Weight Management Fitness Specialist Online Course


This product is an online, self-study course. Start and complete at your own pace.

Excessive weight that results in compromised metabolic health is crippling our society both financially and spiritually. The many physiological and biochemical properties of an unhealthy metabolic state present significant challenges to daily life in general and in reversing course toward health in particular for people with obesity. Coaching them toward a positive mindset is essential for enhanced participation in the many strategies that improve metabolic health.

The Weight Management Fitness Specialist Course prepares fitness professionals to address three different categories of client — the extreme obese, obese, and overweight. This program is different from other programs in both its focus and perspective. The perspective is on the entire individual, not just their physical body. The courses focuses on waist measurement not weight measurement, movement not formal exercise, and getting healthy, supportive foods into your system and learning to enjoy them, not just on avoiding the bad foods.

This course will introduce the practitioner to obesity, how we define it, how to distinguish “extra” weight that is perfectly healthy from that which is not. This course will enable you to help clients create a permanent life transformation program and long term changes, not a temporary change for a given time period. You will help them start to “lose weight” for the last time.  (Scroll down to ‘Description’ on this product to view detailed lesson plan).

Through narrated slides, movement videos and a written manual, this course guides fitness professionals on offering clients hope and positivity and developing self-efficacy while they pursue the many lifestyle changes to improve long-term health. 

Course Length: 15 Hours

Course Author: Mark Kelly, PhD

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Lesson Overview

Module 1: Knowing
Lesson 1: Definitions, History, Strategies
Lesson 2: Holistic Perspectives and Examples
Lesson 3: Obesity Statistics

Module 2: Understanding
Lesson 4: Visceral Obesity and Waist Measures
Lesson 5: Adipose Tissue and Endocrinology
Lesson 6: Metabolic Syndrome and Inflammation

Module 3: Moving
Lesson 7: The Why’s of Movement
Lesson 8: The How’s of Movement
Lesson 9: The What Happens With Movement
Lesson 10: Movement Library

Module 4: Eating
Lesson 11: Guiding Principles
Lesson 12: Effects of Diet on Health
Lesson 13: The Power of Portion Distortion

Module 5: Thinking
Lesson 14: The Psychology of Obesity
Lesson 15: Understanding Your Client or Yourself
Lesson 16: Stress and Sleep Relationship
Lesson 17: Client and Exercise Engagement

Module 6: Assessing
Lesson 18: Assessing

Module 7: Programming
Lesson 19: Programming

Module 8: Coaching
Lesson 20: Coaching

Module 9: Publicizing
Lesson 21: Publicizing

Course Delivery and Assessment

This is an online, self-paced course; all materials are delivered digitally. This course includes narrated slide presentations, videos and course manual. 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 OR a current yoga certification at the 200hour level or above 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 Weight Loss Management Fitness Specialist course provides 10 CEUs toward renewal of MedFit Classroom fitness specializations.

Other Continuing Education Credits

Approved for credit by:

  • NASM for 1.6 CEUs
  • ISSA for 15 CEUs
  • canfitpro for 4 CECs
  • Pending credits approval by ACE

About the Course Author

Dr. Mark P. Kelly has been involved with the health and fitness field for more than 30 years; as teacher in colleges and universities; as a personal trainer, group exercise leader, coach; and as an athlete who achieved a national ranking (6th in 25-29) in duathlons in 1993. He received his B.S. in Kinesiology and Psychology from UCLA. He got his M.S. degree from Louisiana State University, Health Science Center in Physiology, and a Ph.D. in Exercise Science and Education Administration from the University of New Orleans. He is actually finishing another degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Columbia Southern University and hopes to use it for Corporate Wellness and Safety.

He has been a research scientist for universities and many infomercial projects. He has more recently performed research and studies in Osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s disease. He is on the advisory board for the National Osteoporosis Foundation, the MedFit Education Foundation and Baraka Community Wellness in Boston, and has developed a 5 level (bone stress) exercise system for trainers, as well as a comprehensive performance training system called “Train SMART”. He hopes to develop a phone app for this system.

Mark was an exercise physiologist for the American Council on Exercise where he produced many workshops, webinars, presentations at conferences, and training videos. He has spoken nationally and internationally on a wide variety of topics, including exercise and aging, and exercise and the brain functions both of these were in Hong Kong. He currently speaks on the uses of exercise for clinical purposes, and its impact on the brain and body. Mark has produced several continuing education products in the medical fitness arena. Mark is a professor in several colleges and universities in Orange County, CA., where Principle-Centered Health- Corporate Wellness & Safety operates. He is still a competitive bowler, trail and mud runner, and has two daughters who keep him on his toes- or sometimes on his back!