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
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Preparation for your career starts today as a Personal Trainer by calling 1-800-219-0634 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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**Source: US Department of Labor, Bureau of Statistics
What is a personal fitness trainer?
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.
What are the work conditions of a fitness trainer?
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
Is the fitness training profession a growing career field?
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
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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!
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.
Introduction to the structure, role, and function of the muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems, correlated with their relationship in force production. A special emphasis is placed on learning the more than 600 muscles of the human bodyPT 102 - Anatomy and Physiology of the Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems
This course provides an introduction to the structure, rolls, and functions of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems and describes the mechanisms that control the circulation of blood and the exchange of gases throughout the body.PT 201 - Biomechanics
This course for the personal fitness trainer certification program provides a basic understanding of the factors contributing to human strength and power, including lever systems and linear and rotational work and power.PT 202 - Structural Kinesiology
Structural kinesiology provides a look at human anatomy and its relation to movement. This course focuses on specific muscle groups and describes exercises for strengthening and developing these muscle groups.PT 301 - Bioenergetics
Bioenergetics provides a basic overview of the three main energy systems present in the human body and the ability of each to supply energy for activities of different intensities and durations.PT 302 - Resistance Training Adaptations
This course provides instruction describing the acute and chronic adaptations to resistance exercise and identifies factors that affect the magnitude and rate of adaptation to resistance training.PT 303 - Aerobic Training Adaptations
This course provides an understanding of the acute and chronic physiological responses to aerobic exercise and the consequences of detraining.PT 401 - Nutrition
Nutrition in the Personal Training Setting overviews the scope of practice of the personal trainer when making dietary recommendations, changes in a client’s nutritional and fluid requirements due to exercise and guidelines for weight gain and weight loss. Additional topics include clients with special nutritional needs and when to refer a client to a nutritional professional.PT 402 - Exercise Psychology
This course provides an understanding of the psychological benefits of exercise and how to help clients set effective exercise goals. Also discussed are methods used to motivate clients.PT 501 - Initial Interview
During the initial interview, the personal trainer and client assess compatibility, develop goals, establish a client trainer agreement, and complete the informed consent and waiver form. After completion of this course, the student should be able to effectively conduct an initial interview.PT 502 - Health Appraisal/Medical History Review
This course provides instruction for the personal trainer on how to gather pertinent information and documentation that will be used to assess health status, identify potential risks, and give referrals for medical clearance when necessary.PT 503 - Fitness Evaluation
This course explains the purpose of performing physical assessments on a client and helps the student to recognize the appropriate tests for individual clients. Also studied are the administration of testing protocols and evaluation a test’s validity and reliability.PT 601 - Resistance Machine
This personal fitness course explains and demonstrates the basic techniques for properly performing and teaching resistance machine exercises.PT 602 - Free Weight
This course explains and demonstrates the basic techniques for properly performing and teaching free weight exercises.PT 603 - Functional Training
This course explains and demonstrates the basic techniques for properly performing and teaching exercises that enhance neuromuscular function during activities of daily living.PT 604 - Cardiovascular Machine
This course explains and demonstrates the basic techniques for properly performing and teaching cardiovascular exercises both with and without a machine.PT 605 - Flexibility and Conditioning
This course in the Fitness Trainer Certification program explains and demonstrates the basic techniques for properly performing and teaching other non-machine exercises including flexibility exercises, body weight exercises, and other forms of exercise.PT 701 - Plyometric and Speed Training/Program Design Athletes
This course is designed to explain the mechanics and physiology of plyometric and speed enhancing exercise and training. Instruction on the identification of the phases of the stretch-shortening cycle and recommend the proper equipment for use in plyometric and speed exercise and training. This course also teaches the personal trainer how to apply the overload and specificity principles to a resistance training program for a client who is training for a sport. Understanding the creation, value, role, and application of a periodized training program is also taught.PT 702 - Resistance Training Program Design
In program design, the personal trainer learns how to apply the principles of specificity, overload, and progression. The student will then create aerobic and resistance exercise programs by selecting specific exercises, determining training frequency and intensity, and arranging exercises in a specific sequence. The personal trainer will also learn how to apply the concept of periodization.PT 703 - Aerobic Endurance Training Program Design
This course provides an understanding of the various training adaptations (structural, physiological, psychological, etc.) that occur based on the frequency, intensity, and type of the exercise performed.PT 801 - Special Populations
This personal fitness course is designed to discuss exercise recommendations and precautions for the following populations: pregnant women, older adults, preadolescents, clients with hypertension, clients who have had or are at risk for myocardial infarction, clients who have experienced a cerebrovascular incident, asthmatics, and clients who have experienced a spinal cord injury.PT 802 - NSCA-CPT Exam Review/Preview
Students will complete a final review of the NSCA-CPT examination study materials and complete additional practice exams. Students and the instructor will then evaluate the results and re-examine the appropriate review materials in the final preparation for the certification exam.PT 803 - Continuing Education (maintaining certification)
This course is designed to encourage certified individuals to stay abreast of evolving knowledge and skills in the profession and, in doing so, to promote the ongoing competency of those certified. In order to remain certified, the Executive Council of the NSCA Certification Commission requires that each NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer (NSCACPT) complete a specified number of continuing education units (CEUs).PT 901 - Emergency Procedures/Safety Procedures
This course covers First Aid and CPR, as well as how to deal with major events (fire, earthquake, personal injuries, etc.) as well as follow appropriate safety procedures (recognize properly maintained equipment, provide a safe exercise environment, recognize overuse symptoms, etc.).PT 902 - Professional, Legal, & Ethical Issues
This course is designed to help explain the basic aspects of the legal system and to identify professional and legal responsibilities of the personal trainer. Also discussed are ways to develop strategies to minimize the possibility of litigation.PT 903 - Facility & Equipment Layout & Maintenance
This course is designed to help the personal trainer to assess equipment organization, placement, and spacing requirements of an exercise facility and to be able to identify facility maintenance and cleaning duties that promote a safe exercise environment.PT 904 - Career Development
This personal fitness course provides career preparation information relevant to personal training. Included are résumé writing and interviewing strategies pertinent to careers in the fitness and related industriesPT 905 - Business Management for the Personal Trainer
This course covers the business side of personal training and includes the following topics: Choosing a location and business structure; employee or independent contractor status; and making financial, marketing, and insurance decisions. The student will be responsible for presenting a business plan at the end of the module.
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!
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.
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
P.S. Thank you for all the B-day cards!