Fitness Leadership

The YMCA in Canada is dedicated to the growth of all persons in spirit, mind, and body and in a sense of responsibility to each other and the global community.

The YMCA developed the first nationally recognized fitness leadership program in 1974 and has continued to train fitness leaders ever since.

For more information on the programs listed below please contact Angela Kimmett at 613-546-2647 (ext. 232) angela_kimmett@kingston.ymca.ca

100% attendance required

Become a certified Personal Trainer with the YMCA of Canada’s certification course.  The course will require extensive instructional sessions, self guided assignments and a minimum of  20 hours of apprenticeship under the supervision of a certified fitness professional. Cost of this course includes materials, instruction, access to Y mentoring team, access to Y (non-members), all learning resources, tests, exams and final evaluation. Recertification is required every 2 years with 16 CEC’s, 50 hours of practice and current CPR/SFA. The scope of practice for a YMCA Personal Trainer is to prescribe exercise and give healthy living and eating advice to individuals in good health, or with stable chronic conditions, in the areas of general strength training and cardiovascular fitness.

Certification Path:

  1. Classroom and online assignments successfully completed (approx. 45-50 hours)
  2. Demonstrate and Describe Exam with YMCA Educator
  3. Written Exam (80% to pass)
  4. Case Study (Peer Teach min 20 hours)
  5. Practical Exam with YMCA Educator

 

See current program guide for costs

Prerequisites:

  • Age 18+
  • CPR C & Standard First Aid
  • 50 hours of participation in strength training required

*Certification does not include work in therapy or assessment and correction of conditions or injuries; training sport specific athletes, bodybuilders, women who are pregnant and want to start an exercise plan or people with multiple chronic conditions or those newly diagnosed.

Become a certified Group Fitness Instructor with the YMCA of Canada’s certification course.  Choose one of 5 currently offered streams. Each course will require a minimum of 12 hours of apprenticeship under the supervision of a certified fitness professional. Cost of each course includes materials, instruction, access to Y mentoring team, access to Y (non-members), all learning resources, tests, exams and final evaluation. Recertification is required every 2 years with 16 CEC’s, 50 hours of practice, current CPR/SFA. The scope of practice for a YMCA Instructor is to prescribe exercise in the areas of general strength training and cardiovascular fitness.

Learn choreography, exercise design, basic anatomy, principles of training and safe effective compilation of a comprehensive fitness class. We will cover music, phrasing, beats, tempo, contraindications and modifications for all levels.

Learn the drills and skills of spin or cycle fit, basic anatomy, principles of training and safe effective compilation of a comprehensive fitness class. Learn bike set-up, contraindications and modifications for all levels.

Learn choreography, exercise design, basic anatomy, and principles of training and safe effective compilation of a comprehensive fitness class while incorporating the principles of fitness with the components of water, movement mechanics and safety. We will cover music, phrasing, beats, tempo, contraindications and modifications for all levels.

Learn the choreography, exercise design,  basic anatomy, principles of training and safe effective compilation of a comprehensive fitness class for any age, chronic condition or ability. We will cover music, phrasing, beats, tempo, contraindications and modifications for all levels, with a focus on aging processes

Certification Path:

  1. Classroom / online Assignments successfully completed (12-24 hours)
  2. Demonstrate and Describe Exam with YMCA Educator
  3. Written Exam (80% to pass)
  4. Case Study (Peer Teach minimum of 12 hours per stream)
  5. Practical Exam and Final Evaluation with YMCA Educator

Recertification is required every two years with 16 hours of CEC’s, 50 hours of practice, and current CPR/SFA.

Prerequisite:

  • Age 16+ (at the time of certification)
  • CPR C & Standard First Aid
  • 50 hours of participation in subject matter expertise classes