Fitness and Conditioning

The Fitness and Conditioning specialization prepares students with foundations in: Exercise Science, Pedagogy, Practical Applications, and Health.


Fitness and Conditioning

Over the next decade, job opportunities for fitness specialists, recreation professionals, athlete training and coaches will continue to grow (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015).  The Fitness and Conditioning specialization prepares students with foundations in: Exercise Science, Pedagogy, Practical Applications, and Health.  Though this specialization is somewhat new to the University of West Florida, many schools in the region have similar degree programs – University of Florida, University of Central Florida, University of South Alabama, University of Alabama, and Auburn University. 

 

The UWF Fitness and Conditioning specialization prepares students with the knowledge and credentials to pursue careers in:

  • community-based strength and conditioning programs
  • college/university strength and conditioning programs
  • high school strength and conditioning programs
  • professional strength and conditioning programs
  • military strength and conditioning programs
  • personal training
  • exercise prescription
  • fitness and conditioning consultation
  • fitness instructor
  • physical activity and fitness leaders
  • private and corporate fitness and wellness centers
  • physical activity specialists (e.g., CDC , NIH, and other government organizations)
  • performance and technique analysis
  • sport optimization
  • independent performance enhancement program
  • private performance enhancement program
  • fitness director (e.g., nursing home, private corporation)
  • fitness screening
  • recreation, K-12, collegiate, and elite sport coaching
  • athletic program leadership
  • recreational settings (aquatics, beach, wellness, fitness, outdoor rec)
  • government agencies/military employment (e.g., physical activity and recreation, sports/coaching, fitness and conditioning on military bases)
  • consultants at non-profit centers (e.g., AHA, ALA)
  • worksite wellness
  • wellness directors

 

The Fitness and Conditioning specialization prepares students with the content and knowledge to pursue certification in:

  • Strength and Conditioning (CSCS)
  • Personal Training (ACSM CPT)
  • Group Exercise Instructor (ACSM GEI)
  • Coaching (state and national certificate programs)
  • Teaching (alternative certification routes available in many US states)

 

The FC specialization prepares students with the knowledge and credentials to pursue masters degrees in:

  • Exercise Science
  • Physical Education
  • K12 Education
  • Education Leadership
  • Health promotion
  • Community Health Education
  • Public Health
  • Recreation
  • Outdoor Recreation

Program Contact:

Dr. Daniel Drost
Advisor, Assistant Professor
Phone: (850) 474-2592
Office: Building 72, Room 257
Email: ddrost@uwf.edu

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