Fitness & Recreation: Personal Trainer

Fitness & Recreation: Personal Trainer

The Fitness and Recreation Management - Personal Trainer concentration at GCC provides you a background in business, health, and fitness with the opportunity to earn National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accredited credentials through American Council on Exercise (ACE) as a certified personal trainer.

Study Online!

Did you know that a majority of the Fitness & Recreation: Personal Trainer program can be completed online?

  • Fitness and Recreation Management: Personal Trainer AAS (50% or more can be completed online)

Visit our Office of Online Learning for more information!

Why GCC?

Students using fitness assessment technologyYou'll have the opportunity to learn and work with state of the art fitness assessment technology and equipment. In our Human Performance Lab, data such as body fat %, resting metabolic rate, Vo2 max, isometric strength and much more is collected and used to develop training programs and meal plans for clientele.

As a GCC graduate of the Fitness and Recreation Management program with a Personal Trainer concentration, you will be capable and marketable to enter a rapidly growing work force.

Career Opportunities

A specialization in fitness will prepare you to enter a vast number of careers with a multitude of opportunities due to rapid growth in health clubs, fitness facilities, and other settings where fitness workers are concentrated.

In addition, businesses are increasingly providing fitness programs for their employees to help control health care costs. Possible career opportunities are:

  • Cardiovascular Fitness Instructor
  • Community/Commercial Recreation
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Fitness Nutritional Counselor
  • Health/Recreation Club Manager
  • Personal Trainer
  • Prison Recreation Specialist
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Therapeutic Recreation Specialist

Transfer Opportunities

GCC has many transfer agreements with 4-year institutions like:

  • Bryant & Stratton
  • Daemen College
  • Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
  • Empire State College/SUNY
  • Excelsior College
  • Hartwick College
  • Houghton College
  • Keuka College
  • Medaille College
  • RIT
  • Roberts Wesleyan College
  • SUNY College at Brockport
  • SUNY College at Geneseo
  • SUNY College at Oswego
  • Utica College
  • Wells College

Please contact our Transfer Services Office for more information.