Workshops & Clinics

Information for instructors & personal trainers.

Learn to Teach Fitness Classes

Health Directions is a local leader in fitness training. Our center has been recognized by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) as a Continuing Education Provider.

Contact Tanailyn Pernell at (803) 791-2049 for more information.

Our Programs

  • ACE-Approved Continuing Education Classes

    Communication is Crucial
    Motivational, clear, charismatic, and professional communication engaging diverse populations is critical to individual and business success in fitness. In this workshop: 

    • Personal trainers will explore skills to enhance recruitment and retention of clients with effective coaching and listening skills.
    • Group fitness instructors will build upon their own style and strengths and learn new techniques to motivate and encourage participants as they lead effective and safe classes.
    • Current and aspiring gym, club and wellness center supervisors and coordinators will work together to share experiences to build and inspire a staff that functions as a cohesive team. 
    This workshop will engage fitness professionals in a series of discussions and activities that focus on developing best professional communication practices. We will focus on how to embrace your own personality and style in order to be the best communicator, leader, and team builder that you can be.

    April 29, 2023 & October 21, 2023
    Time: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Trainer: Mindy Fenske, Ph.D., M.A., AFAA CPT, CGFI
    Location: Health Directions - West Columbia
    Cost: $150
    Register:  Email the completed Training and Development Registration Form to
    CECs: 0.5 ACE and 5 HD Continuing Education Credits

  • Heartsaver® CPR/AED Course
    Course Description
    The Heartsaver AED Course is a classroom course that teaches basic CPR and AED skills including giving CPR to a child or an adult, using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), using a mask or barrier device, and relief of foreign-body airway obstruction. Course includes a brief practical examination.

    Student Materials:
    Heartsaver AED Student Workbook (provided)

    Course Completion Card:
    Valid for 2 years from date of completion. Cards will be sent electronically to the e-mail address you provide upon registration 2-3 weeks after course completion.

    Health Directions, 3239 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia, SC 29169

    Friday, June 23, 2023 11:15 am – 1:15 pm
    Registration deadline: Mon, June 19

    Friday, September 22, 2023 11:15 am – 1:15 pm
    Registration deadline: Mon, September 18

    Cost: $60

    Contact Tanailyn Pernell at (803) 791-2049 or for additional
  • Yoga Workshops
    YogaFit Level One
    The first step on the path toward becoming a yoga teacher or simply deepening your practice, Level One provides the tools to create inspiring vinyasa yoga classes grounded in proper alignment and the safety of exercise science. 
    Dates: August 12 - 13, 2023
    Time: 8:00am – 6:00pm
    Location: Health Directions - West Columbia
    CECs: 1.5 ACE CECs, 16 Yoga Alliance CEUs,  4 canfitpro CEUs, and 15 HD Continuing Education Credits
    YogaFit Level Two
    Dive deeper into YogaFit’s transformational language in Level Two to effectively communicate with your students. Using physical cues, mental imagery, and positive affirmations, you’ll learn to foster a safe, nurturing environment for all students, regardless of their experience or ability.
    Dates: October 7 - 8, 2023
    Time: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
    Location: Health Directions - West Columbia
    CECs: 1.5 ACE, 16 Yoga Alliance CEUs, 4 canfitpro CEUs, and 15 HD Continuing Education Credits