Introducing the PROPTA™ Educational Institution Profile

Welcome to the Professional Institute for Fitness and Nutrition Worldwide, also known as the Professional Personal Trainers Association (PROPTA™ / USPTA™ / PTA™). We are a leading education body in the United States and worldwide, dedicated to educating professional fitness and conditioning trainers as well as nutrition and diet therapy experts.

Established in 1980 by renowned bodybuilder and Mr. USA title holder Joe Antouri, PROPTA is headquartered in Los Angeles, California. With over 43 years of experience as a competitor, professional personal trainer, and nutrition specialist CNS*, Joe Antouri founded PROPTA to create an organization consisting of professional athletes from various sports. These athletes serve as the educational and practical pioneers of training and nutrition, providing education to the fitness industry’s elite personal trainers.

PROPTA offers a wide range of certification programs for personal trainers, nutritionists, weightlifting coaches, dance and fitness instructors, and youth and health fitness coaches. As a global organization, we have affiliates in 183 nations across the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

As the Professional Personal Trainers Association, PROPTA provides professional recognition, conducts ongoing educational seminars, and keeps members and the public informed about the latest industry trends and advancements in physical fitness and nutrition. Our organization is recognized worldwide as a leader in fitness and nutrition, regularly hosting educational seminars worldwide to keep members up to date with industry-relevant information.

Our Personal Trainer Certification program is renowned for its cutting-edge curriculum, covering topics such as human anatomy, physiology, chemistry, kinesiology, microbiology, nutritional science, diet therapy, sports medicine, and all aspects of weight and strength training. We also offer specialty education in areas such as training for older adults, eating disorders, injury rehabilitation, and medical conditions.

PROPTA’s certification program is officially endorsed by prestigious organizations such as the National Fitness League (Nationalfitnessleague.com) and the International Federation of Bodybuilders (IFBB PRO League) for seven consecutive years. We are also accredited by the Better Business Bureau worldwide and recognized by regulatory bodies like the Bureau of Private Post Secondary Education (BPPE) with exempt status since 2006. Additionally, we are approved by the GI Bill and the California State Approving Agency for Veterans (CSAAV) for 11 consecutive years. Our courses, including Personal Trainers, Nutrition, Group Exercise, Olympic lifting, and youth health and fitness instruction, provide comprehensive training for fitness professionals.

PROPTA textbooks, authored by Joe Antouri and published by the organization, serve as university-level informative references. These textbooks are regularly updated and available in multiple languages, including Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Finnish, Polish, and English. We continue to expand our language offerings to cater to other countries in the near future.

As the Official IFBB PROS Certification Authority for seven consecutive years, PROPTA is the only personal trainers certificate in the world that offers hands-on practical application guided by professional athletes, who are true pioneers in the fitness and nutrition industry.

Join us at PROPTA and embark on a journey of excellence in fitness and nutrition education. Discover the unparalleled expertise and practical experience our organization offers.

Joe Antouri and Joe Weider ( IFBB Founder )


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