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Trish McDonough Teaches Certified Personal Trainer Course in Illinois

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

Trish McDonough - Certified Personal Trainer Instructor“My name is Trish McDonough. By day, I am a full-time certified K-12 educator teaching Adapted Physical Education (APE).  I earned my B.S.Ed. and my M.S.Ed. from Northern Illinois University in Kinesiology and Physical Education with honors.  As a graduate research assistant and teaching assistant at NIU, I taught classes such as Yoga, fitness walking, badminton, and was one of the CAPE Program student-teaching clinical coordinators.  By night, I am an instructor for the Certified Personal Trainer Program offered via World Instructor Training Schools (WITS) at the College of DuPage.  Coincidentally, I have a history with both institutions. I became certified in personal training through WITS at the College of DuPage.  In addition, the College of DuPage is not only where I earned my A.A. degree with honors, but I also obtained a pharmacy technician certification (via a third-party organization), and was a track & field national champion and a cross country national qualifier.  During my leisure, I particularly enjoy family, spirituality, outdoor adventure based activities (i.e. paddle boarding, kayaking, zip lining, etcetera), being a fitness junkie, and reading (anatomy & physiology).  In fact, I love all four so much, I often combine these passions.  Three interesting tidbits about myself is that I’ve met and taken pictures with fitness celebs, I once tried out for the  show American Gladiators, and I once saved two dogs lives on separate occasions.  Talk about being at the right place at the right time!”

McDonough will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in Illinois:

College of Dupage
425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

About W.I.T.S.

World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.) took the national stage in 1993 to change the fitness industry. W.I.T.S. develops and administers certification programs for competent practice in personal training. W.I.T.S. is the first in the fitness industry to earn NCCA accreditation for testing the written core knowledge and practical skill competencies of personal training. W.I.T.S. offers fitness courses and certification testing locations in 39 states in the U.S. and in Canada. W.I.T.S. has the largest college and university testing network in the industry.

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Martha Swirzinski Teaches Certified Personal Trainer Course in Virginia

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

Dr. Martha Swirzinski is an associate professor at Thomas Nelson Community College and teaches both online and face to face courses in the department of Health and Exercise Science. She has been a certified personal trainer since 1994 and has experience working in various roles pertaining to health and fitness. Dr. Swirzinski has been a part of the W.I.T.S. faculty since 2009 as a both a test proctor and instructor and has recently transitioned into being an online mentor.

Swirzinski will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in Virginia:

Virginia Beach Adult Learning Center
5100 Cleveland Street
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

About W.I.T.S.

World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.) took the national stage in 1993 to change the fitness industry. W.I.T.S. develops and administers certification programs for competent practice in personal training. W.I.T.S. is the first in the fitness industry to earn NCCA accreditation for testing the written core knowledge and practical skill competencies of personal training. W.I.T.S. offers fitness courses and certification testing locations in 39 states in the U.S. and in Canada. W.I.T.S. has the largest college and university testing network in the industry.

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Jennifer Paczas Teaches Certified Personal Trainer Course in Michigan

Jennifer Paczas, certified personal trainer instructorW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Jennifer Paczas. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

Jennifer is a personal trainer, sports performance coach and group exercise instructor with 23 years of experience. She carries a bachelor’s and master’s degree in exercise science, as well as over twenty certifications/licenses in the industry. Jennifer teaches health and wellness at the collegiate level and trains clients both on ground and online. As a professional physique competitor, for the last 5 years, she also makes sure to practice what she teaches.

Paczas will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in Michigan:

Washtenaw Community College
4800 East Huron River Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

About W.I.T.S.

World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.) took the national stage in 1993 to change the fitness industry. W.I.T.S. develops and administers certification programs for competent practice in personal training. W.I.T.S. is the first in the fitness industry to earn NCCA accreditation for testing the written core knowledge and practical skill competencies of personal training. W.I.T.S. offers fitness courses and certification testing locations in 39 states in the U.S. and in Canada. W.I.T.S. has the largest college and university testing network in the industry.

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Dave Radin Teaches Certified Personal Trainer Course in North Carolina

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

Dave Radin has been involved in the Fitness Industry for over 25 years.  He graduated from Springfield College in 1993 with a degree in Health and Fitness. After graduation, he worked at the prestigious Duke Diet and Fitness Center for seven years. During that time he was a volunteer strength and conditioning coach at UNC-CH working with the golf team, track team, and women’s lacrosse.  In 2000, he started working with YMCA of Greater Charlotte as a Fitness Coordinator and Personal Training Director.  For the past 14 years he has worked as Strength Coach at a private training studio, Precision Fitness, in the Lake Norman area. A former bodybuilder and a competitive mountain bike racer, Dave currently trains to stay in shape and keep up with his family.

Radin will be teaching the Certified Personal Trainer course at the following W.I.T.S. locations in North Carolina:

Central Piedmont Community College
1201 Elizabeth Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28235

About W.I.T.S.

