ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Baby boomers are getting older, the U.S. population is getting fatter and chronic disease seems increasingly prevalent — so personal trainers need more training than ever.
That's the thought behind University of Michigan's new health and fitness major, which the School of Kinesiology is piloting this semester.
"They're attempting to graduate people that are going to be able to handle that demand as it increases," Mike Stack, the owner of Ann Arbor's Applied Fitness Solutions and a U-M graduate, told the Ann Arbor News (http://bit.ly/1gmwTAB ). "The depth of knowledge you gain from having a degree is exponentially more than you will ever get from any weekend personal training workshop
"You can't replace four years of academic study in exercise training and prescription."
The school spent two years refining the major, which was approved by its Board of Regents in the spring. The concentration has two tracks of study: health and fitness leadership and physical education with teacher certification.
It is intended for students interested in individual and community health, which can include jobs in recreation, personal training, corporate wellness, coaching and health promotion. Students in the major take classes like the biomechanics of sport, the psychological aspects of sports and exercise and managerial ethics in the sport and fitness industries.
The program requires an internship, and leads to certification as a personal trainer.