A knowledgeable, qualified staff equals a successful business. Smart Fitness provides all the educational continuum 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
The certification topics include:
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:
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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.Read More
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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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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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.Read More
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.Read More
This valuable product has saved hours of trying to figure out how to train staff appropriately.
“Praise is something I chose to give daily. Today I chose to praise Karen Perlmutter and the Smart Fitness University team for the tools that have been provided to Body Renew. SFU provides to Body Renew a wide array of many needed tools that can be used to unify the entire company. This program is being used to cross train every employee so that the Keizer Team can build stronger and more confident employees. SFU is set up so that every employee can train when their time allows. It is endless, each quarter there are new skills launched that are enjoyable to learn. I want to thank Karen and her team for the effort they have put into build such an amazing tool for the fitness industry.”
A foundation in achieving that is to have guaranteed standards set and exceeded by our Fitness Professionals, Gold’s Fitness/Smart Fitness helps take care of that so that we can focus on taking care of our members.
“Too many great interviews happen where the Personal Trainer has to walk out the door and go find a certification and we hope they came back. NOW we can embrace their passion, enhance their skills and help them build on their talent at Gold’s without ever having to walk out the door! At Gold’s our vision is to provide an INSPIRATIONAL MEMBER EXPERIENCE and help create the environment for our members to gain the results they aspire to…”
Smart Fitness has helped TGM to develop a strong employee infrastructure while ensuring constant and consistent training and policies for our trainers. The platform helps us to implement consistent objectives and tracking mechanisms to verify company wide completion.
“…The training modules have elevated our quality of training and has helped in improving our bottomline through consistent objectives and sales training redundnecies. Each employee goes through the Smart Fitness hiring and standards protocol, as well as the certification to move forward in the TGM ranks. This platform is an intrical part of the TGM training program. ”
It’s only a matter of time before all of the of other certifications look to Smart Fitness as the trail blazers in quality online Personal Training!
“Some time ago I had heard about this website/certification called Smart Fitness, at first glance I thought it was some weekend-course type certification for people who just wanted a quick “in”. As time went on I heard more and more about it and after a few months of apprehension I finally tested the site out. After being wowed by the robust course material and detail of content, we decided to sign on and get it rolling at our largest location… ”
…we are thoroughly excited by the opportunity to provide Personal Training Certification and Continuing Education as part of our Employee Benefits Package for ALL employees.
“We just started with Smart Fitness recently – and we are thoroughly excited by the opportunity to provide Personal Training Certification and Continuing Education as part of our Employee Benefits Package for ALL employees. It is our belief that Smart Fitness will have a dramatic positive impact on our ability to create, recruit and retain top fitness professionals.”
The Smart Fitness platform gives our PTs and Sales TEAMs the consistency, confidence and competence to be amongst the most qualified and professional in the fitness industry.
“…All this available, all the time; in an easy to use and always available training interface.”
After using Smart Fitness for only a few short months we already appreciate its value.
“…We can now create quality trainers and fitness sales staff instead of searching for them. This allows us to be able to more quickly adjust to the needs of our growing fitness department. Although our current quality of service is high, we were excited to use this tool to raise it a notch. In fact, one of the biggest surprises to date has been our current staff being excited enough about this to proactively ask for the ability to go through this to improve themselves. So far this has been a win for the customer, staff teammates and the business.”
Smart Fitness enables me to attract potential trainers by giving them a low risk entry option into the world of personal training.
Smart Fitness has been able to provide our trainers, fitness consultants, and future employees with the skills needed to build an elite fitness staff.
“Throughout the past 2 years, I have been a part of developing two high volume Gold’s Gyms which now house close to 20,000 members. With the mass amount of members comes an even greater urgency to meet their fitness needs. Accessing quality trainers with the skills and certifications needed has proven to be a difficult task in the smaller population of our community. With the help of Smart Fitness, I have been able to access our current employee base as well as talented individuals whom might not have had the means to certify themselves. Our established trainers have been able to increase their knowledge base and the training staffs have grown substantially within the past 3 months… ”
Smart Fitness is the smart way to get our trainers up and going quickly.
“…The user friendly interface and on-line methodology match up well with the challenges of training a team of personal trainers that are constantly on the move. I appreciate that the training is the trainers responsibility and the truly motivated associates can get through it quickly. Karen made the sign-up and program initiation process very quick and easy. I am glad we have a training alternative for our team.”
