Personal Fitness Training

Build an exciting and rewarding career through completion of our PFT Program.

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.

What Sets LHAA Apart?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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

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.

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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