History of NPTI in Virginia

Woman being trained with barbellsNPTI was founded in April 2001. NPTI started off with 4 schools across the country, and Virginia was one of the founding schools. NPTI of VA/MD/DC started the program in Falls Church, VA in a small room in an office building, NPTI then moved to a larger classroom inside its sister school, NMTI (National Massage Therapy Institute) in 2003. In 2004 NPTI moved again to a slightly larger classroom still located in Falls Church, and then in 2006 NPTI moved to its current location at 8500 Leesburg Pike, Suite 308, Vienna, VA 22182.

NPTI of VA/MD/DC started out with about 20 students enrolled in 2001. It now normally graduates 100+ students each year. Nationally NPTI has over 30 schools located across the country and graduates over two thousand students each year and that number is only expected to grow.  

accscNPTI of VA/MD/DC has been approved by the Department of Education in VA since 2001. NPTI is accepted by the GI Bill, MyCCA spousal support bill, and WIA unemployment benefits. NPTI is accredited by the ACCSC.

Gene McIlvaine and Susan Bowen were the initial owners of NPTI of VA/MD/DC. Mr. McIlvaine is the founder of NPTI. In 2004 Tim Henriques, the Director, became a partner of the school. NPTI of VA/MD/DC is an S-Corporation.

Institutional Philosophy

To provide students with qualified instructors and a curriculum that will enable the National Personal Training Institute to provide the workforce with educated personal trainers.

Mission Statement

As the nation’s largest school system devoted to personal training, The National Personal Training Institute’s (NPTI) mission is to prepare its students to become personal trainers and fitness professionals. NPTI strongly believes that self study programs are not sufficient to become a qualified personal trainer and instead advocates that personal trainers need to attend a full time accredited academic program that is approved by the Department of Education.

Our graduates are ready to enter the work force and benefit the community as they are well versed in the scope of practice for personal trainers and knowledgeable on the subjects of health and fitness related to personal training. We strive to provide a high quality and worthwhile education experience that each student values and would recommend to their peers.   

Justification of Mission Statement

CPR - AED Certified LogoUpon graduation our students are awarded a Diploma in Personal Training making them eligible for hire in the workplace. They are also awarded a Certificate in Basic Nutrition, they are Certified in CPR/AED through the American Red Cross, and they are eligible to sit for the NASM CPT Exam should they choose to do so. Not all students wish to become personal trainers and so the term fitness professionals encompasses other career choices (physical therapist assistants, strength coaches, nutritionists, etc).

NPTI does not believe that one can receive an optimal education through self study and minimal formal educational time, so it espouses that personal trainers should receive at least 600 hours of education (which is what NPTI offers) and our program is approved by the Department of Education in VA.  

banner4-groupOur graduates are ready to enter the work force because they can be hired with no additional education necessary. They are taught the scope of practice for personal trainers (which is “to enhance the components of fitness for the general, healthy population”) and extensively tested on the subjects of health and fitness related to personal training (see the course objectives for a more detailed list). NPTI provides a high quality educational experience (as shown by our instructors being ranked an average of 9.58 out of 10 in 2010 – 82 responses).

NPTI provides a worthwhile educational experience (as shown by a 100% positive response in 2010 when asked if the program is “worthwhile” – 33 responses). NPTI provides an experience that each student values (as shown by a 97% positive response in 2010 when students were asked if they received their money’s worth during the program – 33 responses), and NPTI is an experience that students would recommend to their peers (as shown by a 100% positive response in 2010 when asked if they would recommend NPTI to their friends).

Objectives

The objective of this program is to train individuals in the art and science of personal training. Personal trainers require knowledge and expertise in the areas of exercise and fitness, weight control, and healthy lifestyles. A Personal trainer’s role is to advise clients on appropriate and proper exercise techniques, weight loss and weight maintenance options, and how to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

The knowledge and skills acquired by the students will enable them to design and implement a safe and effective training program specific to each client, and will include exercise and fitness programs and nutritional consultation. To reach this goal the student will demonstrate:

  1. Knowledge of essential elements to be a successful personal trainer including sales, marketing, interviewing, pricing, compensation norms, risk assessment, and general business knowledge
  2. Knowledge of the human musculoskeletal system and basic biomechanical factors that affect performance
  3. Knowledge of anatomy and physiology of a muscle cell
  4. Understanding of how the body physiologically adapts to exercise
  5. Proper exercise program design for the following goals: strength, size, power, muscle endurance, weight loss, cardiovascular endurance, and flexibility
  6. Knowledge of the essential nutrients and how to manipulate caloric intake to gain/lose weight
  7. Knowledge of origin, insertion, action, and training guidelines for all major muscle groups in the human body
  8. Learn and practice correct form for the primary resistance training, cardiovascular exercises, and stretches used in a fitness setting
  9. To increase a student’s fitness levels while enrolled in the course
  10. To practice personal training so a student is better prepared to enter the job market and requires less training than the competition
  11. Knowledge of the energy systems in the body and how they work
  12. Familiarity with common injuries and suggested training protocols to prevent injuries and recover from injuries.  
  13. Familiarity with common supplements and drugs in the fitness world
  14. Knowledge of how to handle the training differences when training males, females, older adults, and children
  15. Familiarity with the real life aspects of working in the fitness field, as covered by the didactic requirements of the course
  16. Familiarity with specialized topics including training athletes, training clients at home, knowledge of the various strength sports, knowledge of advanced cardiovascular and conditioning programming, and training injured clients