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If you have a love for fitness and a passion for helping others, becoming an educated, certified, experienced personal trainer could be the best way to build an exciting and rewarding career. Lexington Healing Arts Academy (LHAA) is an accredited health and wellness school dedicated to providing aspiring trainers with the knowledge and experience needed to succeed in this growing field.

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What Sets LHAA Apart?

Proven, Experienced Faculty

Our faculty consists of proven, successful Personal Trainers. Several own their own gyms or Training studios. The guidance and education provided by experienced and proven Trainers will help you reach your goals. For those instructors who are not personal trainers they are experts in the fields of nutrition, professional development and coaching.

Amy Ball
Amy is a Certified Personal Trainer (NASM), Weight Loss Specialist (NASM), Level 1 Triathlon Coach (USAT), Certified Strong Over 50 Trainer (SO-50), and Certified Group Instructor. With 20 years in the fitness industry, Amy has practical experience as well as education from the University of Kentucky and is a 2012 graduate of the Lexington Healing Arts Academy (LHAA). In addition to working as a personal trainer and coach, Amy is a faculty member teaching the Introduction to Personal training course.

Jim Benson
Jim is the owner of Snap Fitness-Veterans Park in Lexington. He is certified through the National Strength & Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and has been a personal trainer since 1999. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and a Master’s degree in Sports Management, both from the University of Kentucky. Aside from personal training, Jim has worked as a consultant for various fitness centers in development of personal training, management, and sales. Jim teaches Sports Specific Training.

Julia Buchanan
Julia completed her PhD and master’s degree at the University of Kentucky, where she focused on health promotion. She also graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in Exercise Science. She is a Certified Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine, as well as a Certified Health Education Specialist through NCHEC and is a Certified Health Coach. She has industry background in fitness/wellness program management and health behavior change. Julia teaches the Lifestyle Wellness Coaching course.

Shane Burry
Shane began his fitness career in 2001. While enlisted in the US Army he became accomplished in group exercise instruction, preparing our nations soldiers for their demanding tasks. The military also presented him 3 awards for outstanding physical fitness achievements. After his enlistment, Shane began focusing on helping others through more personalized fitness training. In 2012 Shane completed the Nationally Accredited Personal Fitness Training Program at the Lexington Healing Arts Academy. Shane is a Certified Personal Trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He has also earned a Arthritis Exercise Program Specialization from the Arthritis Foundation. and is also Certified for the Strong Over 50 Program. Shane has experience working with high level athletes and soldiers to seniors with arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease. His specialty though, is working with clients that need various special considerations due to various chronic or acute physical conditions. Empowering them to know that there is always a way to improve the quality of their lives through fitness, is what keeps him motivated to give 100% to all his clients.

Justin Gibson
Justin graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Kinesiology. Justin has been a practicing Personal Trainer for the past 5 years and has worked in a handful of settings, including a health club, a private personal training studio, and a medical fitness facility. He also is a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and is also an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer. As a trainer, Justin believes in mastering the basics to get stronger and getting creative to burn calories. He has worked with a wide variety of clients including high school athletes, college professors, retirees, those with injuries or special needs, and children. Justin is also a competitive SPF Powerlifter and avid writer and reader.

Lucy Hendricks
Lucy has been a Personal Trainer for the past 6 years and is a co-owner of Enhancing Life, a boutique personal training gym. Lucy was raised in an environment that encouraged curiosity and getting to the root cause of health issues. Her journey into personal training and coaching began in 2010 as a graduate of the Lexington Healing Arts Academy personal training program.
Lucy’s devotion to continuous improvement and education has led her to complete multiple courses and received certifications on biomechanics and human performance, restorative breathing and online personal training. She received certification in Massage Therapy from the Lexington Healing Arts Academy in 2016. Her specialty is teaching clients and students how to properly lift weights, how to get clients excited to learn how to breathe properly, and how to progress and regress exercises.
Her passionate desire to share the information she has learned has helped her overcome her fear of public speaking. For the last 4 years, Lucy has impacted thousands of people all over the country through speaking engagements, webinars, articles, podcasts, and in-person training.

Annie Koempel
Annie has an educational background, as well as teaching and research experience, in diverse fields, including history, anthropology, and human nutrition. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, licensed in the State of Kentucky. She works full time for the University of Kentucky Superfund Research Program, as the project manager for the Community Engagement Core, which, among many things, seeks to improve the diet quality of Kentuckians. Her passions include Health at Every Size, sustainable food systems, and Intuitive Eating – she is currently in training to become a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, which she hopes to finish by December 2017. In her free time, she enjoys reading, gardening, cooking, knitting, and playing with her dog.

In Depth, Quality Education

Our program is for those individuals who seek a strong educational foundation in the science and art of Personal Training. Our program is not a fluffy curriculum to get you to pass a test. It is a deep dive into understanding the how’s and why behind helping others meet their health and fitness goals.  We spend 720 hours in teaching you the sciences behind exercise, how to assess someone’s fitness and how to design fitness programs for a wide range of populations and athletes. We also give you the understanding of the importance on nutrition, and how that interplays with clients as well as the psychology of clients and how to motivate them for success.  We have you network with professionals in the field and we develop your professional skills “soft skills” to help you build the skills necessary to succeed in this industry.   Our program is hands on, intensive, and designed for your success.

