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 College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as a certified personal trainer.


“A graduate of the GCC Fitness and Recreation program would position themselves for a job nicely by completing the ACSM certification and coursework in your program!”
-Megan Cormack, Fitness Director, Village Fitness in Leroy and Gananda-Walworth & All Phases Fitness in Webster



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

Starting at GCC saves many students and their families thousands of dollars in tuition. With an A.S. or A.A. degree you will be able to seamlessly transfer within the SUNY network of 64 college and universities as well as to many 4-year private institutions. GCC's A.S. and A.A. programs were developed as part of the SUNY seamless transfer initiative allowing students to complete the first two years of a bachelor's degree as a freshman and a sophomore at a community college, then seamlessly transfer to a SUNY four-year institution to earn a bachelor's degree. Please reference the SUNY Transfer Pathways for degree programs to learn about any campus specific requirements. Visit the SUNY Core Course Finder to plan out the courses you should complete to transfer to a 4-year SUNY School.

If you are planning to transfer to a 4-year private institution you should work with our Transfer Services office to learn about possible articulation agreements and pathways that exist for many or our degree programs. Some GCC A.A.S. programs also have transfer opportunities.

To learn more about these opportunities and agreements contact the Transfer Services Office, we are more than happy to work with you and answer any questions you may have on building your own personalized transfer plan.

Transfer opportunities can include, but are not limited to:

  • SUNY College at Brockport
  • SUNY College at Cortland