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 providers in the world. Or take our class just to learn more about health and fitness.
This 24-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 ($77.99). PURCHASE MANUAL
We also recommend purchasing: ACSM’s Certification Review book
COURSE SESSION SCHEDULES
The ACSM Certification Course takes place over four sessions. 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
Danielle’s first real exposure to nutrition education was in 11th grade when she saw a documentary. Nutrition has been her passion ever since, and she earned a B.S. in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise from Virginia Tech. She then went on to work as a Dietitian Technician, Registered for Women Infants and Children (WIC) for a few years until going back to school to complete her Dietetic Internship at Meredith College. As an RD, Danielle is excited to help others develop a more positive relationship with food and start living a healthier life, and she’s there for support when you just need to “taco ‘bout” it.
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 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.
WHAT OUR STUDENTS ARE SAYING
Taking the ACSM class really prepared me in knowledge and confidence to take the exam. I found the instructors to be very helpful in that they provided real-life examples and hands-on demonstrations to present the material in a fun and memorable way. Because there is so much information in the book, it was great to have a general overview of everything during the class in such a short period of time. I would highly recommend anyone to take this class, even if you are unsure about becoming a Certified Personal Trainer. By attending this class, I feel better prepared to discuss exercise with my patients as well as incorporate this knowledge into my own workouts. ~ Ashley, VB
The ACSM certification course at JWFNS definitely helped me prepare for the exam. The staff was knowledgeable about 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 and Sundays 8:00 AM - 2:00PM
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. Check the schedule for a full list of class offerings.
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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