Menopause Fitness Specialist Online Course


This product is an online, self-study course.

Over 38 million baby boomer women, and another 25 million Gen-X females behind them, are or will be in various stages of hormonal changes which will influence, and will be influenced by, exercise. Regardless of activity level, most women experience signs, symptoms, and side effects of menopause, including but not limited to brain fog, weight gain, belly fat, hot flashes and night sweats, to name a few.

This 10-hour online course is designed to give medical fitness professionals the information, tools, and resources needed to coach and train this steadily growing population. Given the number of women who have not exercised previously, and the current void in proper hormone balancing exercise prescription, there exists numerous, lucrative opportunities for medical fitness professionals to positively impact the lives and health spans of a great many women still seeking answers.

Course Author: Debra Atkinson, MS, CSCS, Founder/CEO of Flipping Fifty

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Course Objectives

  1. Identify and educate potential candidates for hormone balancing exercise prescription related to stages of menopause.
  2. Identify benefits of exercise programming specific to stages of menopause.
  3. Discuss the difference between traditional, conventional fitness, and Hormone Balancing Fitness prescription.
  4. Understand the anatomical, biomechanical, and physiological concerns of the menopausal client.
  5. Understand the state of balanced hormone function.
  6. Identify hormones that influence, and are influenced by, exercise during menopause.
  7. Identify changes from hormone imbalance to balance in order to educate clients on progress.
  8. Gain understanding of factors in hormone balance (e.g., exercise, nutrition, lifestyle, HRT, etc.).
  9. Integrate hormone status assessment with applied skills of function assessment, health and activity history.
  10. Be skilled in the development and delivery of exercise programs for this population.
  11. Discuss the advantage or disadvantage of various modalities for this population (e.g., functional exercise, corrective exercise, and group workouts such as Barre, yoga, pilates, bootcamp, etc.).
  12. How to develop and work with an interdisciplinary team for all stages of client management.
  13. Analyze typical client records inclusive of logging, signs and symptoms, labs and assessments.
  14. Demonstrate skillful, technical competence related to this subject matter and this population.
  15. Gain awareness of common obstacles to participation (e.g., compliance), and develop strategies for overcoming them with this population.

Lesson Overview

Module 1: Perimenopause

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Perimenopause
  • Lesson 2: The New “Dirty Dozen” – Hormones
  • Lesson 3: Conditions, Complaints, and Common Injuries
  • Lesson 4: Integrated Assessments and Programming
  • Lesson 5: Effects of Fads and Trends
  • Lesson 6: Exercise Nutrition
  • Lesson 7: Case Studies
  • Lesson 8: Interview

Module 2: Menopause

  • Lesson 9: Introduction to Menopause
  • Lesson 10: The New “Dirty Dozen” – Hormones
  • Lesson 11: Conditions, Complaints, and Common Injuries
  • Lesson 12: Integrated Assessments and Programming
  • Lesson 13: Effects of Fads and Trends
  • Lesson 14: Exercise Nutrition
  • Lesson 15: Case Studies
  • Lesson 16: Interview

Module 3: Post-Menopause

  • Lesson 17: Introduction to Post-Menopause
  • Lesson 18: The New “Dirty Dozen” – Hormones
  • Lesson 19: Conditions, Complaints, and Common Injuries
  • Lesson 20: Integrated Assessments and Programming
  • Lesson 21: Effects of Fads and Trends
  • Lesson 22: Exercise Nutrition
  • Lesson 23: Case Studies
  • Lesson 24: Interview

Course Delivery and Assessment

This is an online course; all materials are delivered virtually.

This course is delivered through a variety of digital mediums, including video narrated slide presentations, sample forms, interviews, and more. Comprehension of the material will be measured along the way via quizzes and at the end via a mandatory competency assessment, each requiring a minimum of 80% correct responses.


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 for one to receive the Certificate of Specialization conferred upon those who obtain and complete this Fitness Specialist course, one must be able to show proof that he or she has 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.

Maintaining this Specialization and Continuing Education Credits

The completion of this specialization course, and the passing of its corresponding competency assessment, leads to a Certificate 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

This Specialist Course provides up to 10 CEUs for other MedFit Classroom Specializations. Download our CEU chart (PDF) to find out what specializations it will provide credit CEUs for.

Other Continuing Education Credits

This course is approved for credit by:

  • American Council on Exercise to provide 1.0 CEUs.
  • canfitpro to provide 4 CECs.
  • International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) to provide 8 CEUs.
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) to provide 0.8 CEUs.

If your certifying body is not listed, you will be provided with a Certificate of Completion at the end of the course that can be used to petition your certifying body for credit.

About the Course Author

Wellness Coach and Fitness Expert Debra Atkinson has helped 145,000 women “flip” their second half with the vitality and energy they want through hormone balancing exercise. She’s the bestselling author of You Still Got It, Girl: The After 50 Fitness Formula for WomenNavigating Fitness After 50: Your GPS For Choosing Programs and Professionals You Can Trust;and Hot, Not Bothered. Debra hosts Flipping 50 TV and the Flipping 50 podcast.

Debra has 34 years fitness experience and is a prior Senior Lecturer in Kinesiology at Iowa State University.  She’s an International fitness presenter for associations including the International Council on Active Aging, IDEA, NSCA, and Athletic Business, and a Subject Matter Expert for the American Council on Exercise. Debra is also creator of the Flipping 50 Specialist program for fitness professionals. She’s a frequent contributor at HuffPost, ShareCare, and other featured outlets.

Debra holds a B.S. in Kinesiology and an M.S. in Sports & Exercise Psychology and the following certifications: CSCS, NSCA; Medical Exercise Specialist and Health Coach, ACE, CCG CoachU. She serves as a consultant to fitness businesses and trainers in the areas of programming, marketing, and social media.