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Fitness and Health Promotion Program Outline

(Please note that programs may be changed or upgraded to meet the demands of industry without notice)

Core Fitness and Health Skills:

Introduction to Fitness and Health Promotion

An overview of the Fitness and Health industry to introduce the students to the main concepts with which they will be working.

Anatomy and Physiology

Students will learn all the major aspects of the structure and function of the human body. Emphasis will be place on the components that form the basis of the field of exercise physiology.

Exercise Physiology

Physiology of sports and exercise introduces the student to the field of sport and exercise physiology.  The goal is the build on the foundation of knowledge that has been constructed through basic course work in human anatomy and physiology by applying the principles learned to how the body performs and responds to physical activity.

Biomechanics and Kinesiology

Using previous knowledge gained, the students will learn the principles of biomechanics through observation of common activities. By observing ordinary activities firsthand, students will be able to develop functional and meaningful explanations, resulting in a deeper understanding of the underlying mechanical concepts. By analyzing movement, students will learn to design safe and effective exercise programs.

Nutrition and Wellness Coaching

Students learn to understand the role of proper nutrition in attaining and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Fitness Assessment and Program Design

Basic understanding of health evaluations, fitness testing, the components of a fitness test, protocols to follow when performing a fitness test, a general understanding of the five components of fitness, fitness test for each and how to design a general and basic fitness/exercise regime.

Personal Fitness Coaching

This module will enhance the knowledge that the students have gained from the previous modules encouraging them to formulate ideas into programs for the average client they will encounter.

Group Fitness Programming

This module is designed to provide students with methods for group exercise instruction, how to lead groups effectively, exercise class dynamics, methodology required to arrange classes, how to create effective teaching progressions and how to choreograph/program music.

Programming for Special Populations

Taking the knowledge learned in previous modules and enhancing and adapting it to meet the requirements of specific clientele they will encounter including elderly, youth, special needs and others. 

Leisure Program Design and Management

This module will create an understanding for the student in regards to how the public and private sectors, leisure and recreation programs are developed and provide them with hands-on experience with such leisure pursuits in the community. 

Advanced Fitness and Sports Programming

This module is designed to provide an advanced and comprehensive approach to physical fitness and exercise programs specific to sport.

Business for Fitness Professionals

This module addresses the business side of a personal trainer and how to build solid business to become an effective trainer.

Practical Placement

The purpose of this module is for students to practice their applied skills in a work place setting.

Workplace Skills:

CPR and First Aid Certification

A two-day certified course in First Aid and CPR for adults is provided at the College.

Student Success Strategies

Emphasis is placed on thinking about success from day one and developing the non-technical skills to enhance personal, academic and career success. Topics include: goal setting, time management, learning styles, memory techniques, note taking and test writing techniques.

Computer Essentials

  • Learn the basics of the Windows operating system, computer hardware, and software
  • Practice effective file management
  • Explore various Internet search techniques
  • Obtain touch typing skills with a goal of 45 words per minute before graduation
  • Create, edit, and print Microsoft Word letters and reports
  • Format documents and control the page appearance
  • Create, modify, and print Microsoft Excel workbooks
  • Perform calculations using formulas and functions
  • Apply formatting to a worksheet

Career and Employment Strategies     

This module takes the students through the entire job search process including:

  • Where and how to look for a job
  • Effective resume preparation
  • Creating a cover letter tailored to the position
  • Interview preparation
  • Job search management
  • Self-confidence and self-esteem building
  • Mock interviews 
  • Follow up after the interview