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Fitness Specialist

The Fitness Specialist program is a perfect fit for those in good physical shape who crave an active and challenging job where they can help others achieve their fitness goals.

What can I do in fitness?

Fitness specialists lead and motivate people to exercise. They evaluate and assess individuals to help them avoid athletic injuries, improve fitness or maintain peak performance.

What characteristics and skills do I need to work in this field?

Customer service and communication skills are important. Fitness specialists must be friendly and encouraging to clients and be able to communicate well, listening carefully to clients so they can determine fitness levels and goals. Fitness specialists must remain on task for several hours while standing, sitting, moving, lifting and bending. They must be able to lift and move loads possibly in excess of 50 pounds. This career requires the individual to be in good physical condition to be able to perform the exercises they share with others.

Where can I work?

Fitness specialists may work in gyms, corporate fitness centers, commercial fitness centers, hotels, hospitals, recreation departments and retirement facilities. They may also work for themselves, training clients in their homes or businesses. The employment outlook for fitness specialists is positive. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts an increase in employment of fitness specialists from 2012 to 2022.

What does Trident Technical College offer?

The Fitness Specialist certificate program at Trident Technical College targets students who want comprehensive entry-level training beyond the experience of a personal trainer. This program, which can be completed in three full-time semesters, includes courses such as Lifetime Fitness and Wellness, Nutrition for Fitness and Training, and Aerobics Instructor Training. Students get hands-on experience in the InterTech Group Wellness Center at TTC and in an internship that provides them with firsthand experience working with clients. Graduates of the program will be qualified to provide cardio and weight training, wellness and personal fitness training services, and will have the knowledge they need to become certified.