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Specialist Certificate Program - Alzheimer's Disease Prevention and Intervention

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By Alzheimer's Research and Prevention Foundation
Be one of the elite professionals to achieve this unprecedented credential! Start stepping up the professional ladder and positioning yourself for better jobs and higher pay. At this time, there is no cure for fatal Alzheimer's disease and prevention is key to avoiding this 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. Fitness has been found through research to be instrumental in prevention. As the world population continues to grow and live longer, the issues of accompanying cognitive decline, dementia, and fatal Alzheimer's disease are becoming more prevalent, significantly impacting quality of life, health care systems, and the economy of many countries. This specialist certificate prepares you to provide valuable intervention for clients with the disease, and to help others prevent and delay cognitive decline.


Specialist Certificate Program - Breast Cancer Recovery BOSU® Specialist Advanced Qualification

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By Andrea Leonard B.A., C.S.C.S., C.E.S., P.E.S.
The Breast Cancer Recovery BOSU® Specialist Advanced Qualification was developed for health and fitness professionals seeking to attain a higher level of mastery and work with breast cancer patients during and after cancer surgery and treatment and into survivorship. Participants will gain a complete understanding of the entire breast cancer process from diagnosis and treatment to reconstruction and survivorship. Our unique and individualized programming will help to improve the patient's ability to cope with the mental and physical stress following cancer diagnosis and treatment. Using the BOSU® Balance Trainer, participants will learn how to prescribe corrective exercises for muscle imbalances and range of motion deviations, as well as exercises to promote lymph drainage.

Course Format:
1. Course Handbook 296 pages (Download PDF)
2. 84 minute online video
3. 100 Question Multiple Choice Online Exam (80% or better required to pass exam)


Specialist Certificate Program - Holistic Stress Management Specialist™ for Group Fitness Instructors

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By Robyn Caruso, B.A., CHES, smes, cpt
The Holistic Stress Management Specialist™ (HSMS) is a credential that allows you to work with our R.E.L.A.X.™ program. R.E.L.A.X.™ can be used in your fitness facility place of employment or with your own personal clients. You may also become an affiliate and we will provide you access to our name, logo and marketing materials!
Become a Holistic Stress Management Specialist™ (HSMS) and you will be able to instruct the Mindful Stretch™ class, offer one on one meditation sessions use Aromatherapy and consult your clients on stress management. This program blends well with medical programs that your facility may already have. In our program, we use traditional stretches, some of which are similar to Makaho stretches. When stretching, we stretch the muscles but also move positive energy through the body. This helps to initiate the relaxation response.
Mindful Stretch™ is a gentle class designed to elicit the relaxation response in a different way from yoga or Pilates. Our classes blend relaxation with stretching and aromatherapy scents. The class is formatted in a certain way so that participants can achieve a total state of stress relief.
Stress is prevalent in all of our lives and this course will help your students to cope with their stress. When you implement the techniques in this course, your students will keep coming back to you. R.E.L.A.X.™ is the new generation of Mind/Body programming for the health and fitness industry. Take the course to become a Holistic Stress Management Specialist™ (HSMS) and expand your fitness or health career!


Specialist Certificate Program - Stress Management Exercise Specialist ™ Course for Health and Fitness Professionals

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By Robyn Caruso, B.A., CHES, smes, cpt
Become a Stress Management Exercise Specialist™ (SMES) to offer personal and group training for stress management, instruct the Mindful Stretch™ classes, offer one on one meditation sessions, use aromatherapy, and to coach your clients in stress management techniques. Programs can be customized for your clients and used to help enhance medical programs and manage chronic disease. The program teaches you several methods, including traditional stretches, to move positive energy through the body and initiate the relaxation response. Expand your career and move your clients to better and sustainable levels of health and well-being by adding stress management to your programs keeping your clients coming back for more.


Specialist Certificate Program - Working with Clients with Diabetes or Prediabetes

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By Sheri Colberg Ph.D., FACSM
Gain more clients with elite Diabetes Motion Academy credentials and have a supreme advantage over other fitness professionals in working with diabetes or prediabetes. Also earn CE credits to keep your CPT or fitness/health certification from your organization, while becoming a in-demand fitness professional in your field!


