Niagara College fitness program offers free personal training

Students from the College’s Fitness and Health Promotion program are ready to help up to 100 new clients achieve their fitness goals this year.

The program is currently accepting applications for free personal training sessions from January to April 2016.

Those who are accepted as clients will work with a second-year student who will become their very own personal fitness trainer, under the supervision of program faculty. Each client will receive an initial fitness assessment, a free 50-minute training session each week for 12 weeks (to take place between the weeks of January 25 and April 18), a personalized full-week training plan (to be completed outside the college) a fitness assessment at the end of the program, and counselling along the way. There is no cost to clients.

“It’s a win-win. Our clients gain the advantage of free training, with individualized fitness plans and personal training sessions from our knowledgeable students who are being trained to meet national industry certification standards,” said Michael Hart, NC’s Fitness and Health Promotion program professor. “Our students gain real-world experience to prepare them for a career in the industry, which is a perfect example of applied education at Niagara College.”

Individuals from all fitness levels – from the college and the community – are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be willing to commit to fitness assessments and weekly personal training sessions, and commit to participation requirements. Sessions will take place for 12 weeks (between January 25 and April 18) at the College’s Welland Campus.

Student trainers will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. For more details and application instructions visit

For questions about the personal fitness training please contact Michael Hart at

A two-year diploma program, Niagara College’s Fitness and Health Promotion program trains students to meet the increased consumer demand for qualified fitness professionals. Graduates have the opportunity to become certified personal trainers authorized by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology – the gold standard in exercise science and personal training in Canada.

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit


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