NASM Stretching And Flexibility Coach (SFC)

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What You’ll Learn

One of the hottest trends in fitness is stretching. Don’t get left behind. With NASM’s Stretching and Flexibility Coach course, you will master the techniques and strategies needed to start helping clients with assisted stretching and more, all while increasing your client base.

This revolutionary program is built on the latest and most up-to-date scientific research, methods, and insight to prepare you to train clients, assess them, and provide customized stretching plans geared towards their specific needs and outcomes. From athletes to weekend warriors and everyone in between, as a Stretching and Flexibility Coach, you will be able to help all clients lead a more flexible and fulfilling life.

Why Become a Stretching
and Flexibility Coach?

  • Implement stretching techniques safely and effectively
  • Fully understand health and fitness professional’s role in safe stretching
  • Add new stretching-related assessments to your skillset
  • Create personalized stretching programs that clients can implement anywhere
  • Stretch your expertise and your earning potential with a broader range of clients
  • Learn how to explain the science of stretching and anatomy to your clients for better buy-in


There are no prerequisites for this course. Although the course is primarily intended for personal trainers, fitness coaches, massage therapists and other fitness/health professionals, it is not a requirement to take the course.

Chapter 1: Introduction to Integrated Flexibility
Understand the rationale for integrated stretching and identify for whom it provides the most benefit for.

Chapter 2: Scope of Practice
This chapter provides an overview for identifying appropriate and ethical behavior with regard to application of integrated stretching. Determine when to refer out to another professional.

4 Infographics
3 Videos

Chapter 3: The Science of Flexibility and Stretching
Understand the spectrum of flexibility as it pertains to different tissue types and systems. Describe the motor behavior as it pertains to stretching.

Chapter 4: The Anatomy and Kinesiology of Fascia
Learn the foundational concepts of fascial anatomy and identify the locations of the fascial nets.

26 Infographics
21 Videos

Chapter 5: Communication and Building Rapport
Apply leading techniques for establishing rapport and trust with clients. Communicate the various benefits and procedures related to integrated stretching plans to clients.

Chapter 6: Assessment
Understand the routine intake procedures and assessments used for integrated stretching programming. Explain the reassessment process after the application of integrated stretching techniques.

14 Infographics
4 Videos
3 Printable Handouts

Chapter 7: Integrated Assisted Stretching Techniques
This chapter overview interprets client response, both physical and emotional, to integrated stretching techniques. explain traction and perpetual movement as integral to integrated stretching techniques.

Chapter 8: Self-Stretching Techniques
Understand the role of self-stretching in an integrated stretching program. Describe self-stretching options appropriate for most clients.

Chapter 9: Flexibility Program Design
Determine appropriate stretching techniques and their frequency based on client assessment results. Describe reassessment approach and resulting program design changes.

11 Infographics
55 Videos
2 Printable Handouts
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, that consists of 100 questions. Each question will be multiple-choice. The exam is timed and cannot exceed 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.



There are 9 chapters in this course. Assuming it takes about 2 hours to fully digest each chapter, it could reasonably be finished in ~20 hours.

Chapter 2 details Scope of Practice and how our trainers can safely utilize this specialization within their businesses.

Somewhere between the price of a personal training session and a professional massage therapist session. The reasoning for this is because partner-assisted stretching is a highly specialized skill and is more hands-on for the trainer compared to personal training.
There are ~80 application videos within the course. These videos will expand upon the concept of the fascial net and stretch-specific assessments. The videos will also include training instruction and technique for partner-assisted stretching. They were filmed from multiple angles (profile, 45 degrees and overhead), helping the trainer understand how to correctly perform and assess each movement.
Flexibility and recovery are important aspects of a well-rounded fitness program. As stretching classes continue to become more popular and widely offered in the gym setting, our CPTs will benefit from adding this skill to their toolbelt. This will help them to book additional stretch-specific sessions with their personal training clients.
Absolutely. The concepts learned in this course can be applied to group sessions/classes in addition to 1-on-1 training.
Skills You'll Gain

Create personalized stretching programs Explaining science of stretching and anatomy to clients Stretching techniques