Fitness specialists typically work for organizations, such as universities, health clubs, professional gymnasiums, resorts, country clubs and hospitals. They work with individuals and groups to help improve clients’ fitness levels or to rehabilitate injuries. Some fitness specialists may hold personal training sessions at a gym or in clients’ homes, in which they help clients reach personal fitness goals.
Before performing an exercise program, fitness specialists assess the physical condition of the participants. They lead warm-up activities, like stretching, and run through an entire exercise program. A fitness specialist may assist or offer suggestions to individuals who are having difficulty. In addition to exercise duties, a fitness specialist also performs administrative work, which may include leading tours of fitness facilities, registering new members, monitoring the front desk, writing articles or supervising exercise rooms.
Fitness Specialist courses are offered in the regular semester and in an 8 week accelerated format. All of the credits in the certificate program can be used to fulfill requirements for the Associate Degree in Health and Exercise Science for students who wish to pursue advanced study. Students should consult with an advisor to discuss course requirements and prerequisites.