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Considering a career in fitness? This certificate can provide the training you need

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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 from McHenry County College (MCC), you can easily turn your passion for health into a career. This exciting, hands-on 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.

“Employers in our area are very interested in our graduates because they are extremely well-rounded and know a great deal about anatomy, physiology, and exercise prescription,” said Elaine Whalen, department chair and instructor of health and fitness education at MCC. “Our students have been hired for a variety of populations, such as the Northern Illinois Recreation Association, youth groups, seniors, and athletes.”

The FIT Certificate is also stackable, meaning classes taken for the certificate can be applied toward MCC’s Health and Fitness Education AAS degree if you choose to continue your education.

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.

For more information about MCC’s Health and Fitness program, visit www.mchenry.edu/hfe.

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