Practical Training for Fitness Instructors

COM HLT X 451.1

This course is designed for training personal fitness and/or group exercise leaders as they gain practical experience with exercise instruction to various populations.


What you can learn.

  • Explore how to execute various exercises using a variety of equipment
  • Observe and shadow trainers and fitness instructors
  • Practice teaching exercise to others while receiving feedback in a safe, supportive environment

About this course:

Bring your knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics to life by learning the basic equation for all exercise instruction, keys to effective exercise demonstration, the art of various cueing techniques, safety and precision of fitness-testing administration, and fundamentals of exercise progression. Gain practical exercise instruction experience while you practice these skills in a safe, supportive environment with the opportunity for feedback. This course trains you to be a personal fitness trainer and/or group exercise leader who works with mainstream populations and addresses training special populations. Learn, practice, and receive feedback in the execution of various exercises using a variety of equipment. Exercise genres covered include selectorized equipment, cable equipment, free weights, body weight exercises, basic powerlifting techniques, kettlebells, plyometrics and sports conditioning, basic mat Pilates and core training, popular cardio machines, walking, running, stretching/flexibility, and other small equipment (medicine balls, foam rollers, Dyna Discs, gliding discs, Bosu balls, stability balls, tubing and resistance bands, etc.). Improve your form for better exercise demonstration when teaching. Participants observe and shadow trainers and fitness instructors, then teach others in a supervised setting with the opportunity for feedback. Wednesday lectures cover concept review and test prep. Friday classes are for practical training and concepts. This course is 3 quarters in length and UCLA Extension students will be taking the course alongside UCLA students.

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Speak to a program representative. Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

This course applies towards the following certificates & specializations…

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