view of the first floor workout equipment taken from the second floor

Fitness and Lifestyle Specialist


Lane’s Fitness and Lifestyle Specialist program will prepare you for an exciting, fast-growing, and ever-changing career as a fitness professional.

All your options

In this program, you can either earn the 1-year Fitness and Lifestyle specialist certificate, and earn the Group Exercise Instructor career pathways certificate automatically, or you can pursue the career pathways certificate on its own.

1-year Certificate

Today’s fitness professionals do more than just help you lift weights at the gym. They need to be educated in movement and motivational techniques, and in creating healthy lifestyles. A Fitness professional needs to be well-rounded, innovative, and to view fitness through an exercise as medicine lens, helping clients lose weight, build muscle, reduce medications, reduce blood pressure, and manage stress.

1 year Full-time


  • Administer basic fitness assessments
  • Design and teach group exercise classes
  • Understand and apply basic behavior modification strategies
  • Understand and apply basic exercise principles
  • Understand and apply nationally recognized standards


After completing the certificate, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to be employable and to sit for national certification exams in the fitness industry. As a fitness professional, you could pursue a career as a personal trainer, group exercise instructor, corporate fitness director, health coach, and more! After you’ve earned your certificate, you’ll be prepared for jobs in the health and fitness industries. Through your classes at Lane, and our partnership with the American Council on Exercise (ACE), you’ll acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare for the ACE certifications exams and receive discounts on exams and resources. In addition to education and experience, most employers require fitness professionals to have earned a nationally recognized certification for employment.

Not sure which is for you? Learn more about the types of degrees & certificates Lane has to offer

Faculty Spotlights

Wendy Simmons

Learn on-the-job training skills and motivational techniques in courses with Fitness & Lifestyle

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Dawn, Gee, and Rosa-Maria, the admissions staff

Talk one-on-one with a recruiter to learn more about what Lane has to offer you.

Admissions Office
Building 1, Room 102
Lane Community College
4000 E. 30th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97405
M-T in person, 8:30-5:00 pm
F in person, 8:30-2:00 pm