Smart Fitness allows an owner to provide a quality certification.
“Personal training is a vital part of getting the member safe and effective result. Smart Fitness allows an owner to provide a quality certification. Now owners can train and develop their own trainers versus looking outside.”
I trust the people at Smart Fitness. I was initially intrigued, after I saw the platform and the quality of the material being taught, I was sold.
“I have known the people in Smart Fitness for several years through other fitness channels. When I took over as general manager we needed a fitness solution to build a great team of trainers under the same umbrella from an accredited certifying body…”
The reason I brought Smart Fitness into my clubs is because I need the best trainers in the industry that are in my area to be working for me.
“I love Smart Fitness! The reason I brought Smart Fitness into my clubs is because I need the best trainers in the industry that are in my area to be working for me. Unfortunately it’s hard to get the amount of trainers I need for five clubs when I’m only wanting the best. Smart Fitness gives me the ability to bring trainers on and develop them to be the best. It allows me to fully staff my clubs with expert trainers. In addition, the sales training it provides is excellent. It definitely raises the bar for the industry.”
Smart fitness is a must have…
“…tool to attract and retain fitness professionals!”
During these economically challenging times, Smart Fitness University has definitely answered many fitness professionals prayers by simplifying our never-ending quest for Nationally Accredited Certification and CEU’s in a very cost-effective approach of not only saving the Fitness Professional time and money, but also increasing revenue in one’s own club all in one module.
“I want to express how incredibly tough it is to be a Fitness Professional who is readily available for constant schedule changes, flexibility with your business and personal life to make your clients happy. It is always a challenge to find the time to study and find inexpensive courses for CEU’s to keep us always abreast of the research, case studies and cutting edge training techniques that make us more knowledgeable and more professional type of Fitness Professionals. The average cost of Courses that are “approved” for Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) will range from $400 – $600. Fitness Professionals at times find themselves spending thousands of dollars a year for CEU’s. As club owners we are always worried that all of our trainers are holding valid certifications to keep our insurance liability at a minimum… They accomplished all this all the while never losing sight of what is the most important factor of the courses; Quality, Value and Service. This platform provides information from top experts in all the fields of Health, Fitness and Nutrition. If that wasn’t enough, they even included a Sales module that helps young Fitness Professionals understand how to confidently approach potential clients. To be able to set your club in a community as a Nationally Accredited Facility for Certified Personal Training always brings a great buzz to your door. This system not only takes care of your Fitness Professionals, but it also provides new stars to be discovered at your next Personal Training Certification Course. One of the best investment opportunities in the industry!”
There are not enough good words to describe what John has created with the Smart Fitness Personal Trainer Certification and con-ed program.
“…I have known, watched and studied Johns career for almost 20yrs. Very few fitness professionals have been as supportive and committed to serving new trainers helping them launch their careers successfully. The unique and most powerful part of the Smart Fitness certification is the business and sales course taught by world famous Jeffrey Gitomer. That has helped myself and every trainer completing the certification understand fully that Personal Training is a business and a professional career. I learned from Smart Fitness you have to be just as good at business and excited about doing business with people as you are with exercising them. Thank you John and the Team at Smart Fitness!”
The 7th Ranked Fitness club chain in the USA according to Club Industry Mag 2011
Smart Fitness combines an accredited, respected certification with a platform to help any company with recruiting and development of personal trainers.
“…If you are looking to take your company to the next level, I thoroughly recommend this platform, you will not regret it.”
Smart Fitness University has been a tremendous addition to us here at the EFT/Retro Fitness Group.
“…We now can literally certify and recruit as many trainers as we wish. Their educational platform is far superior to any other that we have had experience with. Smart Fitness includes sales training by world Famous Jeffrey Gitomer, which helps deliver competent and confident trainers which in turn, brings us more revenue to our company. The interactive videos with all ten chapters taught by an expert in that field makes top notch education fun and informative. The ROI is hands down far superior than we could have ever imagined.”
Smart Fitness Online University has great video trainings that are rich in content and applicable in clubs.
“…Our Personal Training Managers like having an accredited option that they can access from home and on their schedule.”
Smart-Fitness has be an exceptional tool to help build my training staff’s education, confidence and credibility.
“…It is important that in a very competitive market you are able to differentiate the service you provide to members and clients. Smart-fitness has helped us do that.”
