Courses

Grow your expertise, knowledge and value with AFAA certifications, specialties and courses.

Group Ex

Group Ex Instructor

CEUs: 15
 

Fitness should be fun, challenging and rewarding. A great group instructor knows the human body, the science of exercise and how to inspire, challenge and motivate change in the lives of the people they lead. AFAA knows how to create great group instructors.

With your AFAA Group Ex Instructor certification, you’ll get the tools, training and knowledge to help you lead people to healthier, happier lives. In this online program, we’ll cover these key topics to get you prepared. Learn more...

 

Group Ex Textbook

 

Fitness: Theory & Practice is the official textbook to help prepare you for the AFAA Group Ex Instructor certification exam. Learn more...

 

Group Ex Manual

 

Exercise Standards & Guidelines Reference Manual is the perfect complement and reference resource for aspiring and current AFAA Group Ex instructors. Learn more...

 
 

Personal Trainer

Personal Fitness Trainer

CEUs: 15
 

Turn your love for fitness and helping others into a rewarding career. As a certified personal fitness trainer, you don’t just help people workout, you help change behaviors that change lives. If you’re ready to make a difference, AFAA is ready to show you how.

Your AFAA Personal Fitness Trainer certification combines the most current science with over 30 years of experience and leadership in the fitness industry. We’ll cover these key topics to get you prepared. Learn more...

 

Personal Fitness Trainer Textbook

 

Personal Fitness Training: Theory & Practice is the official textbook to prepare for AFAA's Personal Trainer Certification v4 exam. Learn more...

 
 

Specialties

The Baleka Method™: Driving Metabolism

CEUs: 7
 

THE BALEKA METHOD™: DRIVING METABOLISM is a program designed to teach you Siphiwe Baleka’s complete method for virtual coaching clients who may be time-crunched, obese, or live a sedentary lifestyle. It is particularly useful for clients whose schedules change frequently, those who work the second or third shift, or anyone who spends most of their time sitting. Learn more...

 

Beyond Mat Science

CEUs: 7
 

This fusion-based format is a true balance between standing and floor exercises in a variety of positions. It incorporates the use of both yoga and Pilates breathing techniques, while allowing instructors to be creative with the original exercises. This online course offers flowing sequences suitable for all fitness levels that incorporate the three main fitness components: Cardio-respiratory, strength, and flexibility training. Learn more...

 

Cream Rises: Excellence in Education

CEUs: 7
 

How you teach makes the difference in what you’re teaching. This program showcases the effective teaching and educating techniques used by Lawrence Biscontini, by explaining both the “What” and “How” of his teachings in group related programs. Learn more...

 

Diet Free Life

CEUs: 7
 

Robert Ferguson has helped millions of people lose weight eating fast food, casual and fine dining, organic and otherwise. With a philosophy of meeting people where they are, his teachings remain diabetic friendly, heart healthy, cash convenient, psycho-socially responsible and adaptable to all taste (even vegetarians and vegans). This course will take you step-by-step through the science of calories, why we gain weight, how to use food to burn fat, meal building, efficient ways of categorizing foods, and everything you need to live a diet free life! Learn more...

 

Emergency Response

CEUs: 5
 

This program provides fitness professionals, club owners, and managers the opportunity to learn more about first aid and emergency response procedures in the health club setting. Note: This program does not replace CPR certification or First Aid and AED training. Learn more...

 

Exercise Design for Seniors

CEUs: 7
 

This online program explores how to modify exercise design when working with older adults who have hypertension, Type II diabetes, osteoarthritis and/or osteoporosis. Participants will gain understanding in each of the health issues while learning how to apply appropriate adjustments in exercise programming to ensure safe and effective training when working with with older adults who have special health considerations. Learn more...

 

Fighting Obesity: A Practical Approach

CEUs: 7
 

This online program includes theoretical review and practical applications suitable for the large-sized, overweight, and obese exerciser. Five Complete 10™ Workouts and a downloadable 52-page outline are included. Learn more...

