Fitness & Nutritional Coaching
Build an exciting and rewarding career through completion of our Fitness & Nutrition Coaching Program.
LHAA’s Fitness and Nutritional Coaching program is designed to educate students in the sciences, fitness techniques and assessments, business practices, professionalism, and real world hands-on experience in fitness training. The 600 hour program includes two 40 hour externships where the students work with clients and begin developing their professional career under the supervision of faculty. Instruction includes lecture, discussion, labs, online, and hands-on practice both on campus and at fitness centers. We emphasize a foundation of holistic wellness throughout the curriculum to enhance the mind/body/spirit balance in the student. Our course of study provides a solid foundation for a career in the health and wellness fields.
While deepening their knowledge of fitness training, students also develop their business acumen to succeed in their career. Upon completion of the program, students will receive a certificate of completion from LHAA, a Certified Personal Trainer certificate from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and a Nutritional Coaching Certificate from Precision Nutrition.
- Develop a knowledge and practicum in professional skills including communication, marketing, sales, leadership, business, and fitness and nutritional coaching.
- Obtain a foundation in anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, exercise physiology, and exercise and nutrition.
- Understand and know how to assess fitness needs, design an appropriate exercise and wellness plan for both individuals and small groups of clients, and modify techniques for medical and physical contraindications.
- Exhibit and practice professional ethics and boundary setting as it applies to the fitness industry.
- Promote and encourage a healthy lifestyle through motivation and example.
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The courses offered by the Academy are offered in a blended environment. Lecture/content rich classes are offered online and then lab classes applying the content learned online are held on campus. It takes 30 weeks to complete the day class and 37.5 weeks to complete the blended program. This does not include holidays and scheduled time off. The day class meets Monday-Friday from 9:30 am-1:30 pm. The blended program meets on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and students take 8 hours of online or externship classes/week throughout the duration of the program.
Our upcoming program begins July 31, 2021.
If classes do not reach a certain enrollment, the school has the prerogative to cancel or change a class start date.
Ready to apply?
The Lexington Healing Arts Academy accepts applications throughout the year. Prospective students are encouraged to submit their application early for processing, but there is no deadline for applying. We require that applicants:
- Be at least 18 years of age by enrollment date.
- Have graduated from high school or have received a GED certificate.
- Attend an interview with designated staff to determine enrollment status based on, but not limited to, academic potential, readiness, and personal motivation and goals.
- Complete an online survey measuring learner readiness for studying online and consult with the admissions representative.
- Students will need either a desktop or laptop computer that is able to run the most recent internet browsers.
- Be physically capable of performing the work.
The 600 Hour Fitness and Nutritional Coaching program at Lexington Healing Arts Academy is designed to incorporate the classroom, labs, online learning, and hands-on practicum to establish both scope and depth of course content.
Coaching 1 (68 hours)
Coaching 1 is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to become an effective fitness coach. Students will be introduced to learning style theory and practice coaching movement and exercise aimed at common exercise settings. Emphasis will be placed on studying the positions that are foundational to fundamental movement patterns that are typically performed while participating in various exercise modalities. This class is delivered in the classroom and lab settings. The class will employ lecture, reading, discussion, demonstration, practical exercise, and practice activities.
Coaching 2 (40 hours)
Coaching 2 is designed to provide students with the opportunity to build upon the skills learned in Coaching 1. Students will explore the stages of change and practice coaching lifestyle and behavior change aimed at areas that support health. Emphasis will be placed on identifying common barriers to change and increasing program adherence. This class is delivered in the classroom and lab settings. The class will employ lecture, reading, discussion, demonstration, practical exercise, and practice activities.
Essentials of Personal Training (128 hours)
Essentials of Personal Training is designed to enhance student’s understanding of personal training principles and set them up to pass the NASM-CPT credentialing exam. Students will explore resources that will help them understand and retain the information in preparation for the exam. Students will also apply their new knowledge and understanding in support of becoming a successful Fitness and Nutrition Coach. This course is delivered online and in a lab setting. Students will explore the basic principles online and apply those principles in the lab/gym setting. The class will employ reading, videos, practical exercise, lecture, demonstration, and practice activities.
