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There are millions of “unwell” potential clients in the market looking for you. Those with medical conditions or chronic disease are seeking specialized personal trainers; trainers who understand their condition and can create programming to improve their quality of life.
The first step in differentiating yourself and building a brand is picking up the skills and knowledge that not only set you apart, but also add significant value to a unique client base.
MedFit Classroom offers online education for fitness professionals seeking to expand their services into a vastly untapped market.
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This course is designed to provide medical and fitness professionals the knowledge needed to safely and effectively design and implement adaptive exercise programs for individuals living with or recovering from a physical disability or disease. Clientele includes but are not limited to Stroke Survivors, Spinal Cord Injury (quadriplegics/paraplegics), Multiple Sclerosis, Guillain Barre, Transverse Myelitis, Traumatic Brain Injury, Parkinson’s Disease and more.
Participants will gain an in-depth understanding of these different diagnoses including precautions, medical limitations, contraindications, best practice plans for recovery to gain functional independence, and overall health and wellness from medically stable inpatient rehab, to outpatient rehab and day program and lastly, into the continuum of care following discharge from traditional rehabilitation.
The goal is to improve the availability of qualified knowledgeable adaptive fitness professionals for this underserved population. Required reading, comprehensive courses and essay questions will be required in the final exam.
The Alzheimer’s Disease Fitness Specialist Course will blend current science with common sense to present cutting-edge ideas to optimize the impact that fitness can have in the lives of those you serve who are concerned about or diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
With numerous lifestyle factors mediating this disease rather than genetics, you can bring a message of hope to enhance quality of life. All physical activity is good for the brain, but the inclusion of specific elements such as coordination, reactivity, partner interaction, attention and memory challenges integrated with physical activity make it even more beneficial.
There is much uncertainty about the future for people living with Alzheimer’s disease. But this much is certain: You can make today better for patients, caregivers, or those seeking to optimize the experience and enjoyment of physical activity.
Often overlooked is the emotional health of both patients and caregivers as well as the role that social isolation plays in decreasing cognitive stimulation and accelerating the progression or the onset of disease. This course will equip you to address the subjective enjoyment that comes from presenting physical activity in accessible, enjoyable, and interactive ways to connect people.
Explore the current understanding of the most likely causes of Alzheimer’s and hear stories from patients and caregivers to illustrate the experience of living with Alzheimer’s for students.
With a population skewing older, those equipped to deliver fitness in specific ways that address the brain health concerns of that population can transform the day-to-day lives of people while ensuring a bright professional future as well.
Obesity is a complex, chronic, and treatable medical condition, and major driver of preventable chronic disease and health care costs. Indeed, more than 236 chronic health conditions are directly caused by or exacerbated by excess weight. The prevalence of adults living with obesity in the United States has increased from 15% in 1980 to more than 42% today, a jump of more than 200%. At present, 2 out of 3 adults carry excess weight and as many as 1 out of 5 adolescents do as well.
Obesity is a complex, life-long disease that makes effective treatment a perplexing challenge. The main causes of obesity involve a combination and an interaction of numerous factors: environment, genetics, medications, psychological inputs, diseases, hormones, bacteria, and lifestyle factors. Because of the complex interplay between these various components, no single treatment is effective across the population.
It’s time for those fitness and health coach professionals who are seeking robust career advancement to fully recognize the vast opportunities available in bariatric and metabolic medicine, and to grasp the need for collaborative efforts for more effective obesity care… and to destigmatize this commonly misunderstood disease.
In medicine, the traditionally accepted designation of professionalism is “board certification.” For fitness professionals and health coaches to emerge on the continuum of healthcare, this specialty course in bariatric and metabolic disease will propel your knowledge and ability to provide excellent care to those with obesity, including the more than nearly 260,000 patients who’ve turned to metabolic and bariatric surgery. Surgery is a major event in a patient’s health-seeking journey and represents a new beginning for many.
Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery with good aftercare and appropriate evidence-based lifestyle changes provides the most robust results for health and weight. Non-surgical, medical obesity treatment options are rapidly evolving as well and can offer more significant weight reduction and improvements in metabolic health compared to lifestyle changes alone. Many studies show that we are all more likely to engage in better habits when we know that someone will be supportively checking in with us. For this reason, most surgical and non-surgical obesity programs plan for long-term follow-up visits with a medical provider (a surgeon, physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner), dietitian, mental health professional, exercise specialist, or health coach.
