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Massachusetts Fitness Degrees

Fitness and Personal Trainer Certifications in Massachusetts


Although New England is actually a collection of states, Massachusetts seems to encapsulate the true spirit of this historic region. Whether you enjoy history, sports, science, or nature, Massachusetts has something for you. This is especially true in the autumn months when the trees begin to change colors. There is nothing like an autumn drive in Massachusetts when the foliage is at its peak. And if you are colonial history fanatic, only Pennsylvania and Virginia would be able to suit your needs more. Boston, as much as Philadelphia, Jamestown, or Williamsburg is often regarded as the birthplace of the United States.
If you are thinking of going to college and training for a new career why not consider the benefits of becoming a Fitness Instructor or a Health and Physical Education Teacher? There are a variety of courses available for you to choose from.

As a Physical Education Teacher or Fitness Instructor you may plan, organize, and direct physical activities in recreation areas, parks, community centers, health clubs, fitness centers, cruise ships, schools or camps. Increasingly, you may also find employment in workplaces, where you might organize and direct fitness activities and athletic programs for employees of all ages.

Your main responsibilities may be to instruct individuals or groups in various exercise activities, or design training programs to enable people to reach their fitness goals. Clearly, you will need to be physically fit, as you may need to demonstrate exercise techniques or equipment. Aerobics Instructors specialize in training groups using muscle stretching, and toning exercises. Fitness instructors generally work on a one-to-one basis. Sports centers and gyms will probably provide the greatest opportunities for employment. Due to the broad range of facilities you may be expected to be able to provide a wide range of specialties such as yoga, aerobics, aqua-aerobics, swimming instruction, boxing, karate or weight training.

Some types of work require certification; e.g. Aerobics, weight training or life saving. You will find that many of these require recertification or a continuous course of education to remain certified. You will need to have an outgoing personality, be able to motivate, be sympathetic to the needs of individuals and have lots of energy. The nature of this role means that you should expect to work evenings and weekends regularly.

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