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10 Reasons to Renew Your Professional Fitness Certification, Even if You Don’t Work in Fitness

Prior to the late 90s, when US Surgeon General C. Everett Koop declared in his annual report that “exercise is medicine,” people mostly pursued fitness for its cosmetic benefits and weight loss. Since then, the health benefits of fitness have superseded its role as a cosmetic intervention, and people are increasingly exercising to improve their health and quality of life, and to avoid premature death.


Consequently, the fitness industry is evolving and gaining recognition as a health care alternative, meaning that fitness certifications are more important than ever. If your fitness certifications are about to expire, or if they have already expired, here are 10 good reasons to renew now:

  1. Fitness is on a trajectory to becoming a recognized health profession, and certified professionals will have a head start in obtaining licensure or satisfying other credential requirements as the industry evolves. 
  1. Fitness jobs like personal training or group exercise instruction are highly flexible. In today’s gig economy, having a fitness certification makes you eligible for short term gigs that bring in extra money when you really need it. Working in fitness is perfect for parents who need to work around their kids’ schedules, or anyone who wants to supplement their full-time income.
  1. Your professional fitness certification looks great on any resume or CV. It tells prospective employers that you care about your health, and the health of your family. For employers, that translates to better cognition, higher job performance and fewer sick days. 
  1. If things don’t work out in your business or day job, the high demand for certified fitness professionals provides you with a Plan B, so you can keep working while you explore your options.
  1. Renewing your certification is much less expensive than retesting for a new one, especially with the convenient and affordable continuing education bundles and discounts offered by W.I.T.S. 
  1. Maintaining your certification keeps you in the professional loop, and provides endless opportunities for networking and link building. You never know when your fitness connections will pay off. 
  1. Being a certified fitness professional qualifies you for many volunteer positions, like working with youth or older adults. 
  1. Your fitness certification can help you get into college, especially in fields related to health or athletics. 
  1. Your fitness certification can be a stepping stone to higher-paying jobs in fitness, like club management or numerous online options.
  1. The demand for fitness is universal, and your certification can open doors wherever you go. 

If you are sitting on the fence about renewing your certification, consider all the work you put into getting it in the first place. You chose a fitness career for a reason, and maybe it’s time to get back to your roots. Or maybe you never did anything with your cert, but it is never too late. Renew now, and keep the door open for the many future opportunities that are sure to come your way. 

W.I.T.S. Makes It Easy to Renew!

At W.I.T.S., we want you to succeed. That’s why we created these great CEC bundles and renewal deals, to save you time and money!

  • Hardship is considered too….
  • Pay Pal zero interest for buying any packages

Renew today, and take pride in being a W.I.T.S. certified fitness professional!

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Alicia Ramos Introduced as W.I.T.S. Personal Trainer Instructor in Texas

Alicia RamosW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Alicia Ramos. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

Alicia Ramos is exceptionally innovative, Senior-level health and wellness management leader with more than ten years success contributing to and creating stellar corporate wellness programs. Solid record leading, training, developing Nutrition and Fitness Programs, and fostering health through quality programming, presentations, evaluations, and performance tracking and coaching with the United States Military and Health Insurance Companies.  She graduated with her undergraduate degree in Dietetics & Human Nutrition from New Mexico State University.  Currently working towards a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  Ms. Ramos is a subject expert of the organization and instruction of professional training and stress management and cognitive behavior change coaching. Lead Facilitator for Seminars and Workshops, Metabolism testing, V02 Max Fitness testing and Exercise Prescription.  Alicia Ramos is a successful American College of Sports Medicine Personal Trainer.  She is an international virtual health and lifestyle coach for a digital healthy weight loss app Noom.

Ramos will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in Texas:

University of Texas- El Paso
101 W. Robinson Ave.
El Paso, TX 79968

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Robin Sauter Joins W.I.T.S. Alumni Advisory Board

Robin SauterW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Robin Sauter. We are excited to have such incredible talent serving on our advisory board.

Robin received her W.I.T.S. Personal Trainer Certification in 2011 and completed her internship at Summerville, SC Family YMCA the same year. She has been employed as a personal trainer with Summerville YMCA at the Ponds ever since. In 2016, Robin was promoted to Trainer Supervisor. Her training niche is older adult fitness and she really enjoys the challenges of corrective exercise, balance training and post-physical therapy work.

Robin loves long distance running, spending time with her family and going to the beach.

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DeAngelo Brown Teaches WITS Certified Personal Trainer Course in Georgia

DeAngelo BrownW.I.T.S. would like to introduce DeAngelo Brown. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

DeAngelo Brown is a nationally renowned athlete and certified personal trainer. Born and raised in Savannah, GA, Brown first gained national attention for football. Brown attended and played nose tackle for the University of Louisville and quickly became a force to fear on the field. Brown wrapped up his collegiate career with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and numerous accolades such as 2016 Team Captain, All ACC 2nd team 2015 and 2016, All ACC Academic Team 2013, 2014, and 2015. Following college, Brown continued his football career with the Tennessee Titans before retiring.

In 2018, Brown founded his business, DB97 Training, with a mission to give back to his hometown community. DB97 Training specializes in high quality personal and athletic training. As the head-trainer, Brown is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine and has worked with some of the area’s prominent names in training such as SCAD’s Sam Carter.

DeAngelo is ACSM certified in personal training, and CPR/AED certified through the American Red Cross.

