Women's Fitness Specialization (NASM-SFC)

Help your female clients successfully navigate through life stages with NASM’s Women’s Fitness Specialization

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.

With this online program, you’ll learn about exercise variables and modifications for flexibility, cardiorespiratory, core, balance, plyometrics, and resistance training. Plus, get everything you need to know about fitness assessments, psychological considerations, nutrition, and how to grow your business by working with women.

Sign up today and get the resources, expert advice, and access to visual aids to help you discover innovative ways to train and lead women.

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A fitness or wellness credential or a bachelor’s degree is recommended but not required. This course is intended for personal trainers, wellness professionals, life/accountability coaches, nutrition coaches, group fitness instructors, PE teachers, and youth sports coaches.

Chapter 1: 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 2: 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 3: 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.

Chapter 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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.

Chapter 9: 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 10: 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 11: 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.

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 60 questions and there is a time limit of 90 minutes. You must pass with a scaled score of 70 or better.


You will have 365 days from the day of enrollment to review your content and to attempt your final exam.

You will have 3 attempts to pass the final exam. If you do not pass all 3 attempts, you may purchase a retest by contacting Member Services by phone at 800-460-6276 option 2.

The course is worth 1.3 CEUs for NASM and 13 CEUs for AFAA.

Once you pass your final exam, your NASM-WFS specialization certificate never expires and does not require you to renew.

The final exam is administered online within your student portal. There are 60 test questions. There is a 90 minute time limit and you must pass with a scaled score of 70 or better.

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USD $317.60

6 Monthly Installments

Payment plan USD $77 $61.6 /month FOR 6 MONTHS

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