Sport & Wellness Faculty

Sport & Wellness Program

Kenneth E. Baldwin

Associate Professor of Sport & Wellness
Program Coordinator of Fitness & Wellness Leadership

Ken Baldwin is a full-time Associate Professor/Program Coordinator that created and developed the 100% Online Master’s Degree in Fitness and Wellness Leadership and the Undergraduate Degree in Fitness and Wellness Leadership at the State University of New York’s (SUNY). Ken has been working in an academic setting since 2000, and his first opportunity to teach, develop, and coordinate an academic program was at San Diego State University (SDSU). He created SDSU’s Personal Trainer Certificate Program, a 6-month program that prepared individuals to become successful personal trainers. Professor Baldwin is best known for developing and implementing Purdue University’s Undergraduate Degree in Personal Fitness Training, the Nation’s first four-year degree program for students planning to pursue a career in personal training in 2004 It’s not only that this was the first four-year degree, but he is known for creating the current modern day academic model for undergraduate fitness/exercise science degree structure that incorporates clinical rotations, practical course work, science coursework, and fitness business classes into degrees focusing on fitness, personal training, kinesiology, sports performance, fitness management, allied health/fitness and exercise science.

Ken has received national recognition from numerous media outlets for his achievements in creating this academic degree model, including Newsweek, L. A. Times, Chicago Tribune, Indianapolis Star, Athletic Business, WRTV-TV 6, MSNBC.COM, Fitness Business News, Associated Press, IDEA Fitness Journal, Fitness Professional Online, New York Newsday, Club Industry, IHRSA, and Personal Fitness Professional for establishing both Purdue’s Personal Training and SUNY&rsquo's Fitness degree.

He has served in state and national leadership roles, and is the former Chair of IDEA’s National Personal Trainer Committee and Chair of the Senior Fitness Subcommittee for the Massachusetts’s Governor’s Committee on Physical Fitness and Sports. He’s served or is serving on national committees for American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Personal Trainer and Certification Development Committee, AAHPERD, and the Medical Fitness Association (MFA). He’s been awarded Boston’s Best Personal Trainer three times and is the Recipient of the IDEA’s Personal Trainer of the Year Award. Ken is the Senior Editor, content expert, and lead author for ACSM’s Resources for the Personal Trainer Textbook (2nd Edition).

Ken also serves as the Executive Director for The National Posture Institute (NPI), an educational and professional organization that provides certificate programs for personal trainers/group instructors and allied health/medical/fitness professionals to receive the National Posture Institute-Certified Posture Specialist and NPI’s Certified Resistance Training Professional designation.

Ken has been involved in the fitness, wellness, and education profession for over 20 years. With an extensive background in the fitness industry which includes operating and managing a personal training company, to training many types of populations from children to seniors and beginning exercisers to athletes, to lecturing and consulting at college/university departments, corporations, public events, national conventions (ACSM Health and Fitness Summit, Club Industry, IDEA World Conference, AAHPERD, International Council of Active Aging, Canadian Fitness Professional Conference, NCOA, World Class Conference in Moscow, Russia, International Federation on Aging, and the Medical Fitness Association, to name a few) and international conferences. In addition to his industry experience, he is actively involved in working with national organizations and colleges/universities in developing educational standards for those wishing to enter the Personal Fitness Training and Health/Fitness Profession.

Professional Appointments and Awards

  • Executive Director of the National Posture Institute (2011–Present)
  • Chair (1998–001) and Committee Member of IDEA’s National Personal Trainer Committee (1998–2006)
  • Chair of the Senior Fitness Subcommittee for the Massachusetts’s Governor’s Committee on Physical Fitness and Sports (1997–2000)
  • Committee member for the Medical Fitness Association (MFA) Facility Standards Board (2004–2009) and Certification development committee (2016–present)
  • Committee member for American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) National Personal Trainer and Certification Exam Development Committee (2004–2007)
  • Committee Member for AAHPERD’s Exercise Science Review Committee for the American Association for Active Lifestyles and Fitness (2003–2007)
  • Committee member for the Board of Advisors for Life Fitness Academy (2003-2009)
  • Boston’s Best Personal Trainer for 1998 and 1999, awarded by The Improper Bostonian Magazine
  • Best of Boston in 1999 for Personal Training, awarded by Boston Magazine
  • Recipient of the 1999 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year Award, presented at the IDEA International Personal Training Summit.
  • Senior Editor, Lead Author, and Content Expert for the American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) Resources for the Personal Trainer Textbook (2nd Edition)

Publications

  • Thompson, W. R., Baldwin, K. E., & Pire, N. I. (2006). ACSM’s resources for the personal trainer (2nd ed.). Baltimore, MD: American College of Sports Medicine. (senior editor and lead author).

