The future of fitness is here. Be a part of it.
The NASM Virtual Coaching Specialization’s immersive online experience will equip you with the skills, tools, and strategies necessary to launch, operate, or transition your current fitness or wellness business to a successful online coaching business.
By doing so, you’ll open yourself to a whole new world of opportunities. You’ll also be able to help clients from around the world anywhere and anytime. It’s the ultimate flexibility as a trainer while also creating new revenue streams.
As part of this specialization, you will learn the skills and knowledge necessary to conduct and modify fitness assessments online, how to cue clients in an online environment, how to run your business digitally, effective sales and marketing strategies, and much more!
A fitness or wellness credential or a bachelor’s degree is recommended but not required. This course is intended for personal trainers, wellness professionals, life/accountability coaches, nutrition coaches, group fitness instructors, PE teachers, and youth sports coaches.
What You WIll Learn
Section 1: Building a Virtual Coaching Business
Chapter 1: Introduction to Virtual Coaching
Virtual coaching provides the ability to train more clients, avoid geographical limitations, and increase revenue but comes with certain challenges as well. This course provides the necessary business, physical training, behavioral and technological knowledge necessary to build a thriving virtual training business.
Chapter 2: Building a Business
A sustainable business requires strategic planning and considerations that extend beyond having knowledge of exercise science principles. This chapter will provide information related to financial forecasting, budgeting, bookkeeping, sales & marketing, and how to differentiate your virtual coaching business in a competitive marketplace.
Chapter 3: Technology Considerations
From filming high-quality videos to choosing the correct video conferencing software, this chapter will review the necessary and ancillary technologies that will help fitness professionals develop, run, and scale a successful virtual training business.
Section 2: Virtual Assessments and Coaching Strategies
Chapter 4: Communication and Coaching Strategies
Communication is necessary to establish and maintain a trusting trainer-client relationship. This chapter will review best practices for virtual communication from the initial visit to explaining programs and maintaining compliance.
Chapter 5: Administering Virtual Assessments
Based on your client’s goal, sport, or previous injuries, it is important to develop a baseline and ongoing assessments to achieve outcomes in the safest and most efficient manner possible. This chapter will review how to develop and execute comprehensive assessments in a remote capacity utilizing technology and other resources.
Chapter 6: Implementing Coaching Sessions
Recommendations and guidance for appropriate spacing, flooring, lighting, camera angles, equipment, and coaching cues will all be provided in this chapter.
Section 3: Sales and Marketing
Chapter 7: Integrating Wearables into Virtual Coaching
This chapter will focus on education and validation of health and performance of common wearable biometrics, the development of data-driven programs, and how to leverage wearable data for compliance monitoring and client reinforcement to maintain motivation and retention.
Chapter 8: Selling Virtual Coaching
Understanding individual expertise and personal goals will help fitness professionals develop a niche, unique selling proposition, and pricing model to differentiate from the competition and drive sales.
Chapter 9: Marketing Virtual Coaching
Fitness professionals must be savvy and possess a working knowledge of marketing strategies to attract potential clients. This chapter will review marketing resources, the 4 P’s of marketing, and how to leverage social media and referrals to attract new virtual clients.
After the completion of the course, you will take an online final exam from the comfort of your own home or wherever you prefer to take tests. The exam consists of 100 questions and there is a time limit of 90 minutes. You must pass with a scaled score of 70% or better.
How long will I have to complete the course?
You will have 1 year (365 days) days from the date of enrollment.
Does the NASM VCS expire?
Once you pass your final exam, your NASM-VCS specialization certificate never expires and does not require you to renew.
How is the final exam administered?
The final exam is administered online within your student portal. There are 100 test questions. There is a 90 minute time limit and you must pass with a scaled score of 70% or better.
How many CEUs is the course worth and which organizations accept them?
NASM-VCS is approved for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by the following organizations:
NASM – 1.5 CEUs
AFAA – 15 CEUs
ACE – 2.9 CECs
EREPs2 Learning Hours
To obtain the Lifelong Learning L3 Online Provision of Fitness Qualification from EREPs, you must be a registered EREPs member in good standing.
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