The CNI Personal Fitness Training School Advantage:

Prepares Students for National Strength and Conditioning Association – Personal Fitness Training (NSCA-CPT) Certification CNI College is the Only Accredited Private College in California that is Recognized by the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association)
Accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) 11 Month Program with Day and Evening Classes Available

Train for a Career at CNI College Personal Training School Located in Orange County

Click on the link below to learn more about wages and employment trends for Personal Fitness Trainers in California.*

Personal Fitness Trainers Occupation Profile

Preparation for your career starts today as a Personal Trainer by calling (888) 976-5120 or submitting your information in the form located in the upper right side of page.

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WHY CHOOSE CNI’S PERSONAL TRAINER CERTIFICATION PROGRAM?

The 900 hour diploma program in Personal Training is delivered in residence and offers a comprehensive course of study that combines theory and fitness practice. The program is designed to prepare students to meet entry level position requirements in the fitness field. The program provides training and instruction for students to prepare for the National Strength & Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer examination (NSCA- CPT exam).

Personal trainers provide assistance to those seeking to improve their personal health, fitness, and athleticism through exercise and nutrition. Most fitness positions are found in gym settings, physical fitness centers, or in concert with wellness or rehabilitation centers.

CNI College’s Personal Fitness Trainer Program is:

Accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)

Approved by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)

Approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE)

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CNI College prepares graduates for competitive careers as professional personal fitness trainers. The CNI College Personal Trainer Certification program offers students a fast-track way to becoming certified with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (most programs are at least 1 year). With the training, skills and confidence gained at CNI, students are ready to start their career as a professional personal fitness trainer!

Personal fitness training is one of the fastest growing segments of the health and fitness industry.** With the CNI College Personal Training School you will be provided well qualified instructors and a curriculum that will prepare you for a position as an employed personal trainer into the workforce. The CNI College Personal Trainer Certification preparation program is committed to providing the best possible personal fitness training education and practical experience as required to produce graduates who are viewed as exemplary entry level personal trainers. There are numerous employment opportunities for a certified personal trainer. With Personal Trainer Certification, employment can be sought at private health clubs, rehabilitation clinics, hospitals, spas, cruise ships or resorts. Some personal trainers start their own businesses once they have an established client base. The CNI Personal Fitness Training School offers quality programs geared to get you certified and working as a personal trainer. Our CNI College Personal Trainer Certification preparation program offers flexible programs designed to fit any schedule and start building a rewarding career.

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*CNI College does not guarantee employment.
**Source: US Department of Labor, Bureau of Statistics

Frequently Asked Questions

Fitness workers lead, instruct, and motivate individuals or groups in exercise activities, including cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and stretching. They work in commercial and nonprofit health clubs, country clubs, hospitals, universities, yoga and Pilates studios, resorts, and clients’ homes. Increasingly, personal fitness workers also are found in workplaces, where they organize and direct health and fitness programs for employees of all ages. Although gyms and health clubs offer a variety of exercise activities such as weightlifting, yoga, cardiovascular training, and karate, personal fitness workers typically specialize in only a few areas. Personal trainers work one-on-one with clients either in a gym or in the client’s home. Trainers help clients assess their level of physical fitness and set and reach fitness goals. Personal trainers also demonstrate various exercises and help clients improve their exercise techniques. Trainers may keep records of their clients’ exercise sessions to assess clients’ progress toward physical fitness.
Most fitness workers spend their time indoors at fitness centers and health clubs. Fitness directors and supervisors, however, typically spend most of their time in an office, planning programs and special events and tending to administrative issues. Those in smaller fitness centers may split their time among the office, personal training, and teaching classes. Directors and supervisors generally engage in less physical activity than do lower-level fitness workers. Nevertheless, workers at all levels risk suffering injuries during physical activities. Fitness workers generally enjoy a lot of autonomy. Group exercise instructors choreograph or plan their own classes, and personal trainers have the freedom to design and implement their clients’ workout routines. *source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Statistics
Opportunities are expected to be good for fitness workers because of rapid growth in the fitness industry. Many job openings also will stem from the need to replace the large numbers of workers who leave these occupations each year. Employment of fitness workers—who are concentrated in the rapidly growing arts, entertainment, and recreation industry—is expected to increase for all occupations through 2022. An increasing number of people spend more time and money on fitness, and more businesses are recognizing the benefits of health and fitness programs and other services such as wellness programs for their employees. Aging baby boomers are concerned with staying healthy, physically fit, and independent. They have become the largest demographic group of health club members. The reduction of physical education programs in schools, combined with parents’ growing concern about childhood obesity, has resulted in rapid increases in children’s health club membership. Increasingly, athletic youth also are hiring personal fitness trainers and weight-training gyms for children younger than 18 are expected to continue to grow. Health club membership among young adults also has grown steadily, driven by concern with physical fitness and by rising incomes. As health clubs strive to provide more personalized service to keep their members motivated, they will continue to offer personal training and a wide variety of group exercise classes. Participation in yoga and Pilates is expected to continue to grow, driven partly by the aging population demanding low-impact forms of exercise and relief from ailments such as arthritis. *source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Statistics

Benefits

Click on the link below to learn more about wages and employment trends for Personal Fitness Trainers in California.

