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Training The Physique Athlete

Training The Physique Athlete

The Number 1 Online Evidence Based Nutrition & Training Course for Physique Athlete Coaching!

Learn how to coach & prepare clients for physique athlete competitions & incredible photoshoots whether they are a beginner, intermediate or advanced!


Who is this online course for?

  • Are you looking to learn trialled, tested and evidence-based nutrition and training methodologies to coach comp prep for both male and female physique athletes in bikini, fitness, physique, figure and bodybuilding?
  • Are you looking to learn how to coach both amateur and pro physique athletes but are unsure of how you can individualise nutrition and training programs to cater to the different stages of athlete development?
  • Are you a personal trainer, athletic trainer or strength coach who wants to take your clients fat loss, hypertrophy and body composition results to the extreme level both safely and effectively, whether for comp prep or just a goal-driven photoshoot?
  • Are you a fitness professional just looking to learn how to achieve extreme levels of aesthetic development with your clients but are unsure how?
  • Are you looking to get such amazing results that your business will organically grow faster than you could ever imagine without any paid advertising, becoming the go to comp prep coach in your local area?
  • Are you looking to learn a process, from initial consultation through to comp day that is repeatable, easy to use and will guarantee you a much higher level of client or athlete success than you currently have?
  • Are you looking to learn how to periodise and structure both short and long term program design to peak your physique athletes for both short (<6 months) and long term stage events? (>6-12 months).

Want to learn how to get results just like this?

If you answered yes then you are in luck!

Designed by World Leading Comp Prep Coach and industry leading Nutritionist,  Dr Layne Norton and the Clean Health Fitness Institute, Training the Physique Athlete is THE online course if you want to learn a trialled and tested evidence based system to coach world leading comp prep results for bikini, fitness, figure, physique and bodybuilding athletes alike.

You will also learn how to apply these principles safely and effectively with the average Mary or Joe, so that you can coach them for photoshoots if you really want to take their personal training transformation to that next level.

Here's a sneak peak of your Student Experience

This online course builds upon the methods we teach in the Science of Nutrition  course by Dr Layne Norton and Clean Health Fitness Institute  which can be found here.

Training the Physique Athlete was designed to give you a scientifically grounded, step by step process you can use to take a client from the initial consult all the way through to their event or photoshoot. You will learn how to design individualised, safe and results driven programs to create world leading results.

So whether your client is preparing for the IFBB Olympia Bikini, WBFF Fitness Model or they just want to do a photo shoot to celebrate their body transformation, this course will give you all the lifestyle, nutrition and training tools you need to truly change your clients life and build up a reputation as a world leading comp prep coach!

About Layne Norton

Layne Norton, Ph.D., is a scientist, pro natural bodybuilder, raw elite powerlifter, and physique coach, among other things. He received his BS in Biochemistry, and his PhD in Nutritional Sciences. He is a current IPF and USAPL world and national record-holder in squat (668 lb. at 93 kg), and a USAPL national record-holder in deadlift (711 lb. at 93 kg)

About Clean Health Fitness Institute

Founded by Industry legend Daine McDonald in 2008, Clean Health Fitness Institute has educated over 20,000 students around the world and facilitated over 200,000 personal training sessions.
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Check out what just a few of the thousands of students from around the world have had to say about this course!

What Will I Learn?

  • You will learn all about the world of comp and physique athlete coaching, such as categories, federations, aesthetic requirements and much more so that you are armed with all the information you need to work with complete beginners all the way to up to world champions!
  • You will learn how to prep athletes for physique shows even if you yourself have not competed before as understanding the entire journey both on and off stage is crucial, which thankfully you get taught in this online course.
  • You will learn the exact specific requirements needed in terms of body fat, symmetry etc for the different categories along with stages of athlete journey, such as amateur or pro, beginner or advanced and more.
  • You will learn how to effectively coach clients and set realistic and measurable goals so that you can safely and effectively design programs that peak your athlete at just the right time again and again.
  • You will learn how to design evidence based nutrition plans, how to set calories, macros, nutrient timing and more specifically related to the dietary requirements of your athletes gender, category, federation and past training experiences / state of readiness.
  • You will learn how to specifically tailor, protein, fats and carbs at every stage of your athletes journey all the way up to the infamous peak week, ensuring they don’t blow out and therefore present with their best package at the right time.
  • You will learn how to program in diet breaks and / or refeeds based on your clients individual physiological and phycological requirements at just the right time, to ensure maximal program adherence and increase your rate of client success over and over again.
  • You will learn how to periodize your athletes training over weekly, monthly and annual cycles depending on their personal, category and federation requirements.
  • You will learn which exercises to safely and efficiently prescribe to bring up athlete lagging body parts so that they present with the most complete and advanced package of themselves on stage.
  • You will understand in great detail the concepts of training volume and auto-regulation in relation to physique athletes and how to apply them with both pro and amateur athletes alike.
  • You will learn how to dispel the myths of female weight training, in particular when it comes to coaching physique athlete competitors.
  • You will learn the process behind stepping up on stage, such as how to accurately assess and track athlete body composition progression all the way through to when to know when to mix things up to ensure they don’t plateau.
  • You will learn all the ins and outs when it comes to peak week, myth-busting, nutrition, training we cover it all to ensure you have a repeatable, safe process that ensures maximal client performance on the day.
  • You will learn everything to do with the actual day itself, pre-stage, on-stage, back-stage, nutrition, training, sportsmanship we cover every single aspect to ensure you are able to be the very best coach possible and support for your athlete on the day.
  • You will learn all about post-comp and the dreaded rebound, how to avoid it, what to do and are given a trialled and tested process to ensure your clients maintain an amazing physique and don’t lose any of their gains
  • You will learn all about the relevant evidence based supplementation you can use on clients journey to ensure you optimise your athletes success as much as possible and that they bring their ‘A’ game each and every day!

