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Fitness and Nutrition Coach

Fitness Nutrition CertificationProgram Duration: 3 Months
Course Contact Hours: 240
Student Tuition: $2,099.99


The public has come to understand that they can direct their own health and wellness. This knowledge has sparked an interest in individual well-being and created an urge for health information. There are opposing viewpoints regarding what specifically constitutes health and wellness. Generally, it can most effectively be called a blend of bodily health and health sciences. Physical health is not simply the absence of illness but it’s a feeling of total wellness. This Fitness Nutrition Certification online program takes an individualized approach that guides you through the growth of an obtainable and pleasurable exercise and wellness program. The online Fitness Nutrition Certification course supplies current, practical information as well as ideas on fitness and health themes, from nutrition and anxiety management, to flexibility and strength.

Every individual is responsible for their own individual health, but before anything else they must be given proper information. As a Fitness & Nutrition Coach you will have the ability to present people with facts to enhance their wellness and quality of life. Here in this course you will also get to know more about establishing a prosperous coaching business and marketing your coaching practice.

Prerequisite(s): None

After finishing this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand the significance of physical activity and nutrition for wellness.
  • Determine the steps for determining body mass and assessing physical fitness.
  • Identify methods for building and preserving muscular strength and flexibility.
  • Comprehend the value of stress management for warding off ailments of the mind and body.
  • Determine the steps for starting your very own coaching business.

Fitness Nutrition Certification: 

Upon successful completion of our Fitness and Nutrition Coaching course, students will be prepared to sit for the NCCB national certification exam to become a Certified Health and Fitness Coach (CHFC).

**Certification exams are not included in the cost of the course.**


Fitness & Nutrition Coaching Module 1
Physical Fitness, Wellness & Nutrition

  • Leading Health Problems in the United States
  • Lifestyle as a Health Problem
  • Importance of Physical Activity
  • National Initiatives
  • Federal Guidelines for Physical Activity
  • Wellness, Fitness, and Longevity
  • Health Versus Physical Fitness  Comprehensive Wellness Program
  • Resting Heart Rate and Blood Pressure
  • Behavior Modification
  •  Toxic Health and Fitness Environment
  • Motivation and Locus of Control
  • The Process of Change
  • Nutrition for Wellness
  • Nutrients, Carbohydrates, Fats (Lipids) & Proteins
  • Vitamins & Minerals
  • Choosing Healthy Foods
  • Advanced Glycation End Products
  • Diets from Other Cultures
  • Nutrient Supplementation
  • Nutrition for Athletes
  • Bone Health and Osteoporosis
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Fitness & Nutrition Coaching Module 2
Body Composition, Weight Management & Cardiorespiratory Endurance

  • Techniques to Assess Body Composition
  • Body Mass Index & Waist Circumference
  • Determining Recommended Body Weight
  • Overweight Versus Obesity
  • The Weight Loss Dilemma & Diet Crazes
  • Eating Disorders & The Physiology of Weight Loss
  • Diet and Metabolism
  • Sleep and Weight Management
  • Exercise: The Key to Weight Management
  • Behavior Modification
  • Weight Management Program
  • Basic Cardiorespiratory Physiology
  • Aerobic and Anaerobic Exercise
  • Physical Fitness Assessment
  • Assessment of Cardiorespiratory Endurance
  • Moderate Versus Vigorous Intensity Exercise
  • Monitoring Exercise Heart Rate
  • Mode, Duration, & Frequency of Exercise
  • Fitness Benefits of Aerobic Activities
  • Lifetime Exercise Program
  • A Lifetime Commitment to Fitness

Fitness & Nutrition Coaching Module 3
Muscular Strength, Endurance, & Flexibility

