After being shocked that his nine-year-old son was able to certify himself through an online program, celebrity trainer Harry Hanson opened the American Academy of Personal Training, the only New York State–licensed school in Manhattan dedicated strictly to personal fitness. His curriculum, which requires mock training sessions and student presentations in addition to extensive textbook study, has turned out reputable trainers from the start: “This industry is in a huge state of disarray,” laments Hanson. “Anyone who wants to be a trainer can just go online and get certified with no physical training.”
It is of note that since their December open date, AAPT has graduated more than 90 students, all of whom have been placed. Keep your eyes peeled for AAPT grads training aspiring fitness buffs at a gym near you!