Youth Fitness Specialist



Inspire the next generation to embrace an active lifestyle and develop a foundation of fitness as a Youth Fitness Specialist.

  • Self-paced online continuing education course
  • Earn 16.0 AFPA CECs
  • Digital textbooks included

Help Kids Live Healthier Lives as a Youth Fitness Specialist

Did you know? The national obesity rate among youth ages 2 to 19 is 18.5%. Not only is this rate higher than the previous generation, the data shows that in the U.S. alone, childhood obesity is estimated to cost $14 billion annually in direct health expenses.

This online Youth Fitness Specialist course goes beyond exercise by providing a multidisciplinary approach to teaching health-related fitness to youth. This program will show you how to motivate, instruct, and coach kids at the elementary school level to get fit, improve their overall health, and boost their self-esteem.

Youth Fitness Specialists help kids live healthier lives

What’s It Like Being a Youth Fitness Specialist?

Design proper workouts for kids as a Youth Fitness Specialist

Specializing in youth fitness doesn’t just open new doors to a niche fitness market, it gives you a rewarding opportunity to play a positive role model in the life of a child. After you complete this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Develop competitive games and fitness-driven activities based on the individual’s skill levels
  • Create a safe environment for children exercising in larger groups
  • Examine and apply motivational techniques to encourage children to exercise and be physically active
  • Instruct proper strength and endurance training to minimize injury and increase overall performance
  • Differentiate between exercises to enhance sport-specific skills and those to enhance physical wellness
  • Construct proper workouts for kids based on the sports and activities they participate in or may like
  • Design cardiovascular programs to improve overall health while minimizing children’s risk for obesity and cardiovascular disease
  • Determine strength levels of children with safe tests for further exercise recommendations

The Youth Fitness Specialist Course Includes

  • All course materials
    • 2 digital textbooks
    • Comprehensive manuals and additional video lessons
  • Sample yearly plan and youth fitness lesson plans
  • Reproducible instructional materials
  • Authentic assessment instruments
  • Fitness education portfolio
  • Motivational strategies
Earn a Youth Fitness Specialist Certification and make fitness fun for children of all ages

What You Will Learn

This comprehensive Youth Fitness Specialist course will help you launch a rewarding career building and teaching successful fitness programs that meet the challenging health demands of growing children. There are two major components addressed in this curriculum:

The Foundations of Fitness Education Answer

  • Health assessment/authentic assessment
  • Behavioral change and motivational strategies
  • Motivational strategies
  • The spectrum of teaching style class structure
  • Principles of health-related physical fitness
  • Fitness education for children with physical disabilities
  • Getting parents and your community involved

How to Plan and Teach Fitness Education Answer

  • Teaching health-related physical fitness concepts and strategies for instruction
  • Collaborating with the classroom teacher
  • Health-related physical fitness classroom activities
  • Developmental exercises
  • Cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength and muscular endurance
  • Exercises to avoid
  • Active games, dance and rhythmic activities
  • Planning developmentally appropriate activities, and school-wide events

Completing this course will allow you to empower children to recognize the importance of physical activity as well as give you the knowledge to coach parents and other working professionals on creating customized fitness programs for children and teens.

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Great course

I really enjoyed this course. It's very well done and an excellent resource for those in coaching. It will give you lots of help in exercise management those with illnesses.


Is This Program Right For Me? Answer

The Youth Fitness Specialist course is perfect for anyone who is:

  • Passionate about helping youth improve their physical, mental, social, and emotional development
  • Considering a career change towards one that is more fulfilling
  • Already an established health professional, such as a personal trainer, and wanting to diversify or expand their health education 

Are There Payment Plans? Answer


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Do I Qualify? Answer

To enroll in the Youth Fitness Specialist course, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
    Have a solid understanding of the English language.

Exam Requirements:

  • You need a minimum final exam grade of 85% to pass.
    A $75.00 retest fee will apply.

After successful completion, you will earn the title of “Certified Youth Fitness Specialist” on your certificate.

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