On-Site and Hands On

LHAA has over 19,000 square feet of classroom, office and lab space including our 5,000 sq foot Fitness Center that will allow you to practice what you learn in the classroom.  The fitness center has a variety of cardiovascular, strength, and fitness equipment to utilize as you learn, not only proper technique and form, but how to use each piece equipment when designing programs for your future clients.

Meeting the Public

As an LHAA student, you will have the opportunity to apply your program training in the classroom and through supervised internships and externships. These valuable experiences will allow you to explore different employment settings, network within the fitness community, complete hands-on training, and even begin building a clientele.

Career Placement

We all know that finding employment after graduation can be a challenge. LHAA works continuously to network throughout the state and maintain potential employment connections for all of our students. Not only does this help you find potential work after certification, it helps LHAA continue to build its reputation as a quality fitness school that produces highly skilled, highly educated, certified Fitness Trainers.

Personal Training Incubator

The LHAA Personal Training Incubator provides recent graduates of LHAA’s Personal Fitness Training (PFT) Program, or qualified Personal Trainers in the community, the opportunity to license space, equipment, and other resources, as well as guidance to help them launch and grow successful Personal Training and Fitness businesses.

Faculty, staff, and community resources offer expertise in the marketing, legal, distribution, monetization and other business issues central to finding success in the fitness marketplace. The facility is a 5000-square-foot Fitness Training center featuring cardiovascular equipment and a variety of weight training and fitness equipment, flex space for workshops and classes, reception area, and other amenities.

The LHAA Personal Fitness Training Program will help you gain knowledge and skills in…

  • Fitness Assessment
  • Exercise Program Design and Advanced Techniques
  • Professionalism
  • Communication
  • Lifestyle Wellness Coaching
  • Sciences
  • Marketing
  • Business Practices

LHAA Graduates

Because the field of personal fitness training is growing so rapidly, hopeful trainers need to be prepared to outshine the competition when they enter the workforce. As an LHAA graduate, you are likely to have an edge when it comes to finding work, as your training will have already provided real world experience, in-depth education and business skills to succeed.

Program Details – LHAA Personal Fitness Training Program


The total cost for the LHAA Personal Fitness Training program is $12,000. This tuition covers all fees, books, equipment, and supplies.

Lexington Healing Arts Academy is more than just a certification school. Through our comprehensive, hands-on Personal Fitness Training program, you will receive in-depth education, industry experience, networking opportunities and more – all of which will help lay the groundwork for a long term career in physical fitness training.

To download our free information packet, please fill out the “Request Info” form on this page. If you have a question about the school or a particular program, you may submit your question through the online form and a LHAA representative will get back to you.

Contact Amy Ball  Admissions and Financial Aid Coordinator, at (859) 252-5656 ext. 29 for information about tours, admissions, and financial aid.Enrollment

The Spring class start date is April 11, 2018.

The Fall class start date is October 10, 2018.

The program takes approximately 36 weeks to complete.

Classes meet Monday through Friday from 9:30 AM-1:30 PM.

To begin the process of enrollment, complete the application form here and submit online. Please note that this is a brief but detailed form with questions regarding your background and education, a request for references, an essay, and a $50.00 application fee required prior to enrollment.

How much student loan debt does a typical graduate have to repay after graduation?

The median loan debt for individuals who graduated from the program during the period 7/1/15- 6/30/16 is:

  • Federal Loans: $8,760
  • Private Educational Loans: $0
  • Institutional Financing Plans: $0

What percent of graduates completes the program in the normal time frame as published in the catalog?

The percentage of students who graduated on-time during the 7/1/2015 – 6/30/2016 time period is 100%.

What percent of graduates found employment related to their field of study?

The job placement rate for students who completed this program in the period 7/1/2015 – 6/30/2016 is 78%.

How can I find out more about this career?

Further information pertaining to occupational requirements and opportunities for graduates of this program is available at Summary Report for Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors. The Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code for this program is 26.0908.

Why get educated and certified?

What Students Have to Say about LHAA

“Some of my favorite things [about the program] are the experience our teachers have a combined total experience of probably hundreds of years it would seem! And the access you get to the industry. I think that’s the most important thing for me. Being able to walk into gyms and walk into facilities where normally you would have to make an appointment or you would have to really know a guy who knows a guy and, because of this program, we’re able to just walk right in and pick the brains of some of the best trainers in the industry. And that’s one of my favorite things about the program.”

Eddie, LHAA Graduate

“My experience at the Academy was wonderful. I got the hands-on tools and the science background that I needed to become a successful personal trainer. You get everything from the anatomy all the way to the kinesiology. Also the soft skills and business skills you need to pursue this career. Upon graduating, they actually help you find a job and now I currently work at Fitness Plus here in Lexington. My clients range from 19 to 90 so the school actually helps you get every single population to work with so you know how to train someone who’s 19 or someone who’s 90. I know I enjoyed the program and I know you will, too.”

Amanda, LHAA Graduate

Video Testimonial from LHAA PFT Student

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For More Information

If you would like to learn more, please contact Amy Ball, Admissions and Financial Aid Coordinator, at (859) 252-5656 ext. 29 or