Personal Fitness Trainers Occupation Profile

CNI College prepares graduates for competitive careers as professional personal fitness trainers. The CNI College Personal Fitness Trainer Certification program offers students a fast-track way to becoming certified with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (most programs are at least 1 year). With the training, skills and confidence gained at CNI, students are ready to start their career as a certified personal fitness trainer!

WHY CHOOSE CNI’S PERSONAL TRAINER CERTIFICATION PROGRAM?

  • CNI College is the only accredited private college in California that is recognized by the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association).
  • CNI prepares students for National Strength and Conditioning Association – Personal Fitness Training (NSCA-CPT) Certification.
  • Physical surrounding conducive to learning – CNI is located in beautiful Orange County, nearby cities include Villa Park, Tustin, Santa Ana, Garden Grove, and Anaheim, and just minutes from the beach and outstanding professional athletic facilities.
  • Learn the tools of the Personal Trainer trade in our Modern Facilities in just 11 months.


Course Review

Title Course Number Theory Lab Outside Class Total Hours Credit Hours
Anatomy and Physiology of the Muscular, Nervous, and Skeletal Systems  PT 101  42 18 15 75 3
Anatomy and Physiology of the Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems  PT 102  15 5 5 25 1
Biomechanics  PT 201  22.5 7.5 7.5 37.5 1.5
Structural Kinesiology  PT 202  35 15 12.5 62.5 2.5
Bioenergetics  PT 301  22.5 7.5 7.5 37.5 1.5
Resistance Training Adaptations  PT 302  17.5 7.5 6.25 31.25 1
Aerobic Training Adaptations  PT 303  17.5 7.5 6.25 31.25 1
Nutrition  PT 401  45 15 15 75 3.5
Exercise Psychology  PT 402  12.5 7.5 5 25 1
Initial Interview  PT 501  15 5 5 25 1
Health Appraisal/Medical History Review  PT 502  15 5 5 25 1
Fitness Evaluation  PT 503  25 15 10 50 2
Resistance Machine  PT 601  15 10 6.25 31.25 1
Free Weight  PT 602  15 10 6.25 31.25 1
Functional Training  PT 603  7.5 2.5 2.5 12.5 0.5
Cardiovascular Machine  PT 604  7.5 2.5 2.5 12.5 0.5
Flexibility and Conditioning  PT 605  7.5 2.5 2.5 12.5 0.5
Plyometric and Speed Training/Program Design Athletes  PT 701  12 8 5 25 1
Resistance Training Program Design  PT 702  30 10 10 50 2
Aerobic Endurance Training Program Design  PT 703  12 8 5 25 1
Special Populations  PT 801  35 15 12.5 62.5 2.5
NSCA-CPT Exam Review/Preview  PT 802  7.5 7.5 3.75 18.75 0.5
Continuing Education (maintaining certification)  PT 803  7.5  7.5 3.75 18.75 0.5
Emergency Procedures/Safety Procedures  PT 901  7.5 2.5 2.5 12.5 0.5
Professional, Legal, & Ethical Issues PT 902  7.5 2.5 2.5 12.5 0.5
Facility & Equipment Layout & Maintenance PT 903  7.5 2.5 2.5 12.5 0.5
Career Development  PT 904  7.5 2.5 2.5 12.5 0.5
Business Management for the Personal Trainer  PT 905  30 10 10 50 2
 TOTALS 501 219 180 900 35
PROGRAM TOTALS 501 219 180 900 35

Course Descriptions

MT 100 – ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY
The fundamentals of anatomy and physiology will be covered from the smallest unit (the atom) continuing through to the whole human organism. Emphasis is placed on understanding and identification of pathologies, and the indications and contraindications they present for massage. Information about nutrition, stress, exercise and lifestyle choices as they pertain to the holistic state of the anatomy and physiology of the human body is included.

MT 110 – PATHOLOGY
The specific diseases are observed in the structure and function of the body. How they relate to indications and contraindications for massage and bodywork are covered and discussed. Students will complete a project in relation to a specific pathology assigned by the instructor that has direct applications to the massage field.

