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Bachelor of Science in Professional Fitness Training and Exercise Science

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Career Outlook and Growth

Convert your healthy lifestyle and passion for fitness into a full-time career.  With a Bachelor’s Degree from Bryan University in Professional Fitness Training & Exercise Science, you’ll gain a unique skillset and prepare for a fulfilling career in a growing industry.

Expanding Careers

Careers for health and fitness professionals, instructors, and personal trainers are projected to grow faster than average through the year 2028 at a rate of 11% or higher with projected job openings of 67,600 in the US.1

Earning your degree now means you’ll be ready for the jobs of the future.

Attractive Opportunities

As a graduate of the bachelor’s degree program, you’ll have the advanced knowledge and skillset to be job-ready for career opportunities that may include:

  • Certified Personal Trainer for Specialty Populations – learn advanced training techniques for those with disabilities, chronic disease, injuries, youth, and more.  Work in a gym setting, as an independent contractor, or self-employed.
  • Fitness Educator – help students successfully achieve their program requirements and career competencies.2
  • Sports Performance Coach – coach a high school sports team or individual athletes by effectively implementing goal-setting, action planning, and communication & motivation strategies.
  • Group Fitness/Exercise Instructor – conduct a safe and effective group exercise class for specialty modalities offered at commercial fitness centers.
  • Fitness Studio/Gym Owner – be your own boss and run your own gym or fitness studio by utilizing your business acumen and entrepreneurial skills learned in class.
  • Exercise Director/Club Manager – open doors of opportunity into managerial positions at commercial fitness centers.
  • Strength and Conditioning Specialist – prepare to sit for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Diverse Employers

Health and fitness professionals, coaches and educators may have different opportunities for employment at the bachelor’s degree level. From corporate settings to healthcare facilities to high-energy gyms and fitness centers, there are work environments for different personality types. Examples may include:

  • Commercial gyms and fitness facilities
  • Corporate fitness centers
  • High Schools
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Self-employment

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Professional Fitness Training and Exercise Science provides a broad range of skills and competencies. Designed by industry leaders and based upon current competencies outlined by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), you can be assured of learning the skills employers demand. Upon graduation, you’ll be immediately prepared for the job market.

In addition to preparing you for highly-regarded, nationally-recognized industry certifications, you’ll obtain advanced health and fitness competencies by leveraging some of the most innovative curriculum developed by, or in partnership with, Personal Training Academy Global (PTA Global).

Gain the Skills Employers Need

As a student at Bryan University, you’ll attend a top health & fitness and exercise science program where you’ll gain a solid foundation of knowledge from faculty who have real-world industry experience. Your courses include the following:

  • Core focus on exercise science, personal fitness training, and nutrition.
  • Sciences, including physiology, anatomy, and biomechanics.
  • Advanced concepts and techniques for personal training, strength & conditioning, and group instruction.
  • Team sports coaching and athletic conditioning, including communication and motivation strategies.
  • Business skills necessary for self-employment, including entrepreneurship, marketing, management and leadership.
  • Nationally-recognized certification preparation (the cost to take a NASM certification is included with tuition).
  • All books and courseware are included in program tuition!

Online and On-Campus Options Available

At Bryan University, we believe that success in the field of health and fitness training demands a different approach to education. That’s why we’re dedicated to building a more innovative, hands-on learning environment that adapts to your unique needs and provides you with individual coaching and feedback.

For students choosing the Online learning option, you’ll experience live, interactive classes where you’ll be able to see, hear and interact with your instructors right from your computer at home. You’ll also be able to participate in online, collaborative learning with other students, view multimedia presentations of course content, and engage in ongoing forum discussions with instructors and students.

For students living in Phoenix or the surrounding area, you’ll have the option to attend our world-class campus located in Tempe, Arizona. We invite you to visit our campus for a tour of the facilities, plus you’ll have the opportunity to meet and speak with instructors. Please complete the Request Information form or call 888-768-6861 to schedule a tour.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2019-20 Edition, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/personal-care-and-service/fitness-trainers-and-instructors.htm. Also see http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/39-9031.00.
May require additional teacher certification, depending upon your state of residence.

Meet the Program Director

“Our goal for graduates of the bachelor’s degree program is to be job-ready as true experts and leaders in the fitness industry.”

