Equinox Academy

For over twenty years, the Equinox Fitness Training Institute (EFTI) has been a global leader in applied exercise science education. In 2005 we launched Equinox Academy, the first and only EFTI program available to the public that transforms fitness enthusiasts and career changers into some of the industry’s most successful personal trainers.



  • “This course was excellent! [The instructors] are high level, well-respected professionals that were great at explaining the various complicated subjects. They taught in a novice-friendly way that clearly illustrates to me that they are very knowledgeable in this field. I have a marked understanding of the body and I am eager to help people to improve their bodies. I will definitely recommend it to anyone that has an interest in being a personal trainer or just want a better understanding of their body and exercise mechanics.”

  • “Definitely felt like you were taking college courses…”

  • “The material covered in this course is well worth every penny. Top of the line instructors that know what they are talking about."

  • “It's much different learning information when you have the availability of experts in the field to answer questions in a small-class environment.”

  • “Honestly, I didn't really know what to expect going into this. I was extremely impressed with all of the teachers and the course actually exceeded my expectations. Everyone who taught was very knowledgeable, polite, and accommodating. I had a wonderful time, I feel I learned a ton, and I will recommend this course to anyone who is thinking about taking it.”

  • “I would definitely recommend this course. It really changed the way I work out completely. It has given me the ability to speak about how I train people with much more confidence.”

  • “The amount of knowledge and genuine love for the field (of the educators) is second to none.”

  • “I cannot praise this course highly enough. It fed my excitement, desire and purpose of becoming a trainer. Thank you so much.”

  • “Equinox is an amazing company and I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to take this course in NYC. I am hopeful to enjoy a long, successful career at Equinox.”

  • “Participating in the Equinox Academy was so worthwhile for me. The passion and clear understanding that the master instructors exhibited was very inspiring. I hope that I too, can be a successful personal trainer at Equinox and one day impart my knowledge like these wonderful individuals.”

  • “I thought the class was excellent. Was very impressed with the course material, the instruction, and the professionalism.”

  • “After working in the television industry for over 30 years and nearing the age of 50, I was looking to make a career transition as I moved closer to retirement. Equinox Academy provided the foundation, direction and program design skills that I needed to take that step. Living in the Midwest, it was quite the commitment to travel to New York for the weekends involved, but… I now realize it was well worth the time and money. The master instructors were more than willing to spend one-on-one time with participants, giving each of us the knowledge we needed to focus our fitness careers based on our individual situations, whether it was in a club setting or on our own.”

  • — Kori Malyszek, BS, CSCS, ACSM, EFTI Master Instructor

    “I have been in the field of strength and conditioning for the past eight years, and have been teaching the Equinox Academy in Los Angeles since its inception in 2009. The education provided in this six-weekend course is the most complete curriculum the field has to offer. In addition, students learn the latest science and theory blended with plenty of hands-on practical experience, giving you the knowledge base and also the confidence to apply it as a professional. EA is the next best thing to getting a degree in exercise science. For those of us who teach the Academy, our reputation is based on the quality of our work, and watching the graduates of this course succeed in the world of fitness professionals only elevates this level of quality and distinction. It makes me very proud of what students and teachers, alike, have accomplished.”


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