Sports Medicine Students Prepare for Personal Trainer Certification


Pictured Above: Sports Medicine students at The Tech Center prepare to take their exam to become Certified Personal Trainers.

Sports Medicine students at The Tech Center at PNW BOCES are preparing for their Certified Personal Training certification, which will allow them to begin work as personal trainers at the end of the school year. Whether they go on to college to study in related areas or join the work world, they will already have a step up on their fellow high school seniors by being employable in their field of interest.

“I want to get my certification as a personal trainer and open a gym someday,” said Sam Katsnelson, from Ossining High School. Katsnelson plans to study exercise science at Mercy College in the fall. “I would rate this class a 10 out of 10 because it has really prepared me for what I want to do in the future, which is to help people become stronger through training.”

The students are preparing to sit for the exam through the National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF), according to their teacher, Will Brightman. “They are reviewing basic exercise science concepts such as functional anatomy, muscle physiology, strength and conditioning, as well as nutrition for exercise, cardiovascular physiology and aerobic training,” Brightman said. Once students complete the coursework and testing, they will be qualified as Certified Personal Trainers (CPT) through NCSF.

“This course prepares the students to help work with the public to develop and implement an exercise program that is safe and effective,” Brightman said. “It not only prepares them for the healthy population but also provides them the basics when dealing with people who have diabetes, heart disease, and musculoskeletal pain and weakness. The numbers show that by the time people reach 50 one out of two are afflicted with some chronic disease or pain syndrome, so it is imperative that today's personal trainers are equipped with at least a basic understanding of these problems.”

Helping people reach their personal best is something Brightman’s students are particularly concerned with. “I want to be able to teach people the proper way to exercise and use equipment at the gym,” said Lauren Mandelkow from Hendrick Hudson High School. Mandelkow will major in physical therapy at Utica College in the fall. “When I see people at the gym using equipment in the wrong way,” she said, “I just want to help them.”