– Justin Harper, MA., CPT, PES

Career Success

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Claire Cielinski
Claire Cielinski - Personal Trainer - Bryan University Graduate
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Employer Success

Tom Hatten, CEO
Mountainside Fitness
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Program Details

The Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Fitness Training and Exercise Science program prepares students for long-term success in the exciting, growing, and ever-changing field of health and fitness training. The program combines advanced exercise science and applied programming curriculum with unique behavior change and business operations curriculum to ensure students have mastered the most vital skills for success as a trainer in a variety of health and fitness settings. Students will perform cutting-edge skills through practical application to learn and advance their skills.

Program offered 100% online.

Program credits:
To complete the program, students must earn a minimum of 180 quarter credits. NOTE: students who complete the Personal Trainer Undergraduate Certificate and Associate Degree in Applied Exercise and Fitness programs receive full transfer credit towards the bachelor’s degree program.

Transfer credits:
If you apply to Bryan University with prior college credits and/or a degree, we’ll accept as many credits as possible to validate the hard work you’ve already completed. If you complete a Bryan U associate degree or undergraduate certificate, these credits are transferrable to a higher degree, such as a bachelor’s degree.

UNV-101—Student Success and Technology Foundations—3.0 credits
A course covering the information and skills needed to succeed in academic studies, including study skills, setting academic goals, managing time, and technology skills such as word processing and presentations.

EXS-100—Introduction to Personal Training—3.0 credits
This course is an overview of the field of personal training including the history of exercise science, sub-disciplines of exercise science, professional organizations, certifications and the future of the field.

EXS-101—Body Systems—3.0 credits
This course is an overview of the human body and its major systems.

EXS-103—Functional Anatomy—3.0 credits
This course will provide an in-depth look at how the human body systems interact and function in relation to exercise and movement. Students will learn the various parts and functions of the nervous, muscular, and skeletal systems.

EXS-104—Fitness Screening and Testing—3.0 credits
This course covers the fundamentals of conducting health screenings and risk stratifications, as well as tests such as body fat, cardiovascular condition, and various performance tests.

EXS-105—Human Movement Sciences—3.0 credits
This course covers the basic principles of biomechanics, with a significant focus on injury prevention for both the allied health professional and the client.

EXS-106—Group Training and Programming—3.0 credits
This course provides students with the basic skills needed to instruct group training sessions. Students will learn how to set up programs and instruct sessions for group training in a variety of settings.

EXS-107—Nutrition Fundamentals—3.0 credits
This course covers the fundamentals of nutrition and the fundamentals of how food is used by the human body. Students will be able to identify healthy food sources for the various nutrients and decipher reliable and unreliable nutritional information.

EXS-108—Weight Management—3.0 credits
A course covering the principles of achieving effective and permanent changes in weight, depending upon client goals.

EXS-109— Sales and Ethics for Fitness Professionals—3.0 credits
This course covers the various skills needed to be an effective salesperson in the health and fitness profession. This includes communication skills, interviewing, steps of the sale, fundamentals of professional conduct and ethics, and money/revenue management skills.

EXS-110—Behavior Management—3.0 credits
This course is an introduction to the motivation behind behavior change as it relates to physical activity behaviors. Topics include goal setting, motivating clients, developing an action plan, and communication strategies needed to inspire and sustain long-term healthy habits.

EXS-200—Cardiovascular Training and Programming—3.0 credits
This course covers the foundations of Cardiovascular Training and Programming and related Exercise Science.

EXS-205—Training for Special Populations—3.0 credits
This course covers modifications to standard training programs for people with existing chronic or acute disease. The fundamentals of training special populations are also addressed.

EXS-206—Applied Nutrition Concepts—3.0 credits
This course focuses on micronutrients and the practical application of making dietary recommendations to address common health concerns and meet the unique needs of athletic clients.

EXS-207—Business Management—3.0 credits
This course covers the fundamentals of operating an allied health business.

EXS-208—Coaching Psychology—3.0 credits
This course builds on skills learned in EXS-110 to help students coach clients in all aspects of wellness, not just physical activity behaviors.

EXS-209— Resistance Training and Programming: Stability/Mobility—3.0 credits
This course covers the fundamentals of designing basic programs for stability and mobility. The course focuses on appropriate exercise selection and progression.

EXS-210—Resistance Training and Programming: Strength Endurance/Hypertrophy—3.0 credits
This course covers the fundamentals of designing basic programs for strength endurance and hypertrophy. The course focuses on appropriate exercise selection and progression.

