About American Fitness Training of
Thank you for coming to the user-friendly AFTA website. We
are improving our look and standards to make a positive impact on
I would like to start by saying that I am
very pleased how AFTA has grown in the past years. Due to my
experience in power meets, personal training, kickboxing/martial
arts, owning a gym, and
exercising for overall health-- I decided that the fitness field was
definitely my career for life. With many family members having
asthma, cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and other health related
issues-- I understand first hand why living a healthy lifestyle is
so important. It is also important to have guidance when beginning
your plan for healthy living. This is why having a personal
trainer or class instructor is beneficial. The problem is that the
industry only has one trainer to every 10,000 people who desperately
need the guidance. This is why I decided to work with others to
compile education courses that will help educate enrollees of the
fitness field to tackle the ever growing problem of poor health.
In 2008, AFTA selected the 2009 - 2011 advisory board.
Each advisory board member is experienced and highly educated to
serve in curriculum and exam recommendations and/or decisions.
Already there are many certifying companies,
organizations, and schools in the industry. So why is there a need
for AFTA you ask? Simply put, we are the bridge between credibility
and convenience. To keep trainers/instructors knowledgeable in
many training aspects, we have several certification courses as well
home study continuing education courses. We
continuously research current credible studies to keep up-to-date
training information. Even after a person is certified with
one of our online courses, the trainers can continue reviewing the
online material for updates. Each course offers the option of
an at-home exam or a proctored exam in the enrollee's residential
home study courses are shipped free. Enrollment in both the
online courses and home study courses is one year from date of
purchase. This means you have 12 months to submit the final
exam. If you do not obtain the minimum exam score of 85, you
have one more attempt during the 12 month enrollment period at no
additional cost. We also do not require a yearly membership
Even though we do not require a college
degree, over 85% of our trainers since January 2005 have a degree.
Who are some of the trainers/instructors? Many are club owners, independent trainers, M.D.s, Ph.D's,
university strength coaches, physical
therapists, bodybuilders, firemen, paramedics, phys ed teachers,
nurses, law enforcement, military fitness trainers, and nutritional counselors, while others are
fitness enthusiasts or newcomers to the training industry -- wanting to help and
give something positive to others.
AFTA does not require current CPR/First aid/AED
to enroll or to obtain certification, but we strongly recommend you
obtain at least CPR/first aid before beginning work as a personal
When you choose AFTA, you
are joining an organization that keeps expanding, improving, and demanding
higher standards. In the fitness field you need a recognized
name and title. With AFTA, that is exactly what you receive!
Join a team of fitness enthusiasts and
professionals today. Choose AFTA!
Chad Barnhart, AFTA Fitness Director