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 Northwest Vista College Library
1st Floor, Redbud Learning Center (RLC)
3535 N. Ellison Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78251
(210) 486-4513
Mon - Thu: 7:30am - 8:30pm
Fri: 7:30am - 4 pm
Sat: 8:30am - 2:30pm

The Personal Fitness Trainer Program will prepare students for technical careers in the professional fitness industry. The program will provide students with training in personal and group fitness pedagogies. Students will possess the knowledge and technical skills to work as a Personal Fitness Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor. Appropriate preparation for these occupations is ensured by the curriculum design and instruction methods used in the fitness industry. Students will gain extensive practical experience in many areas, including fitness evaluation and testing, wellness, injury prevention, exercise activity design and facility operations.


Semester I

FITT 1001 - Fitness & Exercise Testing

Techniques for conducting physical fitness assessments including tests of cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular strength and endurance, joint flexibility, body composition, and pulmonary capacity. Includes fitness equipment use and maintenance. Emphasis on safety guidelines and precautions.  

FITT 2001 - Lifestyle Change for Wellness

Components of weight control, healthy nutrition, smoking cessation, stress management, and other current trends. Includes techniques in behavior modification, motivation, teaching, and counseling.

KINE 1006 - First Aid

Writing Basic Skills Prerequisite (Fall 2013): ENGL 0300

Reading Basic Skills Prerequisite (Fall 2013): READ 0302

Integrated Reading & Writing Basic Skills Prerequisite (Spring 2014): INRW 0420

Math Basic Skills Prerequisite (Fall 2013): MATH 0300

Math Basic Skills Prerequisite (Spring 2014) MATH 0305

This course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills that the lay responder will need to sustain life, reduce pain, and minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness. First Aid and CPR certification may be earned.


Semester II

FITT 1003 - Fitness Event Planning & Promotion

Practical aspects of developing and scheduling group exercise fitness classes. Includes recreational activities, competitive events, and promotion of exercise and non-exercise activities. Emphasis on the design of safe, enjoyable activities.

FITT 2011 - Prevention & Care of Exercise Injury

Prerequisites: BIOL 2401 Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Overview of design methods for exercise settings and programs for injury prevention. Includes the use of safe physical conditioning techniques, current exercise fads and myths that promote injury, methods for injury recognition and evaluation, on-site care of exercise injuries, and emergency procedures.

FITT 2013 - Exercise Science

Prerequisites: BIOL 2401 Human Anatomy and Physiology I

A survey of scientific principles, methodologies, and research as applied to exercise and physical fitness. Emphasis on physiological responses and adaptations to exercise. Topics include basic elements of kinesiology, biomechanics, motor learning, and the physical fitness industry.

FITT 2009 - Theory of Exercise Program Design & Instruction

Prerequisites: FITT 2313 exercise Science; FITT 1301 Fitness Exercise Testing

The study of health related components of physical fitness including cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition. Topics include the theoretical basis underlying physical fitness; instructional techniques for fitness development; and methods for leading an exercise session, including design, instruction, and evaluation.


Semester III

FITT 2031 - Group Exercise Instruction

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology

A study of guided and sequential experiences for developing aerobic based group exercise leadership skills. Opportunities provided for students to practice these skills under a professional mentor in a group setting.

FITT 2033 - Fitness Industry Operations & Technology 

A survey of the practical aspects of the physical fitness industry. Emphasis on equipment cost analysis, program marketing, legal issues, policy formation, budgetary planning, computer software applications, and current industry trends.


CE Contact Persons

Anthony Andrade
CE Program Manager
Phone: 210.486.4442

Yvonne Haynes
CE Program Manager
Phone: 210.486.4407

Angelica Esparza
CE Administrative Services Specialist
Phone: 210.486.4406

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