EXS-211—Resistance Training and Programming: Strength/Power—3.0 credits
This course covers the fundamentals of designing basic programs for strength and power. The course focuses on appropriate exercise selection and progression.

EXS-212—SAQ, Power, and Plyometric Training for Performance—3.0 credits
This course covers the fundamentals of designing basic programs for speed, agility, and quickness (SAQ), power, and plyometric training. The courses emphasizes appropriate exercise selection and progression.

EXS-213—Health Promotion Fundamentals—3.0 credits
Promoting health is an important component of fitness and wellness. Students learn about the history of health patterns; social, behavioral, and environmental factors that affect health; and the role of fitness, health, and wellness practitioners in promoting healthy behaviors.

EXS-298—Practical Fitness Capstone—3.0 credits
This is a culminating course offering students the opportunity to apply what they have learned in previous courses. Students will demonstrate best practices as a personal trainer to include, active listening, communicating with clients, articulating proper exercise technique, and managing client expectations.

EXS-299—National Test Preparation—3.0 credits
This course prepares students to take national certification exams, paying particular attention to test-taking skills, self-directed review, and improvement of weak areas of knowledge, skill, and ability.

PFT-300—Gaining and Retaining Clients—3.0 credits
A course focused on a key driver of success as a personal trainer: gaining and retaining clients. This course
addresses engaging clients in your facility and generating goal-oriented value to retain your clients. New and unique ways of looking at prospecting and retention are discussed.

PFT-301—Advanced Functional Anatomy—3.0 credits
This course focuses on anatomy from a functional perspective, covering how muscles work to produce movements in the joints. Special focus is given to analyzing the movements of joints in selected resistance training exercises.

PFT-302— Functional Biomechanics—3.0 credits
A course that presents an integrated view of biomechanics. Topics include tensegrity and the implications of functional biomechanics in exercise and movement.

PFT-303—Applied Fitness Assessment Techniques—3.0 credits
This course covers fitness assessment and testing techniques, including review of physiological measurements, pre- exercise evaluation, test selection and test interpretation. Other topics include resting metabolism and advanced body composition techniques.

PFT-304—Advanced Exercise Prescription for Cardiorespiratory Training—3.0 credits
A course focused on the interpretation of cardiovascular assessments to create programs for various populations. Topics include needs analysis, exercise selection and order, and training frequency.

PFT-305—Advanced Exercise Prescription for Resistance Training—3.0 credits
A course focused on the interpretation of various assessments to create programs for specific performance goals. Topics include needs analysis, exercise selection and order, training frequency, and other acute variables.

PFT-306—Advanced Exercise Prescription for Flexibility—3.0 credits
This course covers methods and practices that facilitate improvement in local mobility, global mobility, and full range of motion in the joints. Topics are focused on observing limitations or deficiencies and designing flexibility and stretching programs for various populations.

PFT-307—Training Special Populations: Older Adults and Youth—3.0 credits
This course focuses on knowledge and training concepts that are unique to training older adults and youth. Topics related to training older adults include assessing fitness levels, designing fitness programs, and providing motivating exercise. The practical realities of working with youth, socialization of play, and providing motivating exercise that is dominated by movement will also be addressed.

PFT-308—Training Special Populations: Chronic Diseases and Disabilities—3.0 credits
This course focuses on knowledge and training concepts that are unique to training persons with chronic diseases and disabilities. Topics include exercise as medicine, managing exercise, and exercise recommendations for individuals with chronic diseases and disabilities.

PFT-309—Training the Whole Person—3.0 credits
This course addresses the essence of being a personal trainer – helping clients with behavior change. Students learn about the psychology of health and fitness in order to facilitate long-term behavior change in clients.

PFT-401—Corrective Impairment Strategies—3.0 credits
This course is focused on a variety of corrective exercise screenings and strategies. Topics in this course include muscle imbalances, movement efficiency, and injury prevention.

PFT-402—Advanced Exercise Prescription for Athletes—3.0 credits
A course focused on building resistance training programs for athletes through the four sport seasons. Topics include needs analysis, exercise selection and order, training frequency, loading and repetitions, volume, and rest period.

PFT-403—Sport and Exercise Nutrition—3.0 credits
This course provides an in-depth look at sports nutrition. Students will learn how to effectively assist the athletic population with nutrition for performance enhancement.