 

From Hi-Lo to Hip-Hop

CEUs: 4
 

In this program, you will learn the correct way to perform "hip-hop" dance exercise in a group fitness environment. Simple instructional techniques that can evolve traditional hi-lo movement into an exciting hip-hop style are introduced. This program includes fun and challenging choreography that you can implement into your next dance exercise class. Learn more...

 

FuzeCraze: Dance Drills and Skills

CEUs: 7
 

This dance-fitness workout fuses a variety of international dance styles and music. This total body workout is a blend of aerobic training and muscle toning. The workshop includes creative choreography building methods, class design, cueing techniques, music utilization, dance style history, and a whole lot of choreography! You will learn the drills and skills necessary to create a workout that is safe, effective, easy-to-follow, and most of all, fun! Learn more...

 

G.E.A.R.: Indoor Cycling

CEUs: 7
 

G.E.A.R combines theoretical knowledge, practical training and creative ideas to help you design safe and effective indoor cycling classes. In this online course, you’ll learn cycling biomechanics and physiology, as well as a variety of drills and techniques with an emphasis on long-term safety, injury prevention and results. Learn more...

 

Golden Hearts: Senior Fitness Training

CEUs: 7
 

Golden Hearts focuses on designing and teaching fitness programs for seniors. In this online course you will learn the physiological changes that occur with aging, the role exercise plays in chronic disease management and safe and effective exercise program design for the healthy active to sedentary senior. Learn more...

 

Group Exercise: The Practical Way

CEUs: 7
 

No matter what format a fitness trainer is teaching, the skills inherent for overall successful group instruction remain the same. This workshop focuses on what it takes to be an effective and safe group exercise instructor. Participants will learn practical techniques for teaching a variety of group exercise classes with confidence. A downloadable 86-page outline is included. Learn more...

 

Group Resistance Training: Circuit Training

CEUs: 4
 

This program is based on AFAA's Group Resistance Training (GRT) with an emphasis on program goals, class format and design, and guidelines. In addition, it will highlight various tips to help trainers improve their overall presentation skills. A complete workout is included. Learn more...

 

Group Resistance Training: Exercise Sequencing

CEUs: 4
 

This online program is based on AFAA's Group Resistance Training (GRT) workshop with an emphasis on exercise sequencing for more creative and metabolically effective workouts. In addition, it will highlight various tips to help trainers improve their overall presentation skills. A complete workout is included. Learn more...

 

Group Resistance Training

CEUs: 7
 

Group strength training has evolved to include a wide variety of class formats, workloads, training techniques and conditioning goals. This online course includes: program design, exercise sequencing, training variables, exercise science, use of various equipment and practical skills needed to design and instruct creative, effective and well-balanced Group Resistance Training classes. Learn more...

 

Health Coaching Skills

CEUs: 7
 

This online program introduces fitness instructors to the health coaching profession, including scope of practice educational standards and national certification examination efforts. You will learn about the best practices, theoretical foundations and most commonly employed tools and techniques. The program includes four engaging real-life demonstrations of health coaching with volunteer clients seeking improvement of their general health and well-being. Learn more...

 

Jillian Michaels - BODYSHRED

CEUs: 7
 

Jillian Michaels BODYSHRED is a fun, effective, 30-minute, high intensity, metabolic conditioning workout that’s the accumulation of Jillian’s 20 years of expertise in the fitness industry. Utilizing her 3-2-1 interval approach to whole body circuit training BODYSHRED is kinetic, energetic, and provides the ultimate challenge. Learn more...

 

Kickboxing: Skills and Drills

CEUs: 7
 

Learn the skills needed to teach safe, effective, and fun kickboxing classes in this online course. These workouts are a combination of boxing, kickboxing, and martial arts movements along with traditional aerobic skills. Learn more...

 

Midlife Fitness for Women

CEUs: 7
 

In this online course, you’ll focus on the physiology of women during and past midlife, including the stages and symptoms associated with menopause, and the long-term effects of estrogen deficiency (e.g., osteoporosis and heart disease). In addition, you will learn programing strategies for this fitness population. Learn more...

