JWFNS offers the most comprehensive personal trainer preparatory course available in the Hampton Roads, Virginia area. Of those participants that have taken the preparatory course, 91% have passed and are excelling in their field. Classes are offered several times throughout the year and size is limited, so register early. (*note – the total cost for all 4 sessions is $325)
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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
WHO IS ELIGIBLE
Anyone interested in becoming an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Nationally Certified Personal Trainer to start or further their career is eligible. ACSM is one of the most widely recognized and accepted certification provider in the world. Also, many people have taken our class just to learn more about health and fitness.
This 20-hour prep course includes educational and practical information on Anatomy, Physiology, Strength Training, Cardiovascular Fitness, Nutrition, Injury Prevention, Special Populations, Equipment Use, Program Design, and much more.
In addition to the registration cost, you’ll need to purchase the ACSM Personal Trainer Manual ($75.99). PURCHASE MANUAL
We also recommend purchasing: ACSM’s Certification Review book
COURSE SESSION SCHEDULES
The ACSM Certification Course takes place over four sessions and is typically scheduled over four consecutive Saturdays. The subject matter is organized in the following manner:
- Importance of the field of Personal Training
- Career track of a Personal Trainers
- Anatomy and Kinesiology
- Biomechanical Principles of Training
- Exercise Physiology
- Cardiorespiratory Training Programs
- Guidelines for Designing Flexibility Programs
- Personal Training Session Components
- Advanced Program Options
- Nutrition and Health Performance
- Theories of Behavior Change
- Adherence to Exercise
- Counseling and Coaching Techniques
- Initial Client Consultation
- Screening and Risk Stratification
- Client Fitness Assessments
- Comprehensive Program Design
- Resistance Training Programs
- Special Populations
- Business Basics and Planning
- Legal Issues and Responsibilities
MEET YOUR COACHES
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Day was born and raised in Norfolk and graduated from Salem High school. She then attended Howard University, where she received her Bachelors of Science, with a concentration in Sports Medicine/Chemistry. She aspires to be a physician and believes with a little hard work, a strong foundation, and determination she will achieve this childhood dream. She is thrilled to be apart of the JWFNS family and even more excited to grow with the company!
Erica is an ACSM certified personal trainer born and raised in Nebraska and recently moved to Virginia Beach to pursue her fitness career. She graduated college with a degree in exercise science and a minor in food and nutrition. Her interest in fitness and nutrition started in high school and continued to grow throughout college, when she chose her major. In her free time she enjoys being outdoors and getting active. She loves creating fun, individualized workouts for all ages and looks forward to helping people reach their goals and live a healthy lifestyle.
Nick is a NASM certified personal trainer and graduate of East Carolina University with a degree in Exercise Physiology. He grew up playing sports as a kid and started lifting weights in the off-season to stay in shape. He quickly developed a passion for fitness and starting learning as much as he could about training and nutrition on his own. As a trainer, I stay up-to-date with the latest research in the field. He utilizes a science-based approach to training and nutrition to develop effective programs that will optimize results while still promoting exercise enjoyment. He always justifies training techniques so that clients can better understand the ‘why’ behind the exercises they are performing.
Jenna was born in Pennsylvania, but considers herself raised in Northern Virginia. She has participated in sports basically since she could walk, all the way through college and played for the University of Mary Washington intercollegiate women’s soccer team all four years. Post graduation and moving to Virginia Beach, her passion for health and wellness only grew, making her realize she wanted every aspect of her life to encompass that. She has a heart for helping and encouraging others to meet their fitness goals, while supporting them in adopting and maintaining a sustainable and healthy lifestyle. In her free time she loves spending time at the beach, going hiking, and hanging out with her husband and friends.
Jenna is from Buffalo, NY where she attended Buffalo state college for her Bachelor degree in dietetics and completed her dietetic internship and Masters in Nutrition science at University of Buffalo. Jenna is new to the area as she just moved to Virginia Beach with her fiancé in August 2016. She has worked as a clinical dietitian with many different populations and is excited to use her experience to help others make healthy lifestyle changes.
Amani was born and raised in Virginia Beach and graduated from Maury High School. As a younger child, she gained a love for nature and enjoys all outside activities such as bike riding, swimming, and hiking. In her free time she likes to spend time with friends, family, and her puppy Bella. She’s excited to see what she can learn about staying fit during her time at Jim White Fitness & Nutrition Studios!