Special Populations Fitness Prescriptions (12 hours)
Special Populations is designed to provide students with the understanding and skills to work with special population clientele. Students in this course will learn and practice the skills and knowledge to develop fitness programs for clientele requiring special considerations. Populations to be studied include youths, seniors, pregnant women, obese people, diabetic people, those with osteoporosis, those with arthritis, and those with increased cardiorespiratory risk factors. This course is delivered in a classroom and lab/gym setting. The class will employ lecture, reading, discussion, demonstration, practical exercise, and practice activities.
Small Group Training (20 hours)
Small Group Training provides students with the skills to design and conduct small group training sessions. Students will learn how to manage a group of people and make exercise modifications based on a client’s level of fitness. Emphasis will be placed on creating a fun environment that inspires clients. This course is delivered in a lab setting. The class will employ lecture, reading, discussion, demonstration, practical exercise, and practice activities.
OPT for Sport-Specific Training (60 hours)
OPT for Sport Specific Training is designed to provide students with practical application of program design for sport-specific clients. Students will explore the design of cardiorespiratory training programs, Power OPT programs, and programs for clients who participate in individual competition or team sports. Students will apply principles of reactive neuromuscular training (plyometric) and integrated speed training to help clients achieve their established goals. This course is delivered in a classroom and lab setting. The class will employ lecture, reading, discussion, demonstration, practical exercise, and practice activities.
Nutrition Coaching (80 hours)
This course is divided into two sections. The first section involves learning about nutrition and the science behind it and the second part will focus on the art of nutritional coaching and practice. By the end of this course student will understand how the body works and the foundation knowledge of nutrition, how to troubleshoot with your client based on physiological considerations, how to intelligently discuss nutritional issues, and how to coach your clients on diet and exercise changes in their life.
Nutrition is designed to deepen students’ knowledge and understand of nutritional science and the art of nutrition coaching and practice. This course will follow the Precision Nutrition Level 1 Nutrition Coaching program. Reading, videos, workbook questions, and practice activities.
Leadership, Business & Sales (48 hours)
Leadership, Business, and Sales is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to successfully work in a gym/healthcare environment or begin playing for their own personal training business. Emphasis will be placed on fulfilling the role of personal trainer and contributing towards business success. This course is delivered online and in a classroom setting. The class will employ lecture, reading, discussion, demonstration, practical exercise, and practice activities.
Externship (40 hours)
Externship 1 provides students with the experience to work with an approved externship site. Students will spend time observing initial consultations, assessments, and training sessions. Students will participate in initial consultations, assessments, and training sessions. Students will observe and perform activities that support the personal training and related departments at the externship site. The class will employ observation, practical exercises, and practice activities at an approved externship site.
Thought Patterns for a Successful Career (24 hours)
This course is designed to enhance the academy learning experience and prepare students for academic, personal and professional success. Students will explore strategies for managing change, setting and achieving goals, thinking in ways that create success, and overcoming setbacks.
CPT Exam Prep (40 hours)
Exam Prep is designed to provide students with skills and tips for passing the NASM-CPT credentialing exam. Students will complete practice exams and reflect on areas of strength/weakness. Students will design a study plan aimed at areas of weakness. Students will review resources and topics from the Essentials of Personal Training course. Students will sign-up for and complete CPR certification and NASM-CPT certification. The class will employ lecture, reading, discussion, demonstration, practical exercise, and practice activities.
Externship 2 (40 hours)
Externship 2 provides students with the experience to work with an approved externship site. Students will spend time conducting initial consultations, assessments, and training sessions. Students will observe and perform activities that support the personal training and related departments at the externship site. Demonstration, practical exercises/activities – Personal Training and support at an approved externship site.
What is tuition?
The total cost for the LHAA Personal Fitness Training program is $10,130. This includes everything – tuition, fees, books, equipment, and supplies. View a breakdown of costs on our Tuition & Fees page.
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 Laura Young Admissions and Financial Aid Coordinator, at (859) 252-5656 ext. 29 email@example.com for information about tours, admissions and financial aid.
When is enrollment?
Our upcoming program start date is July 31, 2021 – meeting Saturdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and students take 8 hours of online or externship classes/week throughout the duration of the program. Approximately 37.5 weeks to complete.
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 registration fee required prior to enrollment.
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 July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019 is 50%.
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 Personal Fitness & Nutrition 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.”
“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.”
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