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Get Paid to Help Create Healthy Communities with Fitness and Health Promotion


Leading a healthy lifestyle is an important component of overall well-being. But understanding the nuances of what it takes to build a desirable physique through workouts and a nutritious diet involves knowledge and skill. If you enjoy taking care of your body, mind and overall health and want to help others do the same, Centennial College’s Fitness and Health promotion program can prepare you for the industry. You’ll benefit from a college-level credential and the opportunity to gain additional industry certifications such as CSEP-CPT and canfitpro.

Is there a demand for fitness and health promotion?

Employment prospects for those seeking work in fitness and health in Ontario look good, according to the Department of Employment. Opportunities in the sector are continuing to grow and should remain steady as healthy lifestyles and fitness programs, which have gained traction over the past 10 years, continue to receive attention. In addition, the potential for increased government funding into sports and recreational activities in the province may contribute to more job opportunities.

What are some of the biggest trends in the fitness industry?

The industry continues to be a fan of the High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workout, which involves a back and forth between short bouts of high-intensity training followed by short rest periods. These workouts are usually half-an-hour long or less. The goal here is to get a quick and efficient workout, according to Self.  Another big trend is bodyweight workouts, which focus on using your bodyweight for toning and getting the physique you want. The best part is you don’t need much equipment to get a good sweat going — just your body. Finally, there is now a great demand for employing certified fitness trainers to help navigate workouts. This demand for certified trainers aligns with the growth of the fitness industry as a whole.

What do fitness trainers do?

The duties vary, but for the most part, a fitness trainer works with people of all ages and skill levels leading them through individual or group exercise activities including cardiovascular-related workouts (anything to do with your heart or blood flow) and also strength training and weight lifting. Trainers also help motivate their clients to work towards their health goals both in the short and long term.

What is a CSEP-CPT certification?

A CSEP Certified Personal Trainer® (CSEP-CPT) is someone who works with groups and individuals to create and implement tailored workout and lifestyle plans based on the client’s needs. A CSEP-CPT certification is a great way to stand out as a personal trainer because you base your training on evidence-based research and development with a track record of helping people to successfully meet their health and fitness goals, according to CESP. CESP certified trainers enjoy employment opportunities in many facilities including private and public-funded gyms, private clinics, and universities and colleges.

What is a canfitpro certification?

A canfitpro certification is another way of standing apart from the crowd as a personal trainer. Like most certifications, canfitpro has established a benchmark for itself through a high level of excellence and education in the fitness industry. You can receive various certifications from the organization that will complement your education in Fitness and Health Promotion. 

How about a career in health promotions?

If you like the idea of selling a healthy lifestyle, a career in fitness sales will suit your interests. A career in fitness sales involves all of the sales activities of an organization such as a gym or a health and wellness store. A fitness sales gym rep, for example, might be responsible for a number of duties including meeting with potential clients and offering them information about a gym facility. You’ll be expected to work with promotional activities with the goal of driving business ahead.

Written by: Izabela Szydlo