PROPTA, Professional Personal Trainers Association Inc. /

PROPTA, Professional Personal Trainers Association Inc. / [email protected]

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43 years in business

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PROPTA™ Educational Institution Profile

Professional Institute for Fitness and Nutrition / [email protected]

The Personal Trainers Association – PROPTA™ / USPTA™ / PTA™  also know and the “Private Trainers Association” is one of the leading education bodies in the United States and worldwide for educating professional fitness and conditioning trainers and Nutrition and Diet Therapy. It was established in 1980 by noted bodybuilder and Mr. USA title holder Joe Antouri, and is based in Los Angeles, California.

After more than a quarter century in the world of fitness as a competitor, professional personal trainer, and a nutrition Specialist CNS*, he created an organization consisting entirely of Professional Athletes from all sports, — the educational and practical pioneers of training and nutrition-to educate the fitness industry’s elite personal trainers.

PROPTA offers certificate programs for personal trainers, nutritionist, weightlifting coaches, dance & fitness instructors and youth & health fitness coaches. A global organization with affiliates in hundred and eighty three nations in the Americas, Europe and Asia. The Private Trainers Association “Personal Trainers Association” provides professional recognition, conducts on-going educational seminars, and updates members and the public on the latest industry and general physical fitness and nutrition information.

PROPTA is a World Wide organization recognized as the leader in fitness and nutrition, conducting on-going educational seminars all over the world, updating members on the latest industry and educationally relevant information.

The personal trainer certificate program features cutting-edge information with a curriculum that includes human anatomy, physiology, chemistry, kinesiology, microbiology, nutritional science and diet therapy, sport medicine, all aspects of weight training, strength training, and specialty education in the elderly, eating disorders, injury rehabilitation, and medical conditions.

The certificate program of PROPTA is recognized and Officially Endorsed by the National Fitness League “”“” , the International Federation of Bodybuilders (IFBB PRO League)””“” for 7 consecutive years, and accredited by the Better Business Bureau worldwide among other regulatory bodies like the Bureau of Private Post Secondary Education (BPPE) as exempt status since 2006 and the GI Bill for 11 consecutive years – California State Approving Agency for Veterans CSAAV for 11 consecutive years.

PROPTA courses, including Personal Trainers, Nutrition, Group Exercise, Olympic lifting, older adults, youth health and fitness and MMA  for instructors.

PROPTA textbooks written by Joe Antouri and put out by the organization serve as a university level informative reference source, and is updated regularly. It is translated in many languages like Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Finish, Polish and English.  More languages will be available soon for other countries.

PROPTA is the Official IFBB PROS Certification Authority for 7 consecutive years. PROPTA personal trainers authority is the only personal trainers certificate in the world that offers a real hands on practical application by professional athletes, the pioneers of the fitness and nutrition industry.

For more than 44 years, assisting and Seeing people happy in reaching their goals. Email me for quick responce and to schedule. Serious inquiries please. Education Sessions are done by ZOOM. [email protected]

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North Hollywood, CA 91607
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16 Reviews


  • Alex M.

    Dear Joe This is my 4th day of the academy and I have to tell you that I am full of information that I never thought I can obtain, especially in one place. Mike Ergas was great, he tells it like it is, man this guy is in shape, I wish I can look like him one day. The lecture gave me so much to think about, business is important and clients come first like you said. I know you were taping the lecture. Can I have a copy of Mike Ergas lecture, it is great to have for business purpose. See you next week. Alex M.

  • Joanna Beckwith

    Joe, I have been wanting to tell you that I never dreamed to be sitting down with the PROS and exchanging words, especially about a subject that I like, for once in my life, being at the academy, I felt so good, not only did I learn so much more than I have ever learned from other certifications, but I had a lot of fun learning. Especially when it got to the practical application, you guys know what you are doing. No one taught this before like you do. I do have other certifications under my belt and they are going to end up in the garbage, what a waist of money and time, I cannot wait to see you again next Saturday, I am so excited. Please tell Mike Sable that we love his lecture. I know this is for six weeks but I wish I can come to the academy every week, it is so great. Joanna Beckwith

  • Personal Trainer PROPTA

    Joe WOOOOOOOOOW….. that looks great, thank you so much, I can’t wait to start handing them out and spreading the PROPTA word. BTW I saw that Brazilian guy from the academy at Gold’s today I didn’t say anything to him he was leaving when I realized it was him. I’m excited to really get going with more clients, thanks for all your help along the way. P.H.

