RARITAN VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
ACADEMIC COURSE OUTLINE
Introduction to Personal Training
I. Basic Course Information
A. Course Number and Title: Introduction to Personal Training, FITN 211
B. New or Modified Course: New Course
C. Date of Proposal: Semester: January Year: 2009
D. Sponsoring Department: Health Sciences
E. Semester Credit Hours: 3
F. Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture: 3
G. Prerequisites/Corequisites: None
H. Laboratory Fees: None
I. Name and Telephone Number or E-Mail Address of Department Chair:
908 526-1200 x 8915
II. Catalog Description
The course content will cover subject area needed to become a successful personal trainer
and prepare the student to sit for a nationally recognized personal trainer certification.
The material covered includes: initial interview and testing procedures; setting up an
individualized personal training program; current guidelines for exercise prescriptions;
basic biomechanics and exercise physiology; demonstrating and teaching basic exercise
movements; cueing and motivating clients; administration and record keeping.
III. Statement of Course Need
This course is designed to introduce the student to all areas involved in personal training
and to prepare the student to take a nationally recognized personal trainer certification. It
is a required course in the Fitness Specialist Certificate Program.
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IV. Place of Course in College Curriculum
A. Free elective.
B. Course does not satisfy General Education Requirement.
C. Required for Fitness Specialist Certificate of Completion Program.
D. Course transferability: Upon evaluation by participating two-year and
four-year colleges and universities (on the www.njtransfer.org website), the
Introduction to Personal Training course may transfer as an elective.
V. Outline of Course Content
A. Business Aspects of Personal Training
B. Initial Interview and Risk Assessment
C. Fitness Assessment
D. Cardiovascular Program Design
E. Flexibility Program Design
F. Strength and Endurance Risk Assessment
G. Designing and Monitoring Exercise Programs
H. Nutrition for the Personal Trainer
I. Behavior Modification
J. Exercise Design for Special Populations
K. Biomechanics of Exercise
L. Energy Expenditure During Exercise
VI. Educational Goals and Learning Outcomes
A. Educational Goals
1. understand the scope of the Personal Trainer, opportunities in the
marketplace and skills required for these positions, (GE-RVCC 1, 2;
2. learn the basic skills need to become a professional personal trainer
(GE-RVCC 2, 3; NJ 1, 4)
B. Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to:
1. interview, screen and fitness test a potential client
2. create fitness programs for the general and special populations..
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3. demonstrate and teach clients a variety of resistance, flexibility and
4. motivate clients through behavior modification.
5. understand basic nutrition for wellness.
6. document client progress
7. understand the legal issues involved in personal training.
VII. Modes of Teaching and Learning
B. case study analysis
C. student written and oral presentations
D. reading assignments
VIII. Papers, Examinations, and other Assessment Instruments
A. reading assignments
C. demonstrations of skills
IX. Grade Determinants
A. Class Attendance and Participation
C. Skill Demonstration
X. Texts and Materials
A. ACSM’s Resources for the Personal Trainer, 2nd edition
B. ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, 7th edition
C. ACSM’s Certification Review, 2nd. edition
(Please Note: The course outline is intended only as a guide to course content and
resources. Do not purchase textbooks based on this outline. The RVCC Bookstore is the
sole resource for the most up-to-date information about textbooks.)
A. RVCC Library
B. RVCC Fitness Center
XII. Honors Options
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