FOR VETERANS ONLY: 100% Scholarships, Training and Personal Trainer Job Placement Program for Veterans - Certified Veteran Fitness Operatives (CVFO)

We help veterans who are passionate about health and wellness to find success after the military in the fitness industry.

Our program helps veterans become certified personal trainers, strengthens their will and equips them with leadership skills to help improve the lives of others. Graduates will become certified AND qualified as cutting-edge professionals in the fitness industry.”

accepting applications until Aug 14th, In-person interviews in Aug, Online study Sept-Nov, Class begins Nov. 6, graduation and certification Nov. 6, veteran job placement after graduation.
Certified veteran fitness operative programPROGRAM ELIGIBILITY. CURRENT OR FORMER U.S. MILITARY: Members of any branch of the service-- former or current--are welcome to apply. All former must provide a DD-214, all currently service much provide orders. 
All applicants must complete the online application and submit a photo. PASSIONATE ABOUT FITNESS We are looking for men and women
who are passionate about improving the health and well-being of themselves and others. DRIVEN TO ACHIEVE YOUR BEST IN THE NEXT CHAPTER OF YOUR LIFE Although a background of either substance abuse or PTSD is not required, this program especially encourages our veterans who have come through these struggles to apply. We don't view these as weaknesses, but rather indicators of resilience and strength of character. Our goal is to create an environment for success and camaraderie for all veterans who are passionate about fitness. Applicants must be available to be in Dallas for full-time training from Nov 6-27, 2017. Scholarship will cover all travel costs to and from each participants' nearest airport to Dallas. All staff and participants are required to sign and agree to a Community Contract prior to arrival which prohibits any use of drugs, alcohol or tobacco during participation in the program.

certified veteran fitness operative (CVFO) Program

Veterans who graduate from CVFO are some of the best personal trainers in the industry. Since this is not a paid program, we have an application and interview process to be accepted which you can begin at the bottom of this page.

FitOps' personal training certification is the industry’s first comprehensive training system based on scientific, evidence-based research. Classroom time is integrated with hands-on learning, meaning that our veterans graduate as fitness professionals who are not just CERTIFIED but QUALIFIED to train clients right away. This systematic and integrated (total body) training, reconditioning and rehabilitation program incorporates six components:

  • Flexibility
  • Cardiorespiratory
  • Core
  • Balance
  • Power
  • Strength

Leveraging the academic prowess of Carnegie-Mellon University's world class instructors, all of our veterans receive the highest caliber training on basic sciences essential for personal training. That knowledge--along with physical training in the military and each person's passion for fitness--form the foundation for the rest of the program. National experts in anatomy, exercise physiology, fitness industry leadership and sports psychology volunteer their time to give our veterans a world-class, hands-on education.


Applicants must be available to be in Dallas for full-time from either Nov 6, 2017 or Jan 19, 2018 in Dallas. Scholarship will cover all travel costs to and from each participants nearest airport to Dallas.

  • Aug 14, 2017: Application cutoff to be considered for the Nov 6 class
  • Aug, 2017: Interviews (in-person in regional locations or Skype/FaceTime)
  • Sept-Nov, 2017: Online, mandatory independent study for those accepted
  • Nov 6, 2017: Class start near Dallas (all travel, room and board paid by FitOps Foundation)
  • Nov 26, 2017: Class end and return home

FitOps is taught entirely by volunteer instructors who are all experts in their respective fields: sports medicine, wellness coaching, exercise physiology, nutrition, longevity and vitality, kinesiology, and personal training. Together the deliver this curriculum to help our veterans become not just certified (read about the NASM-CPT training below) but qualified as elite professionals in the fitness industry.


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"At first I didn't know what to expect. It being a fully sponsored program you can always be skeptical against something, that sounds too good to be true. However, upon arrival I was greeted by such amazing and beautiful people that I found out a lot about myself, as well as a massive amount within the fitness community. You don't learn from just a "professional" in the field. You learn from THE professional who teaches the curriculum. It is well worth the time and effort. If you are a vet, or have a friend or family who is a veteran. Don't lose your opportunity to be apart of such an amazing family, that I now call my own."

- Matthew Lee Gonzales

"None of us knew what to expect when we showed up to FitOps on the first day. If you're passionate about fitness and looking for your sense of purpose again, I strongly advise you apply. You will find your home away from home."

- Sydney Hermdawg