List of Free Online Personal Training Courses and Classes

See our list of the top free online personal training courses. Learn about what classes are available and what topics they cover to find the course that's right for you.

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Online Personal Training Courses for Credit

There are free courses on the Web related to health, exercise and personal training; however, these courses typically do not lead to college credit. Students seeking a low-cost pathway to earning college credits can find a plethora of related options on The courses are a convenient and effective way to master basic health and wellness concepts, and they include resources such as video lessons, self-assessment quizzes and chapter tests.

Students can take Health 101: Principles of Health, which offers great information on subjects that contribute to the basics of health. Sample chapters students can find in this course are:

  • Health & Wellness: Definition and Dimensions - Learn how demographics impact health, lifestyle choices, sources of health information and how to make a behavior management plan.
  • Understanding Nutrition in Health - See the role nutrition plays on overall health. Other topics include nutritional needs, importance of water, nutritional benefits and making healthy choices.
  • Fitness & Weight in Personal Health - Explore the benefits of regular exercise, parts of exercise programs, weight management, how to find body fat content and how to keep a healthy weight.

Info About Free Non-Credit Online Personal Training Courses and Classes

Although it can be challenging to find free online personal training courses, individual exercise routines and professional development materials are available from a limited number of organizations and universities. In general, the materials are geared towards those who are interested in pursuing a self-guided exercise program or would like to teach others how to become more active and fit. While the resources below do not include any free online certification courses or lead to credit, the Institute for Credentialing Excellence provides a list of qualified programs that have been approved by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.

American Council on Exercise

The American Council on Exercise (ACE) provides certification and physical education programs to both consumers and professionals. Resources for consumers include individual exercises and routines.

  • Core Workout is a series of four exercises that can help promote mobility and stability in the upper torso. Each presentation includes the type of muscle that will be exercised, step-by-step instructions and a motion-based demonstration of the routine. Several warm-up and cool-down exercises are also suggested.
  • Total Body Workout is designed to define and strengthen all of the body's major muscles and consists of ten different routines. Like the core workout, this series can be performed up to three times a week.
  • The Exercise Library provides print and motion-based exercises for specific muscle groups. These include exercises for the abs, arms, back and legs covering beginning, intermediate and advanced levels of fitness.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

The OpenCourseWare (OCW) program at MIT is designed to provide online learners with free access to lectures and videos. Individual OCW courses may differ from those offered on site, and students may not be able to interact with MIT faculty.

  • Physical Intelligence uses activities, exercises and readings to explore the relationship between the body and the mind. Included in the lecture notes are topics on complex coordination, gravity, human development and perception, among others.
  • Weight Training is a 12-session course that can accommodate both beginning and experienced weight lifters who have not been formally trained. Exercise videos include demonstrations of curls, lunges, presses and squats with emphasis on the arms, back, chest and legs. The class also includes a substantial reading list.

National Strength and Conditioning Association

The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is an international education and research organization that offers free online videos for use by consumers and professionals.

  • Exercise Techniques are found under the organization's education portion of the page. It includes videos on biceps curls, depth jumps, front squats, high-back bar squats and pull-ups. The videos for each exercise are less than two minutes in length and provide both a print and a visual demonstration of the routine.

The Open University

The Open University is based in the United Kingdom. Although online learners do not have to sign up to view the materials, the benefits of registration include access to self-assessments, learning tools and the Learning Space community.

  • Exploring Sport Online is a 5-hour, introductory-level class that approaches the study of sports from a scientific point of view. Students will have a chance to learn about the various systems that make up the human machine, especially those related to circulation and respiration.
  • Improving Aerobic Fitness is also an introductory-level class. In addition to basic information about aerobic exercise, the class addresses the frequency, intensity and type of exercises different people should perform.

University of California at Irvine

The University of California at Irvine is a member of the OCW consortium and offers a number of video-based courses in education, health sciences and other academic areas.

  • Teaching PE and Health, Elementary Education has cooperative and fitness activities for the elementary school environment. The class video is over two hours in length and provides viewers with the opportunity to watch a real-life gym teacher at work.
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