Can you learn to become a Personal Trainer Online?

Technology has become the key to a new world of education. Online learning/e-learning has become one of the most popular ways of gaining access to an education. E-learning can be an inexpensive alternative to classroom training, but does it yield the same results? Classroom trainings are most ideal for small groups and especially in cases when interaction, team bonding, and/or nonverbal communications are vital to achieving learning objectives. Not everyone is an ideal candidate for online learning which requires adaptability to new technologies.

Disadvantages of online or computer-based learning

  • Learners with low motivation or bad study habits may fall behind
  • Without the routine structures of a traditional class, students may get lost or confused about course activities and deadlines
  • Students may feel isolated from the instructor and classmates
  • Instructor may not always be available when students are studying or need help
  • Slow Internet connections or older computers may make accessing course materials frustrating
  • Managing computer files and online learning software can sometimes seem complex for students with beginner-level computer skills
  • Hands-on or lab work is difficult to simulate in a virtual classroom
  • Some employers don’t accept online degrees. 

Why does NPTI-CO not offer online courses?

The role of a personal trainer is to provide the client with the right knowledge, resources, guidance, training and skills so that they can do “it” for themselves. A skilled trainer will assess client specific needs, injuries, health conditions or training goals. The trainer will then develop a personalized plan with clear timelines and short-term achievement goals that will safely and effectively enable the client to succeed.

Taking the time to learn proper exercise technique and practical applications in a real-world environment will set you up to effectively be the best trainer you can be.

At NPTI-CO You will spend over 600 combined classroom and practical (hands-on) hours of your time learning and practicing valued processes, procedures, and knowledge that will set you apart from the average personal trainer in the "real world" using content from the most recognized certifying agencies in the fitness industry: ACE, ACSM, NSCA, NASM, HeartZones, International Kettlebell Fitness Federation (IKFF), and more.

The NPTI Colorado course includes practical, hands-on experience, classroom instruction, and special homework projects. Your day-to-day NPTI Colorado experience will include fitness center visits, anatomy/physiology instruction, case studies, muscle practicals, CPR / AED / First Aid certification, small group instruction, diet & nutrition, and the business of personal training.

You won’t just learn from a textbook. You’ll learn and practice what you learn whether it's program design or diet & nutrition counseling (and we spend over 100 hours on diet & nutrition). You’ll appreciate why you cannot learn to become a trainer “on-line” any more than you learn to swim or play golf “on-line”.

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NPTI Colorado has closed its Lakewood and Colorado Springs locations effective August 22, 2019. We are no longer accepting applications for new students.

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