Sign In

    AAPT Featured Graduate: Amy Hendersen

    Last updated 5 years ago

    I moved to New York City from my hometown of Lexington, Kentucky in 2001 to study acting. I was always active growing up and loved being on stage. As a busy undergraduate, however, I put on weight â?" almost 40 pounds! I was not very happy with how I looked or the roles I was getting. After I graduated and was auditioning full-time, I started taking classes at the gym. I didnâ??t really know what I was doing but slowly took off the weight through good old-fashioned diet and exercise. In 2007, I decided to train for my first triathlon and it was during that training when a lightbulb went offâ?¦I could help other people lose weight and get in shape too! I enrolled at the American Academy of Personal Training because I wanted a great education and to be a trainer who knew what she was talking about. I wanted to back up my experience of becoming healthy with a solid foundation of exercise science, biomechanics, and nutrition. I knew I had changed my body but I wanted to tell others HOW. There were other certification programs out there but I was drawn to AAPT because the program was intense and thorough and I thought I would fit in well with the full-time program. One of my favorite aspects about AAPT was that the day was split in two. For the first part, we were in class â?" taking notes, viewing presentations, and hearing lectures. During the second half of the day, we applied what we had learned earlier on the gym floor. This combination of classroom and hands-on learning helped reinforce my understanding of the material. We were in the gym, working out with equipment, learning the terminology and physiology, and training each other. By the time I graduated in December, I had already trained 14 clients â?" my classmates! I now work at a private personal training studio in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The training studio is ideal for clients because you donâ??t have to share space or equipment. I have over 20 clients and I work approximately 30 hours a week. One of my clients, Nicole Brewer, was one of the kicked-off contestants from a past season of NBCâ??s â??The Biggest Loser.â?? I began training her to come back for the live finale of the show. The contestant who lost the most weight at home wins $100,000! She was determined and excited to learn about fitness and wellness. She changed her life and in the process became an inspiration to others. What a joy to train her! I love my job and the part-time hours are great. I am not as interested in acting full-time anymore but am currently staying busy planning my wedding and applying to graduate school in Holistic Health Education. I would love to round out my personal training skills by learning more about nutrition, wellness, alternative therapies, and spirituality. I am certified by the American Council on Exercise and specialize in training pre-natal and postpartum women. I also work with clients recovering from injury. I just taught my first workshop at Pongo Power about endurance training and I focus on functional training with a holistic approach. My education at AAPT was exactly what I needed to jump start my new career. Being a personal trainer is such a rewarding job and I feel so lucky to work in an industry that helps and educates others. If you have an interest in fitness, are interested in changing careers, want to take your skills to a new level, or are just starting out like I was â?" AAPT is the place to be! I am so grateful for my experience there and my amazing teachers. Thank you so much AAPT!

    American Academy of Personal Training (AAPT) Becomes First Personal Training School to Receive Accreditation

    Last updated 6 years ago

    AAPT is now the only nationally accredited, state-licensed curriculum for personal trainers.

    The American Academy of Personal Training (AAPT), ( has been awarded national accreditation by the Council on Occupational Education (COE), making AAPT the first and only personal training school in the nation to achieve this standard. Headquartered in New York City with a branch in Boston, AAPT is a private occupational school that is internationally recognized for its innovative hands-on approach to personal training education and certification. Its intensive combination of 150 hours of classroom lecture and 150 hours of laboratory instruction covers areas including exercise science, customized programming, injury prevention and business planning.

    This COE accreditation denotes that AAPT has undergone an extensive self-study and review process and has been judged by the Commission as meeting the standards and conditions for student achievement. In addition, the accreditation allows for personal training students to apply for financing through government programs.

    “Achieving COE accreditation separates AAPT from every personal training school throughout the country and is a major development for an industry that lacks regulation and credentialing requirements,” said Harry Hanson, President and Director of AAPT. “It is a necessary step in an effort to raise fitness industry standards and provides myriad new possibilities for government support and oversight, including financial assistance for students in need, making our educational offerings and job placement services available to a greater number of aspiring personal trainers. Even in a tough economy we get our graduates jobs. Nothing gives me greater personal satisfaction.”

    Hanson continues, “Our graduates enter the workforce with a breadth of knowledge and skills that exceed established standards and set them apart from trainers who are certified online. Our goal is to see formal education become a legal requirement for personal trainers.”

    With COE accreditation AAPT has taken a giant step toward accomplishing that goal, placing them firmly in the lead to meet the rapidly growing demand for qualified training professionals.

    New York, NY (PRWEB) November 01, 2011

    Wake-Up and Work Out With Our Fitness Trainers

    Last updated 6 years ago

    Wake Up and Work Out with  AAPT students, Wendy Muckell and Sarah Sauer!  PIX11 invited them to their morning show to teach viewers a quick and effective morning workout routine.

    Watch the full video here: Wake-Up and Work Out with AAPT on PIX11

    If you think that personal training is the right career for you, then you need the right education for the job. The American Academy of Personal Training prepares personal trainers for their careers with an integrated curriculum of classroom and hands-on learning techniques.

    Educate Yourself With These Useful Resources

    Last updated 6 years ago

    If you would like to learn about the skills needed to become a personal fitness trainer or are interested in the responsibilities that every certified personal fitness trainer must follow, then take a look at these helpful resources.

    • If you would like to learn about how a personal fitness trainer evaluates clients, then this article provides some insightful information.

    Want to learn more? Check out these other great resources!

    Last updated 6 years ago

    If you are considering a career as a fitness trainer, then the resources below have great information for you to explore. Get the education and certification you need from the American Academy of Personal Training. Our expert instructors can give you the training you need for a rewarding career as a personal trainer. Call us at (646) 213-2172 or visit our website to learn more.

    • Fitness instruction is a growing field that has many jobs to choose from. Learn about it at The Bureau of Labor Statistics.
    • See if you have what it takes to be a personal trainer at
    • Learn about how to safely exercise during pregnancy with this article.
    • Find out what common exercise mistakes to avoid in this slideshow from WebMD.
    • Want to know what kinds of personal training certifications are available? See what they are at

Do you like American Academy of Personal Training?
Join us on Facebook!

  • Hours:

  • Closed Sunday
  • 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday
  • 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM Tuesday
  • 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM Wednesday
  • 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM Thursday
  • 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM Friday
  • 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM Saturday


  • Recent Posts
    • Loading posts... Spinner
  • View All
  • Recent Comments
    • Loading comments... Spinner
  • Popular Tags
    • Loading tags... Spinner