Exercise, Sport and Health Education 405

ESHE 405: Personal Training

Prerequisites: ESHE 305, minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA

Credit Hours: (3)

The course is designed to prepare the student to work as a personal trainer. Students will prepare business plans, create marketing materials and assessment tools, and create and deliver exercise programs. Emphasis is placed on developing the practical skills of a personal trainer.

Detailed Description of Content of Course

The course is designed to help students gain the practical skills of personal trainers. Each student will develop:

• Business plans and marketing material.
• Health assessment and stratification methods.
• Movement analysis skills.
• Health and physical fitness assessments skills.
• Exercise technique assessments.
• Exercise program creation and delivery.

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Course information will be presented through a wide variety of teaching methods including, but not limited to: discussions, lab activities, and practical experiences in a fitness settings.

Goals and Objectives of the Course

By the end of the course students will be able to:

1. Perform a PARQ, medical history, and basic exercise screening tests.
2. Create a basic contract related to personal training services.
3. Perform musculoskeletal endurance, strength, power, agility, flexibility, and body composition testing.
4. Perform orthopedic movement analysis.
5. Evaluate exercise form on a variety of strength training, flexibility, agility, and cardiovascular exercises.
6. Compose specific exercise prescriptions based on client histories and physical examinations.

Assessment Measures

Assessments may include written exams, portfolio assignments, and/or presentations.

Other Course Information


Review and Approval

March 30, 2017
Revised 2012
April 2006 Reviewed by Beverly Zeakes
May, 2011