Smart Fitness has been PERFECT for us to get hungry, motivated and passionate fitness enthusiast certified to work with our clientele.
“…It’s comprehensive yet user friendly platform has gained us new trainers, expanded our existing trainers knowledge and has also played an integral role in boosting sales and confidence for our PT program.”
It’s really been one of the best business decisions we’ve made… Our business is better because of Smart Fitness…
“We’ve been working with Smart Fitness at Gold’s Gyms of Syracuse for several months now. It’s really been one of the best business decisions we’ve made. We’ve benefited in ways we were totally expecting and in some surprising and
exciting ways, too!
1. We have more trainer candidates. We opened up the pool of candidates for Personal Training positions significantly. No longer do we have to rule out passionate, energetic and committed individuals because they lack the proper credentials. Our most current trainers right now started without any certifications at all and received them in-house. Now instead of hiring the correctly certified individuals, we hire the RIGHT PEOPLE.
2. We’re smarter. We have a great way to keep our team connected to what really matters to our business: the science of changing our members’ lives. We have desk staff, juice bar staff and even housekeepers using the information from Smart Fitness to get better at their jobs and most importantly to create an amazing EXPERIENCE for our members.
3. We’ve got clout. We can now inform our members that we have an in-house certification and development program for our talent. Because we’re hiring the RIGHT PEOPLE and giving them the right tools, we have a team that consistently exceeds our members expectations.
4. Ease of use. It takes us five minutes to set someone up on the program and another 5 to show them how to use it. It literally could not be any easier and costs us minimal manpower to run.
5. Great relationship. The team at Smart Fitness is always there to answer questions (and trust me, we’ve proven there IS such a thing as a dumb question) and help us every step of the way.”
Our business is better because of Smart Fitness, and we simply couldn’t possibly thank them enough!
Since I implemented the Smart Fitness program within our center, it has helped streamline the certification process.
“…Even the trainers that have other certifications are taking the exams and the continuing education courses. My contact, Karen Perlmutter has always been there if I had a question or concern. This has helped our business monetarily and professionally and I strongly recommend Smart Fitness to other facilities to help their training staff and the bottom line of their business.”
I like the Smart Fitness personal training certification because I can certify my whole staff without all of the high costs of travel, food, gas, hotel rooms, and pricing certifications.
“…I also like it because it is one of the more educational certifications that I’ve come across. We have made it mandatory for all staff and personal trainers. It’s a great investment!”
Smart Fitness helps health clubs get good people certified as personal trainers and keep them, though CECs, so the clubs can grow their personal training from the inside.
“Having managed health clubs, I understand how challenging finding Certified Personal Trainers can be. There have been many situations where potential trainers have asked for jobs contingent upon completing their certification, and they never come back. Smart Fitness helps health clubs get good people certified as personal trainers and keep them, though CECs, so the clubs can grow their personal training from the inside. Smart Fitness would be a great tool for any successful health club!”
I could not be happier with Smart Fitness.
“…I looked into other Fitness Cert. Programs, …geez, very confusing, unnecessarily complicated or just plain dull. Not Smart fitness. Intuitively organized, lucidly and simply written with the perfect level of detail, I felt like Goldilocks: Smart Fitness is just right. And the presenters are in command of the subject matter. They know how to deliver the material to a novice audience…and…they’re funny! And, if it’s alright, the girls are beautiful, and smart. Thank you Smart Fitness for not boring me and… it was a lot of fun and excellent and useful information!”
Smart Fitness is a platform that allows gym owners and managers to ensure everyone trainer is accredited and also delivers Sales training by world famous Jeffrey Gitomer.
“…The exercise application give trainers proper implementation of each exercise and instruction using the equipment so their clients do not get injured. With each chapter being taught by a different expert in their field, Smart Fitness makes it fun to learn. Smart Fitness is the solution that a health club owner/operator has been waiting for. The interactive platform is not only advantageous for your trainers, but your entire staff to become more knowledgeable. Easy to manage and most importantly, AFFORDABLE! ”
Since introducing Smart Fitness in our 8 clubs our PT departments have grown in size and revenues.
“…It allows us to recruit new trainers, certify internal staff that want to be trainers and hold our current PTs to a standard of education. By having all of our membership reps certified through Smart Fitness is has helped them become true fitness professionals selling fitness, not just price and amenities. We have developed a great educational partnership with the Smart Fitness team and look forward to working with them as we continue to grow our organization.”