Cardiovascular Training for Clients Who Have Obesity

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By Amy Ashmore Ph.D.
Explore the biomechanics and brain changes that occur with obesity and how to account for them when cardiovascular training your clients who have obesity. Determine ways to select safer and more effective methods of cardiovascular exercises for your clients and find tips for successful sessions.

Course Format:
1. Course Manual (Download PDF)
2. 17 minute video (View Online or Download MP4)
3. 20 Question Multiple Choice Online Quiz


An Introduction to Cancer Exercise

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By Andrea Leonard B.A., C.S.C.S., C.E.S., P.E.S.
By 2030 there will be over 20 million cancer survivors in the US and almost 200,000 newly diagnosed every year. Surgery, including amputations, and treatment will leave patients with muscle imbalances and range of motion limitations and out them at risk for heart and lung damage, osteoporosis, and diabetes: all can be prevented and/or managed with exercise. Use this course to be prepared to: identify muscle imbalances and correct postural deviations following cancer surgery and treatment, identify and correct range of motion limitations following cancer surgery and treatment, prevent, identify, and manage lymphedema, prescribe a comprehensive, individualized recovery program that will improve a patient's quality of life and minimize the risk of comorbidities.

Course Format:
1. Course Handbook 120 pages (Download PDF)
2. 50 Question Multiple Choice Online Exam (80% or better required to pass exam)


Essence of Integrative Training

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By Chris Gellert, PT, MMusc & Sports Physio, MPT, CSCS, C-IASTM
Client education, exercise prescription, program design, neuromuscular training, core strengthening, motor learning and motor control are the fundamental elements of integrative training. Learn about each of these elements and how they synergistically affect and compliment one another. Core strengthening and lumbo-pelvic stabilization accompanied by evidenced based research will provide deep insight into understanding effective and critical stabilization exercises for your clients.



Course Format:
1. Course Manual 84 pages (Download PDF)
2. Course Workbook 28 pages (Download PDF)
3. 30 Question Multiple Choice Online Exam (75% or better is required to pass)


Foundation of Periodization Training and Program Design

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By Chris Gellert, PT, MMusc & Sports Physio, MPT, CSCS, C-IASTM
This course focuses on periodization training, a core training concept all fitness professionals should understand. In periodization training, you will learn the foundation of therapeutic exercise. Analysis of sport specific training including assessments, training methods, and designing effective training programs is included. This course is ideal for health-fitness professionals that want to understand the science behind the movement and value working effectively with every client.



Course Format:
1. Course Manual 132 pages (Download PDF)
2. Course Workbook 22 pages (Download PDF)
3. 30 Question Multiple Choice Online Exam (75% or better is required to pass)


Human Movement Analysis

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By Chris Gellert, PT, MMusc & Sports Physio, MPT, CSCS, C-IASTM
Get a step ahead with assessment and corrective exercise techniques. In this course you will learn about the importance of screening clients to create safe and effective programming. Learn posture analysis, sport specific and human movement analysis, and core assessments with emphasis on how to enhance function and performance. Better understand the foundations behind flexibility, muscular fitness, and cardiovascular endurance.



Course Format:
1. Course Manual 88 pages (Download PDF)
2. Course Workbook 24 pages (Download PDF)
3. 30 Question Multiple Choice Online Exam (75% or better is required to pass)


Understanding Common Movement Dysfunctions

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By Chris Gellert, PT, MMusc & Sports Physio, MPT, CSCS, C-IASTM
Are you prepared and confident to train a client with a previous injury or one that just completed physical therapy? Do you have the skills to train post rehabilitative clients? This course will teach you about common orthopedic injuries and movement dysfunctions of the ankle, knee, hip, shoulder and spine. You will learn about common medical treatment, physical therapy intervention, and stages of rehabilitation. Understand the principles of post rehabilitation training for common neuromuscular, cardiopulmonary and special population conditions


Course Format:
1. Course Manual 86 pages (Download PDF)
2. Course Workbook 31 pages (Download PDF)
3. 30 Question Multiple Choice Online Exam (75% or better is required to pass)


Understanding Human Movement

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By Chris Gellert, PT, MMusc & Sports Physio, MPT, CSCS, C-IASTM
The human body is a complicated machine with several parts that directly and indirectly affect one another. Learn about the fundamental parts of the muscular, skeletal and neuromuscular systems and how they synergistically affect one another. This foundation course will teach you interactive anatomy and kinesiology to prepare you to understand how to perform a movement assessment.




