A note from the Founding Director of Life Time Academy
The Life Time Academy Approach – Unique and Unparalleled. Committed to qualification, not just certification.
The concept and vision for Life Time Academy took shape in 2010, and in April of 2011 we were founded as the premier state-licensed academic division of Life Time – Healthy Way of Life Company. We humbly opened our doors with a modest class of 5 students, one location and one program…Personal Training. Since that time, we have continued to expand and not only grow our student completion to 500+, but also have expanded our course and program offerings to meet the growing demands of the industry and growing needs of prospective students and industry professionals.
We were created out of the belief that fitness professionals needed and deserved more than what a typical online certification could provide. Life Time has hired thousands of fitness professionals over its 25+ years of operation. The staggering number is that less than 5% of those that apply for a job in fitness are actually qualified, and less than 20% actually are able to make a successful career out of it. That was an unfortunate fact, and something Life Time Academy wanted to solve.
Through partnership with industry-recognized educational partners, we are continuously taking our courses to go beyond the theory and online classroom by providing you the practical, real-life skills a career in this industry demands. Life Time Academy’s progressive curriculum delivered by our qualified faculty provide a foundation for a successful learning experience. Consistent, high-level performance and outcomes is the focus of Life Time Academy…from instructors, to student experiences, to curriculum offered. We want graduates to not only become certified, but aspire to be best-in-class fitness professionals, who are confident in their knowledge, skills and abilities that helps translates to success in their career.
We look forward to helping you on your educational journey into this industry.
Jeff Rosga | Sr. Director of Education
What is the Mission of Life Time Academy?
Life Time Academy strives to deliver an innovative, science-based curriculum that emphasizes hands-on, real-life training, in a premier fitness setting, that creates certified professionals who realize immediate success in their career.
What are the key characteristics to becoming a successful Fitness Professional?
- Committed & Passionate – A drive and love of fitness fuels the desire to see others reach their fitness goals. Staying engaged, remaining consistent and enthusiastic will energize your clients and keep them, and you, motivated.
- Approachable & Sincere – A career in the fitness industry requires close interaction with others. Building strong relationships with your clients assists with boosting your personal brand as well as helping your clients see results.
How can I use my certification?
With a fitness certification, you can work in a variety of settings depending on your area of focus and your personal schedule and abilities. For example, our graduates have found careers anywhere from large national gyms to smaller boutique studios, self-employment, and beyond.
Additionally, Life Time Academy offers several specialty certifications that bolster your training credentials to diversify your clientele and professional goals.
Our Specialty Certs include:
- Stages Cycling
- Pilates Instructor Level II & III
- Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES)
- Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES)
- Behavior Change Specialist (BCS)
- USAW Sports Performance Coach
- Mixed Martial Arts Conditioning Specialist (MMACS)
Does Life Time Academy offer Job Placement?
No. Life Time Academy does not guarantee job placement as employment is always at the full discretion of the employer. We do offer placement assistance!
Partnership with Life Time.
We guarantee each of our graduates will receive an interview with Life Time, if Life Time is a desired potential employer.
*Graduates do need to apply for a position before being offered an interview.
Additional Placement Services.
We strive to help you find a job you love. We are always connecting with potential employers and send updated information on job postings as we learn about them. If you are curious about the jobs in your area, give us a call; we’re happy to help you with your search!
Advanced Placement Services.
We offer additional placement services for students enrolled in our Master Level Professional Fitness Trainer vocational program.
- Resume & cover letter writing
- Job search strategies & interviewing preparation
- Professional partner networking
How do I find out more?
Contact our Admissions team! They will guide you through the next steps and help answer any questions you may have about the various pathways available to you at Life Time Academy.