Humber College launches man’s career into health and fitness
The college's fitness and health promotion program leads to successful business.
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Even as a fresh out of high school teen, Jacob Farjou, the owner and lead clinician at Brampton’s Trainsmart Wellness clinic, was interested in a fitness career. Uncertain of the specific area in which he wanted to end up, Farjou decided to attend Humber College’s fitness and health promotion program. It was a decision that would lay the foundation for him to become a kinesiologist and business owner.
“The program served as the steppingstone I needed to further myself,” says Farjou, who graduated from fitness and health promotion in 2009, completed an undergraduate degree in kinesiology and then returned to Humber for a post-graduate degree. “The program is practical, the labs are full of the newest equipment and the instructors are unbelievable. The quality of learning that happens at Humber was one of the factors that led me back for my post grad.”
Offered since 2001, the fitness and health promotion program is geared towards those who are interested in learning how to improve the fitness and health of individuals and populations. And, says Allysha Wassegijig, the program’s support officer, students benefit from topics that go beyond the fundamentals of exercise to include anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, business administration and marketing, nutrition, injury management, special events planning and more.
“You’ll get to put what you learn to use by participating in one of the program’s annual special events promoting healthy living, which are organized and executed by students,” she says. “We are also proud to offer two exciting field placements in the second year of study that give students the opportunity to gain valuable workplace skills and experience.”
It is the hands-on components, which also include partaking in exercise prescription, fitness assessment and group exercise, says Farjou, that he enjoyed the most.
“It’s not just taking notes or reading textbooks because what good is only reading from a textbook in such a hands-on field?” he says. “Practicing with your fellow students makes a world of difference.”
Program graduates, says Wassegijig, are prepared to become personal trainers, fitness appraisers or group exercise instructors or pursue careers in wellness consulting, health promotion or program directing.
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