Youth Exercise Specialization

Youth Exercise Specialization

This program makes educating today’s youth on fitness and nutrition seem like child’s play. That’s because you’ll learn to show kids how to have fun while improving their sports skills.

Created a specialization for trainers who want to help reverse the problems facing today’s youth and face their challenges head-on. Through hands-on exercises and e


There are no prerequisites for this course. Although the course is primarily intended for personal trainers, fitness coaches, nutrition coaches and other fitness/health professionals, there is no requirement that you be one to take the course. 

Section 1: The Science of Youth Exercise
  • Chapter 1: Rationale for Youth Fitness Training

This chapter will provide a better understanding of the different terms that identify the youth population, the difference between overweight and obesity, and be able to describe why so many youths are overweight.

  • Chapter 2: Anatomical and Physiological Considerations for Youth

Understand the key physiological differences between children, adolescents, and adults.

  • Chapter 3: Psychological Considerations for Youth

Self-perceptions and self-belief help the youth be successful in a fitness program. Provide young clients with tools and strategies to help better adapt activities and habits in pursuance of a fitness goals. 

Section 2: Fitness & Training Guidelines for Youth
  • Chapter 4: Fitness Assessment for Youth

Be able to recognize the expectations for health and fitness professionals. Understand the special considerations for test administration in youth.

  • Chapter 5: Youth Flexibility Guidelines

Understand and provide general exercise guidelines and various flexibility options for youth.

  • Chapter 6: Cardiorespiratory Training for Youth

Understand and develop general cardiorespiratory training guidelines and programs for youth.

  • Chapter 7: Core and Balance Training Guidelines for Youth

Determine the appropriate core and balance exercise programs that are safe, effective, and fun for youth based on the OPT™ Model.

  • Chapter 8: Plyometric, Speed, Agility, and Quickness Training for Youth

Understand the importance of plyometric and speed, agility, and quickness training (SAQ) for youth. Determine appropriate exercises to incorporate into a youth programs based on the OPT™ Model.

  • Chapter 9: Resistance Training for Youth

Design and implement a safe, effective, and progressive resistance training program for youth, as well as eliminate myths about the safety of youth engaging in resistance training. 

Section 3: Development for Youth Clients
  • Chapter 10: Integrated Program Design for Youth Clients

Be able to define cardiorespiratory stage training, the principles behind each stage, and how each stage fits into the OPT™ Model.

  • Chapter 11: Nutrition for Youth

Recognize the current trends of youth eating habits while understanding the effects of obesity on their population. Understand nutrition recommendations and basic fluid intake guidelines for youth.

  • Chapter 12: Professional Development

Understand the legal and ethical responsibilities related to a health and fitness professional working with youth. 

Final Exam

After the completion of the course, you will take an online final exam from the comfort of your own home, or wherever you prefer to take tests. The exam has 60 questions with a time limit of 90 minutes. To pass, you need a score of 70% or higher. Don’t fret though, if you score below that, you have up to 3 attempts to pass. 

How long will I have access to the course content and exam?

The course content and exam is available for 365 days from the date of enrollment 

How is the final exam administered?

The final exam is administered online within your student portal. It consists of 60 multiple-choice questions and 90 minutes for completion. You will have 3 attempts to pass the exam. 

Can I purchase just the final exam?

Unfortunately, no. The YES exam is not available for a la carte purchase. 

Does the NASM-YES certificate expire?

Once you pass your final exam, your NASM-YES certificate never expires. 

Do I need a Personal Trainer Certification before obtaining a Youth Exercise Specialization?

While a Personal Training Certification is suggested, it is not required to take the NASM-YES exam. 

How many CEUs is the course worth and which organizations accept them?

NASM-YES is approved for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by the following organizations:

1.0 CEUs

1.0 CECs

5 CIMSPA Endorsed CPD Points 

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