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Personal Training Home Study Course Preparation

Certified Personal Trainer Home Study Option

The Home Study Course begins upon receipt of the course materials. The materials are designed in a user-friendly lesson by lesson format. As the candidate progresses through the reading assignments, integrated activities and course viewings they build a knowledge base that is applied in the performance of a series of practical training exercises.


Putting exercise theory into practice is a key component to the proper completion of the NCSF Home Study Course. Candidates are shown how to perform a variety of exercise assessments and training techniques, which correspond to the program lessons. The performance of these practical activities transfers the theoretical lessons into the tangible skills that professionals in the field of Personal Training are responsible for on the job.


Personal Training Home Study Program Topics:

Components of Health and Wellness
Health Screening and Evaluation
Lifestyle Management Techniques
Components of Functional Warm-up
Flexibility Assessment and Programming
Exercise Physiology
Body Composition Analysis Techniques
Resistance Training Techniques
Goal Setting
Informed Consent and Liability
Health Status Questionnaire
Structural Anatomy
Cardiorespiratory Testing and Programming
Components of Nutrition
Components of Muscular Strength and Endurance
Weight Management Strategies

Personal Training Home Study Practical Performance:

Reviewing and Signing of Informed Consent
Health Status Questionnaire Review
Calculation of Desired Body Fat
Calculation of Resting Metabolic Rate
Evaluation of Resting Blood Pressure
Energy Expenditure VS Weight Loss
Kcal Expenditure from O2 Utilization
Cardio Training Intensity Computations
Exercise Starting Points and Progressions
Biomechanics Term Review and Application
Rotator Cuff Strengthening Training
Flexibility Training Techniques
Girth Estimation of Body Fat
Skinfold Estimation of Body Fat
Lifestyle Questionnaire review
Evaluation of Resting Heart Rate
Case Study Dietary Considerations
RMR calculations using METs
Free Weight Resistance Training Techniques
Functional Resistance Training Techniques
Submax Step Test Administration
Functional Warm-up Performance
Case Study Nutritional Review
Abdominal and Core Training Techniques
Ten Point Flexibility Assessment

The Home Study Course is ideal for those individuals that are looking for a flexible and convenient learning model that can be completed at the candidate’s own pace. Once a candidate completes the course and is comfortable with the topics presented they are ready to take the Personal Training Exam.

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