Become a Personal Trainer

Campus Recreation holds interviews for Personal Trainers twice a year, in the fall and spring. Individuals do not have to have a national fitness certification in order to be hired as a Personal Trainer with W&M Campus Recreation. However, once hired, Personal Trainers-in-Training must obtain a national Personal Trainer Certification within 6 months of the date they start work with Campus Recreation. Students must also go through the Campus Recreation in-house Personal Training Instructional Course, which is held in the spring semester, or take the academic course KINE 295, Health-Related Exercise Prescription. Find out more information about the Personal Training Instructional Course.

Fall 2018 Hiring Process

Info Meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 9th at 7:00pm in the Rec Center Conference Room.

Application Due: October 26th at 11:59pm. Complete the Personal Trainer application online

Practical Evaluations: Tuesday, Oct. 30th, 7-9pm. Applicants will be contacted individually about scheduling their practical evaluations. In the practical evaluations, candidates will be asked to teach the bench press, squat and deadlift, as well as two body weight exercises. These exercises will be assigned by the trainer hiring team and will be given in advance of the practical evaluations. We are looking for knowledge of proper form, spotting techniques, ability to verbalize appropriate cueing.

Interviews: Wednesday, Nov. 1st, 1-4pm (scheduled only with individuals invited back from practical evaluations).

Contact [[e|cgwhitehurst, Cameron Whitehurst]], Personal Training Supervisor.

Personal Trainer Job Description:

Through one-on-one fitness assessments, consultations, and training sessions the Personal Trainer assists and supervises in the advancement and improvement of a client's health and well-being. As a professional in the field of Exercise and Health, the Personal Trainer educates and motivates individuals on the benefits of exercise and nutrition through personal and professional relationships with clients and other fitness professionals. Trainers are required to work with the Trainers-in-Training, and are encouraged to be involved with various new employee training sessions.

Personal Trainer Expectations and Responsibilities:
  • Become nationally certified within 6 months of beginning work as a Trainer with Campus Recreation.
  • Complete the 12-week Personal Trainer Instructional Course in the spring (if not completed before hiring, the trainer must complete the course the next year while on staff). An alternative to the PT Course is the academic course KINE 295, Health-Related Exercise Prescription. If students have taken this course prior to being hired with Campus Recreation, they do not have to take the PT Course.
  • Shadow and team-train with a supervising Trainer before taking clients on your own.
  • Attend bi-monthly Personal Trainer meetings
  • Attend the Campus Recreation Staff Training once/semester the day before school starts
  • Attend all workshops and special events that are designated as mandatory by the Assistant Director for Fitness & Wellness.
  • Arrive on time to all meetings, workshops, training sessions and special events.
  • Report to work at least 10 minutes before your session and have your client's workout or session prepared beforehand.
  • Maintain current CPR, First Aid, AED and national PT certifications.
  • Keep up-to-date with the latest health and fitness trends. Continue your knowledge and education by attending workshops, presentations, expos, conferences, etc. to earn continuing education credits.
  • Maintain open and frequent communication with the Assistant Director for Fitness & Wellness, the Graduate Assistant and your co-workers and return all emails and calls in a timely manner.
  • Follow gym rules and guidelines including equipment use and dress code.
  • Act in a professional manner at all times.
  • Abide by the honor code.
  • Prescribe safe and effective exercise programs for clients.
  • Keep track of your clients' sessions and payments.
  • Be familiar with your client's health history and medical limitations (if any).