Personal Training

College of Idaho - Skyview High School


Course Syllabus


Semester/Year: Fall/Spring 2015-2016                                               Office Number: P1T0

Instructor: Rusty Sullivan L, ATC, NASM-CPT, PES,CES     Office Phone: 498-0561 x5392

Email:                                                  Class Time: 4B Block

Cell Phone: 208-965-6729                                                      Class Room: V112



This course is designed to prepare students with the knowledge, skills, and competence to conduct fitness assessments and to design exercise programs for various populations.  Students will gain practical experience related to healthy fitness management programs, basic exercise physiology and sports nutrition. The students will also expand on the care and prevention of athletic injuries from the previous sport medicine 1 course. This course will prepare the students to take the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Personal Training exam.  Students completing and passing the national exam for this course will have the ability to be employed as a personal trainer for a health club or facility and carry the initials after their name NASM-CPT.  The NASM-CPT exam is an extra expense and is encouraged to be taken at the end of the course. This course also can be taken for 3 credits through College of Southern Idaho for a fee of $65.00 per credit for a total of $195.00. . PHYE 163




Health Occupations

Sports Medicine 1

Medical Terminology

Anatomy Physiology




Clark, A., Michael, (2012). NASM Essentials of Personal Fitness Training Personal Fitness Training, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins


The book can be checked out at the Skyview High School library for the school year.


This course is considered a hybrid class; meaning that a lot of the information from your book to class assignments are online at:




The major goal of this class is to provide you with the information and motivation to help you select the lifestyle that will make you a happier, healthier, and injury free person.  You will also be prepared to take the National Academy for Sports Medicine – Certified Personal Trainer (NASM-CPT) national exam.





  1. Understand the role of the personal trainer and how they work with the entire sports medicine team.
  2. Working knowledge of human anatomy and human movement.
  3. Understanding of injuries to tendons, muscles, ligaments, bones and other structures of the body.
  4. Perform a complete fitness assessment and then design and implement an individualized personal fitness program which includes cardio, core, balance, speed, agility, quickness and resistance training.
  5. Perform and utilize a 5-7 day nutritional assessment.
  6. Understand basic knowledge of Supplementation.




  1. Attend classes. See Attendance Policy in the Student Handbook
  2. Read all materials used in class.
  3. Take all examinations.  Complete make-ups by the next class.
  4. Student will be required to do a min. of 20 hours each semester of observation at a high school, health club, clinic or Rec. centers. Extra credit will be given for hours over the required amount.
  5. If you know you will be absent, turn your work in ahead of schedule.
  6. Complete all class assignments.
  7. On lab days come prepared to participate in the labs.
  8. On workout days come to class dressed in work-out clothing, shorts and sweats are best.
  9. Take notes daily and compile them in a Composition Note Book.
  10. Participate, don’t vegetate.




  • No cell phones and MP3 players in class unless instructor approved. See Electronic Devices in the Student Handbook
  • Students will need a Thumb Drive to save information from the computers and a Composition Note Book.  Students will need to bring both to every class.
  • Students will be required to wear the proper sports medicine/PT shirts and pants/ shorts when working observation hours after school.  Purchase Sports Medicine/PT Shirts from instructor.
  • Attendance for class and after school observations are required and will be graded each day.
  • Behavior: This is a college course and you are expected to conduct yourself in a professional manner.  You will receive one warning concerning inappropriate behavior; if the behavior persists, you will be dropped and removed from class.
  • All assignments are due on their due dates unless prior arrangements are made.
  • Honesty: Students are expected to be honest in all aspects of their work.  All work is evaluated on the assumption that the work presented is the student’s own.  Students are subject to the grade of (F) for any of the following dishonesty practices.  Cheating, Plagiarism.





90-100%          of total points…. A

80-89%            of total points…. B

70-79%            of total points…. C

60-69%            of total points…. D

59% and under of total points…. F





Fundamentals of Human Movement Science

  • BOC Candidate Handbook                                                         Week 1
  • Introduction to the Fitness Industry                                               Week 1
  • What to expect as a Health and Fitness Professional                     Week 1
  • The scientific rationale for integrated training                  Week 1
  • Basic and Applied SciencesWeek 2
  • Basic exercise science                                                  Week 2
  • The Cardiorespiratory system                                          Week 3
  • Exercise Metabolism and Bioenergetics                           Week 4
  • Human movement science                                                Week 5


  • Fitness Assessment                                                                    Week 6
  • Flexibility Training Concepts                                            Week 7-8
  • Cardio respiratory Training Concepts                           Week 9-10
  • Core-Training Concepts                                                  Week 11-12
  • Balance-Training Concepts                                                         Week 13-14
  • Plyometric Training Concepts                                          Week 15-16
  • Speed, Agility and Quickness                                          Week 17-18
  • Resistance-Training Concepts                                           Week 19-20

Program Design

  • Integrated Program Design and Optimum Performance     Week 21-25
  • Introduction to Exercise Modalities                                             Week 26
  • Chronic Health Conditions and Physical or Functional Limit        Week 27

Considerations in Nutrition and Supplementation

  • Nutrition                                                                           Week 28-29
  • Supplementation                                                                Week 30-31

Professional Development, Practice and Responsibility

  • Developing a Successful Personal Training Business                   Week 32

Client Relations and Behavioral Coaching

  • Lifestyle Modification and Behavioral Coaching              Week 33

Final Exam

  • Review for Final                                                             Week 34
  • Final Exam                                                                  Week 35