PFT-404—Corporate Wellness—3.0 credits
This course explores health and wellness as it relates to corporate industry. Topics include worksite health promotion, public preventative health services, and current topics in corporate fitness and wellness.

PFT-405—Marketing and Advertising for the Fitness Professional—3.0 credits
A course focused on specific strategies to help develop fitness clientele while maximizing marketing and advertising returns. Students will learn about basic marketing and advertising concepts and techniques using a fitness industry lens to achieve results.

PFT-406—Entrepreneurship for the Fitness Professional —3.0 credits
Creating a successful fitness business is the goal of many personal trainers. This course is a survey of key entrepreneurship concepts and strategies for success as a fitness entrepreneur. Topics include business plans, studio and club design, and key factors to success.

PFT-407—Leadership for the Fitness Professional—3.0 credits
This course guides students in developing leadership traits and philosophies that will assist them in the role of personal trainer. Students reflect on different leadership scenarios that they may encounter in the health and fitness industry.

PFT-408—Evaluating Research in Health & Fitness—3.0 credits
This course teaches students how to evaluate research in order to stay current and to continually be developing as a personal trainer. Topics include research skills, validity, reliability, and ways to critically analyze research.

PFT-409—Current Trends in Health & Fitness—3.0 credits
A course on special topics and current trends in the health and fitness industry, including technology, popular types of training, and the future of training.

Note that courses are subject to change based upon employer needs and marketplace requirements. The most up-to-date course descriptions and textbook information can be found in the Bryan University Course Catalog.

Justin Harper

Program Director, Bryan University

Degrees earned:
Grand Canyon University: Doctorate in Behavioral Health Education ABD (All but dissertation)
University of South Dakota: Masters in Health and Recreation w/emphasis in Exercise Science
University of South Dakota: Bachelors in Health, Recreation, and Physical Education
Certified Personal Trainer (NASM) and Performance Enhancement Specialist (NASM)
Contributions to the fitness field:
Serve on a per diem basis as a content expert helping to write test questions for the National Academy of Sports Medicine
Adjunct Instructor at Grand Canyon University teaching in their Exercise Science department
Areas of interest/specialties within the fitness industry:
I enjoy online/virtual personal training and currently own an online personal training business called Harp’s Home Fitness where I assist clients from all over the country reach their health and fitness goals by providing them with expert knowledge and individualized workout routines that they have access to through our mobile app in the palm of their hand.
Personal interests outside of fitness:
I enjoy playing basketball, listening to music, and am a huge football fan.  Go 49ers!!

Jesse Adarme

Instructor, Bryan University

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
Tactical Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA)

Contributions to the fitness field: 
I have been working with and training general population and athletes since 2005. In 2010, I re-branded myself as a strength coach and business owner and decided to focus specifically on tennis athletes. Now, majority of my clients are tennis players from four different tennis academies.

Areas of interest/specialties within the fitness industry: Sports performance specialist.

Personal interests outside of fitness: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, traveling, and watching movies.

Favorite quote: Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:3-4

Chris Bigelow

Instructor, Bryan University

Degree(s) earned:
BS Kinesiology from Arizona State University
MS Kinesiology (May 2017) A.T. Still University


Contributions to the fitness field:
Private, semi-private personal training and fitness consultation – Innova Vita Fitness L.L.C.
Physical Education K-4: Kingdom Preparatory Academy

Areas of interest/specialties within the fitness industry:
Exercise Psychology, exercise physiology, and motor learning

Personal interests outside of fitness:
Teaching, learning, music, and art

James Ellis

Instructor, Bryan University

Degree(s) earned: 
B.S. from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

USAW-L2/National Club Coach
Certified Personal Trainer (NASM)
Performance Enhancement Specialist (NASM)
Corrective Exercise Specialist (NASM)
Precision Nutrition L1
CrossFit L1/Kettlebell
Functional Movement Screen

Contributions to the fitness field: 6x Nationally competitive weightlifter, Coach of every level of National competition (Junior, Senior, Collegiate, and Masters) for weightlifting

Areas of interest/specialties within the fitness industry: Olympic-style Weightlifting, CrossFit, Athletic Development

Personal interests outside of fitness: Camping, Hiking, Climbing, Cooking, Minimalism

Favorite quote: “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” – Seneca

Chestiny Fair

Instructor, Bryan University

Degree(s) earned:
Master of Kinesiology,  A.T. Still University (expected completion 2018)
Bachelor’s of Science, Health, and Wellness, Arizona State University
Associates of Applied Science, Dietetics,  Chandler-Gilbert Community College

Weightlifting Sports performance (USAW)
Personal Training (ACSM)

Contributions to the fitness field:
I have educated over 150 volunteers that have worked for the food bank on the importance of food safety. I have educated low-income families in apache junction in the elementary schools about healthy eating and daily physical activities.