Presentations (Selected)

  • Ergonomic Programming and Analysis for your Clients/Patients. Medical Fitness Association (MFA) Annual Conference. Orlando, FL. (2016)
  • Hosting a roundtable reviewing the research results on the academic structure of “Undergraduate Degree Programs in Exercise Science”. Medical Fitness Association (MFA) Annual Conference. Orlando, FL. (2016)
  • Designing Posture Correction Programs. Florida Community Health Department.Sarasota, FL. (2015)
  • Become an Expert in Resistance Training Exercises to Correct Posture.NIRSA Annual Conference.Nashville, TN. (2014)
  • Postural Alignment and Core Strengthening. Club Industry Annual Conference. Chicago, IL. (2013)
  • Posture Correction Seminar. The Oaks at Ojai Spa. Ojai, CA. (2013)
  • National Posture Institute Posture Analysis and Resistance Training. San Diego State University. San Diego, CA. (2013)
  • Implementing a Fall Prevention Assessment Program. International Council of Active Aging (ICAA) Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA. (2012)
  • Learn to Analyze Posture through Both Static and Dynamic Assessments. Hawaii Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (HAHPERD) & Southwest District Annual Conference. Kahuku, Hawaii. (2012)
  • Corrective Body Weight and Tubing Exercises and Marketing and Selling your Personal Training Services. World Class Annual Conference. Moscow, Russia. (2012)
  • Designing Resistance Training Programs to Correct Posture. Medical Fitness Association (MFA) Regional Conference. Providence, RI. (2012)
  • National Posture Institute Posture Analysis and Resistance Training. State College of Florida. Sarasota, FL. (2012)
  • Analyzing Posture to Prevent Falls in Older Adults. International Council of Active Aging (ICAA) Annual Conference. Orlando, FL. (2011)
  • Analyzing Posture through Static and Dynamic Assessments. Medical Fitness Association Conference. Naples, FL and Orlando, Fl. (2011)
  • Establishing a Successful Posture Based-Business Model in your Facility. SCW Conference. Orlando, FL; Atlanta, GA, and Dallas, TX. (2011)
  • Learn to Analyze Posture Through Both Static and Dynamic Assessments. DCAC Conference. Houston, TX and Washington, DC. (2011)
  • Incorporate a Complete Posture and Body Alignment Program at Your Facility. Can-Fit-Pro Conference. Montreal, Canada and Toronto, Canada. (2011)
  • Ergonomic Programming and Analysis for your Clients/Patients and Analyze Posture through Both Static and Dynamic Assessments. Club Industry Conference-Midwest. Chicago, IL. (2010)
  • Become an Expert in Teaching Resistance Training Exercises. Club Industry Conference-Midwest. Chicago, IL. (2009)
  • Posture and Body Alignment: Analyzing, Assessing, and Developing Corrective Exercises. Club Industry Conference-East. Boston, MA. (2009)
  • Prevention of Falls in Older Adults: Analyzing and Assessing Posture and Body Alignment. 5th Annual Conference on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders. Plattsburgh, NY. (2009)
  • Developing Educationally-Based Personal Training Sessions and Personal Career Track Development for the Fitness Professional. Can-Fit-Pro Conference. Montreal, Canada. (2009)
  • Become an Expert in Teaching Resistance Training Exercises. Club Industry- Annual Mid-West Conference. Chicago, IL. (2008)
  • Analyzing and Correcting Posture and Body Alignment for Older Adults through Exercise Movements. American Society on Aging East Conference. Philadelphia, PA. (2008)
  • Analyzing and Correcting Posture and Body Alignment for the Prevention of Older Adults from Falling. International Federation on Aging Conference. Montreal, Canada. (2008)
  • Posture & Body Alignment: Analyzing, Assessing, and Developing Corrective Exercises. Club Industry- Annual East Conference. New York, NY. (2008)
  • Leadership and Training Tools for Professionals Teaching Older Adult Exercise. National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the American Society on Aging (ASA). Washington, D.C. (2008)