Jamie is an ACE-certified personal trainer who has been involved in sports and fitness her whole life. Through participation in soccer, basketball, dance, gymnastics, track and cheerleading in her youth, she developed a lifelong love for movement. Jamie continues to participate in running and athletic events, including qualifying for and completing the Boston Marathon. It was as a client of Jim White Fitness & Nutrition Studios that Jamie discovered a desire to help others achieve their fitness goals and pursued a career in personal training. Jamie has lived in Virginia Beach for over 20 years with her husband Jeff and is the mother of two active boys.
Rob retired from the corporate finance world after 30 years to focus on what he loves most – helping people meet their physical fitness dreams. He has over 12 years in various roles of teaching fitness and coaching. Rob’s passion for physical fitness began as a child when he started playing multiple sports. As he has grown older, he realizes how crucial a healthy nutritional lifestyle is to overall fitness and well-being.
Bradley studied at Old Dominion University focusing on Exercise Science. Fitness really began to play a huge role in his life in high school, especially when it came to training for football. Once football was over, he continued his passion to getting stronger, which kept him exercising every single day and made studying Exercise Science in college even easier. He is excited to be a part of the JWFNS team and work with anyone ready to improve fitness and nutrition!
Taylor is an NASM-certified personal trainer returning to Hampton Roads from NYC where she earned her BFA in acting. Taylor has always had a strong interest in health and fitness, and has found ways to stay physically fit and active through her training as a performer through dance, stage combat, cheer, and more. What started as a hobby quickly turned into a serious career path when she began working and learning from trainers both in Virginia and New York. She aspires to teach others how to make positive long-lasting lifestyle changes, in a way that is impactful towards reaching any health and fitness goal.
Kari is a Registered Dietitian, originally from Bloomington, Indiana. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and completed her Dietetic Internship at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas. As an RD, she has worked at Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Overseas in Japan as a Consultant Dietitian and as a Clinical Dietitian. Kari moved to Virginia Beach in 2016 from California with her husband, son and their pet schnoodle, and is enjoying life near the beach. She believes in living a healthy lifestyle, but thinks it’s important to enjoy food and have fun exercising. Kari loves seeing and helping others make healthy lifestyle changes, improve their overall health, and reach their goals.
Colt is an NASM certified personal trainer from San Antonio, Texas. He has stayed active in fitness and athletics from a young age and participated in basketball, baseball, football, and martial arts. Colt has a true passion for the fitness industry, and strives to set a healthy and fit lifestyle example for his son, Jace. He thoroughly enjoys helping people achieve goals and conquer obstacles through hard work and dedication.
Born and raised in Chesapeake, Virginia, Stephen has been around fitness and exercise for years due to sports in high school. Just recently, he competed in a couple of Men’s Physique competitions through the OCB. While training for the competitions, he realized how much he really enjoy exercise and fitness and decided to pursue a career in the industry. He is committed to helping people reach their goals while having fun and enjoying the process.
Alex is a Registered Dietitian from Manassas, VA. She has lived in Virginia Beach with her husband and Australian Shepherd for 4 years. She graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise, and completed her Dietetic Internship at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She also received her Certificate of Training in Pediatric and Adult Weight Management, Levels 1 & 2, from the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Alex loves to challenge herself and others to set and reach new goals in order to achieve their full healthy potential. She continues to be inspired every day by witnessing others discover the power of good nutrition.
Karen has always been a lover of foods and originally wanted to work in a test kitchen before she got hooked on nutrition in her first class at Cornell University. Her interest in nutrition grew to focus on preventive health and nutrition. She worked in nutrition education with Cooperative Extension before heading to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for a Masters in Public Health Nutrition. After becoming credentialed with the American Academy of Dietetics, she has enjoyed a variety of nutrition roles, including nutrition writing for newspapers, health promotion for an HMO and nutritional sales. Karen’s goal is to help others achieve changes in their diets to improve their health and reduce risks for nutrition related diseases.
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Jonae is an ACE-certified personal trainer who was born and raised in Boise, Idaho, moving to Virginia Beach in 2014. From a young age, Jonae was always involved in sports, especially soccer, and has remained active since. Her personal passion is cooking and recently she graduated from the Art Institute of Virginia Beach with a degree in Culinary Arts. In her free time she enjoys being with her husband and two dogs, hanging out at the beach or park. She has a strong love for fitness and a desire to help others not only reach their fitness goals, but exceed them.