  • Garry B

    Hey Joe, I really learned a lot from the course. I’m excited to begin a new career. You have been a great help and i know i will be emailing you for more information. Gary B.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Background and past history to start planning for future.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

CEO and Founder of PROPTA / Professional Personal Trainers Association. An Education / Certification Institute, certifying personal fitness trainers in Scientific Principles and Practical application for fitness and weight resistance. [email protected]

Joe Antouri started his career in fitness and nutrition more than 33 years ago.  After attending the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), University of Southern California (USC), California State University Northridge (CSUN), and West Coast University, he acquired a degree in Science and the knowledge base from which to develop his career. Joe operated the nutritional departments at World Gym and Gold’s Gym for more than twenty years and consequently is widely regarded as one of the most knowledgeable individuals in the industry due to his extensive experience in nutrition and counseling.

During the time he operated the nutritional departments at World Gym and Gold’s Gym, Joe practiced what he preached.  His passion for health, fitness and the sculpted physique aided in his determination to compete for prestigious bodybuilding awards nationally and internationally, as did his desire to excel.  As a competitor, he placed first at the Mr. Los Angeles, Mr. Southern California, Mr. California, Mr. USA, World Bodybuilding Championships, and Iron Man, amongst other titles.

Because of his titles and accomplishments, Joe was featured in several publications worldwide including Muscle and Fitness, Iron Man Magazine, Muscular Development, Modern Bodybuilding, Planet Muscle, Strength and Health Magazine and the Los Angeles Times.  Today, he writes columns and articles on dieting, health and exercise in numerous publications including Muscle and Fitness, LA Weekly, Max Muscle, Planet Muscle, The Palisadian Post, SCLARK News (for government employees), Edge Magazine, Frontiers Magazine and Entertainment Today.

Having a vision for excellence in fitness and nutrition, Joe set out to develop a certification program that would provide the highest level of curriculum in the fitness trainer’s arena.  From this vision, the U.S. Private Trainers Association was born.  The U.S. Private Trainers Association (USPTA/PROPTA) offers elite, university-level education toward certification as a private trainer, nutrition specialist, Olympic weightlifting coach, and/or group exercise instructor. USPTA/PROPTA has become a worldwide private training certification company managed by the IFBB PROS (International Federation of Bodybuilding).

The Personal Trainers Association “USPTA/PROPTA” Officially Endorsed by the IFBB PRO League Worldwide (203 countries strong) for 7 consecutive years, Officially Endorsed by the National Fitness League and accredited by the Better Business Bureau Worldwide. USPTA / PROPTA is also expanded internationally having locations in Russia, Finland, Spain, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Portugal to name just a few.   As a personal trainer, CEO and founder of the USPTA/PROPTA, Joe’s clientele consists of presidents and CEO’s of fortune 500 companies, doctors, and film and television executives and talent.

Joe’s most recent undertaking is the creation of Fitgum.  His creation came about when he decided that there has to be a convenient way to help his clients manage a sensible and healthy lifestyle, along with proper eating habits and off-course exercise.  After extensive research and development, Fitgum has been developed and is now being sold and distributed Internationally.

Optimistic and driven to succeed, Joe is constantly working on new ventures.


Nutrition & Dietetics.
Cleveland Chiropractic College
West Coast University – WCU
LA Valley College – LAVC
Cal State Northridge- CSUN
University of California, Los Angeles – UCLA
University of Southern California, Los Angeles – USC
American University of Beirut, Lebanon


ABA Athletic Spokesman and National Judge.
AAU National Judge.
NPC National Judge.
Member of the Student Dietetic and Food Association.
Certified Professional Trainers Association.
CEO US Private Trainers Association, Inc


NPC-Mr. Physique USA 1st Place.
NPC-Mr. Southern California 1st Place and Overall Winner / couples 1st Place.
NPC-Mr. Los Angeles 1st Place.
AAU-Mr. Central California 1st Place & Best Poser
AAU-Mr. California 1st Place.
NPC-Superbowl of Bodybuilding Champion 1st Place.
NPC-Iron Man Champion 1st Place.
WABBA-World Bodybuilding Champion 2nd Place.
AAU-Mr. USA 1st Place and Most Muscular Award.
NPC-U.S.A. Bodybuilding Champion 3rd  Place.
AAU-Nationals Bodybuilding Champion 1st Place.
NABBA-World Amateur Bodybuilding Champion 6th Place.
NABBA-World Amateur Bodybuilding Championship couples 6th Place.

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Please visit OR Call 818-766-3317

How did you get started teaching?

Love to see people improve and succeed like I did.

What types of students have you worked with?

All kinds and all ages.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

ZOOM lecture attendance of 200+ students

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Stay ahead of your game.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Are you ready to better your world.