MT 120 – MT THEORY AND PRACTICE II (SWEDISH)
Students are introduced to the history, fundamental techniques, effects and appropriate uses of Swedish/Relaxation Massage. Emphasis is placed upon hygiene, draping, body mechanics of the therapist, and effective communication with the client. The concepts of rhythm, palpation, appropriateness of pace and pressure, joint mobilization and stretching are presented and practiced. Students will master and commit to memory a Full Body Therapeutic Massage sequence

MT 130 – MT THEORY AND PRACTICE I (CHAIR)
Chair Massage theory and practical topics will be presented to prepare the student massage therapist for the experience of on-site chair massage. Appropriate body mechanics, hygiene and mastery of a 15 & 30 minute routine will be included. Student will be introduced to our off-site facilities and fulfill all requirements to participate in the practical rotation for chair massage

MT 140 – PROFESSIONALISM & ETHICS
Local, state and national regulation of massage therapy is discussed, along with the issues of scope of practice, client consent and confidentiality. The ethical issues associated with massage as a health care modality are also covered. Intake procedures, informed consent, professional boundaries, and other aspects of the therapeutic relationship are discussed.

MT 200 – ANATOMY, PHYSIOLOGY AND KINESIOLOGY
This massage therapy course provides an introduction to the skeletal, articular & muscular systems. The identification and location of bones and bony landmarks, the names, origins, insertions and actions of the muscles are all addressed. Using that information the biomechanics of the body are evaluated to increase the effectiveness of the student’s ability to assess pathologies of the musculoskeletal system.

MT 210 – MT THEORY & PRACTICE IV (MEDICAL MASSAGE)
Static and movement based assessment protocols are presented in order to develop and carry out effective treatment strategies. SOAP charting and medical terminology are used to record findings and client progress. Included in this material the student will be exposed to Traditional Chinese Medicine and related herbology, the fundamental concepts and treatment modalities based upon the energy system are presented. Basic Chinese medical theory, Qi, meridians, and yin/yang interrelationships are described. Styles of massage presented will include Lymph/Circulatory, Reflexology, Connective/Deep Tissue Styles, Shiatsu and Energy Work. Each style will be introduced to give the students extra tools to be more effective during client interaction, mastery of these techniques will come if the student decides to specialize in this practice and take continuing education after graduation.

MT 220 – SPORTS & SPECIAL POPULATIONS MASSAGE
Special Populations like those who have or are experiencing pregnancy, abuse, mental challenges, physical challenges, terminal illness, chronic illness, and others will be discussed and massage alternatives explored. Pre-event, post-event, and maintenance sports massage are demonstrated and practiced. Students are introduced to pathologies of the musculoskeletal system common among athletes and other workers. A kinesiological approach to understanding of dysfunctional movement and pain mechanisms is presented. Advanced techniques of addressing these syndromes, including specific deep tissue work, trigger point work, reciprocal inhibition, and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation are covered. Each style will be introduced to give the students extra tools to be more effective during client interaction, mastery of these techniques will come if the student decides to specialize in this practice and take continuing education after graduation.

MT 300 – MT PRACTICE III
While completing a brief overview of the systems less critical to massage understanding, the instructor will incorporate techniques like Muscle Energy Technique (MET), Muscle Testing and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) to reinforce the understanding of the muscles and to encourage the students learning of the actions of the muscles. These techniques will increase the student’s ability to effectively treat more challenging ailments when clients present them.

MT 310 – CLINICAL APPLICATIONS-I
While briefly reviewing the material covered in the other A&P classes, advanced methods for treating disorders commonly found within the population of clients seeking relief through massage therapy are presented. Such disorders include backache, headache, and neck pain. Possible underlying causes for these disorders, such as postural distortion and nerve compression by muscular tissue, are identified and discussed, as are the appropriate means and methods of treatment or referral of the client to another health care professional. Case Studies will be explained and evaluated to increase massage effectiveness for specific concerns.

MT 320 – THEORY & PRACTICE (SPA)
This massage therapy course provides a brief look at the spa concept. Introducing the student to the many services offered in a variety of wellness environments to prepare them to pamper clients, and extend the scope of experiences the massage therapist can offer to ensure the client a return to balanced mind, body and spirit. Styles of treatments presented will include aromatherapy, variety of types of exfoliating treatments, Ayorvedic body treatments, body masques using a variety of products, stone massage, wraps, etc. Hydrotherapy and the inflammation response and the appropriate use of heat and cold for treatment and/or preparation of tissue for further work are explored. Stone Massage introduction and use of paraffin is included in this course. Each style will be introduced to give the students extra tools to be more effective during client interaction, mastery of these techniques will come if the student decides to specialize in this practice and take continuing education after graduation.

MT 330 – SMALL BUSINESS PLANNING & MANAGEMENT
In this massage therapy course, students evaluate the costs and benefits of starting an independent massage therapy practice. They set realistic goals for the business, including projected income. Target markets and strategies for networking to create referrals are explored. Taxes, fees, promotional strategies and materials, cancellation policies, bookkeeping methods, office location and management, and record keeping are discussed in order to prepare the students to run a successful massage therapy practice. Students will complete a 5-year Business plan and present their massage therapy business in a student fair. Standard CPR and First Aid material is presented in this module and students practice techniques leading to a required certification for program completion.

