As the health club industry continues to grow and be profitable, numerous opportunities exist for qualified students to obtain employment as fitness club workers.
- You'll understand how to design and implement exercise programs for a wide variety of people of various ages and states of health.
- You'll become prepared to take on managerial and leadership roles within the health, fitness, and wellness industry.
- You'll be prepared to pass National level fitness certifications.
Although health club memberships span all age groups, senior citizens represent the fastest growing cohort in new membership applications. Fitness instructors in this setting will be working increasingly with an at-risk population. Appropriate education is essential; employers are already seeking those who have the knowledge base to work with this group.
There is a common core of exercise science courses to ensure a solid foundation in the various disciplines that comprise this multidisciplinary field of study, and to ensure the ability to apply knowledge in a variety of practical experiences. In addition to the required courses in exercise and sports science, you will be required to complete a series of courses in business administration.
The highlight of this program for me was how hands on it was! Being in the lab and experiencing everything such as using yourself and others as subjects, there is no better way to learn. The professors are so approachable, professional, and relatable, that towards my senior year they felt more like mentors than the typical teacher-student relationship.
Curriculum and Other Information
- BS, Fitness Management Concentration, Exercise Science - Program information from the University Catalog.
- Four-Year Plan of Study - Required and elective courses for program completion.
- Athletic Trainer
- Fitness Instructor
- Gym/Health Club Manager
- Impact Fitness Instructor
- Physical Education Instructor
- Sports Trainer