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Raider Fitness Institute

Are you interested in fitness and want to expand your knowledge to become a nationally recognized fitness professional? The Fitness and Wellness department within Texas Tech University Recreation is offering NASM and AFAA prep courses through the Raider Fitness Institute to students, staff, and alumni of Texas Tech University. This institute offers two separate courses, both geared to help you kick start your career in the fitness industry. You will not only receive your national certification, but 30+ hours of hands-on experience, and additional trainings focused on subjects like social media marketing. The Fitness and Wellness department collaborated with NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) and AFAA (Athletics Fitness Association of America) for the Personal Training and Group Fitness certification courses. These course certifications are offered at a special discounted price in order to bring the best, and most affordable education possible. Do not wait, check out the RaiderFit Institute courses today!



The tabs below offer more details about our Personal Training program.

NASM Personal Training

Make a lasting impact through fitness and helping others reach their lifestyle goals by becoming a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified personal trainer. This is an eleven week online and practicum-based course taught at Texas Tech University Recreation where you will learn how to become a professional within the fitness industry and apply skills that will accelerate you toward your future goals within fitness. This course covers topics like:

  • Anatomical reviews
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Basic periodization and programming
  • Movement based assessments and postural analysis
  • Basic corrective exercise
  • Proper warmups
  • Cuing and movement correction workshop
  • Training a group of four or more

Online Registration

Register online HERE


$675 (Includes Student/University Discount) The course includes:

  • NCCA Accredited Exam and 1 re-take
  • NASM -CPT Digital Textbook & Hardcopy
  • Lecture Videos
  • Exercise Library
  • Cueing Library
  • Practice Exams
  • Quizzes
  • Study Guide
  • Anatomy Memorization Activity
  • Learning Activities
  • Digital Flashcard Bundles

Additional Information

Contact: Kevin Sibal - kesibal@ttu.edu

Group Exercise Certification

Get AFFA certified! Become a certified group fitness instructor with the leading group fitness certification since 1983. This certification will turn your passion for fitness into a career. We partner with NASM and AFAA for a special price of $275 to take the course (Regular pricing starts at $599). With this price we run our GFit course. During this 8-week course we provide skills and hands on experience leaving you with the tools to create a successful and motivating group fitness class. In our 8-week course you will learn formats such as:

  • Practical Experience in the following formats
  • Step, Kickboxing, Strength, Cycle, Core, Intervals, Yoga, Pilates, Barre and Water
  • Cueing/Inclusive Language Training
  • Soft Skills Training
  • Social Media Training

Our goal is to have each person that takes this course leave with the skills to be a UREC Fitness Instructor and to stand out within the fitness industry. Welcome to the RaiderFitness Institute!

Online Registration

Register online HERE


$275 ( includes 50% Student/University Discount) The course includes:

  • AFAA Certification Exam and 1 Retake
  • Digital Textbook & Hardcopy
  • Online Lectures and Videos
  • Certification exam preparation
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Kinesiology of human movement
  • Special Populations
  • How to design and choreography a fitness class
  • Training on modalities
  • Foundations of nutrition and weight management
  • Business & Communications
  • Fitness business administration
  • Group Fitness Practical Manual
  • 32-Count Music
  • Group Fitness Website for additional video resources
  • Performance review evaluation from experienced fitness professional through video and peer to peer

Already Have A Certification

Already a certified personal trainer or group fitness instructor? Fill out an interest form (if you haven't already) and a staff member will get back to you. Fill Our Interest Form Online Here

Have Questions or Need Help

Please email Shelby Bentley - Fitness and Wellness Coordinator shelby.bentley@ttu.edu Please allow up to 24 hours for a response to your inquiry. Thank you!

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