  • Exploring College and University Degree Programs and Certifications in Personal Training. Club Industry- Annual East Conference. Orlando, FL. (2007)
  • Recruiting, Hiring and Training Personal Trainers and Other Key Personnel at a College or University Facility. Club Industry- Annual East Conference. Orlando, FL. (2007)
  • Understanding the Unique Membership Demographics in a College or University Setting. Club Industry- Annual Mid-West Conference. Chicago, IL. (2007)
  • Developing and Implementing College Degree Programs for Personal Fitness Trainers. American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) Annual Conference. Baltimore, MD. (2007)
  • Developing and Implementing College Degree Programs for Personal Fitness Trainers. American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) Annual Conference. Salt Lake City, Utah. (2006)
  • Developing Education-Based Personal Training Sessions for your Clients. American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Health and Fitness Conference. Orlando, FL. (2006)
  • Posture and Body Alignment: Analyzing, Assessing, and Developing Corrective Exercises. Club Industry- Annual East and Mid-West Conference. Philadelphia, PA. (2006)
  • Posture and Body Alignment: Analyzing, Assessing, and Developing Corrective Exercises. Southern Illinois University-Midwest Fit-fest Conference. Carbondale, IL. (2006)
  • Posture and Body Alignment: Analyzing, Assessing, and Developing Corrective Exercises. University of Illinois-Fall Into Fitness Conference. Champaign, IL. (2006)
  • Medical Fitness Facility Standards and Guidelines-Panel Presentation. Medical Fitness Association (MFA) Annual Conference. Orlando, FL. (2005)
  • Analyzing and Correcting Posture and Body Alignment Program, Professional Sports Teams Postural Assessment and Training for the Athlete, and Functional and Balance Testing and Training for Seniors. World Class Annual Conference. Moscow, Russia. (2005)
  • Analyzing and Correcting Posture and Body Alignment Program. American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Health and Fitness Conference. Las Vegas, NV. (2005)
  • Developing Education-Based Personal Training Sessions for your Seniors. International Council of Active Aging (ICAA) Annual Conference. Orlando, FL. (2005)
  • High Definition. IDEA World Annual Conference. Las Vegas, NV. (2005)
  • Posture and Body Alignment: Analyzing, Assessing, and Developing Corrective Exercises. Club Industry-Mid-West Conference. Chicago, IL. (2005)
  • Personal Career Track Development for the Personal Trainer. Club Industry-Mid-West Conference. Chicago, IL. (2004)
  • How they established a Career in the Personal training/Fitness/Health profession?-Panel Presentation. Mid-West Chapter-American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Conference-Purdue University. West Lafayette, IN. (2004)
  • Analyzing and Correcting Posture and Body Alignment for Seniors. International Council of Active Aging (ICAA) Annual Conference. Orlando, FL. (2004)
  • Developing Educationally-Based Fitness Training Sessions. Medical Fitness Association (MFA) Annual Conference. Orlando, FL. (2004)
  • Exploring Certifications and College Degree Structure for Fitness Professionals. American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) Annual Conference. Philadelphia, PA (2003)
  • Analyzing and Correcting Posture and Body Alignment Program. Medical Fitness Association (MFA) Annual Conference. Orlando, FL. (2003)
  • Developing a Medically-Based Fitness Facility and Personal Career Track Development for the Personal Trainer. Canadian Fitness Professional (Can-Fit Pro) Conference. Vancouver and Toronto, Canada. (2003)
  • Reducing Disability and Increasing Function in Older Adult Populations: Does Exercise Really Work? Mid-West Chapter-American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Conference-Bowling Green State University. Bowling Green, Ohio. (2003)

Contact Ken Baldwin

Office: Memorial Hall Room 214
Phone: (518) 564-3149
Email: kbald001@plattsburgh.edu