Fitness Management

Why study fitness management?

The fitness management major at Augustana University is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills required for promoting healthy lifestyles.

  • Exercise science coursework, supplemented with business classes, prepares students for professional opportunities in health and fitness settings.
  • Students can customize the major to fit their interests in strength and conditioning, corporate fitness and health promotions.
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Academics at AU

Beyond AU

Emily (Kragel) Thomas '96, a fitness management major, is the co-founder and co-owner of Sioux Falls City Football Club — South Dakota's first Women’s Premier Soccer League team.

Sioux Falls City Football Club is a community-focused amateur soccer club that strives to provide the highest level of developmental soccer opportunities for elite women in the Sioux Falls region.

Emily Thomas

Course Descriptions

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Related Programs of Study



Latest News

Augustana University will offer a major in strength & conditioning beginning in the fall. Based within the School of Health Professions, the program is set to be the first in South Dakota accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Strength and Conditioning Education (CASCE).


Lara Matuck Fitness Weight Room


Popular fitness management careers include personal trainer, fitness coordinator, recreational sports director, health promotions specialist, wellness director, strength and conditioning specialist and exercise physiologist.

Hands-On Learning

Internship opportunities include:

  • Avera Sports
  • Sanford POWER
  • Active Generations
  • GreatLIFE Fitness
  • Local health and fitness centers

Practicum experiences include:

  • Fitness testing projects
  • Fitness leadership
  • Personal training experience
  • Exercise is Medicine promotion

Fitness management students study away in:

  • Costa Rica — focusing on exercise science with AU faculty
  • Norway — exploring sport and physical activity with AU faculty
  • Greece — focusing on culture, health and well-being with AU faculty

Courses & Organizations

Fitness management majors who intend to pursue graduate studies are encouraged to take additional courses in business administration and psychology. Some students choose to earn a second major or minor in supportive or related areas, such as business administration, communication studies, exercise science, gerontology, psychology or sociology.

Fitness management students often participate in:

  • Elmen Center Recreational Services
  • Augustana Bike Club
  • Serving and Learning Together (SALT)