World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.) took the national stage in 1993 to change the fitness industry. W.I.T.S. develops and administers certification programs for competent practice in personal training. W.I.T.S. is the first in the fitness industry to earn NCCA accreditation for testing the written core knowledge and practical skill competencies of personal training. W.I.T.S. offers fitness courses and certification testing locations in 39 states in the U.S. and in Canada. W.I.T.S. has the largest college and university testing network in the industry.

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NCCA Accreditation Renewal Approved for W.I.T.S. Certified Personal Trainer Course

NCCA Accreditation - W.I.T.S.The NCCA accreditation renewal for the W.I.T.S. Certified Personal Trainer Course has been approved. W.I.T.S. is the ONLY Fitness Certification to have built out the infrastructure with colleges and universities to offer credentialed national exams as a Certified Personal Trainer for 26 years!  In a health and fitness profession, you would assume this is a norm but it is a rarity.  All other certifications in the fitness industry only have a written exam to qualify candidates to work in a “hands on business.”

President Jay Del Vecchio sums it up simply; “Our industry is the wild west of health occupational certifications. We want medical recognition but none of our competitors is willing to go the extra half mile to make sure the credential has teeth.  I am proud that for 26 years we have set that standard to try to match up with the other true health occupations.  We need to know the public at large is safe and effective with their lifestyle changes.  We are on the front lines of the obesity crisis.  The profession needs to start with real education and training and end with definitive testing in all areas of competency.”

About W.I.T.S.

World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.) took the national stage in 1993 to change the fitness industry. W.I.T.S. develops and administers certification programs for competent practice in personal training. W.I.T.S. is the first in the fitness industry to earn NCCA accreditation for testing the written core knowledge and practical skill competencies of personal training. W.I.T.S. offers fitness courses and certification testing locations in 39 states in the U.S. and in Canada. W.I.T.S. has the largest college and university testing network in the industry.

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Brandon Thomas Teaches North Carolina Certified Personal Trainer Course

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

Brandon Thomas has spent years learning and studying the human body. He is on a quest to make people healthier and live better lifestyles one person at a time. Brandon’s goal is to implement his personal training methods into your practice, using the skills he has acquired in exercise evaluation and prescription, assessment, instruction, and coaching, to promote good health and advocacy to help others become great trainers.

Brandon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and Sports Science and Chemistry from East Carolina University.  He also holds a Master of Science degree in Exercise Science, with a concentration in Rehabilitation Science, from California University at Pennsylvania. Brandon has 14 years of experience in personal training, nutrition, rehabilitation, and strength and conditioning. Brandon holds multiple certifications including  National Strength and Conditioning Association- (Strength and Conditioning), American College of Sports Medicine, (Certified Exercise Physiologist, Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer, Certified Personal Trainer), & National Academy of Sports Medicine (Personal Training& Nutrition).

Brandon’s experience includes work with various populations including Obesity,  Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Stroke, Heart disease, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure,  High Cholesterol, Cystic Fibrosis, Parkinson disease, Cardiac disease, metabolic disease, pulmonary disease, Osteopenia, Osteoporosis, Asthmatic, Cancer, Pre- and Post-menopause, and Arthritis), Sports Specific Training, Pre-natal and post-natal, Pre- and post-rehabilitation, weight loss, Corporate Fitness and Wellness, and Boot camps. He has  trained  athletes, through strength and conditioning, to compete at high school, collegiate, professional level (NFL, MLB, MLS), and the Olympic level (Track and Field). Brandon was also a runner up trainer for the Biggest Loser TV Show in 2009.

Thomas will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in North Carolina:
Guilford Technical Community College
601 High Point Rd
Jamestown, NC 27282
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W.I.T.S. Trainer of the Month competing for Ms. Health and Fitness 2019

Ms. Health and Fitness - Vote for Kalen GreenW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Kalen Greene. Kalen was our July 2018 Trainer of the Month. She is currently competing in Ms. Health and Fitness 2019, with Homes for Wounded Warriors as her Charity of Choice. Kalen became certified with W.I.T.S. after taking our course in CT in 2011. Vote for Kalen at  Kalen Green 2019 Health and Fitness

WHAT WOULD YOU RECOMMEND TO OTHERS WHO WANT TO BE FIT AND HEALTHY?

Don’t think that in order to start becoming more fit and healthy you have to have a plan. While it is helpful to have a goal and a plan on how to accomplish them, the most important thing is just starting. Starting with even the smallest step will help bring you toward your quest in becoming more fit and healthy. Stop overthinking and start doing. Your journey is your own and how you start it doesn’t really matter.

HOW DOES FITNESS POSITIVELY INFLUENCE YOUR LIFE?

It’s the single most thing that I do have control over. I am a more confident, happy and healthy person because of fitness and this is something that I think we all strive for in life. I’ve also met a lot of great people along my own fitness journey and many of them have been great influences.

IF YOU WERE THE NEXT MS. HEALTH AND FITNESS, WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH $20,000?

I would most definitely invest in my long running dream of being a fitness studio owner that gives women a place to work toward their fitness goals in an environment that creates positivity, comfort and confidence. I will continue to invest in myself in order for other women to invest in themselves by learning all that I can through continuing my education in the fitness business.

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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.

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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.