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This 4 days comprehensive course (24 CECs) is designed to provide the participant with the knowledge and skills needed to develop fitness programs for health, appearance and fitness. Topics are taught in a class room setting and include exercise physiology, anatomy, detailed descriptions of the role of exercise and nutrition in weight control programs, health aspects of strength training, and strength program design criteria.

Course details

Section I: Anatomy and Exercise Physiology in relation to Fitness Training

Muscle Fibers and Motor Units

The 4 fiber types

Henneman’s size principal

Myosin isoforms and fiber type alteration with training

Energy Metabolism

Energy systems and metabolic pathways

Pyruvate and the metabolic choice

Co-dependence of metabolic pathways

Cardiac Adjustment to Exercise

Problems with 220-age heart rate formula

Cardiac drift, sweating and thermal load

Proper use of heart rate and the determination of training intensity

Skeletal and Muscular Anatomy

Overview of skeletal system

Overview of muscular system

Section II: Exercise for Weight Loss

Benefits and risks of weight loss

Manipulation of humoral factors to optimize weight loss

Respiratory exchange ratio and the determination of optimal exercise intensity

Interaction of fat, carbohydrate and protein metabolism during exercise and weight loss

Long moderate endurance versus interval training

Nutritional aspects of weight loss and the Canada Food Guide

Section III: Weight Training Program Design

Metabolic, neural, and structural causes of fatigue

The implications of high level of lactic acid to strength development

Volume, Intensity, and Tempo

Rest between sets and recovery between sessions

Exercise selection

Professional Program Design

Section IV: Client Trainer Interaction

Goal Setting

Short term, long term, dream goals

Factors determining adherence to exercise

Social learning theory

Operant conditioning

Needs Analysis

Occupational, recreational, and social analysis


Section V: Warm up, Cool down, and Flexibility

Warm up and Cool down

Physiological benefits of warm up

General, Specific, and Passive warm up

Designing a warm up program

Importance of cool down


Types of flexibility

Dynamic vs. Static stretching

Flexibility Programs

Stretching Controversies

Certification Requirements

a.    Completion of the course

b.    One Written exam (Subjective and Objective Questions)

c.    One Project (writing a 4 months professional program, for beginners, Intermediate, and advanced individuals)

Investment fees: 690$ (prices may slightly vary and discounts do apply for package deals. For further details please contact our office)