WWU Student Receives ACSM Personal Trainer Certification

William Woods University senior Jennifer LaGesse of Benton City, Mo., recently passed the American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer examination.


WWU athletic training instructor Cindy Robb said, “This is a significant achievement because it’s a challenging exam. Having this certification will make Jennifer far more marketable in her job search.”


To become a certified personal trainer, an individual must be at least 18 years of age, have a current CPR certification and pass the ACSM Certified Personal Trainer exam. Once certified, individuals must complete 45 continuing education credits every three years to maintain their certification.


LaGesse prepared extensively for this examination. She spent six months reviewing the material and attended a three-day personal trainer workshop the weekend before the test to review what she had learned in the classroom.


“William Woods has more than prepared me for the exam. I owe my success to the teachers at William Woods because I would not be where I am today without them,” said LaGesse. “I also owe my success to my husband and my daughter. They supported me all throughout school.”


LaGesse is doing an internship at Audrain Medical Center in their cardiac rehab department, and she is a licensed Zumba instructor. She plans to use her new personal trainer certification by working as a personal trainer, either for a fitness center or independently.


“The exercise science major is a challenging course of study that has many job opportunities, and certifications, available in the health and fitness industry following graduation,” Anthony Lungstrum, chair of the division of human performance and director of the athletic training education program at William Woods, said. “We know that Jennifer will be successful in any work setting.”