Areas of interest/specialties within the fitness industry:
Coaching Cardio, Strength, and Flexibility  Training; Weight Management Injury Prevention; Corporate Wellness, Nutrition and Olympic lifting,

Personal interests outside of fitness:
Spending time with my daughter and friends, Running, Reading, Weightlifting, Playing Sports, Coaching, Painting and Teaching

Favorite quotes:
“Sometimes, words get in the way of action and thinking gets in the way of doing”-unknown
If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you”-Fred DeVito

Brian Floyd

Instructor, Bryan University

Degree(s) earned:
M.S. Human Movement- Sports Conditioning from A.T. Still University
B.S. Health Science from Northern Arizona University

NASM- Master Trainer
Corrective Exercise Specialist (NASM)
Performance Enhancement Specialist (NASM)
Group Personal Training (NASM)
Functional Movement Screen Certification
TRX Suspension Trainer
USSA-Certified Coach Level 1

Contributions to the fitness field:
Owner of Floyd Factor
Over 10 years in the fitness field

Areas of interest/specialties within the fitness industry:
Sports Performance, Corrective exercise, Group training, Weight loss

Personal interests outside of fitness:
Spending time with my wife and daughter

Daniel Hartmann

Instructor, Bryan University

Degree(s) earned: 
BS Exercise Science from Western Michigan University

Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (NSCA)
XPS- EXOS Performance Specialist
Funcitonal Movement Screen Level I
United States of America Sports Performance Coach (USAW)

Contributions to the fitness field: Over 9-years of experience in the fitness industry working in commercial and corporate fitness/wellness in management roles, personal training, and group training.

Areas of interest/specialties within the fitness industry: performance training, weight loss, corrective exercise, general health and fitness

Personal interests outside of fitness: traveling, skiing, hiking, trail running, playing guitar and piano.

Favorite quote: “When one teaches, two learn.”

Nick Keeling

Advisor, Bryan University

School(s) attended:
Fresno State University, Cal U Pennsylvania, Reedley College

Degree(s) earned: 
AA Physical Education, BS Exercise Science, MS Exercise Science/ Health Promotion

AFNA Kettlebell  level 1, level 2
ISCA Kickboxing

Contributions to the fitness field:
Book: Survival Handbook for the personal trainer and fitness enthusiast
Co-Owner Easy Fitness Marina DelRey
Co-Owner American Fitness and Nutrition Academy Pasadena

Areas of interest/specialties within the fitness industry:
Small Group training
Nutrition Counseling

Personal interests outside of fitness:
Backpacking, Mountain biking, hunting , fishing

Anything else you would want students to know about you, your teaching style, philosophy, or favorite quote:
“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will”

Christopher A. Perry

Instructor, Bryan University

Degree(s) earned:
B.S. from Pennsylvania State University – Kinesiology
M.S. from Eastern Kentucky University – Exercise Science
Ph.D, RD from Arizona State University – Exercise & Nutrition Sciences – 2019

Certification(s): NSCA – Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist

Areas of experience/interest within the fitness industry:
10 years of personal training experience.

Coaching experience in D1/D1AA Collegiate Athletes, College Recreation, Private & Commercial Strength & Conditioning, and Commercial Fitness Management.
Regularly participates in Bodybuilding/Strength Training.
Committed to helping others understand the true value of creating better physical activity & nutrition habits.

Personal interests: Baltimore native – born & raised on the East Coast! Passionate for Sports, Kayaking, Super Heroes, Chicken Wings, great times with Friends & Family, but above all, passionate for Fitness & Nutrition!

