Women’s Fitness Specialization

Women’s Fitness Specialization

Train women of all ages and body types - including youth, pre- and postnatal and older women.

With this program, get everything you need to know about fitness assessments, physiological and anatomical considerations for pregnancy and menopause, nutrition, and implement business strategies to expand career opportunities to reach female clients.


A fitness or wellness credential or a bachelor's degree is recommended but not required. This course is intended for certified personal trainers, wellness professionals, nutrition coaches, group fitness instructors, and PE teachers.

Introduction: Welcome to the Women’s Fitness Specialization

The Women’s Fitness Specialization (WFS) is a comprehensive program for fitness professionals delivered in an immersive online experience. Highlighted are the WFS program learning objectives, how to interact with the course features, and how to earn the NASM-WFS credential. 

Chapter 1: Current Status of Women’s Health

Each stage in a woman's life comes with its challenges and benefits. We’ll examine the unique physical and medical aspects of biological women to help be more aware of these stages, women-specific health issues, potential risk factors, and how these may affect exercise programming and goal setting. 

Chapter 2: Neuromuscular, Skeletal, Cardiorespiratory, and Endocrine Considerations

An overview of the changes that happen to a woman’s body throughout her lifespan (puberty, pregnancy, and menopause). 

Chapter 3: Hormones and Weight Control

Get an up-close look at metabolism, regulating hormones, and unique aspects of a woman’s physiology to understand weight concerns. 

Chapter 4: Pregnancy and Postnatal Considerations

A close look at the physiological and anatomical considerations when working with pregnant and postnatal clients. It will also cover exercise modifications based on these changes. 

Chapter 5: Menopause Considerations

A review of the physiological and anatomical considerations of perimenopause, menopause, and post-menopause, and exercise modification strategies for common symptoms. 

Chapter 6: Fitness Assessments for Women

Understand the components of fitness assessments, how to implement both subjective and objective assessments, and also review assessment modifications for prenatal and menopausal clients. 

Chapter 7: Flexibility Training for Women

This chapter unpacks the rationale behind flexibility training for women and the guidelines for training methods, including precautions for pregnant and postnatal clients. 

Chapter 8: Cardiorespiratory Training for Women

We look over the benefits of cardiorespiratory training that helps women maintain optimal health and manage the dynamics of a changing body throughout their lifespan. 

We look over the benefits of cardiorespiratory training that helps women maintain optimal health and manage the dynamics of a changing body throughout their lifespan.

Bring the importance of core, balance, plyometric (reactive), and SAQ training techniques to the forefront. 

Chapter 10: Resistance Training for Women

See why resistance training and weightlifting is a vital component of women's exercise programming while understanding how to apply training guidelines and modifications to help clients achieve their goals. 

Chapter 11: Integrated Program Design for Women

This chapter shows you how to take the information identified through the assessment process and design safe and effective progressive programs to meet the needs and wants of your female clients utilizing NASM’s OPT™ Model. 

Chapter 12: Nutrition Guidelines for Women

See how important of a role nutrition plays for women across their lifespan through general nutritional guidelines and considerations for this population while staying within a fitness professional’s scope of practice. 

Chapter 13: Psychological and Motivational Considerations

Explore the psychological and motivational elements to consider when working with women in a health and fitness setting. Additionally, techniques for implementing effective communication, maximizing goal setting, and improving motivation will be discussed. 

Chapter 14: Business and Professionalism

We’ll break down the business and ethical responsibilities of a WFS while exploring how to market and sell these services. 

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 consists of 100 questions and there is a time limit of 90 minutes. You must pass with a score of 70% or better. 

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

You will have 1 year from the day of enrollment to take your final exam. An extension can be purchased by calling Member Services. 

How is the final exam administered?

The final exam is administered online within your student portal. It consists of 100 multiple-choice questions and 90 minutes for completion. You must score a 70% or higher to pass and you will have 3 attempts. 

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

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

1.5 CEUs

15 CEUs

1.5 CECs 

Do I have to renew this qualification?

No, you do not need to renew your NASM Women’s Fitness Specialization. Once you pass your final exam, your NASM-WFS specialization certificate never expires. 

What if I do not pass the final exam?

Don't worry! You'll have 3 attempts to pass the final exam, and you can purchase additional retests by calling Member Services. 

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