Course Format:
1. Course Manual 143 pages (Download PDF)
2. Course Workbook 31 pages (Download PDF)
3. 30 Question Multiple Choice Online Exam (75% or better is required to pass)


Blood Lab Wellness Specialist

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By Eric Durak M.S.
Understanding blood labs and how to use them to improve health through exercise is a vital growing trend in the health coaching-wellness-fitness industries. 90% of medical decisions are made from blood labs. With the advent of online lab purchases the consumer is now empowered to order labs at their convenience. Personal trainers and health coaches may now work with clients to use blood labs to enhance their exercise programming to get better health results as well as improvements in physical performance. This course gives you a comprehensive foundation for understanding blood labs, allowing you to have meaningful discussions with clients and health professionals regarding important health parameters.

Course Format:
1. Course Manual 102 pages (Download PDF)
2. Two 30 minute videos (View Online or Download MP4)
3. 42 Question Multiple Choice Online Exam (80% or better is required to pass)


Essential Exercises for Cancer Patients and Survivors

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By Tina Schmidt-McNulty MS, RCEP, RN
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. It is a very serious diagnosis with a multifaceted approach starting from identification all the way through treatment. Cancer patients are now encouraged to exercise during and after treatment. This course includes important information for health-fitness professionals about cancer and exercise guidelines. Videos guide you through a simple exercise progression for clients with cancer or who are cancer survivors. In the search for a cure, physical activity proves a valuable tool in prevention, treatment, and a progressive return to daily living activities. Learn how to embrace this client base and provide safe and effective programming options.


Health Appraisal and Risk Assessment

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By June Lindle-Chewning, BS, MA
Health Appraisal and Risk Assessment set the stage for legal responsibility to your client and enable you to limit liability exposure as a health-fitness professional. Understanding this process and using it correctly aligned with industry standards will help you properly screen your client for potential risk. This course teaches you how to navigate through the process dictated by the American College of Sports Medicine Guidelines. It includes several printable assessment forms and covers many important topics that all health-fitness instructors must understand to practice within industry standards.


Healthy Heart for a Healthy Life

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By Tina Schmidt-McNulty MS, RCEP, RN
Heart disease and its complications is the leading cause of death in the US for both men and women. Exercise plays an important role in prevention and treatment of heart disease. This course explores risk reduction, prevention, and management of heart disease through lifestyle changes and exercise. Learn how to safely and effectively lead your clients to a healthier heart and a healthier life.


Respiratory Rescue: Understanding the Pulmonary Dysfunctional Client

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By Soraya Cates Parr, BS, CPT
Chronic lower respiratory disease, primarily COPD, was the third leading cause of death in the United States in 2011, according to the CDC. Also, the number of people with asthma continues to grow. Learn guidelines for working with pulmonary dysfunctional clients, breathing exercises, and how to help overcome the fear that accompanies an increased demand on the respiratory system. Learn how to effectively help these clients improve function and quality of life.


Introduction to Parkinson's Disease

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By Abdul Qayyum Rana, MD FRCPC, FRCP (HON)
The incidence of Parkinson's disease is seen in all races. Almost 10 million individuals worldwide are affected by Parkinson's disease and the number is increasing as people live longer. Health-fitness professionals who work with the general public and older adults will encounter clients and patients with Parkinson's disease. Understanding the basics of the disease allows professionals to recognize disease progression and be aware of and learn how to manage numerous possible symptoms and related problems, allowing those with PD to live longer with better quality of life.


Introduction to Alzheimer's Disease

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By Alzheimer's Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF)
At this time, there is no cure for fatal Alzheimer's disease and prevention is key to avoiding this 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. Fitness has been found through research to be instrumental in prevention. As the world population continues to grow and live longer, the issues of accompanying cognitive decline, dementia, and fatal Alzheimer's disease are becoming more prevalent, significantly impacting quality of life, health care systems, and the economy of many countries. This course provides important information to help you understand cognitive decline and Alzheimer's relevant to anyone working as a health-fitness professional. It focuses on causes, risk factors, diagnosis, care partners, The 4 Pillars of Alzheimer's Prevention™, and preventive mental exercise.


