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Creating Successful Personal Trainers Through Classroom and Gym Training

At PFTA Austin, our goal is to create successful personal trainers through classroom and gym training. This is more than just a tagline for us. We believe that anyone can become certified online, but without the hands on experience and practice, personal trainers fall short. Every single student that enrolls with PFTA Austin is guaranteed hands on practice in the gym.

If you follow us socially on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, you will see what we mean. We know that what we offer makes us different. We know that what we offer is extremely valuable to new trainers. We know this because we’ve researched and lived it.

Why You Should Care About Us

We love what we do and we practice exactly what we preach. In addition to instructing new certified personal trainers, we are certified personal trainers with active clients. When we aren’t helping students in the classroom or gym, we are hands on with our clients at the gym or in their homes. Amongst the instructor team at PFTA Austin, we have approximately 20 years gym experience, the bulk of which has been as certified personal trainers. We have successfully worked in commercial gyms and run our own practices. We have worked with people from early teens to approximately 80 years old. We have helped people lose weight, become more function, regain mobility, get back the pre-pregnancy curves, recover from surgeries, and gain muscle for competition. 

Why Gym Training Matters

Have you ever joined a gym and been offered a free personal training session? How was the experience? Did the trainer follow a script and feel distant? Did it seem like the trainers knew what they were doing? This is the experience we don’t want any gym client to have – regardless of where they workout. We want people to work with trainers. We want people to want to work with trainers. More importantly, we want people to work safely with competent and confident certified personal trainers.

What PFTA Austin Offers

Regardless of the Certified Personal Training session that you take, you experience a mix of classroom and gym time. If you join our Tuesday and Thursday session, which runs for 12 weeks, you enjoy Tuesday in the classroom and Thursday at Gym One. Our 15 week long Wednesday and Saturday groups spend every 3rd session at the gym. While it might seem like the Wednesday and Saturday groups are missing out with fewer gym sessions – trust us – they are not. We maximize every class – especially at the gym. Students experience a true learning environment, where the instructors demonstrate and explain, the students then perform the work on each other, and finally the students practice on the instructors. We take our time and we practice, practice, practice!!!

To keep our content solid and industry certified, we have proudly partnered with the National Council on Strength & Fitness. As a result of this partnership, you get:

  • NCSF student and lab guides; online access to an NCSF account containing review content, sample exercises, practice quizzes, and practice tests; and an NCSF exam voucher.
  • PFTA provided student guide with additional student content and notes.
  • Strength Training Anatomy and Stretching Anatomy books.
  • Over 60 hours of classroom and hands on gym training.
  • A gym membership at Gym One for the duration of the course.
  • End of course study groups to help prepare you for the national exam.

Additionally – we are here for you when class wraps up and you have completed your 12 or 15 weeks in the class. We not only want you to pass, we want you to be successful, so we make time to help you study and become comfortable with all the content. Did we mention that we also have a Spanish class? Hit us up for more information.

If you are interested in becoming a certified personal trainer or would like to partner with PFTA Austin to help educate personal trainers, we would love to hear from you!

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Offering First Aid/CPR AED Certification

Starting in August, PFTA Austin is proud to offer certification and testing for First Aid and CPR AED. Whether you are needing to certify for the first time or renew your existing certification, we can help!

To register for the skills assessment, at the American Heart Association website, click Locate a Training Center. To narrow down the options, provide 78757 as the zip code, filter the list for Heartsaver CPR AED Skills Session and Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Skills Session and then click Submit.

If you have any questions, please contact Keli for more information – (512) 710-7773 | keli@pftaaustin.com

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Continuing Personal Trainer Education in Austin

When students complete their Certified Personal Training certification with PFTA Austin, we want to continue to help them succeed in their personal training careers.

As a result, we continue to improve ourselves and expand our educational offerings for the personal training community. We are excited to share that Keli Hay will become fully certified as a CPR/AED instructor next week with the American Heart Association. With this new certification, PFTA Austin will be adding monthly CPR workshops – stay tuned for the exact dates!

Provider for Continuing Education

In addition to the CPR courses, we are creating workshops to help personal trainers hone their skills in different areas. Where are these workshops coming from? We have created them based on our first hand experiences as personal trainers (working in corporate gyms and as private trainers) and from feedback in the field.