We’ll describe metabolic and bariatric surgery as well as medical obesity management. We will review compassion-based communication and cognitive-behavioral methods necessary for exercise and fit-health pros to develop an essential role in obesity management and/or create new program offerings for bariatric surgery and medical obesity treatment centers. Business boosting methods including the use of telehealth and how to best collaborate with healthcare providers will be highlighted as well. Armed with this certification, you will be differentiated and emerge as a leader in this relatively new field of obesity and metabolic disease management
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The “Brain Health Through Fitness” Specialist online course will be a powerful component and “tool” for every fitness professional.
Fitness professionals are the “experts” implementing effective and goal orientated exercise programs. The brain plays a major role and affects the body’s movement capabilities. With this course, professionals will enhance their client training capabilities and outcomes by understanding the concepts of cognition fitness.
There is an evolution in understanding the work of the heart and entire cardiovascular system for fitness professionals. We have gone from patients lying still following a cardiac event to movement- rehabilitation where some patients eventually have run marathons! We are in the process of learning and understanding how the “brain- body connection” enhances physical and academic performances.
Fitness professionals understand the many medicinal benefits of exercise. These “landmark” beneficial effects (such as increased aerobic and muscular skeletal fitness) are the foundation for your program along with enhancing athletic type performances. The brain-body connections play a major role in achieving these medicinal benefits.
Fitness professionals are an integral extension of Phase III-IV cardiac rehab programs. We coach the client to move and perform better in their game of life, beyond their cardiac history, co-morbidities and risk factors. People don’t live to be safe and healthy; they live safer and healthier to live life to the fullest.
Our coaching transfers to real life outside the gym, and that’s why people seek out our services. So for those with a cardiac history, our goal is to fortify their body, mind and spirit, so that they CAN live, labor, work, caregive, play and compete with confidence, competence and automaticity in their environments of choice. We bolster their buffer, boosting their protective factors, while adding purpose to living life and enhancing all aspects of well-being.
Pat VanGalen will help you fine-tune your coaching skills, due diligence practices, intake info, screening/assessments and programming systems to optimize living life for this client. You’ll better understand the latest wearables in monitoring and tracking, along with networking and communicating with medical professionals.
Beyond FITT and Rx, case studies addressing common cardiac conditions, meds and co-morbidities will be presented, along with Pat’s 7 S’s approach to building resilience, durability and robustness for the long haul.
Every 21 seconds someone in the US is diagnosed with diabetes with 90-95% of those cases being Type 2. Diabetes has a profound impact on our healthcare system and can lead to comorbidities such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, nerve damage, and more.
The good news: doctors recommend diet and exercise as interventions to help those with Type 2 Diabetes (T2D). Though they provide nutritional guidance via certified diabetes educators and registered dieticians that study T2D and diet as interventions, there is little support on what and how to exercise and beyond 30 mins or daily walking or exercise.
This course is designed to help fitness healthcare professionals better understand the science, research, applications, and integrations of different types of exercise and how they support clients and patients with T2D. The course will also address behavior change support to provide strategies to confidently and comfortably integrate exercise into daily and weekly practice.
This course is designed to provide medical and fitness professionals the knowledge needed to safely and effectively design and implement exercise programs for eating disordered individuals.
Gain an in-depth understanding of various types, symptoms, and causes of disordered eating, as well as how it affects the basic functions and health and wellness of both the human body and mind. Examine how to safely introduce fitness programs that will improve overall health and wellness for your clients.
Understanding the types, symptoms, causes, and possible treatment methods, as well as the mental health components of eating disorders, is paramount when working with this population.
According to the National Institute on Health (NIH), fibromyalgia affects over 5 million U.S. adults and an estimated 3-6% of the world population. While fibromyalgia is most prevalent in women (75-90% of those with fibromyalgia), it also occurs in men and children of all ethnic groups.
Some of your clients may suffer from fibromyalgia and you may be an important source for relief. Fitness professionals can effectively work with those who have fibromyalgia providing them with a better quality of life through movement.
This course will provide fundamental information on the anatomy and physiology affected by fibromyalgia, causes of fibromyalgia, signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia, and traditional treatment for fibromyalgia. In addition, this course provides techniques on management of fibromyalgia through exercise. Learn how to design and prescribe a proper exercise program including basic nutrition to improve the quality of life for your clients with fibromyalgia. With progression tracking, your clients can experience a gradual and pleasant growth in their health and fitness status. You as their health and fitness coach can provide a positive experience to facilitate an effective path to better health and wellness.
The aging of America is birthing new opportunities for medical fitness professionals. Today, and every single day for the next decade, 10,000 baby boomers will reach the age of 65. This generation is made up of roughly 73 million people who control more than two-thirds of the disposable income in the United States.
These mature adults strongly value their independence to continue living the active lifestyle they love. They are determined to live longer, stronger, happier and healthier lives than their parents. It’s estimated that 80% of the older population has one chronic disease and 77% have two or more. Diabetes, hypertension and complications from falls lead the list of health concerns.
