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KINE 224 Personal Training Certification Preparation, Section 32719 sp 2023 

Instructor: Nancy Steinmaus       

Class meetings:

This in-person face to face class meets T, Th 9:30-10:20 lec. followed by lab 10:30-11:50                    

Welcome from instructor:

Hello Personal Training Certification Preparation students!  I have boundless enthusiasm and expertise for this class!  This class is challenging as there is a lot of material to cover. The challenge is worth it but you need to mind-set staying on top of your work.  What an amazing opportunity we all have in this class to learn and grow and expand ourselves.  The fitness industry is continuing to explode and personal trainers are in demand.  Further, many student enroll in KINE 224 because they are interested in the medical or peri-medical fields like physical therapy, chiropractic medicine, and more.

Contact information 

Phone (805) 592-9911 do NOT leave a message on voice mail.  Email is the best way to reach me. 

office Rm 1317  near the swimming pool 

Email: nsteinma@cuesta.edu (this is the best way to reach me) 

Instructor Contact Expectations:  I am usually able to return emails M-Th within a 24 hour window during the normal semester time span. Emails that arrive M-Th before 1:15 will likely be answered the same day.  For email arriving  F-Sat-Sun, I should be able to respond within a 48 hour window.  There have been moments when an email is delayed or waylaid arriving to my inbox.  Feel free to “poke” me again if you have not heard back in the time frames I listed. 

Kinesiology Dept. office is rm 1300, Kinesiology phone is 546-3100 x 3207, the division assistant may be able to help you. 

Office Hours both via zoom or face to face.  See syllabus or see canvas home page

Course Description 

Presents the principles of fitness training and its application to personal training for the health and fitness professional.  Upon completion of this course, the student will be prepared to take the American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer certification exam. Transfer: CSU 

Student Learning Outcomes: 

  • Formulate a comprehensive, integrated training program by synthesizing the scientific based model and programming presented by the American College of Sports Medicine. 
  • Identify and differentiate between normal and special populations and apply exercise, nutrition, and psychological principles to assist clients in attaining health goals. 
  • Demonstrate proper technique of fitness assessments and exercises and be able to physically and orally explain each to clients. 
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and capabilities to pass the American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) exam. 
  • Present current research-based and theoretical information related to the scope and practice and Job Task Analysis (JTA) recommendations established by the American College of Sports Medicine for their ACSM Certified Personal Trainer credential. 

Course Environment: 

There is a sample syllabus at very bottom of this page.  It includes more details on class.  Class attendance is critical and we cover material at a rapid pace.  We work like a team as we practice skills and techniques on each other including how to instruct exercises. This in person class will also use a Web-based Learning Management System Canvas. Canvas provides the framework for the course including PowerPoint presentations, student data files, the tools to receive and send course materials, quizzes, homework, and a grade book.  If all the canvas explanations sound confusing, instructor can help you the first week of classes!

Please be prepared to spend 9 - 12 hours per week on coursework for this class.  (Each Cuesta unit expects students to spend 3-4 hours, including class time.  This is a 3 unit class)

Class opens / Accessing Canvas: 

You can access Canvas by logging into MyCuesta, then clicking on the Resources Tab, then clicking on Canvas in the Online Learning Channel, or by typing the Canvas address (https://cuesta.instructure.com/) into your browser address bar. Do not bookmark / favorite the canvas site after your login, or you will get an error message next time you try to log in. You must access the canvas log in directly. 

If you are not familiar with logging into canvas, please refer to the Canvas Quick Reference Guide.Links to an external site.Links to an external site. Once logged into Canvas you will be directed on where to get started. Be sure to read all the direction on the course home page.   

If you are having difficulty logging into Canvas and need assistance, please email technical support at this email address: support@instructure.com.  You should email me as well so I know you are working on logging in. 

Text Book and Materials 

  • ACSM’S Resources for the Personal Trainer 6th ed. 2022.
  • ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription (9th Edition) or most current edition  (If you are certain you will certify w ACSM, you need this.  If you are uncertain, you can wait, as everything in this guideline is also in book) 
  • Optional: ACSM’s Certification Review 
  • Supplemental Materials necessary for the class  
  • Technology tools outside the LMS:  

Technical Support 

Instructor may be able to help you with canvas...

Cuesta students are encouraged to direct all technical support inquiries to  support@my.cuesta.edu. If you are having issues with Canvas, you should contact the Canvas Support Hotline at (877) 921-7680, or click on the help button on the Canvas Navigation to report a problem. 

If you are having difficulty viewing the course or logging in, it may be because you are not using the correct url: https://cuesta.instructure.com/ or you are using your phone or using an unsupported browser. 

Your learning environment is best accessed from a desktop or laptop computer, using Firefox or Chrome.  This may solve your problem!  Please review the browser requirements and minimum computer specificationsLinks to an external site.Links to an external site. 


This course is designed using an accessible Learning Management System, and course materials have been created with ADA compliance in mind. If you have a disability and might need accommodations in this class such as extended time on exams or other resources. Please contact the instructor as soon as possible so that you can receive appropriate accommodations in a timely manner. You should also contact DSPS (Disabled Student Programs & Services)Links to an external site.Links to an external site. at 805-546-3148 

College & Course Policies: 

Academic Honesty Policy: http://www.cuesta.edu/student/documents/catatog/catalog_2013-14/catalog_2013-14.pdfLinks to an external site.Links to an external site.]. Please note all students attending San Luis Obispo County Community College District at any district site and when representing Cuesta College in any off-campus activity, assume an obligation to conduct themselves in an acceptable manner compatible with the Student Code of conduct. Here is Cuesta College Student Code of conductLinks to an external site.Links to an external site. 

Add / Drop Policy:  If there is room in the class, I will add students up to the add deadline (Jan 31, 2021.) Students who do not log in the first week or who miss the first synchronous class on Jan 19 may be dropped.  Student who do not log in for longer than 10 days may be dropped.  Here is Cuesta policy for adds and drops: 


Waitlist Policy: After the first class, I will begin adding students from wait list in order on list.  Here is more on Cuesta’s waitlist procedure and instructionsLinks to an external site.Links to an external site.:   

Sample syllabus below.  It is from a past semester so dates will NOT be correct.  A current syllabus will be loaded into canvas before start of semester and hard-copies will also be available in class.

old sllabus may be here but current one will appear on home page.  This one can give you idea of course.

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