NASM Women’s Fitness Specialization (WFS)

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What You’ll Learn

The all new NASM Women’s Fitness Specialization (NASM-WFS) will deliver your next step in fitness programming knowledge to meet the needs of your female clients.

Whether it’s your own interest in the topic or wanting to better address the fitness needs of women, the NASM-WFS gives you the insights to confidently design safe and effective programming to support women on their fitness and health pursuits across various ages and life stages. Unlike other women’s fitness courses you may have encountered, the NASM-WFS is a comprehensive program that dives into the many health and fitness topics that women want to know more about – and do something positive about!

The NASM-WFS walks you through the changes happening across the lifespan, ranging from the impacts of hormonal sways and physical changes, to pregnancy and menopause, to evolving nutritional needs, motivational nudges and psychological issues. Everybody is different, and every fitness need is just as unique, especially when it comes to the biological experiences that women may go through across their lifespan.

With this online 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. Plus, you’ll learn more about exercise variables and modifications for resistance training, flexibility, cardiorespiratory, core, balance, plyometrics and how to put it all together.

Sign up today and get the resources, expert insight, and knowledge to help you discover innovative ways to train and lead women.

Why Become a
Women’s Fitness Specialist?

  • Expand your fitness knowledge
  • Boost your reputation, career, earnings, and client base by training women of all ages and stages
  • Invest in your clients’ lives and futures
  • Earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) towards your Personal Trainer and Group Fitness certifications (Approved by NASM and AFAA)
  • Learn about nutritional guidelines
  • Apply the Optimum Performance Training (OPT™) Model to reach their goals
  • Dispel common women’s fitness myths and how to encouragingly communicate science to clients
  • From teens to seniors, pre-natal to postnatal, be an inspiring leader for all women


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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.



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

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.

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

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

NASM Approved Provider Logo 1.5 CEUs
AFAA Approved Provider Logo 15 CEUs
ACE Approved Logo 1.5 CECs

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.


Skills You'll Gain

Help women in different life stages set and exceed their personal fitness goals