Multiple Sclerosis Fitness Specialist Online Course


This product is an online, self-study course.

You can work with clients that suffer from multiple sclerosis to help develop strength, flexibility, balance, breathing, and improve their quality of life. In this Specialization course:

  • You’ll learn the causes, signs, and symptoms of multiple sclerosis along with traditional treatment and management techniques.
  • You’ll obtain a working knowledge of the anatomy and physiology affected by multiple sclerosis, and how they are used during exercise.
  • You’ll learn to design and prescribe a proper exercise program with progression for MSers and be able to cue proper technique and body alignment.
  • You’ll earn the title of MS Fitness Specialist.

Course Length: 10 hours.

Course Authors: CarolAnn and David Lyons

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.)


Course Overview

  • MODULE 1: Epidemiology
  • MODULE 2: Terminology
  • MODULE 3: Typology of MS
  • MODULE 4: Pathophysiology and Affected Anatomy
  • MODULE 5: Symptoms, Causes, Risk Factors, Diagnosis, and Treatments
  • MODULE 6: Lifestyle Management
  • MODULE 7: Mental Fitness and MS
  • MODULE 8: Exercise and MS
  • MODULE 9: Scope of Practice for Health and Fitness Professionals
  • MODULE 10: Screening, Assessments, and MS
  • MODULE 11: Goal Profiles, Program Design, and MS
  • MODULE 12: Specific Adaptations for Clients with MS
  • MODULE 13: Nutrition, Healthy Weight Management, and MS
  • MODULE 14: Health and Fitness Professional Checklist
  • Exercise Video Library for Clients with MS

Course Prerequisite

All of the online courses here 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 that is conferred upon those who purchase this MS Fitness Specialist Course, review all the content, and successfully pass the comprehensive assessment, 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.

Course Delivery and Assessment

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

This course is delivered through a written course manual, video narrated slide presentations, videos of sample exercises, and sample forms. Comprehension of the material will be measured via a mandatory, multiple-choice item, competency assessment requiring a minimum of 80% correct responses in order to pass.

System Note: We recommend students access courses using Firefox as their browser. The Google Chrome browser can automatically play all videos in a lesson at the same time, which may be an extremely annoying feature for some, and for which, at the present, there is no easy fix in the Google Chrome settings.

Maintaining this Specialization

The completion of this Multiple Sclerosis Fitness Professional Specialization Course, and the passing of its corresponding competency assessment with a minimum score of 75%, leads to a Certificate of Specialization to work with clients who have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

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 the certificate.

A fitness professional holding current this Certificate of Specialization is able to list himself or herself as a MS Fitness Specialist on the MedFit Network (MFN), within an active account profile. Being listed on the MFN, and having this additional qualification is a true differentiator, and one that greatly improves the chance of receiving a referral from the MFN when consumers visit the MFN web site, and are seeking a fitness professional with this specific educational background in their geographical region.

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:

  • ACE: 0.7 CEUs
  • canfitpro: 4 CECs
  • ISSA: 10 CEUs
  • NASM: 1.0 CEUs

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

About the Course Authors

CarolAnn, MS

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/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.

David Lyons

David Lyons is an elite fitness expert and bodybuilder. During his coaching career, he has helped athletes and celebrities, at various skill levels, transform their body and health.

In 2006, David Lyons was hospitalized and diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at the age of 47. He HAD A CHOICE TO MAKE and the choice was either to fight this disease or to let it take over his body. And he chose to fight.

At the age of 50 David decided to compete in a NPC bodybuilding competition! He was also awarded an impressive trophy for the most inspirational bodybuilder!

David’s mission is to help anyone, with any challenge, become as healthy and in shape as they can be no matter what the obstacle in life, whether that challenge is physical or mental.

In 2013 David received the Health Advocate of the Year Award with Lou Ferrigno.

And in 2015, at almost 57 years old, he was the only person with MS to receive the Health Advocate Lifetime Achievement Award from Arnold Schwarzenegger.

David also received the Lifetime Fitness Inspiration Award in Feb 2016 at the Global Bodybuilding Organization’s International Fitness Expo.

In January, 2017 David received the Special Recognition Award from the National Fitness Hall of Fame and later in the year he was honored as a Founding Partner of the organization’s Institute for learning.  He is also the recipient of the National MS Society Milestone Award.

In 2019 he was inducted in the National Fitness Hall of Fame and the only fitness expert with MS to be given this honor. He is named to the Top 100 Healthcare Leaders worldwide and has been named The Most Dedicated MS Fitness Expert every year since 2019 by Global Health & Pharma and other organizations.

He is also the Founder of the OptimalBody brand which touches the lives of fitness enthusiasts of all kinds. It is not just a company but it’s also a lifestyle of health & fitness that is currently launching training programs and other branded initiatives to promote and enhance the fitness industry. OptimalBody has been named The Most Comprehensive MS Fitness Program worldwide since its release.

David and his companies have been aligned with some of the fitness industry’s top brands and are endorsed by well-respected fitness experts and many other top fitness trainers and professionals. He has been endorsed by fitness icons such as Lou Ferrigno and Tony Little as well as celebrities such as Shark Tank’s Daymond John and entertainment’s LaToya Jackson.

He is the author of the #1 selling book Everyday Health and Fitness with Multiple Sclerosis and columnist for the largest online wellness magazine,

Lyons has appeared on TV networks such as CBS and FOX; been featured on radio and print media; and is well recognized worldwide for his expertise in the fitness industry.