 

Multiple Client Training

CEUs: 5
 

This program is ideal for personal fitness trainers wanting to expand their services to include partners, small groups, seasons, and sports specific formats. Learn more...

 

Music Essentials for Group Exercise

CEUs: 4
 

This online program teaches group exercise trainers how to deliver great classes using music as an essential tool. The course defines musical components and offers creative ways to apply them in a group exercise setting. This course is sponsored by Power Music, a supplier of music for fitness professionals.

This program is sponsored by Power Music, a supplier of music for fitness professionals. Learn more...

 

Nutrition for Sports and Exercise

CEUs: 7
 

Led by Boston-based sports dietitian Nancy Clark, MS RD CSSD, this online program includes practical tips that will help you eat well, feel great, manage your weight, and have energy to get through your busy day. You will learn the approach of a registered dietitian/board certified specialist in sports dietetics for helping active people fuel their bodies optimally and achieve a desired body weight. Learn more...

 

Perinatal Fitness

CEUs: 7
 

In this course you’ll learn about perinatal factors, including: fetal growth and development, labor and delivery, obstetrical complications, physiology of pregnancy, hormonal changes, cardiorespiratory changes, and metabolic and endocrine factors. You’ll also learn about nutritional needs, risk factors, relative and absolute contraindications, warning signs, and symptoms. Learn more...

 

Practical Modality Instruction

CEUs: 5
 

Learn 175 exercises while taking an in-depth look at 11 of today’s most popular group exercise modalities, covering bodyweight training, foam rolling, stability balls, elastic resistance, sliding discs, medicine balls, suspension training, dumbbells, kettlebells, active resistance and box/step drills. You’ll learn over 175 exercises and cover the important points of exercise technique, effective cueing, common form faults and movement variations. Plus, you’ll get 16 time-saving predesigned workouts and a template to create your own safe and effective programs. Learn more...

 

Practical Pilates

CEUs: 7
 

Based on the original works of the late Joseph H. Pilates, this online program combines the best of both Eastern and Western philosophies and traditions. The 28 practical mat Pilates exercises featured in this course focus on conditioning the body from the inside out. Learn the importance of core stabilization, muscle balance, proper alignment, strength, and flexibility while integrating the concepts of mindfulness, fluidity, and grace. Learn more...

 

Practical Yoga Instructor Training

CEUs: 7
 

Learn how to confidently lead a safe and challenging multi-level yoga class in a variety of settings. This online program combines AFAA’s traditional methods of teaching group exercise with our unique “Sunrise Yoga Format™” approach to yoga. Learn more...

 

Prehab vs. Rehab

CEUs: 7
 

Injury prevention is one of the most important areas of knowledge a trainer can have. This program focuses on injury risk factors, types of injuries, injury terminology, and stages of inflammation and repair. You’ll also learn basic first aid strategies, common muscles imbalances, high-risk moves, and exercise progression and modification. Learn more...

 

Stress Gets Personal

CEUs: 6
 

This program focuses on the sources and symptoms of stress and techniques that can be used to help manage stress. Techniques include stress-less thinking, relaxation, and imagination-meditation-affirmation, proper nutrition, exercise, and biofeedback.

This program is focused on a scope of practice appropriate for fitness professionals. Learn more...

 

Sunrise Yoga

CEUs: 7
 

The Sunrise Yoga online course introduces you to a gentle approach to Yoga that will teach you how to create a progressive series of poses that flow smoothly and accommodate all fitness levels. Poses that increase muscular strength and flexibility, improve balance and coordination, reduce stress and enhance the feeling of well-being while linking mind, body, and breath. Learn more...

