The all new NASM Women’s Fitness Specialization (NASM-WFS) will deliver your next step in fitness programming knowledge to meet the needs of your female clients.
Whether it’s your own interest in the topic or wanting to better address the fitness needs of women, the NASM-WFS gives you the insights to confidently design safe and effective programming to support women on their fitness and health pursuits across various ages and life stages. Unlike other women’s fitness courses you may have encountered, the NASM-WFS is a comprehensive program that dives into the many health and fitness topics that women want to know more about – and do something positive about!
A fitness or wellness credential or a bachelor’s degree is recommended but not required. This course is intended for certified personal trainers, wellness professionals, nutrition coaches, group fitness instructors, and PE teachers.
What You WIll Learn
Introduction: Welcome to the Women’s Fitness Specialist
The Women’s Fitness Specialization (WFS) is a comprehensive program for fitness professionals delivered in an immersive online experience. Highlighted are the WFS program learning objectives, how to interact with the course features, and how to earn the NASM-WFS credential.
Chapter 1: Current State of Women’s Health
Each stage in a woman’s life comes with its challenges and benefits. We’ll examine the unique physical and medical aspects of biological women to help be more aware of these stages, women-specific health issues, potential risk factors, and how these may affect exercise programming and goal setting.
Chapter 2: Neuromuscular, Skeletal, Cardiorespiratory and Endocrine Considerations
An overview of the changes that happen to a woman’s body throughout her lifespan (puberty, pregnancy, and menopause).
Chapter 3: Hormones and Weight Control
Get an up-close look at metabolism, regulating hormones, and unique aspects of a woman’s physiology to understand weight concerns.
Chapter 4: Pregnancy and Post Natal Considerations
A close look at the physiological and anatomical considerations when working with pregnant and postnatal clients. It will also cover exercise modifications based on these changes.
Chapter 5: Menopause Considerations
A review of the physiological and anatomical considerations of perimenopause, menopause, and post-menopause, and exercise modification strategies for common symptoms.
Chapter 6: Fitness Assessments for Women
Understand the components of fitness assessments, how to implement both subjective and objective assessments, and also review assessment modifications for prenatal and menopausal clients.
Chapter 7: Flexibilty Training for Women
This chapter unpacks the rationale behind flexibility training for women and the guidelines for training methods, including precautions for pregnant and postnatal clients.
Chapter 8: Cardiorespiratory Training for Women
We look over the benefits of cardiorespiratory training that helps women maintain optimal health and manage the dynamics of a changing body throughout their lifespan.
Chapter 9: Core, Balance, Plyometric and SAQ Training for Women
Bring the importance of core, balance, plyometric (reactive), and SAQ training techniques to the forefront.
Chapter 10: Resistance Training for Women
See why resistance training and weightlifting is a vital component of women’s exercise programming while understanding how to apply training guidelines and modifications to help clients achieve their goals.
Chapter 11: Integrated Program Design for Women
This chapter shows you how to take the information identified through the assessment process and design safe and effective progressive programs to meet the needs and wants of your female clients utilizing NASM’s OPT™ Model.
Chapter 12: Nutrition Guidelines for Women
See how important of a role nutrition plays for women across their lifespan through general nutritional guidelines and considerations for this population while staying within a fitness professional’s scope of practice.
Chapter 13: Psychological and Motivational Considerations
Explore the psychological and motivational elements to consider when working with women in a health and fitness setting. Additionally, techniques for implementing effective communication, maximizing goal setting, and improving motivation will be discussed.
Chapter 14: Business and Professionalism
We’ll break down the business and ethical responsibilities of a WFS while exploring how to market and sell these services.
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 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 I have to renew the qualification?
No, you do not need to renew your NASM Women’s Fitness Specialization. Once you pass your final exam, your NASM-WFS specialization certificate never expires.
How is the final exam administered?
The final exam is administered online within your student portal. It consists of 100 multiple-choice questions and 90 minutes for completion. You must score a 70% or higher to pass and you will have 3 attempts.
How many CEUs is the course worth and which organizations accept them?
NASM-WFS is approved for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by the following organizations:
NASM – 1.5 CEUs
AFAA – 15 CEUs
ACE – 1.5 CECs
*Once purchased you will receive your log in details within 2-5 days.