This distance education course will show you how to use your knowledge and experience as an ISSA certified fitness trainer to design and lead safe and effective group training sessions. The course begins with the scientific foundations for group training design, including training-essential anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics, as well as how training elicits various physical adaptations. Material then advances to the practical application of these concepts as they apply to group training program design and implementation. Advanced concepts include programming, assessment, safety, exercises and equipment, class formats, performance nutrition, and marketing your classes.
Our course material is continually updated so you can be sure you're receiving the most accurate and up-to-date information available.
The Skeletal System, The Muscular System
Posture, Postural Deviations, Muscle Contractions, Levers, Balance, Kinesthesis and Proprioception, Movement and Terminology, Anatomical Planes, Muscle/Strength Imbalances
Muscle Fibers, Metabolism of Muscle Contraction, Muscle Fiber Types, Recruitment, Mechanisms of Fatigue, Rate of Perceived Exertion, Homeostasis and the Training Effect
Newton's Laws of Motion, Biomechanical Factors in Strength, Strength Defined, Strength Development, Program Design Recommendations for Strength, Muscular Endurance, Conditioning, Cardiovascular Fitness
Flexibility Defined, When to Incorporate Stretching into the Workout, Proprio-Neuromuscular-Facilitation (PNF) Stretching
Approaching Body Composition, Performance Nutrition, Nutrient Utilization During Exercise, Post Exercise Nutrition, Daily Caloric Requirements, Macronutrient Requirements, Special Considerations
Periodized Training, Training Concepts, Microcycles: Short-Term Training Focus, Mesocycles and Macrocycles: Long-Term Training Goals
Information Gathering, Being Flexible, Performance Nutrition, Safety and Injury Prevention, Designing Your Class: Short-Term and Long-Term Goals, Incorporating "Coaching" Into Your Practice
Assessing Clients, Scaling Workouts, Structuring Your Workouts
Tools, Dynamic Warmup Exercises, Exercises, Exercise Selection
Warming Up, Prescribed Repetitions and Rounds, Class Formats, Alternative Training Methods
Professionalism, Record Keeping, Pricing, Marketing
Enroll and you will instantly gain access to your online course materials. We will also ship you the hard copies of the textbooks so you can study on-the-go. You have 4 months to complete the course but if you need more time, you can apply for a free 2 month extension. Most students finish the course in 8 to 10 weeks, with an hour or two of studying a day.
We offer online practice quizzes throughout the course to test your comprehension. Once you complete the quizzes, you'll gain access to the online final exam.
The final exam is online, open-book and untimed. It can be taken from the comfort of your home and completed during multiple sessions. You can also change and answer, at any time, before you submit your exam. After you pass your final exam we help you plan your next move. We also provide you with a business guide and a free professional website to jump-start your fitness career.