Interested in fitness? Turn your passion into a career

Health and fitness are at the forefront of many conversations this time of year. From New Year’s resolutions to relaxation techniques and more, many people are looking for guidance to help them stay active and keep up with their nutritional goals.

With a Fitness Instructor Training (FIT) Certificate or Health and Fitness Education AAS from McHenry County College (MCC), you can easily turn your passion for health into a career. This exciting program prepares students for job opportunities in personal training, exercise training, strength and conditioning, or even wellness coaching. Students learn the fundamentals of exercise science, nutrition, and kinesiology while also studying the importance of listening to clients, assessing their needs, providing motivation, and helping them overcome psychological and emotional obstacles.

“Between the MCC Fitness Center and over 20 internship sites, our students receive crucial hours of hands-on experience to help them become well-rounded health and fitness professionals,” said Elaine Whalen, department chair and instructor of health and fitness education at MCC. “Graduates can find employment in a variety of health clubs, fitness or recreation centers, country clubs, hospitals, universities, and even clients’ homes.”

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of fitness trainers and instructors to grow 15% from 2019 to 2029, meaning there are plenty of opportunities to enter and advance in the field.

Both the certificate and degree program prepare students to sit for the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and/or the National Academy of Sports Medicine exams for certification.

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