Ultimate goal: Inspire others to make the best permanent lifestyle changes

Sean Preuss

Instructor, Bryan University

School(s) attended:
Long Island University, Southampton College (2001-2005)
Arizona School of Massage Therapy (2007-2008)
Arizona State University (2011-2013)
University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2015-Present)

Degree(s) earned:
Bachelor of Arts, English (2005)
Masters of Science, Exercise and Wellness (2013)
Doctorate of Education in Kinesiology (expected in 2020)

ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
American Heart Association Basic Life Support Provider

Contributions to the fitness field:
Book: The Heart Healthy Lifestyle: The Prevention and Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes (2003)
9+ years of personal training
Over 300 research-based articles written and published as a freelance ghost writer and blogger
College/university teacher since 2013

Areas of interest/specialties within the fitness industry:
Disease prevention and control through exercise, nutrition, and other lifestyle changes
Lifestyle changes for longevity
Fat loss
Powerlifting and traditional strength training

Personal interests outside of fitness:
I love to travel (fly or take road trips). I’ve visited 43 states, many Caribbean islands, Australia, and Fiji, among other places. I’m also a big sports fan. I don’t catch many games, but I follow the NBA and NFL.

Anything else you would want students to know about you, your teaching style, philosophy, or favorite quote:
People learn through first-hand experience. My goal as a teacher is to create student-centered, first-hand opportunities for students to learn fitness in a way that will prepare them for what they will actually do in the field.

Kate Timp

Instructor, Bryan University

Degree(s) earned: 
BS Finance, Arizona State University
MS Exercise and Wellness, Arizona State University

Certified Personal Trainer (ACSM)

Contributions to the fitness field: 
I qualified for and ran the 2011 Boston Marathon after 4 failed attempts at qualifying. Personal and Group training business owner.

Areas of interest/specialties within the fitness industry: 
Nutrition, kettlebell training, yoga

Personal interests outside of fitness: 
Watch my sons play baseball

What I want my students to know about me:
I love teaching and am 100% vested in your success!

Jonathan Young

Instructor, Bryan University

Degree(s) earned:
Master of Science in Exercise and Sports Studies—emphasis in Biophysical Studies from Boise State University
Bachelor of Science in Exercise Sport Science/Health and Wellness—emphasis in outdoor recreation and fitness Brigham Young University—Hawaii

Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (NSCA)
Certified Personal Trainer (ACSM)
USAW-1 Certified Weightlifting Coach
Brainbench Certified Nutritional Analysis
AHA Basic Life Support Instructor

Contributions to the fitness field:
Inventor of the RigRack
He’s medaled in gymnastics, baseball, badminton, tennis, volleyball, indoor/outdoor track & field, marathons, 5 & 10K runs, swimming, water polo,  judo, and natural bodybuilding.
7 years College Professor: Exercise Science, Health Sciences, Recreation
Over +5500 hours of personal training the general public
+16 years personal training career experience (2001—current)
Commercial/commission sales personal training
Personal training in the non-profit sector
Personal training on college and university campuses
Over 600 hours group exercise instructor—indoor and outdoor formats
4 years Health and Fitness Director of YMCA, coaching, certifying trainers, and fitness testing

Areas of interest/specialties within the fitness industry:
Coach at Diamondback Gymnastics, Technical Assistant Cheerleading Coach (stunting, pyramid building and tumbling) at BYU-Idaho, University of Guelph, Canada, and BYU-Hawaii.
Two years competitive Cheer experience at NCAA Division I and II with University of Hawaii, and BYU-Idaho.

Personal interests outside of fitness:
Professional Outdoor Expedition Guide

Chrissy Zmijewski

Instructor, Bryan University

Degree(s) earned: 
B.A. in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis
Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis

Certified Personal Trainer (NASM),
Performance Enhancement Specialist (NASM),
Specialist in Fitness Nutrition (ISSA),
Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Instructor,
Z Health Certified

Contributions to the fitness field: WNBF Professional Natural Bodybuilder and Figure Competitor (4 national titles and one world title); author of “The RAD Triad: Transform Your Mind and Body,” contributor for PT on the Net, Experience Life Magazine, Fitness & Physique Magazine; led workshops for personal trainers at Canyon Ranch Resort, Wellbridge Spa, 24 Hour Fitness, California Family Fitness, and the Nor-Cal Fitness Summit.

Areas of interest/specialties within the fitness industry: Neuroscience applications in pain and performance; bodybuilding and physique competitions; mind/body connection.

Personal interests outside of fitness:  I love being outside and enjoying nature, hiking, swimming, or just relaxing.  I also love spending time with my puppy, as she is a never-ending source of antics and laughs.  Finally, I love learning.  I am a sponge and love learning new things.

Favorite quote:  “The only limitations that exist are the ones that exist in your mind.”

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