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Stretching and Flexibility Coach

Help people experience the benefits of greater mobility, range of motion, and injury prevention through individualized flexibility training. The increasing popularity of stretching will make this specialization a valuable investment in your fitness career.

  • Help your clients feel more mobile and pain-free with safe and effective stretching routines

  • Master both assisted and self-stretching routines to give your clients the tools they need to reach their ideal flexibility

  • Take a deep dive into muscle and tissue structure to better understand flexibility training

  • Leverage the rapidly increasing popularity of stretching to grow your business

  • Self-paced online program makes it easy and convenient to launch your new career from home in as little as 2 weeks

  • CEU Value: 1.6 NASM




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Stretching has exploded in popularity in recent years, and for good reason: better flexibility can improve mobility and range of motion, while reducing pain and the chance of injury. As a Stretching and Flexibility Coach, you’ll learn how to guide your clients to improve their flexibility safely and effectively. Includes chapters on the anatomy of stretching, the science of fascia, flexibility assessments, flexibility program design, and more.

When you choose NASM to become a Stretching and Flexibility Coach, you’ll get access to:

  • • World-class fitness & nutrition experts

  • • Peer-reviewed content from the brightest minds in the industry

  • • State-of-the-art digital learning platform designed to meet multiple learning styles

  • • A curriculum that is consistently reviewed and updated with the most up-to-date material available

See the full Stretching and Flexibility Coach curriculum here.

NASM’s online program makes becoming a Stretching and Flexibility Coach as easy and convenient as can be. By completing the self-guided study materials at your own pace, you can become a Stretching and Flexibility Coach and begin working with clients in as little as 2 weeks.

To become an NASM Stretching and Flexibility Coach, you simply have to:

  1. 1) Register in the NASM SFC program.

  2. 2) Complete the self-guided online study materials in your own time from the comfort of home.

  3. 3) Pass the certification exam.

After completing the study materials, you’ll take an online exam to become a Stretching and Flexibility Coach. This exam features:

  • • 100 multiple-choice questions

  • • 90 minutes to complete

  • • Open-book format

  • • 70% required to pass

  • • 3 test attempts included

NASM has over 35 years of experience training the world’s top fitness professionals, and we do it better than anyone else. NASM credentials stand out to employers and distinguish you as a highly trained fitness professional.

Since our formation, we’ve trained over 1.5 million fitness professionals in 100+ countries. In that time we’ve developed extensive partnerships with over 12,000 gyms and health clubs. That means we have the connections necessary to help you get in the door and gain employment from the fitness company of your dreams.

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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.

  • • 3 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.

  • • 3 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.

  • • 4 Videos

  • • 2 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.

  • • 1 Infographic

  • • 2 Videos

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.

Stretching and Flexibility Coach FAQS

As one of the most trusted sources of fitness training certifications in the world, NASM is a distinguished name that will stand out to fitness employers. When you choose NASM to become a Stretching and Flexibility Coach, you’ll get access to world-class fitness experts, your top choice of gyms to work for, and much more:

  • • Peer-Reviewed Content from the Brightest Minds in the Industry

  • • State-of-the-Art Digital Learning Platform

  • • Programs Designed to Meet Multiple Learning Styles

  • • 35+ Years Of Experience Training Fitness Professionals

  • • 1.5M+ Fitness Professionals Trained

  • • 100+ Countries with NASM Fitness and Coach Professionals

  • • 12K+ Gym & Health Club Partnerships

A fitness credential is recommended, but not required, for the Stretching and Flexibility Coach program. NASM offers a wide variety of nutrition programs that can help to augment and prepare you for this program.

You can complete your Stretching and Flexibility Coach in as few as 2 weeks. In addition to its interactive multimedia-rich content, learning tools, resources, and comprehensive study-planning guide, you can also receive assistance from NASM experts when questions arise.

A Stretching and Flexibility Coach is a specialist who creates personalized stretching programs to prevent injury and increase the flexibility of clients. They are experts in progressing individuals to peak stretching performance.

Absolutely! You can complete the Stretching and Flexibility Coach program while also working full-time. The study material is 100% online and self-paced, and can be accessed on a computer, or a mobile device such as a phone or tablet.

The Stretching and Flexibility Coach final exam is taken online inside your student portal. You'll have 365 days from the date of purchase, to study and complete the exam. This exam features

  • • 100 multiple-choice questions

  • • 90 minutes to complete

  • • Open-book format

  • • 70% required to pass

  • • 3 test attempts included

This course is worth the following CEUs:

  • NASM Approved

    1.6 CEUs

  • AFAA Approved

    16 CEUs

Don’t worry! You’ll have 3 attempts to pass the final exam, and you can purchase additional retests by calling Member Services at 1-800-460-6276.

No. Once you pass the final exam, your Stretching and Flexibility Coach credential with NASM will never expire.