MT 400 – ON-SITE CLINICAL APPLICATIONS
This class in the massage therapy program provides an opportunity for students to practice the skills they have learned under supervision, in an actual work environment and prepare them for their first interview massage and MT position. This on-site clinical consists of field experience in an instructor assigned location. This term will include assigned days for wellness center/hospital volunteer/community outreach, and/or practical work the entire class. These applications are instructor directed required practicals the student will complete and have checked off to complete the assignment and overall program with a minimum of fifty total hours.

MT 400B – ON-SITE CLINICAL APPLICATIONS II
This massage therapy class provides an opportunity for students to practice the skills they have learned under supervision, in an actual work environment and prepare them for their first interview massage and MT position. This on-site clinical consists of field experience in an instructor assigned location. This term will include assigned days for wellness center/hospital volunteer/community outreach, and/or practical work the entire class. These applications are instructor directed required practicals the student will complete and have checked off to complete the assignment and overall program with a minimum of fifty total hours.


Testimonials

SO GLAD I STUDIED WITH CNI
I first would like to start off by saying I do not know how I would have made it in the personal training field had it not been for CNI College. The hands on experience and practical knowledge I received were beyond my expectations and NSCA’s curriculum, and are what I believe to be the two most important factors that translated into success in my new career. If I had stuck with my original plan of just getting a non-nationally recognized certification that was to be completed at my own pace, at home, with no outside help, I surely would not have the confidence that I do now. The support I received from the knowledgeable and friendly faculty was excellent. If ever there was a question or concern I had regarding my education, there was always someone there to help. My teachers, in particular, were very courteous and open, willing to give additional, individualized support should any questions regarding my studies arise. Other students were also given this opportunity which displayed their passion, enthusiasm, and the willingness to help make a difference. The teachers were also very knowledgeable in every aspect and the curriculum was taught in such a way that was comprehensive enough for me and other students to grasp. Many handouts and projects were assigned often to make sure each topic discussed was fully understood and the teachers did a great job of making sure everyone with different learning capabilities could understand. Field trips were also assigned often, sometimes weekly, to various gyms and related fitness organizations offering an inside look in various personal training atmospheres. Prior to graduation, the career services department staff did a superb job of making sure I was prepared for my new career by helping plan out my resume and providing the necessary interview techniques. My first interview following graduation was at a local gym which I am glad to say now looking back that I did not get hired. My qualifications, knowledge, and interview skills strongly lead me to believe that I was overqualified for the position that surely any non-CNI graduate could have filled. After taking and passing the NSCA exam with a high score, I realized how much easier the CNI Orange County personal fitness trainer school made the test seem. Reviewing for the test was not as necessary as it would have been if I tried and learned the material on my own. Upon graduating from CNI, the career services department also made sure to follow up with me to see if I was successful in passing the NSCA exam and finding a new career. And still after finding a career in which I love, the staff still keeps in contact to make sure all is well. I cannot say enough great things about this school. It was truly an honor being a graduate from CNI College and is a school I highly recommend to anyone undecided on a career path or turning that dream career into reality. Thank you CNI College for giving me an opportunity that will last a lifetime!

GREAT HANDS-ON TRAINING
I remember when I first found CNI, it was right after I found out about the NSCA-CPT certification. CNI College was the only school with hands on training that offered the personal trainer certification in Orange County, CA. I was ecstatic because I wanted the classroom setting and the positive social environment of everyone going after the same goal. When I first attended class I thought I was already in the best of shape but you surely find out you’re not and that there are so many different ways to train your body. The schedule that they offer worked great for me. I was able to work from 8am-5pm and attend class from 6pm-10pm Monday thru Thursday. It was definitely hard work but it really disciplined me to get out there and push harder. Attending the field trips to elite fitness gyms and training facilities, including Equinox and Velocity was also a huge benefit. The staff was excellent and always there to answer any questions. Whenever I had questions or concerns about career choices I always had the ears of Stacy Hinkel, Director of Education, and Pat Murray, who was my instructor. They believed in me and provided me with skills that I wouldn’t have attained if it wasn’t for me attending CNI. So, as a result I pushed myself to excel and weeks before I graduated I attended a few interviews and was successfully hired at an elite fitness gym. So if you are interested in being in the health and fitness industry and want to be a personal trainer or fitness coach then go to CNI, take a tour and see what they are all about.

RECENT GRADUATE LETTER – AUGUST 2012
Dear Ashley
Thank you so much for everything. Recently I have passed my NSCA and it feels wonderful. I’m so glad I got the chance to talk to you and joining the Personal Trainer class; this school has changed my life and I can’t wait to change others!
Again Thank You
Adam To
P.S. Thank you for all the B-day cards!


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