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Want to share your passion for sports and help people become healthier and more active? Consider earning a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology with a concentration in fitness leadership.


Students in this concentration take courses in human anatomy, human physiology, chemistry, weight training, aerobics, group exercise leadership, the physiology of exercise, the principles of conditioning the athlete, and more.


All students pursing a concentration in fitness leadership must complete a one-semester internship, typically in the second half of their senior year. The responsibility to identify an internship site lies with the student but Faculty will work one-on-one with the student to help direct them to internship sites that are best suited to their interests and career goals. Students in the fitness leadership program have interned at sites that have helped them prepare for more business related careers in the health/fitness industry. Some examples of the type of careers include health/fitness/sports club manager/owner, fitness instructor, coach, and personal trainers. These types of internships have been done at various sites such as:

Gyms/Fitness Facilities and Non-profit Organizations

  • Birmingham YMCA
  • A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club
  • D1 Sports Training
  • Blackwatch Sports Performance
  • EW Motion Therapy
  • Fit People
  • UAB Campus Recreation

Athletic Departments

  • UAB Athletic Training
  • UAB Strength and Conditioning
  • Hoover High School
  • Samford Athletics
  • Lawson State Community College

Corporate Worksite Programs


Students are required to contact the Internship Coordinator during the semester prior to their anticipated internship start date.

Learn about the Policy for Paid Internships.

Graduate Studies and Career Opportunities

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of fitness trainers and instructors is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2020 due to the rapid expansion of the health and fitness industry. As the percentage of the world population affected by obesity grows, so too does the need for professionals trained to address this epidemic and other non-communicable health burdens.

More businesses are beginning to recognize the risks — diabetes, cardiovascular disease, some cancers — associated with a sedentary lifestyle and are taking action to improve wellness through corporate health and fitness programs. Fitness instructors are also needed in community (non-profit), commercial (public and private), and clinical (hospital) settings.

Our graduates become personal trainers, group fitness instructors, fitness center directors, wellness directors, fitness programmers, strength and conditioning coaches, sports marketing specialists, athletic coaches, facilities managers, and college recreation and intramural sports directors.

A number of our graduates continue their education by pursuing a master's degree in exercise physiology.

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