Chase Woodruff (CJ) and Colbi Bruce are the co-founders of the FTA program. Both CJ and Colbi have extensive fitness backgrounds with many successes and some failures along the way. This practical experience as well as being well versed in the science of the human body heavily influences how we have created our course curriculum.

Even though we have partnered with NASM to ensure students get the best personal training  certification in the industry, make no mistake, FTA is not just an NASM exam prep course. We took the NASM curriculum and injected 95% more nutrition content, created lecture content that emphasizes practical application and have a one of a kind hands on in gym curriculum. Our hands on curriculum allows students to build confidence leading and creating workouts, understand correct session workflows, learn non-traditional training methods (Olympic Lifting, Suspension Training, Ect.) and more…


The Fitness Trainer Academy (FTA) is the best personal trainer certification program in Texas. The program has (3) primary goals. (1) We want each student to leave the course with a nationally accredited and accepted certification. This is why we partner with NASM, the best personal training certification in the industry. (2) We want each student to understand not only how to create workouts, but also how to accent those workouts with proper, goal specific, nutrition programs. (3) Lastly, we want each student to feel prepared to start training and prospecting from clients immediately after completing their course. We have one entire section (2 weeks) dedicated to helping students understand opportunities available to them and and spend 20+ hours providing practical training simulations so that students can practice training others in a gym setting as they will be doing every day in their career.

Why Get NASM Certified

The National Academy of Sports Medicine or NASM for short, is the most  recognized and accepted Personal Training Certification in the United States.  Some gyms, such as Lifetime Fitness, only hire trainers with a NASM certification. This is because the NASM curriculum not only teaches you how to help your clients see progress quickly, it also provide you with methods and tools to continue to build on that progress week after week and month after month. Employers want trainers that can produce client results quickly and have the ability to deliver continued results that keep clients coming back.

NASM’s  curriculum and methodologies represent the “gold standard” in fitness education. In fact, NASM requires the most comprehensive knowledge of:

  • Human Movement Science
  • Functional Anatomy
  • Physiology and Kinesiology
  • Functional Assessment and Program Design
  • Corrective Exercise Protocols

The pairing of FTA’s hands-on curriculum and NASM Personal Trainer Certification is a perfect combination. We produce the most knowledgeable and confident trainers in the industry, who are ready to be leaders in the fitness industry.

We Are An Official NASM Provider

The Fitness Trainer Academy is an official NASM Academic Partner and Course Provider. This means that students receive official NASM materials such as Textbooks, Study Guides and Practice Tests.

Se our official NASM partner listing here: [view NASM partner list]

Transferring From an NASM Online Only Course

Did you enroll in a NASM online course recently and decided it wasn’t for you? Since we are an official academic partner, you may be able to transfer over to our hands on program if purchased within the last 30 days. If you have enrolled more than 3o day ago, you may be able to extend the expiration on your exam seat or retest voucher and save some money. Call for more details.

Personal Training And Sports Nutrition

In addition to our personal training curriculum, we also cover sports nutrition during each student’s program.  At the end of the program, students receive a sports nutrition specialization certificate. Our sports nutrition certificate lets clients and employers know you have additional training in sports nutrition. In our minds, students cannot become effective trainers without having a mastery of both exercise and nutrition. We spend two weeks covering nutrition science (bioenergetics), metabolic calculations and client behavioral support.

The Course Format

The course is (10) weeks in total duration and meets once a week. We have (5) sections that make up the course, which are (2) weeks each. Each section covers a chunk of material for the NASM textbook. Once done with your course, you will have covered all possible material that might show up on the NASM-CPT exam. In addition to covering material for the NASM exam, students will also practice leading workouts, creating short/long term exercise programming, Olympic style lifting, kettle bell training and much more.

Introductory Information and Orientation: Learn fitness terminology and learn how to make the most of your time with us

(2) Weeks | Human Anatomy and Physiology: Learn how all the human body systems work and how they work together

(2) Weeks | Nutrition and Weight Management: Learn about how the body utilizes Calories and different macronutrients (macros), and how to use that knowledge to successfully implement a goal specific nutrition program.

(2) Weeks | Assessments and Corrective Exercise: Learn how to properly assess a persons physiological status and how to correct musculoskeletal deficiencies.

(2) Weeks | Bio Mechanics and Program Design: Learn how to safely progress a clients workload and how to create short and long term, goal specific, exercise programming.

(2) Weeks | Sports Performance and The Business of Fitness: Learn the basics of applying agility, plyometrics and power training into a clients program, as well as what opportunities are out their for aspiring fitness professionals.

What Students Are Saying

“My experience was great, the instructor was very nice and helped me through everything I needed assistance with.”

Robinson Y.

“Great instructor who made all domains of the course simple to learn while still going into depth on each topic. I learned a lot of new information to be further used outside of personal training and topics to expand knowledge on for future fitness education.”

Clay M.

“Being in the program helped me learn how to work with people who want to have a healthier life. I also discovered how much I love helping people achieve them goals of having a healthy life style.”

Jennifer G.

“I thought the course was great, learned a lot of information that I’m using now. The instructor was a great! He made sure we knew what we needed and took the time and went as fast as the slowest person. I would definitely recommend this program to anyone who wants to be in fitness.”

Jorge B.

“I truly enjoyed the course and absolutely loved our instructor. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who wants to truly grasp this information and be able to confidently apply it as a fitness professional. Thank you for an amazing experience and for giving me the tools I need to become successful in my career!”

Demi R.

“This program gave me the knowledge and hands-on experience I needed. The instructors are all amazing and made it easy to grasp any complex material.”

Duane S.

“I thought the course was great, very informative and really did help boost my overall confidence. I would definitely recommend to friends and family.”

Kambryn T.


We have been a Official Academic Partner of NASM since 2014. We value our partnership with NASM and it seems they do as well.