Fitness Institute International, Inc.

  • Excellence & Integrity in Education for Over 40 Years

  • Comprehensive Academic Instruction

  • Extensive Practical Training

  • Most Legally Defensible Personal Trainer Certifications

Since its incorporation in 1978, Fitness Institute has been committed to empowering individuals and enhancing lives through sound education in health and fitness for the general public. Additionally, the Institute has provided for the continuing education and professional development of fitness instructors and personal trainers as well as preparing instructors and trainers for credible national certifications. These instructors and trainers have in turn assisted their clients in improving their personal health behavior.

Comprehensive Education & Professional Certification

To provide the requisite knowledge base in exercise science and documentation of such training, Fitness Institute offers a premier program of comprehensive education and extensive training to prepare students for professional certification. Unlike weekend or short-term cram courses, the Institute has established a reputation that attracts serious and discriminating instructors and trainers, who desire more than cursory instruction and meaningless certification – they insist upon a “first class” education and “credible” certification.

Course of Study & Standards

Since a certificate is no more valuable than the training behind it, Fitness Institute subscribes to a demanding course of study that is taught by professionals with graduate degrees in exercise physiology, nutritional biochemistry and the practice of medicine. Standards are those outlined by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) that are the recognized authorities within the field of exercise science.

Program Structure

The Institute offers six training courses, each of which is sixty hours in length and extends over a ten-week period. Classes meet twice a week for three-hour sessions and are conducted during the days and hours indicated on the accompanying ‘Course Schedule’. Individuals may take one course at a time, which is recommended for those working during the day, or may double/triple up on courses, which is frequently the case with out-of-town students who can devote full time to study. Each of the six courses leads to the award of a certificate of training; and upon successful completion of the Exercise Science Foundations course along with the five “Specialist” courses, the student is awarded the Certified Personal Training Specialist (CPTS) credential. At this time, students are well prepared to sit for nationally accredited certifications with ACSM and/or NSCA.


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