In summary, you will learn a simple, evidence based system you can implement with your athletes and general personal training clients straight away, to either prep them for a physique show or even just a regular photoshoot in record time whilst ensuring client health remains at the forefront throughout!

Are you ready to become the go-to Physique Athlete & Comp Prep Coach in your community and beyond right now?


Your Online Course Syllabus

With over 50 lessons spread out over 9 action-packed modules, our interactive and engaging online learning portal was designed to make your student education experience as results driven as possible, whilst still being fun!

The Modules Covered in this Course are as follows:

  • Module 1: Course Introduction & Learning Outcomes
  • Module 2: Nutrition for The Physique Athlete
  • Module 3: Advanced Plateau Busting Nutritional Methodologies
  • Module 4: Training for The Physique Athlete
  • Module 5: Understanding the Comp Prep Process as a Coach
  • Module 6: The Science of Peak Week
  • Module 7: The Art of Post-Competition Programming
  • Module 8: Supplementation for The Physique Athlete
  • Module 9: Putting it All Together & Conclusion

So if you are ready to learn the science of physique athlete coaching from an industry leading Comp Prep Coach and Nutritionist whom has done this with thousands of clients from around the world over the last two decades, it’s time to take action now just like over 1000 students have today!

Elizabeth E.W
Elizabeth E.W
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"I can't tell you how much i enjoyed this course. A lot of the info I already had a basic understanding but the breakdown was great and so easy to follow. I feel confident providing my clients with education and programming, Kudos to you for providing this simple to understand platform to educate the masses."
Janae K
Janae K
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"Loved this course! I've been a trainer and health coach for years but always wanted to dive more in depth into nutrition and I honestly loved this course and always looked forward to studying! Thank You!"
Aldon Tibbs
Aldon Tibbs
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"Absolutely awesome course . I am going to sign up for the next one . Loved it . Thank you guys for putting this together"
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"This course worth months of studying contents, it's brief yet deep, it tackles the most important issues without missing the details. I wasn't giving stress much attention before but I will definitely implement what I have learned from this course on my future clients and on myself."

Are you ready to become the go-to Physique Athlete & Comp Prep Coach in your community and beyond right now?

Do you need to make a final decision?
Read our course FAQs

This course gives you a results driven system you can use with your clients to coach them safely and efficiently for physique athletes shows for both sexes and all categories, along with peaking clients for just photo shoots.

Personal trainers, strength coaches or nutritionists whom need a step by step scientific approach to help coach their physique athletes to higher levels of success than ever before. 

This course is delivered via a combination of interactive videos, slides and textbook. The average student takes approximately 10-16 hours to complete this course. It would be considered a two day event if this was done in person.

Yes of course you can! About 10% of our overall students are people whom are doing this for their own personal development and fitness knowledge. Having some prior knowledge of health and fitness does help, however everyone has to start somewhere!

All of our students get access to their online course for 12 months and you can download the content, so you can refer back to it at any time. Any superseded updates however you will need to pay for. This usually occurs every few years, however as a previous student you are entitled to special offers and discounts.

They are true or false and increase in difficulty as you progress through the course.

You cannot progress through each module unless you pass all the questions with a perfect score. Other online providers are not as high, but our point of difference is we are looking for quality first.


Our objective is to build industry leading personal trainers and coaches, so you don’t pass you don’t proceed, however you are given an unlimited amount of chances to pass so don’t worry if you fail the first time, you can make it up with more study and / or contacting our student support team!

Yes you sure do, you also get added to our global trainer directory of Clean Health Fitness Institute certified personal trainers and coaches, the world’s leading fitness professionals!

As mentioned above, you are given an unlimited opportunity to redo the online exam, so don’t stress if you don’t pass straight away. Our online student support team is there to help guide you to success!

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Yes, this course earns you 0.8 CEU’s through NASM as part of your continuing education points. Our current international partners include:

  • AFAA – Aerobics and Fitness Association of America
  • NASM – National Academy of Sports Medicine 

With many more partnerships currently underway, so that you are able to maintain your CEU’s or CEC’s where relevant. 

In summary however, our mindset is success leaves clues, so even if this is not registered with your own local governing body this should not stop you from learning.

Follow the knowledge, not the badge!