Tracey was born in Maryland and moved to Virginia Beach with her military family when she was young. She has always had a desire to help others and has a passion for personal growth and moving forward. She looks forward to helping others improve their healthy lifestyle along with her own by working at Jim White Fitness and Nutrition Studios.
Josh has been involved in the health, wellness and fitness field for a large part of his life. In middle and high school, he was a student athlete and even coached his high school wrestling team after graduation. During his time at Radford University, he participated on the club wrestling team and earned his degree in Exercise Science in 2013. He is currently attending school for physical therapy assisting with a goal of combining aspects of physical therapy with his personal training style. Always striving to be encouraging and positive, he enjoys working with clients in all age groups and is very excited to be a part of the JWFNS team.
Accounts Manager, Human Resources
Gerrie is the backbone of the JWFNS brand. She is the mother of four boys. And if that does not keep her busy enough, she is also a coach for a local competitive cheerleading squad. She believes that food is a healer and lives a life of balancing healthy eating with exercising while enjoying the sweeter tastes of life in moderation.
Jared is an ACSM-certified personal trainer and studied Exercise Science at Old Dominion University. He has been involved in fitness and sports for most of his life, playing and training for baseball for 16 years. Jared gained an interest in the exercise science and health industry after finding an exercise and diet plan that helped him lose 40 pounds over a five-month period. Jared is thrilled to be a part of the JWFNS team and continue his great desire to help anyone wishing to improve his or her own fitness and nutrition lifestyle.
Marketing Specialist | Client Care Coordinator
Krista has been fascinated with health and fitness ever since she was a child. Her position at JWFNS has helped her fulfill her passion for helping others. She continues to broaden her knowledge of the fitness and nutrition industry, and feels fortunate to be a part of the JWFNS team, helping others live happier, more energetic and satisfying lives.
ACE CPT, Certified in Biokinesiology, Certified Fit Quest/ActivTrax Trainer
Carter’s interest in health and fitness began when he was a teenager. He worked in the field through college and it became his career. After a life-threatening illness—and after medical providers told him his own workout regimen may have saved his life—he is more committed than ever to being a strong and exciting catalyst in promoting a healthy and fit lifestyle in anyone, no matter his or her age or condition.
Great Neck Studio Manager, ACE CPT
Jeremy has been affiliated with the fitness industry for over five years. He is eager to share his knowledge and experience with clients to help them reach their goals and feel good about their bodies. He is enthusiastic about helping others achieve results and leads a healthy lifestyle, serving as a positive role model for his clients.
Jacob is an ACE-certified personal trainer and studied Exercise Science at Old Dominion University. Fitness is not just a hobby for him—it’s a lifestyle. He helps clients get toned, gain muscle mass, or train for a particular event. Jacob also helps clients set reachable goals, both long-term and short-term, and then creates individualized workout plans. His training consists of periodization training, breakdown training, and plyometric training while increasing balance, flexibility, and stability. He believes working out is called working out for a reason—it’s hard work—but he aims to make it a fun and enjoyable process.
General Manager, ACE CPT, ACE Lifestyle, Weight Management Certified
Chris has been affiliated with the fitness industry for many years. In his senior year of high school, he was a gym assistant and played various sports. After high school, Chris competed in two local bodybuilding competitions through the NASF. Through training for bodybuilding competitions, Chris realized that he wanted to pursue a career in the fitness industry. Chris is ACE-certified and is excited to help people of various fitness levels reach their fitness goals.
Patty, a mother of two, graduated from Old Dominion University and has been involved in fitness ever since. An ACE-certified personal trainer, Patty is currently working on receiving her certification in Healthy Lifestyle and Weight Management. Her expertise is self-evident and translates well into goal-oriented programs developed for your personal success. Patty will incorporate your needs into a specific course of action designed to personally manage your evolution to optimal fitness.
ACSM Health Fitness Instructor, Registered Dietitian, AND National Spokesman, Owner
Jim graduated Summa Cum Laude from Youngstown University in Ohio with a B.A. in Nutrition. He is credentialed by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as a Registered Dietitian and certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as a Health Fitness Instructor. Jim is currently the National spokesman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and has the reputation of being one of the top health professionals in the area. His clientele includes all walks of life—athletes, actors, models, business owners, elders and teens. Jim and his team have helped hundreds lose thousands. LEARN MORE ABOUT JIM.
