Sport & Wellness Faculty

Sport & Wellness Program

Sport & Wellness Faculty - Kenneth E. Baldwin

Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator

Ken Baldwin joined SUNY Plattsburgh's Department of Sport and Wellness as an Assistant Professor and the Program Coordinator for the Fitness and Wellness Leadership Major in August 2007. Prior to working at SUNY Plattsburgh, Ken was the Coordinator/Instructor for Purdue University's Personal Fitness Training Major and the Assistant Director at Purdue's A.H. Ismail Fitness/Research Center. Ken has received national recognition from numerous media outlets including Newsweek, L. A. Times, Chicago Tribune, Indianapolis Star, Athletic Business, WRTV-TV 6, MSNBC.COM, the Associated Press, IDEA Fitness Journal, New York Newsday, Club Industry, IHRSA, and Personal Fitness Professional for establishing academic programs and degrees focusing on fitness, exercise science, and personal training profession.

Ken has been involved in the fitness, wellness, and education profession for over 15 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, Canadian Fitness Professional Conference, 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 training and fitness profession.

Ken is also the former Chair of IDEA's National Personal Trainer Committee, Chair of the Senior Fitness Subcommittee for the Massachusetts's Governor's Committee on Physical Fitness and Sports, and was an elected Board Member to the Massachusett's Governor's Committee. He continues to serve on national committees and work with organizations that include the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), LifeFitness Academy, AAHPERD, and the Medical Fitness Association (MFA). He's been awarded Boston's Best Personal Trainer three times and is the Recipient of IDEA's National 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).

Education/Certifications

  • M.ED. Independent Study with a Specialization in Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology, Lesley University
  • B.S. in Finance, Bentley College
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) - Health/Fitness Instructor
  • American Council on Exercise (ACE) - Certified Personal Trainer

Teaching Areas

  • Introduction to Fitness and Wellness Leadership Major
  • Personal Fitness Training
  • Advanced Personal Fitness Training
  • Fitness Management
  • Exercise Science
  • Fitness Field Experience I-IV
  • Optional Field Internship in Fitness Experience

Professional Appointments

  • Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator- Fitness and Wellness Leadership Major, SUNY Plattsburgh 9/07-present.
  • Committee Member, Academic Policy Committee, SUNY Plattsburgh 9/07-present.
  • Committee Member, Medical Fitness Association (MFA) Facility Standards and Guidelines Committee, 2004-present.
  • Board Member, LifeFitness Academy, Board of Advisors, 2003-present.
  • Committee Member, American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Personal Trainer Credentialing Subcommittee, 2004-2007.
  • Committee Member, American Association for Active Lifestyles and Fitness (AALF), Exercise Science Review Committee, 2003-2006.
  • Chair (1998-2001) and Committee Member (2001-2006), IDEA-Health and Fitness Association, 1998-2006.
  • Chair (1996-2000) and Board Member (1999-2000), Massachusetts Governor's Committee for Physical Fitness and Sports-Senior Fitness Subcommittee and Elected Board Member to the Governor's Committee, 1996-2000.

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2004 NOVA 7 "Certificate of Excellence" Award for Fitness Prescription and Assessment Category: Posture and Body Alignment Analysis Program, Awarded by Fitness Management Magazine
  • 1999 IDEA National Personal Trainer of the Year Award, Awarded by IDEA-The Health and Fitness Association
  • 1999 Best of Boston Award for Personal Trainer, Awarded by Boston Magazine
  • 1999 & 1998 Boston's Best Personal Trainer Award, Awarded by The Improper Bostonian

Publications

  • Senior Editor and Lead Author, American College of Sports Medicine, ACSM Resources for the Personal Trainer Textbook, 2nd Edition; Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW); Publication date: July, 2006.

Presentations (Selected)

  • 2007. 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. Offer an Online Certificate in Senior Fitness Training for Workforce Development to Educate, Train, and Develop a Professional Staff. Annual Joint Conference by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the American Society on Aging (ASA). Chicago, IL.
  • 2006. Developing and Implementing College Degree Programs for Personal Fitness Trainers and Offer an Online College Certificate in Personal Training to your Community. Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (IAHPERD) Annual Conference. Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • 2006. 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. Offer an Online College Certificate in Personal Training to your Community. The Non-Credit Continuing Education National Conference. San Antonio, TX.
  • 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.
  • 2005. 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.
  • 2004. 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.
  • 2003. 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.
  • Numerous local and state presentations

Contact Ken Baldwin

Office: Memorial Hall-Room 214
Phone: (518) 564-3149
E-mail: kenneth.baldwin@plattsburgh.edu