Fibromyalgia Fitness Specialist Online Course


This product is an online, self-study course.

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.

Course Length: 14 hours

Course Authors: CarolAnn, MS and Irene McCormick, MS

MedFit Network (MFN) Membership
This course includes a free trial of a professional MFN membership. This offer is valid for new members only, and instructions for creating your MFN account will be sent after course purchase. Already a member? Existing MFN members are not eligible to receive a free trial, but do receive a discounted price on MedFit Classroom courses. Check your MFN account for details or contact

Payment plan available for purchases of $399 or more. (3-payment plan. Start for only 1/3 down at time of purchase.)


Lesson Overview

Module 1: Theory

  • Lesson 1: Fibromyalgia Syndrome and Epidemiology
  • Lesson 2: Fibromyalgia Terms
  • Lesson 3: Pathophysiology of Fibromyalgia and Affected Anatomy
  • Lesson 4: Fibromyalgia – Symptoms, Risk Factors, Diagnosis, Treatments, and Management
  • Lesson 5: Related Conditions and Diseases
  • Lesson 6: Common Misdiagnoses

Module 2: Application

  • Lesson 7: Exercise and Fibromyalgia
  • Lesson 8: Scope of Practice
  • Lesson 9: Screening and Assessments
  • Lesson 10: Goals and Program Design
  • Lesson 11: Nutrition and Healthy Weight Management

Module 3: Business Plan/Application

  • Lesson 12: Specialization to Expand and Monetize Your Health/Fitness Career
  • Lesson 13: Strategies to Market Your Fibromyalgia Fitness Specialist Business
  • Lesson 14: Network to Expand Your Reach

Module 4: Movement/Exercise Library

  • Lesson 15: Bodyweight Exercises
  • Lesson 16: Resistance Band Exercises
  • Lesson 17: Hand Weight Exercises
  • Lesson 18: Exercise Templates

Course Delivery and Assessment

This is an online, self-paced course; all materials are delivered digitally. This course includes narrated slide videos, printable PDF file of the slides, self-study exercises, supplemental reading materials and references. Comprehension of the material will be measured via a mandatory competency assessment requiring a minimum of 80% correct responses.


The completion of this specialization course, and the passing of its corresponding competency assessment, leads to a Certificate of Specialization. All of the online courses on MedFit Classroom which lead to a Certificate of Specialization are considered advanced level education, and are meant to be taken by fitness professionals who have previously acquired education and experience as a professional within the health and fitness industry. In order to receive the Certificate of Specialization, upon completion of this course you will be asked to provide proof of the following:

  1. Evidence of a bachelor’s or master’s degree in fitness or health related field AND/OR possess a certification from a nationally-recognized certification, NCCA or ANSI/ISO accredited program AND
  2. Evidence of professional liability insurance.

*If you do not meet the requirements for a Certificate of Specialization, you can request a Certificate of Completion.

Renewal of Specialization

This Certificate of Specialization will be considered valid for a period of two years. To keep the certificate current, you must complete 10 hours of continuing education, on relevant subject matter, and formally renew the certificate prior to the date of its expiration. As with many certifications and specializations in our field, professionals should anticipate some costs to continuing education and renewal of this certificate.

MedFit Classroom CEUs

The Fibromyalgia Fitness Specialist course provides 10 CEUs toward renewal of MedFit Classroom fitness specializations.

Other Continuing Education Credits

Approved for CEUs by:

  • ISSA for 14 CEUs
  • NASM for 1.4 CEUs
  • canfitpro for 4 CECs
  • Pending credit approval by ACE. If your certifying body is not listed, we can help you petition for credit.

About the Course Authors

Known as the trainers’ trainer, CarolAnn has become one of the country’s leading fitness educators, authors, and national presenters. Combining a Master’s degree in Exercise Science/Health Promotion with several fitness certifications and memberships such as FiTOUR, ACSM, ACE, AFAA, and LMI, she has been actively involved in the fitness industry for over 25 years.

She has executed her leadership and business skills within her career through various positions such as Wellness/Fitness Coordinator, General Manager, and Studio Owner. She specializes in teaching functional movement, pilates, yoga, TRX, HIIT, weight management, and behavior modification.  She is the creator and star of The Steel Physique Fitness on Demand series. She is a freelance health & fitness expert content provider for various companies and organizations such as and  She is currently the Founder and Director of Education for Chiseled Faith, a Faith Based Health and Fitness Program for churches.

Irene McCormick M.S., C.S.C.S. is a published author, global educator, master trainer and industry expert. Currently, Adjunct Faculty at North Georgia University, Irene has taught at Drake University, Iowa State, Simpson College and Upper Iowa. Irene attended Moorpark College on a Track Scholarship, earning her A.A. Degree in Athletic Training and a Hall of Fame award. Irene continued her track career at California State University, Northridge earning a B.S. in Human Development and a M.S. in Exercise Science at Iowa State University. The former Senior Director of Fitness at Orangetheory, Irene is an award-winning conference speaker and educator. A Master Course Instructor with TRX Suspension Training since 2009, and a Savvier Fitness Master Trainer and Subject Matter Expert (SME) since 2011, Irene is currently working with Hyper Ice to educate fitness professionals about percussive training and recovery.

As a lead educator for WaterRower, Irene has provided education for companies including TRX, IDEA Health & Fitness, SCW Fitness, CanFit, NASM Optima, Power Systems, RumbleRoller, JumpSport and Hypervolt.

The recipient of the 2018 IDEA Group Fitness Instructor of the Year award, Irene has been a RYKA FitPro Brand Ambassador since 2011, and an SME for ACE, NASM, AFAA, Human Kinetics, ISSA, Orangetheory, and SCW Fitness.

Featured talent in dozens of fitness DVD’s, Irene has written several educational manuals and two books for Human Kinetics; A Woman’s Guide to Muscle & Strength (2009), and The HIIT Advantage for Women (2011). Irene is a featured trainer on NBC-affiliate Channel 13 News and the Hello Iowa show in Des Moines, Iowa. Areas of expertise include group training, coaching, strength training & program design for women over 40. Her new podcast “Hound Dog and Pal” covers the emotional, intimate and intellectual sides of fitness. Certifications include ACE, AFAA, NASM, NSCA, and ACSM.