National Academy of Sports Medicine and Life Time Academy Help Launch Successful Careers

CHANDLER, Ariz. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — August 15, 2013 — A nationwide collaboration between two industry leaders in health and wellness — National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and Life Time Academy, the premier state-licensed academic division of Life Time — The Healthy Way of Life Company (NYSE: LTM) — is launching successful careers for the industry's most talented Certified Personal Trainers and helping them earn $30,000 more annually than the industry standard.

Life Time Academy, a professional certificate program that trains and educates fitness professionals in the necessary skills for a successful careers in the health and fitness industry, is seeing enormous success in its graduates largely due to its partnership with NASM, a global leader in evidence-based education, certifications and advanced credentials for health and fitness professionals. While attending Life Time Academy, students earn the necessary credentials to be best-in-class professionals obtaining the NASM Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) certification, Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) and Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) through NASM while receiving their diploma from Life Time Academy.

"Our partnership with NASM creates the best-in-class curriculum to prepare graduates for success in the business of personal training," said Jeff Rosga, education director for Life Time Academy. "Individuals who get into the fitness industry do so because of their passion for living a healthy way of life. Our program gives our students the tools, real world practical training and certifications they need in order to turn their passion into a rewarding career."

Students at Life Time Academy's state-of-the-art facilities put their learning into applicable practice, and experience one-on-one interaction with highly trained faculty, administration and club members. To date, 100 percent of Life Time Academy graduates have gained employment following graduation and earn $30,000 more annually than the industry average. Nearly 70 percent of graduates are hired at one of Life Time's 106 sports, professional fitness, family recreation and resort destinations located throughout the country.

"The Life Time Academy program simulates the real-life experience of being a Certified Personal Trainer under the guidance of two of the most established health and fitness institutions in the country," said Andrew Wyant, president of NASM. "This partnership brings the fitness industry's top resources to students, arming them with the latest research, methodology, techniques and expert advice designed to accelerate their career opportunities."

Among hundreds of graduates each year, there are countless success stories of men and women who have launched successful careers in the industry:

  • Kathy Miller, 47 — After her mother died of Pancreatic Cancer, Kathy had to deal with her father's stage 2 Alzheimer's. After reading an article linking exercise to decreased chances of developing Alzheimer's, Kathy decided she was "all in" and enrolled to become NASM certified and a Life Time Academy student.
  • Amy Gunty, 27 — Losing more than 100 pounds lit a fire under Amy who enrolled with Life Time Academy following her significant weight loss. Sports made her feel happy, strong and free, and she quickly found she could help others while also enjoying a flexible schedule as a Certified Personal Trainer.
  • Bob Press, 55 — Bob worked as a corporate marketer with several Fortune 500 companies. After being laid off, he decided to make a career change. Bob joined Life Time Academy and not only began a new career path, but got himself into the best shape of his life after losing 26 pounds and lowering his body fat to 16 percent.

Life Time Academy currently offers enrollment to new students in six states including Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Texas and Virginia. For more information, visit

About NASM

Since 1987, the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) has been a global leader in providing evidence-based certifications and advanced credentials to health and fitness professionals. In addition to its NCCA-accredited fitness Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) certification, NASM offers a progressive career track with access to Advanced Specializations including the Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES), Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES), Continuing Education courses, and accredited Bachelor and Master Degree programs. The NASM educational continuum is designed to help today's health and fitness professional enhance their career while empowering their clients to live healthier lives.

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About Life Time Fitness, Inc.

As The Healthy Way of Life Company, Life Time Fitness (NYSE:LTM) helps organizations, communities and individuals achieve their total health objectives, athletic aspirations and fitness goals by engaging in their areas of interest — or discovering new passions — both inside and outside of Life Time's distinctive and large sports, professional fitness, family recreation and spa destinations, most of which operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Company's Healthy Way of Life approach enables customers to achieve this by providing the best programs, people and places of uncompromising quality and value. As of August 15, 2013, the Company operated 106 centers under the LIFE TIME FITNESS(R) and LIFE TIME ATHLETIC(R) brands in the United States and Canada. Additional information about Life Time centers, programs and services is available at