The Cooper Institute

Founded in 1970 by the "Father of Aerobics"
Kenneth H. Cooper MD, MPH


Military Exercise Leader

Fireman, paramedics, drill sergeant
Learn to effectively lead and inspire others to reach their maximum potential in a time efficient workout that can be used anywhere.
3.5 day course in Dallas or you can host this course At Your Site.

Military and First Responders both have very unique needs ranging from very basic fitness needs to those of a tactical athlete. The Cooper Institute Military and 1st Responder Exercise Leader Course addresses a wide variety of needs and ranges of fitness levels.

Through hands-on sessions (activity in 11 of the 19 sessions) you’ll learn how to create appropriate workouts that can be used for all of these circumstances.

The Military Exercise Leader Course was first developed through a collaborative research study at Langley Air Force Base. Since then it has been expanded to include components that can be amplified for the most skilled and modified for the most basic needs of trainees. Our goal is to prepare individuals for the basic to the most tactical jobs of First Responders and Military personnel.

As a student you will learn how to use a variety of settings and equipment (and sometimes no equipment) to put together circuit workouts, interval workouts and obstacle courses. Then you’ll create your own workout and receive feedback from instructors to help prepare you to confidently inspire and lead a small group through the workout by the end of the course. You’ll also learn and review basic underlying fitness principles that affect the design of workouts.

A course manual and classroom lectures by advanced degreed instructors and practical application of drills and routines are all included in this course. This is a curriculum-based testing course. Upon successful completion of the written and practical portions of the course and proof of CPR, you will receive a Cooper Institute Certificate.

*Have more than 3 students? If so, contact us for group or contract pricing. Call 800-635-7050 or email us.


  • Leadership & Motivational Skills
  • Fundamentals of Circuit Training
  • Basic Anatomy and Developmental Circuit Exercises
  • Class Design & Group Planning
  • Exercise Guidelines & Safety Programming
  • Exercise Modification & Amplification Guidelines
  • Resistance & Cardiovascular Training Guidelines
  • Body Mechanics & Controversial Exercises
  • Static Stretching, Dynamic Stretching and Athletic Warm-up
  • Sports Nutrition & Application as a Fitness Leader
  • Interval Training & Running Drills
  • Partner Strengthening Exercises
  • Exercise Prototypes & Sample workouts

This class involves a number of hands-on sessions that include demonstration and "teach back" of exercises. Individuals should be prepared to participate in exercise sessions. Individuals with limitations will be able to participate with modifications as needed.

If you’re not currently working with First Responders, enlisted in or working with the military, but want to learn the same concepts to use with the law and fire personnel please enroll in our Law and Fire Group Training.

CPR Required: Yes

Contact Hours: 22