Personal Training

News: Our Personal Training Program is currently ranked #1 - IDEA Health & Fitness Association Rankings.

Personal trainers design and deliver exercise programs for both individuals and small groups. Students in our Personal Training Program are trained to become evidence-based personal trainers. Students are taught by and mentored under our diverse faculty, including entrepreneurs, strength and conditioning specialists, personal trainers, exercise physiologists, athletic trainers, and nutritionists (e.g. PN-1 and CISSN). They learn and use the principles of personal training, while using an individualized approach to assess, educate, motivate, and train clients in a variety of settings. With an understanding and knowledge of anatomy, physiology, sports nutrition, exercise and fitness assessment, proper exercise technique, and exercise leadership, students obtain the skills needed to be a successful personal trainer. They design safe, effective, and evidence-based exercise programs, while providing guidance to help clients achieve their health and fitness goals. This program prepares students for entry-level positions in the field of health and fitness and provides the necessary knowledge and skills needed to go on to earn a nationally accredited personal trainer certification.


Graduates of our Personal Training Program have become successful personal trainers, transferred to 4-year institutions (e.g. SDSU), received top internship and occupational positions, and more.


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Career/Transfer Options

The Personal Training program prepares its graduates for the following careers:

  • Personal Trainer
  • Fitness Specialist
  • Group Exercise Instructor

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the Personal Training program will be able to:

  • Apply appropriate exercise science and kinesiology-related principles to design safe and effective exercise sessions.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills and teaching strategies when working one-on-one with clients.
  • Instruct safe and effective exercise sessions for both individuals and small groups.

Catalog Pages

332 (EXSC)

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Degrees & Certificates

AA Degree AA or AS for Transfer AS Degree Certificate of Achievement Certificate of Performance Catalog Pages
        332 (EXSC)

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Program Faculty

Office Phone
Rod Porter J-203A (619) 388-7442

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