  • Muscular Strength and Aging
  • Assessment of Muscular Strength and Endurance
  • Principles Involved in Strength Training
  • Strength-Training Exercises
  • Core Strength Training
  • Stability Exercise Balls
  • Exercise Safety Guidelines
  • Principles of Muscular Flexibility Prescription
  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation
  • Intensity, Repetitions & Frequency of Exercise
  • Preventing and Rehabilitating Low-Back Pain
  • Personal Flexibility
  • Skill Fitness and Fitness Programming
  • Performance Tests for Skill-Related Fitness
  • Specific Exercise Considerations
  • Side Stitch, Shin Splints, & Muscle Cramps
  • Exercise and Aging
  • Physical Training in the Older Adult
  • Preparing for Sports Participation
  • Personal Fitness Programming: An Example
  • Cardiorespiratory Endurance
  • Muscular Strength and Endurance

Fitness & Nutrition Coaching Module 4
Stress, Cardiovascular Disease, & Cancer

  • The Mind/Body Connection
  • The Immune System
  • Sleep and Wellness
  • Perceptions and Health
  • Sources of Stress
  • Vulnerability to Stress
  • Coping with Stress
  • Relaxation Techniques
  • Breathing Techniques for Relaxation
  • Visual Imagery & Autogenic Training
  • Meditation & Yoga
  • Prevalence of Cardiovascular Disease
  • Stroke & Coronary Heart Disease
  • Abnormal Electrocardiograms
  • Abnormal Cholesterol Profile
  • Trans Fats
  • Lowering LDL Cholesterol
  • Elevated Triglycerides
  • Elevated Homocysteine & Inflammation
  • Diabetes
  • Risk Factors for Coronary Heart Disease
  • Incidence of Cancer
  • Preventing Cancer
  • Early Detection

Fitness & Nutrition Coaching Module 5
Addictive Behavior, Sexually Transmitted Infections & Wellness

  • Risk Factors for Addiction
  • Drugs and Dependence
  • Nonmedical Use of Prescription Drugs
  • Marijuana, Cocaine, & Methamphetamine
  • Drugs & Alcohol
  • Treatment of Addictions
  • Chlamydia & Gonorrhea
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
  • Human Papillomavirus
  • Syphilis, HIV and AIDS
  • Preventing Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Lifetime Fitness and Wellness
  • Life Expectancy and Physiological Age
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)
  • Health/Fitness Club Memberships
  • Personal Trainers  The Fitness/Wellness Experience
  • Challenge for the Future

Fitness & Nutrition Coaching Module 6
Starting Your Coaching Business

  • Prepare to Get Motivated
  • Consulting vs. Coaching
  • Establishing Your Expertise
  • Setting Up Your Business
  • Choosing a Target Market
  • Setting Up Your Office
  • Finding Those First Clients
  • Deciding How Much to Charge
  • Creating Coaching Packages
  • Profit and Loss
  • Running Your Business
  • Improving Your Offerings
  • Keeping Those First Clients
  • Sales and Marketing Systems
  • Making a Profit
  • Company Operations Handbook
  • Publicizing Your Business
  • Hiring an Office Manager

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses are always under improvement for your benefit**

Required Materials:

Textbooks Included 

  • Principles & Labs for Fitness & Wellness by Werner W.K. Hoeger & Sharon A. Hoeger
  • Start Your Own Coaching Business by Rich Mintzer and Entrepreneur Press

System Requirements:

Internet Access

  • Broadband or high-speed internet access is required. Broadband includes DSL, cable, and wireless connections.
  • Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Moodle pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.


  • Windows hardware configurations and processors are acceptable
  • Mac computers MUST have Microsoft Window Operating Systems over Bootcamp (Bootcamp is a free download from Apple’s website)
  • 1 GB RAM minimum recommended
  • Operating Systems
  • Windows XP, Vista or 7 and Mac OS X 10 or higher with Windows
  • Web Browsers
  • Google Chrome is highly recommended
  • Internet Explorer is not recommended as it may not display certain menus and links
  • Cookies MUST be enabled
  • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • Kindle Reader App is needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded onto your computer.)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Media Plug-ins (These may be required depending on your course media.)
  • Adobe Flash Player (Required for many of our career courses and ALL of our IT courses.)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader, Apple Quicktime, Windows Media Player, &/or Real Player
  • PowerPoint Viewer (Use this if you don’t have PowerPoint)