If you’ve worked hard and met your fitness goals, then consider a career in helping others reach theirs as a personal fitness trainer.On January 22, Lone Star College-Montgomery will begin the classes needed to prepare for the personal trainer certification exam given by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Over the course of just 12 weeks, students will be taught basic anatomy and physiology, fitness program development, marketing, and how to work one-on-one with clients.
“This program is for people who enjoy a healthy lifestyle, working out, and want to help others do the same,” said Brad Mitchell, professor of kinesiology at LSC-Montgomery.
Personal trainers lead, instruct, and motivate individuals or groups in exercise activities. Most find jobs in health and fitness clubs, and many eventually build their own business. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, “employment of fitness trainers and instructors is expected to grow by 24 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. As businesses and insurance organizations continue to recognize the benefits of health and fitness programs for their employees, incentives to join gyms or other fitness facilities will increase the need for workers in these areas.”
The personal training program at LSC-Montgomery consists of two continuing education classes—Exercise Science and Personal Training, which are taken back to back beginning January 22 through April 18. The class meets three times a week, Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m., and on Saturday from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. The cost of entire program is less than $700.
For more information or to register for the personal training program, contact Donna Smith Burns, program coordinator for continuing education, at Donna.S.Burns@LoneStar.edu.
LSC-Montgomery is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call 936.273.7000, or visit www.LoneStar.edu/montgomery.
With 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest-growing community college system in the nation. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.