About Louise So

Louise is a member of the GCC Fitness and Wellness Department Faculty, and currently serves as the Exercise Science and Personal Training Program Director. She teaches courses that prepare students to become certified personal trainers through ACE, ACSM, NSCA and NASM. Louise was born in Dublin, Ireland and attended the University of Iowa on a swimming scholarship. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Journalism, with an emphasis in Health Promotion, and her Master's degree in Administration of Fitness & Wellness Programs. Louise is an ACSM certified Health Fitness Specialist and an ACE certified Personal Trainer.

Staying Active for Life

The Fitness & Wellness Department offers an online class called Active for Life, EXS 123. The curriculum is adapted from Human Kinetic’s Active Living Every Day (ALED) course. I know you are probably wondering how an online course can help someone be more active. Well, here’s how.

The course takes each participant on a journey of self reflection. It doesn’t matter if you are a couch potato or an Ironman triathlete. This course will give you tools to make you better!

You will learn to:

1. Replace sedentary activities such as watching TV with active ones such as taking short walks. Continue reading


Personal Trainers Trending in 2013

Well, it looks like it’s cool to be smart! The number-one fitness trend for 2013 on the ACSM annual survey is Educated, Certified and Experienced Fitness Professionals.

If you are not already signed up for one of the fitness certification programs at Glendale Community College, now is a great time!

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a faster than average job growth rate for fitness professionals (24% thru 2020).


Saving Lives…One Client at a Time

A personal trainer may not have the qualifications to diagnose an illness, prescribe medication or create a diet, but they can save your life in so many ways. Let’s look at the facts.

All certified personal trainers can administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and operate an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). But hopefully it won’t come to that.

Personal trainers are hired for their expertise in muscle building, weight management, health promotion, fitness improvement, and post-rehab abilities. Continue reading