Online personal training courses are also distance learning courses that trainers can take that can be done fully or partially online to earn a certification. As you read through the pages on each of the major personal trainer certifications that are available, you would have noticed that most programs offer distance learning courses or the workshop approach.
Several Personal Training Schools offer online courses. Two of the most popular programs are Pinnacle and Penn Foster listed below:
Certified Personal Trainer
ACTION Certification is making a bold statement by offering FREE Personal Trainer Certification. You can download their 300 page textbook, study and take the exam, all without paying them a cent. But most people will benefit from their package of extras they offer for $65 which includes unlimited online training classes, practice exams, instructor email support and more. (Read our ACTION Certification Review)(ACTION Web Site)
Another online personal training course that allows you to self study at your own pace. All exams are taken online and the curriculum uses a mixture of audio and video programs to compliment the textbook. The overall program including materials and exams is available for around $900 making it an economical choice and a quick way to get started in the industry. (Receive More Information)
How "Online" are the Online Personal Training Courses?
Of course, they vary. Pinnacle, Penn Foster and ISSA all offer 100% completely online personal training course. You can register, view your materials, take personal trainer practice tests, and take the real certification exam all online without every talking to a real person. But this is rare.
In reality, 100% online personal training courses are probably not the way that most of us prefer to learn. I will explore that in our next topic.