Hello NASM Women's Fitness Specialization [WFS]
What You’ll Learn
From adolescence to pre-and post-pregnancy, busy schedules to physical limitations, everybody is different, and every fitness need is just as unique. That's why we've created a program that's perfectly aligned with your female clients' demands and individual needs.
The Women's Fitness Specialization (WFS) gives you the ability to confidently design and adjust fitness programming for your female clientele regardless of their stage of life.
Why Become a Women's Fitness Specialist?
Boost your reputation, career, earnings, and client base by training women of all ages and body types
Invest in your clients' lives and futures, helping you become the leader you were meant to be
Expand your fitness knowledge while earning Continuing Education Units (CEUs) towards recertifying your Personal Trainer Certification with NASM
Teach clients about good nutrition and how to use the Optimum Performance Training (OPT™) Model® to reach their goals
Achieve success as an inspiring leader by providing corrective exercise, cardiovascular, and small-group training
From teens to seniors, pre-natal to postnatal, be an inspiring leader for all women
GENERAL UNDERSTANDING OF WOMEN'S PHYSIOLOGIC FUNCTIONS
CHAPTER ONE: Introduction to Women's Health and Fitness
Focusing on women's health and fitness will continue to be an important part of the exercise and health science. It is necessary for the Fitness Professional to continue learning better ways to improve training strategies that focus on the different physiologic needs of women throughout their lifespan.
CHAPTER TWO: Physiological and Anatomical Considerations for Women
Designing the most effective training programs for all female clients will require the Health and Fitness Professional to have a general understanding of women's structure and physiologic functions during the different life phases.
CHAPTER THREE: Psychological Considerations for Women in Fitness
Health and Fitness Professionals have personalities and traits that are as varied as any client base, and learning how to set aside any biases and being open to working with all types of clients will help build a successful business. The training experience is very physical. However, the psychological aspects of training may have a bigger impact on success and long-term adherence.
FITNESS & ASSESSMENTS
CHAPTER FOUR: Fitness Assessments for Women
Many of the assessments are the same for men and women, but there are specific questions to help identify aspects of a woman’s lifestyle that may differ from men. Proper program design will depend on thorough and accurate assessments. Therefore, pay attention to detail during this process.
CHAPTER FIVE: Flexibility Training for Women
Designing a complete training program for a female client should include incorporating a flexibility training routine. Flexibility programming can improve muscle stability and posture and correct muscle imbalances and poor human movement patterns.
CHAPTER SIX: Cardiorespiratory Training for Women
Fitness Professionals can provide different approaches to cardiorespiratory training depending on a client’s goals and abilities, including interval training, circuit training, long or slow distance training, or several short bouts throughout the day.
CHAPTER SEVEN: Core, Balance, and Plyometric Training for Women
Designing a complete training program for a female client consists of integrating all aspects of training, including core, balance, and plyometric exercises.
CHAPTER EIGHT: Resistance Training for Women
Resistance training has the ability to produce many positive changes in women of all ages. While traditional resistance training programs focus on developing strength and hypertrophy in individual muscles, contemporary resistance training programs help women achieve weight loss, change body composition, and improve sports and functional performance.
PROGRAM DESIGN & PROFESSIONAL
CHAPTER NINE: Integrated Program Design for Female Clients
A Fitness Professional can use the OPT model to create effective programs for female clients who have various goals, such as losing weight, losing fat, or improving performance.
CHAPTER TEN: Nutrition Guidelines for Women
A healthy eating pattern combined with regular physical activity and healthy lifestyle behaviors will support optimal health and longevity for women of all ages.
CHAPTER ELEVEN: Business and Professional Development
Focusing on building your knowledge of women’s health and fitness needs and establishing positive relationships within the community you practice in, you will have a thriving business and provide a valuable service.