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Extended University personal trainer class begins Sept. 23

September 6, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - MSU Extended University has scheduled a personal trainer certification course for evenings and weekends beginning Sept. 23.

The course runs until Oct. 30 with evening classes on Mondays and Wednesdays and lab sessions on some Saturday mornings. All sessions take place on the MSU campus.

Students will receive both theoretical and practical training in anatomy and physiology, human movement science, program design for clients, injury prevention techniques, behavior modification and other topics of interest to professional personal trainers.

Many personal trainer positions, such as those at health clubs or fitness centers, require certification from one of the major organizing bodies. The MSU course prepares students to take an entry-level certification exam from any of the major organizations, including the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) or the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

The instructor is Matthew Parks, who has worked in the fitness industry for more than 15 years as a personal trainer, fitness director, sports performance coach and adult educator. He is certified as an NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist, USAT Level 1 triathlon coach and is nationally certified as a therapeutic massage and body worker (NCTMB).

Students do not need to be enrolled at MSU or be members of the MSU fitness center. The cost is $395. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for an additional $25.

For the full course description or to register online, visit MSU Extended University at The instructor's e-mail is

Contact: Nicole Soll,, 994-6633.