This means millions of people aged 65 and up are looking for guidance from fitness professionals who are knowledgeable in exercise, nutrition and lifestyle principles that can help them improve functional mobility while also preventing and managing chronic conditions to live their highest quality of life.
This online course will give you insights, strategies and tools to be a successful health professional in this rapidly growing market. Learn how to be a valued part of clients’ continuum of care, working with the medical team to improve functional outcomes and positively impact people’s lives.
Over 1 million Americans undergo joint replacements every year. Most of these procedures are life-changing, helping the recipient to get back to activities of daily living and improve their quality of life. But the work of recovery does not end with rehabilitation. Many are left with decreased overall strength, range of motion, as well as some movement dysfunction that has the potential of further improvement.
This course is a comprehensive education for the fitness professional to be able to safely and effectively train total joint replacement recipients. The professional will be able to confidently discuss the anatomy, physiology, the neurology of post-medical joint replacements and how to work with both clients and medical professionals alike. Additionally, marketing and business instruction will help the student employ this education immediately to build a network of referrals and generate and maintain total joint replacement clients.
By 2030 there will be more people over the age of 65 than those under 18. Our population is changing and while we are living longer lives, with 6 out of every 10 people having a chronic disease, it would seem we are still not living better. For some, this poses concern, a possible health crisis, yet the longevity industry understands that aging is the #1 finding present in all chronic health conditions. By extending lifespan by just one year, research has shown we will improve how well we live, we will save $38 Trillion dollars in healthcare costs in the US alone and we will boost the economy from money spent on leisure and life-giving activities.
This presents a unique opportunity for health, fitness and wellness professionals to gain specialized knowledge and expertise in the field of longevity. People, regardless of how long they live, want to live well and now more than ever, we know how.
This course will cover the hallmarks of aging and the varied treatments, solutions and strategies available to live longer and healthier lives. With a focus on epigenetics and complex systems biology, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of why we age and why we don’t have to be paired with key findings at each stage of life. You will understand how to assess, recommend and support longevity lifestyle solutions including fitness, nutrition, sleep, mindset, stress optimization and wearable technology solutions in clinical, coaching and community-based settings.
There are many reasons why wellness professionals strive to teach meditation, and why many individuals want to learn how to effectively calm their mind and reduce cluttered thoughts for their own personal gain. It’s a practice that with creative discipline works powerfully, as well as an additional service offering to expand your business. Be one of the first wellness professionals to add this certification to your business offerings.
This master course will provide the knowledge in a three-step process; Breathe, Refocus, and Journey. Each step provides scientifically backed systems on:
After taking this course, you will be able to:
More than 42% of Americans have obesity, with the prevalence in the US rising over 12% in the last 18 years. This presents an opportunity for fitness professionals with specialized knowledge and expertise in working with clients with obesity. The etiology of obesity is multifaceted and strategies for prevention and treatment are varied.
This course will explore the biochemistry, metabolism, and pathophysiology of obesity as well as the multifaceted causes, myriad solutions, and the emerging data on weight bias and health at every size. A particular focus will be paid to exercise prescription/referral and nutrition interventions in clinical and community-based settings to understand the benefits of weight loss and overall health and wellbeing.
The learner will be able to demonstrate how to choose and apply appropriate assessments while creating safe and effective programming to meet the unique needs of a client with obesity as well as recognize the role of the fitness professional in creating an inclusive environment that can lead to sustained client behavior change and health outcomes.
It is estimated that 50 million Americans experience daily joint pain and discomfort due to joint damage or injury. Another 8.6 million more people are dealing concomitantly with low back pain. This combination, once introduced to weakened muscles and bones generally results in decreased mobility and stability, diminished strength, and a compromised ability to perform activities of daily living. Many choose pharmacological agents to decrease and diminish pain, only finding a temporary solution, with potentially harmful side effects. Many of the injured will continue to avoid exercise, falsely believing it will exacerbate the situation.
As the number of individuals diagnosed with these conditions increases, so does the demand for specialized fitness professionals with advanced knowledge, practical skills, and up-to-date education. These specialized fitness professionals can make all the difference by focusing their unique skill set on helping exercisers perform their preferred fitness activities without exacerbating injury or pain.
There is a significant need for a higher-level of educated fitness professionals to understand how to work safely and more closely with injured clients. The MedFit Orthopedic Fitness Specialist is trained to deliver individualized and appropriate fitness programming for the unique needs of individuals living with joint pain and injury. This course will educate the fitness professional on the communication skills and rapport building necessary to interact as a respected fitness professional amongst the respected medical community. Medical professionals will gain a better understanding of the role of the specialized fitness professional, and how their unique skill set can be utilized.
