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Get the Skills to Become a Fitness Training Professional

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Train to become a NASM Certified Personal Trainer

7 Month* Fitness Training Certificate Program in Kansas City, MO and Springfield, MO

Transform your passion for fitness into an exciting new career as a Personal Trainer! WellSpring School of Allied Health’s focused Fitness Training Certificate Program, which offers personal training certification in Kansas City, MO, and Springfield, MO gives you the hands-on training and mentorship it takes to become a top-tier NASM Certified Personal Trainer.

Become a Qualified Personal Trainer

WellSpring’s Fitness Training Certificate Program is designed and run by industry professionals who know exactly what it takes to succeed in today’s fitness market. You’ll receive hands-on guided instruction in a wide range of fitness modalities, including:

  • Exercise Science Basics
  • Anatomy & Biomechanics
  • Introductory Fitness Training
  • Program Design & Counselling Strategies
  • Special Populations
  • Kettlebell Training
  • Endurance Training
  • Advanced Training Techniques
  • Business Skills/Fitness Center Operations
  • Corrective Exercise Training

Beyond fitness education, you’ll get extensive training in general wellness and other longevity enhancement practices to empower you to help clients across many wellness dimensions in their quest for optimal health.

Get Certified

National academy of Sports Medicine logoCertification, while not mandatory, has become the measure of a Personal Trainer’s value in the marketplace. The more training you have, the more potential you have to earn more and move ahead more quickly.

Different kinds of certifications exist. The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) is recognized by most national fitness clubs as the gold standard in personal fitness training and is the chosen certification partner of WellSpring. NASM-certified personal trainers are reported to earn as much as 43% more than the average trainer.

Graduates of WellSpring’s Fitness Training Certificate Program are equipped to sit for these two NASM certifications:

  • The Certified Personal Trainer exam
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist exam

Is a Rewarding Career in Fitness Training Right for You? Take the Wellspring "Fitness Career Training Readiness Quiz"

This fun, online quiz takes 3 minutes to complete and you’ll get a personalized report. Identify your strengths and social style plus the training and positions you’re best suited for. Get your Fitness Career Training Readiness score now!

Get Hands-On Training & Real World Experience

As a WellSpring personal training student, you’ll receive hands-on instruction within the interactive and supportive learning environment of our Kansas City and Lawrence branches. You’ll also develop your skills helping actual clients during a professional externship in a real fitness setting.

With a blend of technical knowledge and practical real-world experience, you’ll have the knowledge and confidence to accurately assess fitness and sports performance clients and to design effective training programs to enable them to meet their goals.

Help Others Achieve Optimum Health & Fitness

At the core of the WellSpring Fitness Training Certificate Program is the exclusive evidence-based Optimum Performance Training (OPT) model developed by Dr. Michael Clark, a physical therapist for the NBA’s Phoenix Suns.

Dr. Clark’s model integrates the latest information available in all areas of health and wellness, including:

  • Exercise Program Design
  • Athletic Performance Consulting
  • Physical Assessment
  • Business Systems Education

And More!

Best of all, it works just as effectively for family fitness training as it does for elite professional athletes.

Convenient Daytime or Evening Classes

WellSpring’s Fitness Training Certificate Program offers both an accelerated daytime schedule and a more flexible evening and weekend schedule, so you can balance your career training with family, work, and other responsibilities. With classes just 2-3 days per week and a low student/instructor ratio, our program maximizes personal attention and success.

Daytime: The Daytime program meets two to three days a week from 8:30am to 5:30pm and some Fridays depending on the different modules. This program is completed in 7 months*.

Evening & Weekend: The Evening & Weekend program meets two to three evenings per week and some weekends depending on the different modules. Weekend schedule and hours may vary. This program is completed in 11 months*.

Embark on a Rewarding Career

With health club usage at an all-time high, the benefits of working with a certified personal trainer are recognized now more than ever before. Successful graduates of the Fitness Training  Certificate Program are prepared for careers in top health clubs, fitness centers, YMCAs, and corporate facilities, as well as private practice.

Many graduates use this training to complement other training and certifications such as massage therapy, physical therapy, athletic training, or chiropractic.

“I realized from talking with other women that there was an opportunity for “older” trainers to work with women who might be intimidated or uncomfortable in the big gym atmosphere. I decided to attend WellSpring and so set out on a new adventure to learn how to help others enjoy the same benefits of exercise that I have experienced. After graduating with CPT and CEX (Corrective Exercise) credentials in December of 2010 I started my own business, HEAL Fitness, LLC and have been enjoying the journey ever since.”
– Teri Schrader, Personal Trainer & Corrective Exercise Specialist Graduate

Broaden Your Career Opportunities with an Associate Degree

Being able to offer a wider range of services can open up more career avenues. In addition to the Fitness Training Certificate Program, WellSpring also offers a comprehensive Fitness & Nutrition Coaching Degree (AOS) Program.

The “Total Fitness Coaching Model” taught in this program gives you the skills to incorporate fitness training, nutrition counseling and lifestyle coaching into a complete package for your clients and offer services that other trainers simply aren’t equipped to deliver. See how you can get a competitive edge and take your coaching services to the next level.

Click here for more information on the Fitness & Nutrition Coaching Degree (AOS) Program.

Continuous Career Support

At WellSpring, we know wellness training is about more than a certificate to hang on the wall—it’s about getting a career you love. We’re dedicated to supporting you throughout your career. Experienced Career Services professionals are happy to offer support and help you pursue employment opportunities.

Fitness Training

7-Month Certificate | $45,380 median annual salary***

  • 14% Job Growth Over Next 9 Years
  • Graduates hired by health clubs, spas, & private training studios
  • 2 Certification Tracks (NASM)
  • Advance into Recreational Therapy, Fitness Management, Physical Therapy and much more!

***https://www.bls.gov/ooh/personal-care-and-service/fitness-trainers-and-instructors.htm#tab-5. Visited on October 5, 2023. Salary source for fitness trainers and instructors with lowest 10% earning $23,920 to the highest 10% of workers earning $80,330.

Financial Aid

At WellSpring School of Allied Health, we offer a variety of funding options to help make training possible for students. Student aid and scholarship opportunities, including government funding, is available at our Kansas City, MO, Springfield, MO and Lawrence, KS campuses. Sit down with one of our Financial Aid advisors today.

Financial Aid is available to those who qualify.

Is a Rewarding Career in Fitness Training Right for You? Get More Info…

Discover whether a career as a certified Personal Trainer is the right path for you. on this page to receive more information. A helpful WellSpring Admissions Representative can answer all your questions and help you with everything from scheduling to financial aid.

For immediate questions, call us at 1-816-523-9140

*Program length when completed in normal time.