Personal Fitness & Nutritional Coaching

Build an exciting and rewarding career through completion of our Fitness & Nutrition Training Program.

Do you have a love for fitness and a passion for helping others and yourself? Are you interested in nutrition and the profound effects food can have on someone’s physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing? Would you like to coach others as they pursue their fitness and nutritional goals? If this sounds like you then you owe it to yourself to explore the exciting and rewarding career as a certified Personal Trainer and Nutritional Coach. At Lexington Healing Arts Academy our PFT program is designed for those individuals who want to excel and lead in the profession of Personal Training. Your education will immerse you in a focused, career centric path designed to give you the skills and competencies to safely train and lead clients to a healthy lifestyle.

What Sets LHAA Apart?

You will learn several training models which will give you a great deal of versatility and flexibility in your training approaches. You will learn the NASM model which focuses on functional movement and training. You will also be taught a strength training model which draws concepts from the contemporary leaders of today’s strength training community.

We have also integrated nutritional coaching curriculum from Precision Nutrition into our core program. Precision Nutrition is the leader in nutritional training for Personal Trainers. Not only will you be learning the sciences of Nutrition, but you will develop the skills to coach your clients through the complexities of Nutrition and healthy eating. Best of all, at the end of the course you will be certified by Precision Nutrition as a certified Nutrition Coach!

Small, diverse classes taught by experienced faculty will establish the foundation for you to build and prosper as a Personal Trainer. Our faculty consists of proven, successful Personal Trainers— many of whom own gyms or training studios. The guidance and education provided by experienced and proven trainers will help you reach your goals.

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.

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.

Dave Wilton

David Wilton is an NASM certified personal trainer and a KY licensed massage therapist. He holds certifications in Precision Nutrition, Kettelbell Athletics, Functional Movement Systems, Restorative Breathing, and Training for Warriors. Most of all David is a coach with a passion to produce results. He spends his time every day on the gym floor working with all types of people. 12 years in this field has taught him that the human body is more complicated than most want to realize, and you must respect where everyone is on their specific journey. Through comprehensive assessments of biomechanics and lifestyle David is able to create a plan that produces a sustainable long lasting result that his clients can enjoy for a lifetime.

Levi Kirkpatrick

Levi graduated from Northern Michigan University with degrees in Exercise Science (‘10) and Business Management (‘15.) He has been a certified coach since 2003 and currently holds certificates through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) and the American Council on Exercise Science (Health Coach.)

Levi has experience working with older adults, youth athletes, injured athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and persons with a chronic disease/disability. He has worked in athletic and medical fitness environments collaborating with other coaches and health and fitness experts. In June 2018, Levi and his wife Lauren moved to Lexington for her to complete a residency in Internal Medicine. They enjoy cooking, outdoor activities, athletics, and spending time with family and friends.

Saban Williams

Saban Williams is the Internship Instructor for the PFT program. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology and an Associates Degree in Psychology. He is also a Strength & Conditioning coach at Enhancing Life, specializing in group training. He has been strength training for nearly 7 years under the most progressive and innovative training modalities in the industry. Saban has also been training various martial arts for over two years, and now I aim to help the students of LHAA reach their goals of becoming professionals in the fitness industry by bridging the gap between the classroom and the professional setting.

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

  • Assessing someone’s level of fitness and design an appropriate exercise program
  • Training clients using Exercise Program Design methodologies from several training models
  • Communicating professionally  to build and retain clients
  • Nutritional Coaching – Receive your Nutritional coaching certificate as well as your Personal Training Certificate!
  • Understanding basic Anatomy and Physiology, Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology
  • Marketing and business practices

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 18,000 square feet of classroom, office and lab space including our 4,000 square 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 at your disposal. Not only will you earn proper technique and form, you’ll also learn how to correctly and safely use each piece of equipment, which is important when designing programs for your future clients.


As an LHAA student, you will have the opportunity to apply your program training in the classroom and through supervised externships. This valuable experience will allow you to shadow professional trainers, help in the design of exercise programs, assess clients’ fitness, plan resources, network within the fitness community, train clients, refine your communication skills, and see how working businesses gain and retain clients.

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.

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.


What is tuition?

The total cost for the LHAA Personal Fitness Training program is $12,630. This includes everything – tuition, 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.

When is enrollment?

The Fall class start date is October 9, 2019.

The Spring class start date is April 8, 2020.

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.

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 7/1/2016 – 6/30/2017 is 70%.

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?

Gainful Employment Disclosure

This program is designed to be completed in 38 weeks.

This program will cost $12,550 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting but may have changed.

Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: No state requires licensure for this profession.

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here:

Data posted 6/28/19.

What Personal Fitness 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.”

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.”

LHAA Graduate

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