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Fitness Instructor Program

The need for qualified Fitness Instructors continues to grow. To meet this demand in a competent and professional way, Hunter College, with top fitness experts, created a hands-on program that will train you for a career in the fitness arena.

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Courses and Certifications:
These courses give you hands-on experiential training that prepares you for future certifications such as ACE, NASM, ACSM, and for work in health clubs as instructors, managers, and personal trainers. Courses should be taken in the order in which they are listed. Please review the course catalog for the current semester’s offerings and course descriptions.

Registration and Tuition:

The Certificate program tuition is $3100 plus $125 paid to an outside gym.  To enter the program, interested applicants must complete an registration form and submit it with a Physician’s Clearance form to the Continuing Education office. Class size is limited and early registration is advised. You can register for courses individually, plus $20.00 registration fee per semester. To register for courses please click on the Course Browser/Registration.

Certificate Requirements

Complete all required courses within two years, plus one elective. You must also obtain a CPR certificate which is separate from the program. Most courses have exams and presentations. You can expect to study approximately 3-5 hours/week for each course.

Note for those registering online: Please call our office at 212.650.3850 to select classes you are taking per semester.   Please be aware that you are registering for the certificate and that you still need to call/come in to the office to choose the classes. If you wish to do a Payment Plan, please come to our office E1022 ( Mon-Fri 9am-5pm). Learn more about the benefits of registering for the entire certificate program.

Note: Certificate Cannot Be Completed In One Semester.

Spring 2014 Semester
Anatomy & Kinesiology II Monday 6:00-8:30pm 4/14-5/19
Teaching Adult Fitness II: Strength Training Saturday
Introduction to Exercise Physiology Wednesday 6:00-8:15pm 4/2-5/21
Fitness Evaluation Tue. & Wed.
6:00- 9:00pm Not available this semester
Fitness for Older Adults Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm Not available this semester

Business of Fitness Tuesday 6:00 - 9:00pm 4/22
Summer 2014 Semester Day Time Dates
Anatomy & Kinesiology Monday 6:30-9:20pm 6/2-7/14
Teaching Adult Fitness I Thursday 6:30-9:30pm 6/12-7/10
Teaching Adult Fitness III: Mat Exercise Wednesday 6:45-9:45pm 6/11-7/9
Fitness Evaluation Tuesday 6-9pm 6/17-7/8
Fitness for Older Adults Saturday 10am-6pm 6/21

Required Courses:

  • Anatomy/Kinesiology: Part I
    Learn the anatomical background essential for understanding human movement. Topics include: terminology for describing movement, skeletal, muscular and articular systems of the upper body and torso. Book I :Anatomy Coloring Book, The (3rd Edition) (Paperback) by Wynn Kapit (Author), Lawrence M. Elson Paperback: 170 pages Publisher: Benjamin Cummings; 3 edition (July 5, 2001) Language: English ISBN-10: 0805350861 ISBN-13: 978-0805350869
  • Anatomy/Kinesiology: Part II
    The 2nd semester course applies the same principles of Anatomy and Kinesiology to the lower body. It provides hands-on experience, using knowledge learned from both semesters. Required Book: "The Concise Book of the Moving Body" (Paperback) by Chris Jarmey (Author), Thomas Myers (Contributor) Paperback: 192 pages Publisher: North Atlantic Books; 1 edition (May 5, 2006) Language: English ISBN-10: 1556436238 ISBN-13: 978-1556436239
  • Introduction to Nutrition This course is a dynamic overview of the relationship between diet and bodily structure, vitality and general state of wellness. Learn the process of how your food is converted into energy. Required: Course Manual (to be purchased in the first class).  Recommended Book: Understanding Nutrition, by Whitney Rolfes.
  • Teaching Adult Fitness I
    You will learn and practice the basic components of safe cardio-vascular exercises, develop communication skills, for creative effective teaching, in-group or private sessions. You will learn to cue suitable warm-ups and cool-downs, to music, using correct alignment during stretches and isolations. Students will teach a 5 minutes cardio-vascular segment of a class.
  • Teaching Adult Fitness II: Strength Training
    (Prerequisites for this course are Anatomy I & II)
    This participatory workshop emphasizes basic biomechanics, free weight training, and using state-of-the-art equipment needed for an effective workout. Learn verbal and tactile cuing techniques, progressions, safety precautions, and injury prevention. A substantial knowledge of Anatomy is advised. The location is a gym, TBA. An additional $125 fee is to be paid to the gym (Cash/check; no credit cards).
  • Teaching Adult Fitness III: Mat Exercise
    This participatory workshop brings together practical and theoretical skills required to design and teach exercise programs and mat classes. Topics include: principles of body conditioning, core stabilization techniques, exercises from sports rehab, Pilates, Yoga, and dance. Mat exercise is valuable for personal training as well as group classes.
  • Introduction to Exercise Physiology (Prerequisites for this course are Anatomy I & II and Nutrition)
    This class studies the impact of exercise on the human body. We begin with understanding aerobic and anaerobic energy transfer, follow with study of the body's three major physiologic systems: pulmonary, cardiovascular, and neuromuscular and conclude with discussion of initiating physiological adaptations through exercise training.
    Required Book: Essentials of Exercise Physiology, 4th edition (2011), Katch, McArdle & Katch. Publisher: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins ISBN-13: 978-1-60831-267-2/ISBN-10: 1-60831-267-4
  • Fitness Evaluation
    The elements of fitness assessment using current industry standards. Study pre-activity screening of clients; client risk stratification; choosing, preparing and leading clients through assessment tests and interpretation of test results. Class includes hands-on practice in measuring blood pressure, cardiorespiratory fitness, body composition and muscular strength and flexibility. Bring calculator, stopwatch & towel. 8 hours, 2 sessions. Required Book: ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, Seventh Edition, ISBN 0-7817-4506-3. Lippincott. Recommended book: ACSM's Health-Related Physical Fitness Assessment Manual, second edition, 2008. Lippincott. This course is taken after Introduction to Exercise Physiology.
  • Fitness for Older Adults
    70 million people are turning 60 this year. Learn how working out improves physiological and psychological health of older adults. Muscular-Skeletal problems, diabetes, hypertension, coronary disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, and psychological attitudes affecting workouts will be covered. Learn to design appropriate programs for mature adults, including low impact, weight training, and chair exercises.
  • Business of Fitness
    This course focuses on getting started, where to begin, how to interview, information sources for equipment, music, and all related business. Topics include: what clubs are looking for, insurance, liabilities, a review of communication skills, and how to attract clients. A guest speaker will share how he/she developed a successful business.

