If you are outgoing and energetic and are good at motivating others to maintain a healthy lifestyle, a career as a Health Fitness Specialist might be for you.
Health Fitness Specialists are often certified personal trainers, instructors and coaches who perform a battery of tests to measure their clients’ aerobic capacity, strength, flexibility and mobility and offer a personalized exercise regimen that will help clients improve their physical fitness levels.
Job responsibilities might include group fitness leadership, program development, fitness assessment, exercise prescription, personal training, creating and promotion of incentive programs, monitoring/maintenance of equipment, administration and staff training.
A successful health fitness specialist will have a strong background in anatomy and physiology, and effective interpersonal and group communication skills. Most importantly, Health Fitness Specialists must be a good role model and practice what they preach, in regard to diet and exercise.
About the program
The Health Fitness Specialist program prepares you to support clients of all ages and skill levels in adopting and maintaining healthy lifestyle behaviors. You will learn to apply behavioral and motivational strategies to both healthy individuals and individuals with medically controlled diseases and health conditions.
Students will personally train clients for eight consecutive weeks, perform dietary and nutritional counseling, lead various forms of group exercise and administer fitness assessment tests to multiple individuals. Students are required to complete a 300-hour internship at the end of the program.
If you’re looking to obtain a bachelor’s degree, Delta has several university partnerships, guaranteeing a smooth transition.
The Health Fitness Specialist degree is endorsed by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the American Council on Exercise.
What students are saying
“Being a healthcare professional, I have always understood the importance of exercise, yet was never able to provide in-depth instruction or intervention on this topic until I entered in the Health Fitness Specialist Program. I enjoyed it. It provided me a hands-on practical approach that I am able to utilize daily in my work environment.” – Lance Redwantz, R.D., C.N.S.C.
Careers and job outlook
Fitness trainers and instructors work in health clubs, fitness or recreation centers, gyms, hospitals, universities, yoga and Pilates studios, resorts and clients’ homes.
Employment of fitness trainers and instructors is expected to grow by eight percent from 2014 to 2024. As businesses and insurance organizations continue to recognize the benefits of health and fitness programs for their employees, incentives to join gyms or other fitness facilities will increase the need for workers in these areas.
The national average salary for fitness trainers is $34,980 per year.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Find out more
Have questions or want more information? Contact:
Kara Jimenez, PhD.
Lifelong Wellness Coordinator