AAPT: The Premier Personal Fitness Training School
Our mission at the American Academy of Personal Training is to create an environment of hands-on learning in which students may develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to become leaders in the personal training industry and achieve rewarding careers as fitness professionals. Through the promotion of education and higher standards, AAPT and its graduates are Raising the Bar on what it means to be a professional personal trainer. As part of our Federal Student Aid program, we publish important data to help guide our applicants, including program costs, financing options, and student completion and placement rates. It’s all here in AAPT’s Gainful Employment report.
With a well-rounded curriculum, skilled faculty members, and an unwavering commitment to quality education, AAPT can say with confidence that it’s among the best personal training schools in the U.S. including Boston and New York—and we have the credentials to back up that claim.
What sets us apart? Our commitment to delivering thoughtfully-constructed, high-quality personal training programs that prime students for new careers in the industry and help existing fitness professionals advance their careers. Learn more about the AAPT difference below.
Our curriculum provides equal amounts of classroom instruction (150 hours) with practical hands-on instruction (150 hours). Classes include kinesiology, nutrition, biomechanics, anatomy and physiology, and more. AAPT students also learn about the business of personal training, how to conduct health and fitness assessments on clients, and how to design personal training sessions. Each and every AAPT graduate is well-positioned to work with clients in a variety of settings, from fitness centers to private homes to healthcare environments.
Highly-Skilled and Knowledgeable Faculty
Our talented instructors deliver the essential information AAPT students need in a fun and interesting learning environment. With many decades of combined industry experience our instructors share their personal stories and experiences along with our robust curriculum. AAPT’s founder, Harry Hanson, has become one of the most sought-after fitness gurus in New York and across the nation. Hanson launched AAPT in 2007 to help improve the standards of the personal training profession through a quality, affordable fitness training program.
Flexible Class Schedules
In just three months our students gain an impressive wealth of knowledge in health, fitness, nutrition, and hands-on fitness instruction. That’s because we’ve designed our program efficiently to deliver the most information in the least amount of time—not a moment is wasted. We’ve created flexible day, night, weekend, and summertime courses that work for everyone, whether you’re a working mom or a busy stay-at-home dad. Our partnership with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) means that AAPT fitness trainer students can earn as many as three certifications in just three months. Preparation for the NASM exam is included in our curriculum as well as the exam fee.
Robust Accreditation and Oversight
AAPT is on a mission to promote the constant improvement of fitness education standards in the U.S. Our school is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education, and we’re the first personal training school in the U.S. to be recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally accredited institution. We are also licensed by the New York and Massachusetts Departments of Education. AAPT is monitored by the Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) to ensure our compliance with Title IV FSA programs, and we’ve established our own advisory committees to ensure that our coursework remains current and relevant and meets local community employment needs.