 

Yo-Chi

CEUs: 7
 

In Yo-Chi, Lawrence Biscontini sets out to “create a mind-body, cafeteria-style bento box, dim sum sampler” of some of Lawrence’s favorite and most effective standing and floor-based yoga postures with Chinese Ta’i Chi movement patterns for the arms and legs. It’s a fusion program that gives you benefits in both stability or strength and mobility or flexibility as Lawrence combines the two oldest mind body programs that still exist today. So much of yoga depends on being still and finding stability, and so much of T’ai Chi involves slow, controlled never ending mobility, but by doing these disciplines together– either alternating or in combination–can help increase your overall wellness. Furthermore, the fact that these two disciplines have survived for hundreds of years attests to the fact they truly offer something for everyone. Yo-Chi is perfect for teaching both the new-to fitness sedentary couch potato and the experienced elite. Learn more...

 

Yoga and Pilates on the Ball Training

CEUs: 7
 

Expand your knowledge and explore new exercises by adding a large stability ball and a small Pilates ball to your Yoga and Pilates fusion workouts. In this online course, you will learn techniques to increase strength, flexibility and muscle tone with a focus on improving posture, proprioception and functional strength. Learn more...

 
 

Continuing Education

Arthritis Foundation Walk With Ease

CEUs: 4
 

Walk With Ease is an evidence-based program that has been proven to help people with arthritis or other related conditions reduce pain, increase balance, strength and walking pace, and improve overall health. As a Walk With Ease Program Leader, you’ll help arthritis pain suffers build confidence in their ability to be physically active, and show them how they can make physical activity part of their everyday lives. You’ll learn the relationship between arthritis, exercise and pain, develop and implement a personal walking plans with realistic goals, and get tips, strategies and resources for maintaining a long-term exercise routine. Participants receive an Arthritis Foundation certification, a leader's manual filled with exercise illustrations, health education information, and a 6-week walking plan. Learn more...

 

Fitness Instruction Essentials

CEUs: 2
 

Learn evidence-based principles of movement science application, and review key tips for maintaining a healthy, fit lifestyle. Review various fitness assessments and programming to help monitor progress. Learn more...

 

Injury Prevention - Lower Body

CEUs: 4
 

This program explores injury prevention for the lower body and reviews anatomy and structure, muscle movements of the hip, knee, lower leg, ankle and foot, common injuries and misalignments, major mechanisms of injuries, prevention strategies, and basic rehabilitation/post-physical therapy exercises. Diagrams and examples of exercise progression ideas for the major muscles of the hips, knees and lower leg are included. Learn more...

 

Injury Prevention - The Spine

CEUs: 4
 

This program explores injury prevention for the spine and includes discussion on spinal anatomy and structure, muscles and movements of the spine, common injuries and misalignments, major mechanisms of injury, strategies for prevention, and basic post-physical therapy exercises. Diagrams and examples of exercise progression ideas for the major muscles of the torso are included. Learn more...

 

Injury Prevention - Understanding Injuries

CEUs: 4
 

Understanding Injuries defines categories of injuries, stages of inflammation and repair, and basic injury terminology. You’ll learn about commonly tight muscles, and high-risk exercises. Intrinsic and extrinsic risk factors for injury are covered, as well as the AFAA 5 Questions and the Exercise Continuum. Learn more...

 

Injury Prevention - Upper Body

CEUs: 4
 

This program explores injury prevention for the upper body including the shoulder complex, the elbow and the wrist. It also reviews joint anatomy and structure, muscles of the glenohumeral (G-H), shoulder girdle, elbow and wrist joints. This common mechanics of injuries, strategies for prevention and basic rehabilitation exercises are covered. Diagrams and visual examples of exercise progression ideas for the major muscles of the upper body are included Learn more...

 

Jillian Michaels CEU Corner - Life Coaching

CEUs: 3
 

In Jillian’s Life Coaching course, Jillian shares with you her knowledge and experience for successful lifestyle changes. You’ll not only learn the importance of a healthful diet and regular exercise, but she’ll also share her proven techniques for coaching clients through rough spots with visualization and positive affirmations. Learn more...