An Orthopedic Fitness Specialist can act by combining their foundational fitness knowledge with the Orthopedic Fitness Specialist course to guide clients into pain-free, joint movement. By learning to safely train “around the issues,” fitness professionals can adhere to physicians’ orders and other guidelines; work cooperatively with the medical care team for acute injuries and be prepared to offer sound training for those who may have chronic, joint injuries, limitations, or pain.
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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), hundreds of millions of people suffer every day from chronic respiratory diseases. Currently, 235 million people have asthma, 64 million people have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) while millions have allergic rhinitis and other often-underdiagnosed chronic respiratory diseases.
Respiratory diseases do not discriminate and affect people of every race, sex, and age. Some of your clients may suffer from a respiratory disease and you may be an important source for relief. Fitness professionals can effectively work with those who have a respiratory disease providing them with a better quality of life through movement.
This course will provide fundamental information on respiratory anatomy and physiology, types of respiratory diseases, causes of respiratory diseases, signs and symptoms of respiratory diseases, and traditional treatment for respiratory diseases. In addition, this course provides techniques on prevention along with management of respiratory diseases through exercise. Learn how to design and prescribe a proper exercise program including basic nutrition to improve the quality of life for your clients with respiratory disease. With progression tracking, your clients can experience a gradual and pleasant growth in their health and fitness status. You as their health and fitness coach can provide a positive experience to facilitate an effective path to better health and wellness.
The average person will sleep approximately a third of their lifetime. What is the brain doing during this altered state of consciousness, and why is sleep so critical for our physical and mental health? The goal of this course is for medical and fitness professionals to gain a comprehensive understanding of sleep health and how to coach clients to meet their sleep, health, and performance needs.
In this course, we will explore the physiology of sleep, its impact on physical and mental health and performance, the pillars of healthy sleep, sleep assessment tools and devices, and the sleep health care landscape and opportunities. We will cover coaching considerations for client groups including patients with sleep disorders, shift workers, frequent travelers (jetlag), athletes, military, and those seeking to optimize performance. Discover how to address sleep with your medical fitness clients and build your sleep coaching practice.
Most people will experience back pain at some point in their lives, in fact over 80% of people will suffer from back pain at one time or another. But only a few have the resolve to seek answers and find relief. How many times have you heard from a friend, client or family member that they have low back pain but have no idea what to do about it.
Our spine is literally the “core” of our body. Without a strong and more importantly stable spine we can’t perform well, whether in a sporting event or activities of daily life. Everything we do with our body starts from our spine and moves outward. And when there is some dysfunction in the spine we are either at best limited in our performance or at worst, in pain.
As a fitness professional having a client with a spinal condition can viewed as a real obstacle. What should you do? Or more importantly what shouldn’t you do? And how do you progress this client so that they become stronger and able to move well again and hopefully with less or no pain. The answers to these questions and much more are covered in the course Spinal Health Fitness Specialist.
Sports related injuries are some of the most common injuries in the United states. They are not limited to one age group, gender or ethnicity. They are seen across the board in high caliber athletics, youth leagues, gym training or the common weekend warrior. Some of these injuries are self-limiting and will heal with time PT, and RICE protocols. However, some will need medical and/or surgical intervention in the form of injections (corticosteroid or PRP/StemCell), Arthroscopy of the Knee, Shoulder, & Hip. According to the American academy of orthopedic surgery (AAOS), arthroscopies are some of the most performed procedures in the United States.
This course is designed to provide the participant with a thorough understanding of common sports injuries and recovery post-medical/surgical intervention with considerations in training, pre and post-rehabilitation, nutrition and in some cases medication to support recovery in this population. The medical fitness professional will have a strong and confident understanding of the injury and an ability to continue the client’s pre and post-surgical rehabilitation while meeting the client’s heath goals. This course will also provide valuable insight and tools to further the medical fitness professionals’ business and marketing goals.
This 15-hour training will provide a foundation in wellness and lifestyle coaching skills that can easily be used by fitness professionals as they help their clients succeed at lifestyle improvement.
With this course, students will
The Fitness Industry is ever-evolving with programs to meet the needs of adults, but what about our younger population? There is a lack of versatile exercise programming to meet the developmental changes and needs of youth and adolescent clients.
This course is exploration of adolescent psychological and anatomical development to inform proper and sustainable exercise and nutritional programming measures for the younger population. Learn basic guidelines for adolescent nutrition and exercise parameters to encourage healthy wellness behaviors and decrease vulnerability to chronic diseases. This course presents opportunities for developing professional fitness and nutritional programming to meet the needs of the adolescent clientele.