Challenge yourself and others as a Fitness and Lifestyle Specialist.
Take a virtual tour of our Fitness Education Center! Our equipment includes Free Motion cable machines, TRX suspended trainers, Paramount Functional Trainers, Olympic platforms, a Treadwall, and a variety of fitness assessment equipment such as the Bod Pod, bioelectrical impedance and functional movement screening grid to help you learn all the skills you need as a modern fitness professional.
Get Real World Experience
During our program you’ll intern in a supervised and structured work environment in the professional fitness industry. Our students intern at places like our Fitness Education Center, the Y.M.C.A., InShape, and Eugene Swim and Tennis. Throughout your internship you will put your classroom experience and skills to practice in real world applications. You’ll develop soft skills (like communication and relationship building), a professional network and the experience you’ll need to stand out when you start your career.
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.
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.
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
- 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.
Extend your degree
Specialize and extend your skills through additional certificates. Contact the admissions office or your advisor to learn more.
Learn how to lead group fitness activities, like aerobics, step, cycling, circuit, yoga, muscle conditioning, interval, and other group exercise modalities.
Prepare for an aging population. Enhance your knowledge, skills, and abilities in working specifically with mature adults, including issues like comorbidities, disease progression, and major body systems affected by the aging process.
Not sure which is for you? Learn more about the types of degrees & certificates Lane has to offer