The Science of Nutrition

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By American Academy of Sports Dietitians and Nutritionists (AASDN)
The percentage of consumers (your clients) who actively seek information about nutrition and healthful eating has more than doubled from 19% in 2000 to 46% in 2011. It is important for health-fitness professionals to be properly qualified and guided to join the fight against obesity with science-based information and counsel for clients following the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) guidelines. The AASDN creates a fundamental understanding of science-based nutrition concepts in this course. The goal is to allow you to be able to better separate the science-based food and nutrition information from the plethora of misinformation, to properly advise and communicate about nutrition with your clients.


Exercise Prescription for Alzheimer's Prevention and Intervention

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By Alzheimer's Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF)
At this time, there is no cure for fatal Alzheimer's disease and prevention is key to avoiding this 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. Fitness has been found through research to be instrumental in prevention. As the world population continues to grow and live longer, the issues of accompanying cognitive decline, dementia, and fatal Alzheimer's disease are becoming more prevalent, significantly impacting quality of life, health care systems, and the economy of many countries. This course reviews statistics, definitions, risk factors, and stages of disease progression. The primary focus of this course is evidence-based preventive physical exercise for prevention and intervention. Exercise guidelines and considerations are provided and sample programs are included.


Working with Clients with Diabetes or Prediabetes Level 1: Overview/Beginner

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By Sheri Colberg Ph.D., FACSM
This foundational course gives CPTs a greater knowledge and understanding of how to work with clients with diabetes or prediabetes, who may have health complications that must be managed for them to train safely and effectively. The Level 1 program allows trainers to master the basics about being physically active with diabetes or prediabetes, including types of training that are appropriate and critical, injury prevention, blood glucose monitoring, medication basics (and exercise effects), complications, exercise motivation, and more. CPTs need this information to work with these clients, which is one in three Americans currently.

Course Format:
1. Course Text (Download PDF)
2. 8 online videos
3. 50 Question Multiple Choice Online Exam (75% or better required to pass exam)


Working with Clients with Diabetes or Prediabetes Level 2: Intermediate

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By Sheri Colberg Ph.D., FACSM
This intermediate course covers more on insulin resistance, interval and other key types of training, oral medications, food effects on activity, avoiding hypoglycemia, diabetes health complications, medication weight gain and loss, youth with diabetes, latest training trends, and overcoming specific and diabetes-related barriers to motion with effective goal-setting and technology use. This level takes it up a notch!



Course Format:
1. Course Text (Download PDF)
2. 7 online videos
3. 50 Question Multiple Choice Online Exam (75% or better required to pass exam)


Working with Clients with Diabetes or Prediabetes Level 3: Advanced/Expert

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By Sheri Colberg Ph.D., FACSM
This advanced course gives CPTs and other fitness professionals the summit of knowledge on working with clients with any type of diabetes or with prediabetes. It covers the final topics related to diabetes and prediabetes, including gestational diabetes and other concerns related to working with female clients. There is more information about the types of insulin people with type 1 diabetes use (and well as many with type 2 and gestational diabetes) and how to help dedicated athletes troubleshoot their performance issues. Finally, CPTs will learn more about the best technologies to use to train clients with diabetes and prediabetes. Trainers at this level will be in demand by clients with diabetes.

Course Format:
1. Course Text (Download PDF)
2. 7 online videos
3. 50 Question Multiple Choice Online Exam (75% or better required to pass exam)


Cancer Exercise Specialist Pilates Mat

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By June Kahn CPT, CES
June Kahn, internationally recognized fitness leader and educator, takes you step-by-step through a carefully designed Pilates Mat program for cancer patients and survivors. You will learn specific Pilates exercises that will help your client to correct muscle imbalances and range of motion limitations following cancer surgery and treatment.

Course Format:
1. Course Handbook 95 pages (Download PDF)
2. 8 online video modules
3. 50 Question Multiple Choice Online Exam (80% or better required to pass exam)


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  • ACSM: American College of Sports Medicine's Professional Education Committee certifies that Fitness Learning Systems meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from (2018 – 2020). Providership # 652725. ACSM approved providership of this program does not imply endorsement of the sponsoring organization's products/services.