To make sure certified personal trainers receive credits for our workshops, we became an approved provider of continuing education with the National Council on Strength and Fitness. Our inaugural workshops are:

  • Client Assessments and Engagement
  • Program Design

If you are interested in becoming a certified personal trainer or are interested in our continuing education workshops, we would love to hear from you!

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Squatting with a Ball by the Horns for Fun

PFTA Austin was very proud to host the CardioPump Kettlebell Certification workshop with Brook Benton this past weekend. While most students were PFTA Austin former or current students, we proudly welcomed trainers and kettlebell enthusiasts from the area. Thanks to Innovative Health & Performance Austin for providing us the perfect venue with plenty of water to keep us hydrated on a very hot and humid day.

Grab the Horns

Class was promptly started at 9am and by 10am we were up! Brook started the day by educating the class on the kettlebell components, the history of the kettlebell, and the various exercises. Then she got us all moving – all of us! From 10am – 6pm, we were actively moving for 5 of those hours. Yes 5. This course keeps you moving and gets your heart pumping! 18 students squatted, swung, pressed, cleaned, and moved kettlebells of various weights in many directions. Justin Wecker – already certified – helped coach various students, Tulio Garcia helped with some Spanish translation and coaching, and Keli Hay was an active participant becoming certified in the Kettlebell.

You Want Us to Swing that How?

If you have ever wanted to get a fantastic workout that hits on cardio/endurance and packs a punch with added weight – then grab a kettlebell and start swinging. Well – not right away. Find a workshop or a certified professional to help you safely move a kettlebell inside of a 360 degree area. This modality can not only be used in the sagittal, frontal, and transverse planes, it can be used solo or as a pair to workout every muscle group and hit every joint. 

For more information about open enrollment for the Certified Personal Trainer course starting in June or any of our workshops, please contact:

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Perfecting Certified Personal Trainers Through Partnership in Austin

PFTA Austin is excited to announce our accredited partnership with the National Council on Strength & Fitness (NCSF) for certified personal trainers. 

What the Partnership Means to Austin

PFTA Austin believes the most successful personal trainers are not only nationally certified, but provided thorough hands-on training before working with clients. In this partnership, PFTA Austin and NCSF provide PFTA-enrolled students access to the best online resources and gym facilities at Gym One for hands-on training. Students completing the PFTA Austin Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) course receive more than just a weekend workshop of training. In this course, students complete over 60 hours of combined classroom and hands-on gym training covering everything on the NCSF exam from human and functional anatomy, to client assessments and program design.



About NCSF

NCSF is an international member-driven organization of exercise professionals headquartered in Coral Gables, FL. The NCSF board for certification oversees the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accredited credentialing programs and advocates on behalf of exercise professionals around the world. NCSF is a fantastic organization providing various course options and workshops in various cities.



About PFTA Austin

PFTA Austin is located in North Austin as follows:
Classroom training is held at:
8500 Shoal Creek Blvd
Building 2, Suite H
Austin, TX
78757

Gym training is held at:
Gym One
2545 Brockton Dr
Austin, TX
78758

For information about our upcoming courses, please contact :

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Calling All Personal Trainers!

PFTA is keeping busy in Austin! As previously announced, we are offering our updated, signature Certified Personal Trainer course starting in the month of April.


Also coming up in April, we have partnered with Brook Benton for Cardio Pump Kettlebell certification. If you are already a certified personal trainer looking for extra CEUs or simply want to know how to swing a kettlebell safely, this course is for you!


We are also pleased to announce that we are working on other courses for the month of May including:

  • Sports Nutrition Planning: In this course, students create nutrition plans to maximize the nutritional needs of various clients down to the fats, proteins, carbohydrate, and water macro level.
  • Program Design: In this course, students will split time between the classroom and the gym. Classroom time will be spent designing programs for different clients, while in the gym, students will have hands on practice leading clients through the designed programs.
  • Client Assessments and Engagement: In this course, students will be in the gym practicing face to face client interactions and initial assessments to help win clients and build a training business.

If any of these courses interest you or if you have any questions, we can be reached at:

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