According to recent data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), more than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) are obese, as are approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years. These statistics show that there are opportunities for fitness specialists to use their knowledge of exercise, health, and nutrition to help others live longer lives.
“Fitness and exercise careers allow trainers the opportunity to be a motivational speaker, educator, personal trainer, and health advisor all in one,” said Cassandra Blassingame, Program Development Manager for Ashworth’s career diploma programs. “Our graduates tell us that they have found a rewarding career path that not only changes people's lives, but also keeps them motivated to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.”
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, personal trainers earn on average in excess of $35,000 per year, depending on where they work and their level of experience. Those who are certified can command even higher salaries.
Ashworth’s Certified Personal Trainer program is comprised of 18 comprehensive lessons which include learning objectives, lecture notes, review questions, multiple-choice exams and written assignments. Lessons include:
Fitness and Wellness Fitness
Preparing for Exercise: Training Threshold
Developing Endurance and Strength
Strength and Endurance Exercise
Measuring and Controlling Body
Wellness and Fitness
Combating Threats to Your Health
The Athlete's Diet
High-Impact Meals for Peak Performance
Sugar, Carbohydrates, Protein and Hydration Sugars
Eating for Exercise and Recovery
Weight Management for Athletes
Upon completion of the program, graduates receive a one-year member ship to the National Council on Strength and Fitness as well as prep materials to help them complete the NCSF’s certification exam.
Because Ashworth is a distance education institution, students can start the program at any time, study at their own pace, and take exams online. The program is extremely conducive to the working professional’
“Becoming certified can be a major investment in ones career,” Blassingame commented. “When someone is considering hiring a personal trainer, certification becomes a mark of excellence, demonstrating that you have knowledge and skills that others don't.
About Ashworth College
Celebrating 25 years of Educating Minds and Changing Lives, leading online school, Ashworth College has built a tradition of excellence by offering students worldwide an extensive range of online college degrees, online certificate programs, career training and online high school diploma options that are affordable and fit the busy schedules of working adults. Ashworth offers military education as well as specialized programs for corporate partners and homeschoolers.
Headquartered in Peachtree Corners, GA, Ashworth is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). The Accrediting Commission of the DETC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. Ashworth is parent to James Madison High School which is accredited regionally by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), an accreditation division of AdvancED and further provides career training and vocational programs in the fields of health, business, technology, education, and skilled trades through PCDI Canada, New York Institute of Photography and Sheffield School of Design.