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A knowledgeable, qualified staff equals a successful business. Smart Fitness provides all the education you'll need, from how to prevent sexual harassment and safety training, to personal training, Group X, CPR training more!

Smart Fitness provides an interactive website with all the education a health club staff would need to become trained in their perspective roles within the health club. The platform can also assist in advancing the careers of the health club staff by offering an education continuum that allows individuals to grow into other departments within the club. A sample of this department-specific continuum is provided below:

Sample Education Curriculum

Educational Features

At Smart Fitness you'll have access to the Smart Fitness personal trainer manual to help you prepare for the certification exam. On this state-of-the-art platform, each module will include interactive quizzes to help you test your knowledge on the information reviewed within each module. You'll receive both the academic information as well as the practical application to become a successful personal trainer!

The certification topics include:

  • Definition of a Personal Trainer
  • Exercise physiology, biomechanics, and kinesiology
  • Nutrition and supplementation
  • Flexibility training
  • Stability training
  • Plyometric training
  • Special populations
  • Anatomical terms
  • Anatomy
  • Exercise application
  • Program design
  • Health screening and assessments
  • Behavior modification
  • Business of personal training

You can review the materials and videos as much as you want. The system keeps track of where you are in the material and will also provide you a report as to your standing.

Pre-requisites that must be met to sit for the certification exam include:

  • One must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must present a valid, government issue photo ID
  • Must present a valid Adult CPR card.
In order to maintain a certification, you must complete continuing education units (or CEU's) within the period that you are certified. Smart Fitness provides a portal where you may conveniently obtain all the CEU's needed to maintain the certification. And best of all, they are free!
Smart Fitness has partnered with the American Safety Training Institute to provide you with a resource for CPR/AED training and certification. The training covers adult/child/infant techniques for CPR, AED (automated external defibrillator), and conscious and unconscious choking.
Developed and delivered by customer service expert Blair McHaney of Club Works, individuals will be able to apply their highest capabilities when delivering an exceptional member experience. One will also be able to find a purpose in their role as it applies to customer service as well as have an enhanced social awareness to maximize customer service delivery.
This course provides individuals with the foundational components to be a safe and effective group exercise leader.
Learn the laws and best practices to effectively prevent sexual harassment within the workplace. This is a course that virtually all staff members should go through to ensure they are compliant.
Partnering with some of the most preferred equipment companies such as Matrix, Octane, and ViCore, this education offers professionals the ability to learn how to safely use some of the most common training equipment seen in health clubs as well as programming schemes that can put a new twist to a member's program.
The Smart Fitness platform also offers software training on programs commonly used in the health club, such Dotfit and ABC Financial, as well as tutorials on how to use all of the elements included on the Smart Fitness platform.
Smart Fitness has partnered with the Advance Online Institute to provide you with a resource for OSHA safety training and certification. This training would be ideal for the maintenance staff within the club. The training is 100% online-based and can be completed from any computer with Internet access.
This course is designed for the Sales and Front Desk staff to provide them the basics in nutrition and exercise technique. This will help the staff become more educated in these areas, allowing them to incorporate the information into sales presentations and to assist members when a trainer may not be available.
Become certified to join one of the largest training niches in the world, indoor cycling! From learning how to set up your seat to teaching riders pedaling techniques to get the most energy from each crank revolution, this certification is the most comprehensive training guide to ensure you become a top-rated indoor cycling instructor.

Staff & Faculty

Tyler Valencia

Vice President of Strategic Partnerships

Tyler comes to the Smart Fitness brand after working for 4 years with the National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association (NESTA). At NESTA he served as the Director of Program Development, helping launch all the new programs within the last 4 years. In 2012, he also started a fitness boot camp in Long Beach, CA, called Time 2 Train.

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Cathy Miller

Definition of a Personal Trainer

A dedicated fitness enthusiast and personal trainer for the past 15-years, Cathy Miller has competed and coached a multitude of school and club sports ranging from gymnastics to volleyball. Cathy is also an accomplished fitness model and competitor.

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Scott Gaines, MS

Exercise Physiology

Scott Gaines has been in the fitness industry for more than 16 years as a personal trainer, fitness manager, educator and martial arts instructor. Scott is an adjunct professor of Functional Biomechanics at A.T. Still University and as well as an instructor of Advanced Program Design at Chapman University.

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Lucho Crisalle

Basic Nutrition

Lucho Crisalle has a degree in Food Science & Human Nutrition and a Minor in Exercise Kinesiology from the University of Florida. He completed his Dietetic Internship through Cal State Long beach and worked as a Registered Dietitian at Torrance Memorial Medical Center and at Barlow Respiratory Hospital in Los Angeles from 1997 thorough 2003 when he decided to go back to his true passion, the fitness industry.

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Desi Bartlett M.S., CPT


Desi Bartlett M.S., CPT, has been teaching health and wellness for over 18 years. Her innovative approach to teaching is to tap into one's inner joy and let movement be an outer expression of that state. Originally from Chicago, she has earned a degree in Kinesiology, a minor in dance and her Master's degree in Corporate Fitness.

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Ruben Salinas, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, CSCS

Special Populations

Ruben is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, founder and director of Salinas Physical Therapy / Sports Medicine. He specializes in the treatment of the spine, knee rehabilitation following ACL reconstruction and managing shoulder injuries of overhead athletes.

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Tom DeLong, MA, C.S.C.S.

Anatomical Terms and Anatomy

Tom DeLong, MA, C.S.C.S. is a 25 year veteran of both the strength and conditioning and the health/fitness industries. He graduated from Ball State University with a BS in Exercise Science and Wellness then obtained a graduate degree is in Kinesiology with emphasis in Biomechanics and Program Design from California State University, Long Beach.

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David Hoptar

Program Design

David Hoptar is the President of Performance Health & Consulting and is currently under contract with PureFitness Health Clubs in San Diego, providing his expertice as the Regional Fitness Director and Senior Trainer/Nutritionist.

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