Brown will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in Georgia:

Savannah Technical College
5717 White Bluff Road,
Savannah, GA 31405

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Matthew Maffei introduced as teacher for W.I.T.S. in South Carolina

Matthew MaffeiW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Matthew Maffei. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

Matthew Maffei has an extensive and versatile background in the fitness industry. He achieved his masters of science in exercise physiology from Long Island University, and has served as a coach and strength and conditioning advisor. Matthew has over 10 years’ experience in the fitness industry ranging from education, to training, sales and helping new startup companies. Matthew has spent time as an educator in New York City teaching at the American Academy of Personal Training while working at Hanson Fitness. He holds several industry specialist certifications.

Maffei will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in South Carolina:

Trident Technical College
7000 Rivers Ave
Charleston, SC 29406

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John Bruno Teaches Certified Personal Trainer Course in Bradenton, FL

John BrunoW.I.T.S. would like to introduce John Bruno. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

In 2002, after playing many sports for most of his life such as hockey, practicing martial arts, soccer, football, and wrestling, John Bruno began his career as a fitness professional when he took a part-graduate assistantship at Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA. As a graduate assistant he was tasked with running a recreational martial arts and fitness program at the schools Fitness Center. From there he began training martial arts competitors and boxers and the athletic department took notice. In 2007, Bruno was hired on as a full time Strength and Conditioning Coach to overseeing both the Strength and Conditioning program and Martial Arts Program. After attaining his Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership from Mercyhurst, Bruno left the college after 11 years to pursue another Masters Degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in performance enhancement and injury prevention from California University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated at the top of his class.

Upon graduation from CalU, Bruno moved to Sarasota Florida where he now resides and runs his business, John Bruno Strength and Conditioning, in addition to teaching personal training courses for WITS at local universities and colleges. He believes in being a lifelong learner and has obtained many certifications and credentials over the years.

Bruno teaches at the following W.I.T.S. locations in Florida:

State College of Florida
5840 26th Street West
Bradenton, FL 34207

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Laurie Gorman Teaches Certified Personal Trainer Course in Garden City, NY

Laurie GormanW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Laurie Gorman. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

“My name is Laurie Gorman from Long Island, New York and I have 37 years of experience in the health and fitness field. My education includes an M.S. in Exercise Physiology from Adelphi University and I will be completing an M.S. in Human Anatomy and Physiology Instructions from New York Chiropractic College, August 2019. I am also in the process of applying for a doctorate in curriculum design and instruction, which I plan to begin, September 2019. In addition, I am certified by the American College of Sports Medicine and American Council on Exercise. (more…)

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Jeremy Kring Introduced as WITS Certified Personal Training Instructor in Pennsylvania

Jeremy KringW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Jeremy Kring. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

Jeremy got his start in United States Marine Corps where he was promoted to NCO in charge of training. He fell in love with physical training, witnessing the amazing ability the body had to adapt and the leadership opportunity it provided to young Marines.

Jeremy found a natural talent and enjoyment in training. After leaving active duty he attended Harrisburg Area Community College, Duquesne University, then completed his Masters in Exercise Science at CalU. Over the years he has worked with athletes, been part of dramatic weight losses, and has worked with people of varying abilities and chronic conditions.

Jeremy has been published on the Medical Fitness Network and has been cited in articles on and Readers Digest. In 2016 and 2017 he was ranked as the top trainer in the Harrisburg area by Thumbtack and in May of 2017 came on board as a college instructor for World Instructor Training Schools (WITS). He is currently an instructor for WITS and is the head trainer for New York Fitness Clubs located in Palmyra, Elizabethtown and Lebanon. WITS locations in Pennsylvania include the New York Fitness Club in Elizabethtown.

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Matt Grimm Joins W.I.T.S. as Tennessee Certified Personal Trainer Course Teacher

Matt GrimmW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Matt Grimm as a Certified Personal Trainer course teacher in Tennessee. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

Matt is a personal trainer and strength coach in Nashville. Matt has been a strength coach at the college and high school level over the last 5 years and a personal trainer for 8 years. Matt is currently a strength coach at Valor Collegiate Academy, a charter high school in Nashville, and owns Matt Grimm Performance, LLC a concierge personal training service. Matt and his wife Jazmin are opening Sumner Fitness & Performance a small group personal training gym in Gallatin, TN August 2019.

Grimm will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in Tennessee:

Volunteer State Community College
1480 Nashville Pike
Gallatin, TN 37066


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Tiffany Peltier introduced as a new teacher for W.I.T.S. in South Carolina

Tiffany PeltierW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Tiffany Peltier. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

Tiffany M. Peltier received her Personal Trainers Certification in 2008 from the Cooper Institute and a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science in 2017 from American Military University. She is a retired Coast Guard veteran with over 21 years of service. While in the Coast Guard she helped create the Coast Guard Athleticism Program and 8 week fitness program. She currently holds certifications in CrossFit Levels 1 and 2, CrossFit Adaptive Athlete, USA Weightlifting Performance Coach Level 1, NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist, Functional Movement System Specialist, NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist, Precision Nutrition Level 1, NSPA Sports Nutrition Coach, completing her Metabolic Flexibility Certification and the only neural performance specialist, Z-Health practitioner, in Charleston, SC. Tiffany is an Olympic Lifting Athlete and holds a national record a bronze medal for the snatch, an Olympic lift, in her age group and weight category and ranked 4th in the nation for clean and jerk and overall total. She is currently finishing her Masters in Adult Education and works for a contract company creating training for foreign military. When she’s not at the gym training, coaching or giving nutrition advice, she is remodeling her home, playing with her Yorkie, Bailey, or hanging with the family.