Blinn Health and Kinesiology Program to introduce certified personal training course this spring

PHED 1338: Concepts of Physical Fitness will be offered at the Brenham and Bryan campuses

December 7, 2018

Students seeking a jumpstart on their career path or looking to learn a new skill are invited to get their sweat on with the Blinn College District’s new certified personal training course.

Beginning this spring, Blinn’s Health and Kinesiology Program will offer PHED 1338: Concepts of Physical Fitness at the Brenham and Bryan Campuses. The three-credit-hour course is designed to familiarize students with the knowledge, understanding, and values of health-related fitness, emphasizing the development and implementation of fitness programs.

“The content of this course provides a foundation for all other fitness and exercise specialties,” said Dr. Shelly Peacock, Health and Kinesiology Department Head. “Students will learn the fundamentals of weights, plyometrics, exercise testing, and personal exercise prescriptions, and can apply this knowledge in a variety of health- and fitness-related fields.”

Upon successful completion of the course, students are eligible to take the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer exam. Certified individuals are qualified to work in recreational centers, health clubs, gyms, and studios, where they lead, instruct, and motivate individuals in exercise activities.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for fitness trainers and instructors is expected to grow at a faster-than-average rate of 10 percent from 2016-2026. The median pay for fitness trainers and instructors in 2017 was $18.85 per hour or $39,210 annually.

“This is a great option for students who are pursuing a career as a fitness trainer or instructor, strength and conditioning coach, or would like learn more about personal training,” Peacock said. “This course can be taken alone, or as a great complement to our kinesiology associate degree program.”

The course at Blinn-Brenham will be held from 7:45-9:25 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Kruse Center (map). Blinn-Bryan students will meet from 7:45-9:25 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays in the fitness center located in the G Building (map).

Both courses begin Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, and run through May 9, 2019.

In addition to the face-to-face class sessions, students will complete coursework online through NASM, a nationally accredited organization that provides evidence-based certification and advanced specializations for fitness professionals worldwide.

Concepts of Physical Fitness is open to all Blinn students in any major, and does not require prerequisite courses.

Blinn’s Health and Kinesiology Program provides students a broad foundation of knowledge that will enable them to specialize and adapt to a variety of career opportunities in the fields of health and physical education. The program fosters the values of physical fitness, total well-being, and active lifetime participation through classroom and hands-on learning experiences.

Graduates who earn an Associate of Science degree in kinesiology will be prepared to pursue a variety of health-related careers, including athletic training, coaching, exercise physiology, fitness and wellness management, and recreational therapy, by pursuing a bachelor’s degree in a related field at a four-year university.

For more information, visit www.blinn.edu/kinesiology.

Registration for Blinn’s Winter Minimester, which runs Dec. 14-21 and Jan. 3-10, is available through Dec. 13, and registration for the Spring semester is open through Jan. 14. College officials encourage early registration for convenient scheduling and placement in high-demand courses.

For enrollment or financial aid information, visit www.blinn.edu.

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