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Become a Personal Trainer


Are you interested in taking your fitness and wellness knowledge to the next level? Do you want to help others reach their fitness goals? Rec Sports offers two training programs to prepare students, members, and nonmembers become nationally certified personal trainers.

The BuckeyePT Prep Course
 is a free in house training program held during the fall semesters designed to prepare full time students who are interested in becoming a personal trainer at Ohio State. This program is lecture based as well as hands on. The students will meet 2-3x a week for the entirety of fall semester, learning material on human anatomy, physiology, program design, etc. Students who finish the course and pass their ACE exam are then eligible for hire at Rec Sports. *Students who already hold a personal training certification still must complete the BuckeyePT Prep Course, but their process has the potential to be expedited.

The ACE (American Council on Exercise) Prep Course 
is a lecture based program that is held during the spring semesters and is open to students, members, and nonmembers. The class will meet once a week for 12 weeks, reviewing lecture material on human anatomy, physiology, program design, etc. The course prepares participants to take the ACE exam and become a certified personal trainer. There is a cost associated with this program, however participants will receive a discount on all study materials and the final exam.
Traditional ACE exam cost: $399
Ohio State Discounted ACE exam cost: $249
Both semester long programs will prepare participants to take a nationally recognized personal training exam (American Council on Exercise.)
Course Registrations


Fall 2017
BuckeyePT Prep Course
Course Dates: Mondays beginning August 28 – November 20, 2017.
Time: 4 p.m.- 6 p.m.

Location: RPAC Meeting Room 1

Cost: Free (only full time Ohio State students may apply.)
In order to participate in the BuckeyePT Prep Course you must attend the mandatory Info Meeting on Monday, August 28, at 4 p.m. in RPAC Dave Griner Room.
Registration this program is closed.
Spring 2018
ACE Prep Course
Course Dates: TBA

Time: TBA

Location: TBA

Cost: $100 for Ohio State students or Rec Sports members, $150 for non-members. 

Registration for this course will open in December 2017.
For more questions about these programs please contact the Personal Training Coordinator, Alycia Israel.