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YOUTH FITNESS INSTRUCTOR/TRAINER (YouthFIT™) CERTIFICATION

There are many statistics that indicate Americas kids are overweight and out of shape.  One of the most troubling statistics of all is that 60% of obese children aged 5 to 10 have at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease (such as high cholesterol, triglycerides, insulin or blood pressure) and 25% have at least two risk factors.  Equally alarming is that 30% of boys and 40% of girls who were born in 2000 are at risk for being diagnosed with diabetes at some point in their lives.  Finally, these statistics dont bode well for the future since 70% of overweight adolescents are destined to become overweight or obese adults.  So, its painfully evident that the fitness of our nations youth is in dire straits.  How can we reverse this trend and shape Americas kids?

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

The Premiere Personal Fitness YouthFIT Certification Course consists of a study guide (Youth Fitness: An Action Plan for Shaping Americas Kids) and evaluates a thorough understanding of key concepts in youth fitness.  It is designed to educate fitness professionals, physical educators and youth coaches in the many aspects of implementing an action plan that will help shape Americas kids.  The course provides you with the necessary tools to properly instruct and guide todays youth to become healthier and more fit from adolescence through adulthood using a safe, efficient and effective approach.

The study guide for the YouthFIT Course covers all the main components of health and fitness with the cornerstone being the Fab Five of Fitness.  These five main components are discussed in-depth: flexibility training, aerobic training, strength training, recovery and proper nutrition.

In addition, the course evaluates key topics including basic anatomy and muscular function, exercise performance, traditional and non-traditional exercises, equipment and protocols along with program design, nutritional counseling and the obesity epidemic that plagues todays youth.

Becoming Premiere Personal Fitness YouthFIT Certified will provide fitness professionals, physical educators and youth coaches with a deeper knowledge and increased confidence to successfully work one-on-one with kids as well as to develop overall group-fitness programs.  The knowledge gained and the skills developed through this course will not only enhance work with young people, it will also provide greater opportunities to work with adults as many aspects of fitness overlap between those two populations.

TAKING THE EXAM

The Premiere Personal Fitness YouthFIT Certification Course is an on-line exam consisting of 175 multiple choice questions based on the book, Youth Fitness: An Action Plan for Shaping Americas Kids.  A grade of 80% (140 correct answers) is required to complete the course successfully.  When you register for the course, you will need to have a copy of the study guide.  A copy can be purchased from this site or, if available, borrowed from a local library.

You will have 21 days to complete the test from the time you register.  This takes into account the time for you to obtain the study guide either through the mail or some other resource.  Once you register, you will receive an invitation via email with an ID and pass code for you to log on to take the exam.  You DO NOT have to log on right away. You are not timed other than being responsible for taking the exam within the 30-day period of registration.  Obviously, you will need time to read the material to prepare for the exam and then allow for time to take the exam.

Once you complete and submit the exam, your score will be calculated immediately and you will receive your grade.  As stated, you need to score 80% in order to become certified.  In this case, you will receive documentation within several days stating that you have met the requirements for the Premiere Personal Fitness YouthFIT Certification Course.  Should you not pass the exam or finish it within the allotted time frame of 30 days, you can re-take the test for a nominal fee.

For further information, feel free to email Fred Fornicola at [email protected] or visit our blog at http://youthfitcert.blogspot.com.



BIOGRAPHY of CERTIFICATION DEVELOPERS

Matt Brzycki, B.S., is the Assistant Director of Campus Recreation, Fitness, at Princeton University.  He has been employed as a fitness professional since 1983.  This includes stints at Princeton University (May 1983 to Jul 1984), Rutgers University (Aug 1984 to Jul 1990) and Princeton University (Aug 1990 to present).

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education from Penn State in 1983.  Matt has authored eight books, co-authored seven books and edited two books.  In addition, he has authored more than 425 articles/columns on strength and fitness that have appeared in 43 different publications including Wrestling USA; Fitness Management; New Jersey Cops; Coach and Athletic Director; American Fitness; Athletic Journal; Womens Sports and Fitness; Coaching Womens Basketball; Texas Coach; Pennsylvania Journal of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; Martial Arts Training; Powerlifting Canada; Strength and Health; Athletic Business; Coaching Volleyball; Gridiron Coach; International Gymnast; The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance; and Muscular Development.

Matt has given presentations throughout the United States and Canada.  This includes the Athletic Business Conference & Expo (Orlando, FL); American College of Sports Medicines Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition (New Orleans, LA); National Strength & Science Seminar (Blaine, MN); Fitness Professionals Continuing Education Conference (Chicago, IL); University YMCA Strength & Conditioning Clinic (Cincinnati, OH); National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Region I Conference (six times, most recently Ithaca, NY); New Jersey Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Annual Convention (Long Branch, NJ); Mercer Youth Strength and Conditioning Conference (Ewing, NJ); and Princeton University Strength & Speed Camp (Princeton, NJ).  He has also given presentations to the Central Intelligence Agency; US Customs and Border Protection; and US Secret Service Academy.  Matt has been a guest on radio shows in Atlanta, Cincinnati and Phoenix.

He has an extensive background in teaching and developing courses in fitness.  As a consultant for Operational Tactics, Incorporated (Hagerstown, MD; Aug 2003 to Sep 2008), he co-developed a SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) Fitness Specialist Certification Program and co-taught a variety of fitness classes to law-enforcement and military personnel (in two-day programs that were held in California, Colorado, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico and New York); as a coadjutant instructor for Rutgers University (NJ; Mar 1990 to Jul 2000), he developed the Strength Training Theory and Applications class and taught the course to Exercise Science and Sport Studies majors as a member of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences; and as an Adjunct Instructor for The College of New Jersey (NJ; Jan 1996 to Mar 1999), he developed the Weight Training class and taught the course to Health and Physical Education majors and other students as a member of the Health and Physical Education Faculty.  Finally, he developed a correspondence course for Desert Southwest Fitness (Tucson, AZ; Jul 1997 to Sep 2004) that was used by strength and fitness professionals to update their certifications.  (The course was used for continuing education credits by as many as 19 international organizations.)

Matt served on the Alumni Society Board of Directors for the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State from 2001 to 2007, chairing its awards committee during his final two years.  He was appointed by the governor to serve on the New Jersey Council on Physical Fitness and Sports as well as the New Jersey Obesity Prevention Task Force.


FRED FORNICOLA, B.A., is the owner of Premiere Personal Fitness in Asbury Park, New Jersey.  Fred is a fitness professional, personal trainer, strength and conditioning coach, fitness consultant, lifestyle fitness coach, as well as a published author.  He has been involved in the field of strength and fitness for over 35 years.  Fred has personally worked with several youths over his many years as a trainer, including young athletes on the junior high, high school and college levels.  Fred has authored more than 250 articles on strength and fitness and has been featured in numerous publications including Coach and Athletic Director, Hard Gainer and Master Trainer.  In addition, he pens regular columns on health and fitness for various Internet websites along with contributing to several blog spots.  Fred was one of the contributing authors of the book Get Fit New Jersey! and co-authored the best-selling book Dumbbell Training for Strength and Fitness.  His latest book is entitled Youth Fitness: An Action Plan for Shaping Americas Kids which he also co-authored with Matt Brzycki.  Fred is also active in organizing and participating in fund raisers to assist those in the local community, performs seminars on youth fitness and has been a volunteer strength and conditioning coach for the Ocean Twp. High School Field Hockey and Track & Field teams.

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