ACE CPT, Health Coach
Taylor is an ACE-certified personal trainer and ACE-Health Coach born and raised in Virginia Beach. She attended Old Dominion University and studied Sports Management. Taylor has always been into fitness and sports, playing basketball since the age of 5. She believes that being mindful of good health and fitness is a lifestyle and can be fun and enjoyable. Taylor loves going to the beach in her free time and enjoys playing games and watching sports. She is eager to help people change their lives.
Bryan has five years of experience as an ACSM-certified personal trainer. He attended Old Dominion University where he received his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. Bryan has a martial arts background; he is a black belt in Judo and is an Assistant Instructor in Self Defense at Old Dominion University. Bryan’s passion for core strength and function, blended with his training methods, will lead to a successful new you.
Eric is an ACE-certified personal trainer and has always been involved in some type of physical activity, with experience ranging from martial arts to a wide variety of athletics. He is currently attending Old Dominion University studying Criminal Justice and working to complete a minor in Exercise Science. Through his experience and studies he has gained an expertise in distinct forms of athletic training as well as general fitness. He believes that exercise is not only good for the body but also the mind, and is essential to obtaining a well-rounded lifestyle. Eric believes in a hands-on personal training approach that leads to positive communication in an energetic and open environment to simultaneously complete goals and have fun!
WHAT OUR STUDENTS ARE SAYING
The ACSM certification course at JWFNS definitely helped me prepare for the exam. The staff was knowledgeable on each chapter they presented and highlighted the important topics that I would see on the test. ~ Stephen, Chesapeake
The ACSM Certification Course offered at JWFNS was necessary for me to complete my personal training certification. Coming in as someone who didn't have a degree in health/fitness, this course (taught by a variety of knowledgeable trainers) prepared me for the test and areas I needed to know. From anatomy to program design, the trainers at JWFNS taught the basics and fundamentals in a way that was easy to understand and grasp. I highly recommend this course to anyone breaking into the fitness industry and wishing to be an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer. ~ Jess, Virginia Beach
QUESTIONS MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED
Where is the JWFNS ACSM course given?
The ACSM Course will take place at our Hilltop Studio, 1577 Laskin Road Suite 105 Virginia Beach, VA. Please park in the back of the building and enter through our back door entrance.
When are the classes scheduled?
Saturdays from 8:00AM-1:00PM
If something comes up and I can not attend the ACSM class, may I receive a refund?
Since class size is limited, we do not issue refunds for the ACSM course.
What should I bring to the class?
We recommend bringing water, a pen or pencil, scrap paper, and a snack. If you have already purchased your ACSM books and all your materials, you may find it beneficial to bring those in as well.
Can we bring a snack to class?
Absolutely! Since each class is five hours long, we do encourage you to bring a snack to class. We will also have various breaks throughout the class time to run out and grab a snack as well.
After I take this ACSM course will I take the exam at JWFNS?
No, after the course is over, you will need to visit the ACSM testing center website and sign up to take either a computer-based exam or a paper-and-pencil exam.
Do I have to wait a certain amount of time to take the exam after the class?
No, you can schedule your ACSM exam as soon as you feel you are ready to take the test. However, make sure you have both your CPR and AED certification card as you may be required to show it before entering the exam.
Do I need to purchase my own book?
Yes, we do not provide copies of the ACSM Personal Trainer Manual. You will need to purchase the book from the ACSM website.
If I miss a class, may I make it up?
We encourage you to make it to every class and will be emailed the notes after each session. If you miss a session, you may make up that class during the next time the ACSM course is offered. Please note that we may not have confirmed dates for the next ACSM course until the current ACSM session is complete.
Where can I find additional information about ACSM?
When are your ACSM certification classes offered?
We currently offer our courses twice per year: January and July.
What kind of salary can I make as a personal trainer?
The average salary for a certified personal trainer has increased significantly over the last several years. Salary averages continue to improve as overall market exposure, trainer service demand and employment opportunities continue to rise. It is important to note that training professionals who have multiple certifications and/or specialty level titles earn even more than those with one certification and limited personal fitness experience.
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