Additional Course Offering: This course is NOT included in the certificate fee.

Corrective Strategies for Injury Prevention
Developing knowledge of human movement science and corrective exercise. Students will learn to work with clients who are recovering from injuries, as well as enhance their current functional level. Corrective Exercises are exercises that are designed to make positive changes in the way you move and focus on the underlying cause of your pain, not just on ways to mask or reduce your pain. The class will be taught the use of dynamic methods to correct muscle imbalances to aid in injury prevention and recovery. The class will incorporate different techniques to assist in correcting body mechanics for injury prevention. This class will be taught at a moderate to advanced level to aid in using proper understanding of anatomical points and body mechanics.  * Please note: This class is NOT part of the program.  This course is meant for those who have completed the program in it's entirety.  Therefore, students interested in this additional course must pay the full course tuition.  Registration fee is waived. 

Continuing Education’s certification programs are offered for no college credit. A certificate is awarded to students who successfully meet the requirements explained in the CE bulletin.

Waiver Form
Physician Clearance Form

Job Opportunities:
The fitness field calls us frequently asking for instructors and trainers. Hunter will work to provide you job leads as soon as you qualify or complete training.

Christina Camerlingo shares the following about her experience:

Since completing my course work at Hunter, this past January, I successfully passed the ACE Personal Training Exam. I have begun teaching 2 group fitness classes, one geared towards older adults and the other is a total body conditioning class. I also am working as a Floor Trainer in a midtown hotel fitness center.
I owe all of my success to Hunter College. Without the Continuing Education program, I would not be as successful as I have been – and its only been a few months! Every instructor was amazing. I learned so much throughout my time in the program.

Look at what one of our student's has achieved.


Course Status
If enrollment for a course does not reach a required level, the course will be canceled. However, when maximum enrollment is reached, the course will be closed immediately and the names of interested registrants will be put on a wait list and notified on a “first come” basis if an opening occurs. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

Students’ progress is measured through examinations, research and writing assignments, and classroom participation. A grade of A, B, or C is required in each course certification. A passing grade is 73=C.

Attendance Requirements
Students are required to attend all the classes and be on time. If absence occurs, the student is responsible for making up missed assignments. The instructor maintains and submits attendance records for each student. 100% class attendance is expected. Any exceptions must be accompanied by a doctor’s note.

Retake Policy for Certificate Program
*  A student may drop a class only before the start of the first meeting. A class may not be dropped after the first class meeting has occurred. No refund will be given.
*  If for any reason a student does not complete a class, the class will be treated as a failure. In this case, the Retake Policy will apply.
*  The Retake Policy allows a student to retake the failed class free of charge within a period of one year. This privilege can be exercised only ONCE for the duration of the certificate program.
* If a student believes that his or her circumstances warrant special consideration in the case of a dropped or uncompleted class, please state the reason in writing and send to the Assoc. Dir. of CE, whose decision on the matter will be final.

Completed all required courses? Request your Certificate, Transcript and Completion Letter via the Certificate/Completion Letter Request Form.

Continuing Education Certificate Programs are part-time non-credited courses and therefore we do not issue student visas.  To apply for a student visa, students must be enrolled in a full-time credited college program or an ESL studies program.  For more information on Continuing Education's ESL program please click here: International English Language Institute
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