personal Fitness Trainer Module 2
Health Appraisal, Risk Assessment & Safety of Exercise
  • Pre-participation Health Screening
  • General Overview of Risk Assessment
  • Physical Activity Status
  • Understanding Chronic Diseases
  • Assessment of Physical Activity
  • Nutritional Status & Chronic Diseases
  • Assessment of Nutritional Status
  • Psychosocial Status & Chronic Diseases
  • Assessment of Psychosocial Status
  • Body Composition Status
  • Body Composition Assessment
Personal Fitness Trainer Module 3
Understanding Exercise Testing
  • Pre-Exercise Testing Evaluation
  • Cardiorespiratory Physical Fitness Assessments
  • Other Health-Related Physical Fitness Assessments
  • Muscular Fitness & Assessment
  • Clinical Exercise Testing Procedures
  • Diagnostic Procedures for Cardiovascular Disease
  • Diagnostic Procedures in Patients with Pulmonary Diseases
  • Diagnostic Procedures in Patients with Metabolic Diseases
  • Occupational Assessments
  • Functional Assessments
  • Exercise Assessment in Special Populations
  • Electrocardiography
Personal Fitness Trainer Module 4
Exercise Prescription - Part 1
  • Cardiorespiratory Exercise Prescription
  • Musculoskeletal Exercise Prescription
  • Adaptations to Cardiorespiratory Exercise Training
  • Adaptations to Resistance Training
  • Group Exercise Programming
  • Weight Management
  • Exercise Prescription & Medical Considerations
  • Exercise Prescription in Patients with Cardiovascular Disease
Personal Fitness Trainer Module 5
Exercise Prescription - Part 2
  • Exercise Prescription in Patients with Pulmonary Disease
  • Exercise Prescription in Patients with Diabetes
  • Exercise Prescription for Patients with Comorbidities
  • Exercise Prescription for People with Osteoporosis
  • Exercise Prescription for People with Arthritis
  • Exercise Prescription in Special Populations
  • Exercise Prescription for Women & Pregnancy
  • Exercise Prescription for Children & the Elderly
  • Behavioral Strategies to Enhance Physical Activity Participation
Personal Fitness Trainer Module 6
Programmatic & Professional Information
  • Principles of Health Behavior Change
  • Health Behavior Counseling Skills
  • Channels for Delivering Behavioral Programs
  • Exercise Program Professionals
  • Community Physical Activity Interventions
  • Health & Fitness Program Development
  • Health & Fitness Program Operation
  • Clinical Exercise Program Development
  • Clinical Exercise Program Operation
  • Exercise Program Safety & Emergency Procedures
  • Legal considerations for Exercise Programming
Personal Fitness Trainer Module 7
Health Appraisal, Risk Assessment & Exercise Testing
  • Benefits of Regular Physical Activity
  • Risks Associated with Exercise
  • Pre-participation Health Screening
  • Risk Stratification
  • Pre-Exercise Evaluation
  • Contraindications to Exercise Testing
  • Purpose of Health Related Fitness Testing
  • Basic Principles & Guidelines
  • Clinical Exercise Testing
  • Diagnostic Exercise Testing
  • Exercise Protocols
  • Interpretation of Clinical Exercise Test Data
  • Diagnostic Value of Exercise Testing
  • Prognostic Applications of the Exercise Test
Personal Fitness Trainer Module 8
The Exercise Prescription
  • General Principles of Exercise Prescription
  • Exercise Mode (Type)
  • Components of the Exercise Training Session
  • The FITT Principle
  • Muscular Fitness
  • Flexibility Exercise
  • Neuromuscular Exercise
  • Exercise Program Supervision
  • Exercise Prescription for Pregnancy
  • Exercise Prescription for Children & Adolescents
  • Exercise Prescription for Older Adults
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs
  • Outpatient Exercise Programs
  • Exercise Prescription for Special Illnesses

All necessary materials are included.


Upon successful completion of our Personal Fitness Trainer Level 1 and 2 courses, students will be prepared for an entry-level position as a Personal Fitness Trainer in a health & fitness setting and will be prepared to sit for the ACSM national certification exam to become a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT).

System Requirements:

System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended for the best experience.
Hardware Requirements:
  • CPU: 1 GHz or higher
  • RAM: 2 GB or higher
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720 or higher
  • Speakers / Headphones
  • Microphone (Webinar / Live Online sessions)
Operating System Requirements:
  • Microsoft Windows 7 or 10 (Home, Pro)
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • Latest Chrome OS
  • Latest Linux Distributions

NOTE: While we understand that our courses can be viewed on Android and iPhone devices, we do not recommend the use of these devices for our courses. The size of these devices do not provide a good learning environment for students taking online or live online based courses.

Web Browser Requirements:
  • Latest Google Chrome is recommended for the best experience.
  • Latest Mozilla FireFox
  • Latest Microsoft Edge
  • Latest Apple Safari
Basic Software Requirements (These are recommendations of software to use):
  • Office suite software (Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, or LibreOffice)
  • PDF reader program (Adobe Reader, FoxIt)
  • Courses may require other software that is denoted in the above course outline.

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