I believe that in the near future, all fitness CEU companies will provide their learning programs in the same format that Smart Fitness provides today.
“I was introduced to Smart Fitness last year. I must say, that in the world of continuing education, where you get a book, a test, and timeline, Smart Fitness gives you a platform to create a different type of learning environment. I believe that in the near future, all fitness CEU companies will provide their learning programs in the same format that Smart Fitness provides today. It’s called being ahead of the curve.”
If you want to grow your Personal Training business, standardize and simplify your staff training, and have the ability to get everyone on your team certified, then simply put… Smart Fitness is a required RESOURCE!
“…I have seen remarkable results with many of my current customers, and the return on their minimum investment is amazing!!!! If you’re a Health Club Owner, PT Director/ Manager do what many of the top clubs in the nation do… Make Smart Fitness your branded in house, learning and certification course. More trainers = more revenues.”
Many REX Roundtable members have found that Smart Fitness is an invaluable resource for their staff!
“…They have easy to use, yet sophisticated technology that helps all staff get certified as personal trainers, increase their sale knowledge and be held accountable. The Jeffrey Gitomer sales training and education alone is worth 10 times the price! I highly recommend that every club use Smart Fitness as a resource.”
The feedback from our clubs out here in New Jersey has been nothing short of amazing.
“…From upper management down to our housekeeping staff, our employees are very exited to be part of Smart Fitness. We have hired a great deal of new Personal Trainers since adding Smart Fitness this year. These trainers are motivated even further after learning that we offer this level of fitness education at no charge to our employees. The program has been very instrumental in increasing fitness knowledge to all employees participating, thus increasing productivity. I know as time goes on more of our employees will benefit from the Smart Fitness program.”
Smart Fitness is an educational platform that can make a huge impact on club PT profits.
“…The technology, training and business model delivers a big bang for the buck. I recommend you check it out and I promise, you’ll love it.”
Since then, our ability to recruit top-level talent has grown exponentially.
“Like most companies, hiring talented professionals who deliver exemplary customers service was a challenge for us. We require all of our personal trainers to be certified with an accredited certification, so our talent pool was limited. Just over a year ago our company invested in the Smart Fitness educational system. Since then, our ability to recruit top-level talent has grown exponentially. In fact, we have taken the approach of recruiting outside the industry to find the behavior traits we desire and implement the technical skills with our education systems. I feel Smart Fitness has been a phenomenal resource for recruiting and developing new talent. In the past year, we have hired over 40 new trainers that we were able to certify and have now become self-generating profit centers!”
I find the program invaluable.
I attended the 2012 IHRSA show Los Angeles and was just poking around the Smart Fitness booth and met Karen Perlmutter. After sitting through her presentation, I thought that our Clubs could really benefit from the program. I have been a client since March of 2012 and have had a great return on my investment by certifying personal trainers through the program. However; now that they have added all the training modules for my employees, I find the program invaluable. I have been able to simplify the process of training all of my existing employees and more importantly, the new hires. My personal favorite thing about Smart Fitness is Karen. She is so enthusiastic, knowledgeable and eager to support to me and my staff. I love the fact that every time they develop a new module, Karen takes the time to call me and explain how she thinks we can benefit from the new module. She is also well educated in the fitness industry and truly understands the challenges club owners face. She is a role model for customer service representatives. I give Smart Fitness and Karen 5 stars.
The money saved in training just one employee a month is worth the price of our monthly dues.
“I would recommend Smart Fitness to any health club regardless of size. At Heroes Fitness we utilize the training in our onboarding process. Every facility employee is required to complete the CPR certification, sexual harassment and customer service modules. Every module has a “test” at the completion to ensure the new employee listened to the presentations. These modules free up our staff from this responsibility and does a much more in depth presentation than we could ever accomplish.
We have all our new sales staff complete the sales module. In our weekly sales staff meetings, we replay chapters.
Repetition is reinforcement.
We utilize the Smart Fitness personal training module. We certify trainers without the expense and hassle of off site testing, travel and expensive textbooks. It has been our experience that someone that has a different PT certification cannot sit and pass this test. They have to actually listen and take notes from the PT instruction. The only people that pass it the first time are the PHD students in physical therapy at Angelo State University.
New programs are being added on a regular basis. We continually add to the sections that we utilize. We have Smart Fitness in all of our clubs. We have high employee turnover in our markets.