Personal fitness trainer class offered

Students interested in becoming a certified personal trainer can take a personal fitness trainer certification class being offered at OCCC.

Health and Fitness Specialist Carole Valentine said the class begins Oct. 5 and runs through Dec. 7.

Anyone can take the three-credithour class, she said. The class costs $549.

“The textbook for the class is called ‘Fitness Professional’s Handbook’ and will cost $93.97,” Valentine said.

The book can be purchased at or by calling 888-330-9487, she said.

Valentine said the course lasts nine weeks.

“The course covers biomechanics, exercise physiology, fitness testing, equipment usage, and health assessment,” she said.

The World Instructor Training School is the only major certifying agency in the country, according to, the school’s website.

The 62-hour program offers: 16 hours of lecture; 16 hours of practical hands-on training; 100 multiple-choice questions; a one-on-one, five-part hands-on practical skill competency exam with a mock client; and a 30-hour internship in the field with experienced trainers as mentors.

Valentine said the class will meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays in room 1H2 located in the Social Sciences Center. The class will not meet Nov. 30, she said.

Valentine said the class capacity is 10.

“Right now we have about three people signed up for the class.”

She said those who receive personal fitness trainer certification are likely to benefit.

“Depending on your employer and how you market yourself, there is a chance that you could make $34 an hour,” Valentine said.

“It just depends on what they are willing to give you and your clientele.”

For more information contact Valentine at 405-682-7860.

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