 

Jillian Michaels CEU Corner - Making the Cut

CEUs: 3
 

Empower your clients with advanced techniques to enhance and accelerate weight loss, boost metabolism, and build strong, lean muscles. In this course, Jillian gives you her favorite routines and all the details on why they really work. Making The Cut will be one of the most intense and goal-oriented workout plans you've ever implemented. Learn more...

 

Jillian Michaels CEU Corner - Mind-Body Fitness

CEUs: 3
 

If you want to discover and harness the mind-body connection to fitness and health, then this is what you’re looking for. In this course you are going to learn the three main components of Mind-Body-Fitness: well-defined goals, a positive attitude and visualization. Learn more...

 

Jillian Michaels CEU Corner - Need Motivation?

CEUs: 3
 

Boot camp workouts are a great way to give that extra push, intensify workouts and break free from boring regimens. In Need Motivation, Jillian introduces a boot camp style workout routine designed to motivate your clients and help build their self-esteem. Learn more...

 

Jillian Michaels CEU Corner - The Nature of Metabolism

CEUs: 3
 

In The Nature of Metabolism, you’ll explore the amazing process of metabolism, including the key hormones involved in weight loss regulation. Jillian details the effects of these hormones and offers tips to help manage their levels for optimal weight loss. Learn more...

 

Resistance to the Core

CEUs: 3
 

If designed and used correctly, weighted vests provide a cost effective way to enhance workouts. This program will help you to understand the benefits of weighted vests, how to optimize their use, and which resistance training exercises are most appropriate. Learn more...

 

Yoga Essentials I

CEUs: 3
 

This program is the starting point for aspiring yoga teachers. Learn more...

 

Yoga Essentials II

CEUs: 4
 

This program follows Yoga Essentials I and prepares you to move forward as an effective and informed yoga instructor. Learn more...

 
 

CEU Corner

Suspension Training® for Older Adults

CEUs: 2
 

Functional movement and training that are totally accessible. Learn more...

 

5 Essential Exercises for Overhead Throwing Athletes

CEUs: 2
 

Help overhead throwing athletes avoid shoulder issues with these exercises for improved strength and range of motion. Learn more...

 

Feeding The Athlete: Research vs. Food Myths

CEUs: 2
 

Find out the facts behind fueling recommendations to optimize performance and recovery. Learn more...

 

Motivating People for Better Health

CEUs: 2
 

These labels on retail packages, a required outcome of the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990, have to meet strict guidelines and regulations set by the U.S. Learn more...

 

Sometimes You Just Have to Unplug

CEUs: 2
 

In today's world, stress is a very real and dangerous situation in the landscape of life. Learn more...

 

Train the Brain!

CEUs: 2
 

A plethora of body training approaches abounds today Learn more...

 

The Harmful Effects of Excessive Exercise

CEUs: 2
 

Studies Reveal Links to Heart Damage Learn more...

 

Rhabdomyolysis

CEUs: 2
 

Are trend HIT programs to blame? Learn more...

 

Legal Liability and Risk Management for the Fitness Professional

CEUs: 2
 

When an injury occurs in a fitness facility, it can lead to costly negligence claims and/or lawsuits against fitness professionals and facilities. Learn more...

 

The Sports Surfaces Debate

CEUs: 2
 

I let my feet spend as little time on the ground as possible. From the air, fast down, and from the ground, fast up. Learn more...

 

Pilates-Based Postural Assessment

CEUs: 2
 

Improve spinal mobility and strength through proper posture Learn more...

 

Parkinson's Disease

CEUs: 2
 

It's more frequently seen in patients over the age of 60 and is one of the most common neurological disorders of this age group Learn more...

 

Chronic Inflammation Compromises Health and Well-Being

CEUs: 2
 

Physicians use biomarkers to reduce risk of end-organ damage and degenerative disease. Learn more...

 

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

CEUs: 2
 

The knee is the largest joint in the body Learn more...

 

Finding the Right Angle to Remedy Knee Pain

CEUs: 2
 

Many people who suffer from knee pain are regular exercisers who want to train Learn more...

 
 
 

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