BUFFALO, N.Y. - A new program at Riverside High School is exercising the students' minds and bodies.
After their freshman year, students must choose an academy and course of study, and many are signing up for the personal training program.
"They will get a deeper more well rounded education in this program than anything out there that the industry has to offer," said teacher Kelly Rogers.
Rogers has the same students for a double period, five times a week for three years. They spend half of lesson in a traditional classroom setting learning about anatomy and nutrition. For the other half, the students apply what they've learned while working out in a state-of-the-art weight room.
Upon graduation, students can take a test to become a certified personal trainer.
According to the U.S. Labor Department, employment of fitness trainers and instructors is expected to grow nearly 25% between 2010 and 2020 -- faster than the average for all other jobs.
The students also take field trips to learn about the industry.
Recently they visited Athletes Unleashed Crossfit AU in Orchard Park. Owner Robby Dinero is a personal trainer and serves as a mentor to the Riverside students.
"If I could reach a couple of them and really fan those flames to get in the fitness industry and commit themselves that's success right there," said Dinero.
The personal training program is one of nearly two dozen career and technical programs offered at Riverside. The programs have a nearly 80% graduation rate overall.