Prepare to get ACSM certified & fulfill that fitness dream.

ACSM Certification Prep

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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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

Our course and certified instructors will teach you everything you need to know in relation to health and fitness to maximize your testing and career success.


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
  • Review


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  • 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


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