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Youth Exercise Specialization (YES)

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CEUs: NASM 1.0; ACE 1.0 

Educate today’s youth on fitness and nutrition with the NASM Youth Exercise Specialist (YES). Exercise guidelines are different for children and adults. You'll learn the different terms that identify the youth population, adjustments that need to be made during exercise programming, and more. Whether you coach a youth sports team, work at a school, or you train children, set them up for success with YES.

Course Curriculum: 


  • Module 1: Rationale for Youth Fitness Training
  • Module 2: Anatomical and Physiological Considerations for Youth
  • Module 3: Psychological Considerations for Youth
  • Module 4: Fitness Assessment for Youth
  • Module 5: Youth Flexibility Guidelines
  • Module 6: Cardiorespiratory Training For Youth
  • Module 7: Core and Balance Training Guidelines for Youth
  • Module 8: Plyometric, Speed, Agility,and Quickness Training for Youth
  • Module 9: Resistance Training for Youth
  • Module 10: Integrated Program Design for Youth Clients
  • Module 11: Nutrition for Youth
  • Module 12: Professional Development

Show kids why it’s never too early to embrace a healthy lifestyle! NASM Youth Exercise Specialists:

  • Capitalize on the growing demand for physical fitness experts for young people ages 6 to 19
  • Show kids how to have fun while improving their sports skills, increasing their physical activity level, and losing weight
  • Boost their reputation, career, and client base by learning to train young people in groups or individually using the Optimum Performance Training™ (OPT™) model
  • Provide training solutions for after-school programs, youth sports teams, and the children of adult clients
  • Curtail the youth obesity trend at the source with exercise and nutritional guidance
  • Invest in their client’s live and futures . . . as well as their own!

Downloadable Course Manual

Downloadable Programming Manual

Online Quizzes

Exercise Library

Online Exam

"Excellent information on youth exercise and training practices. This course definitely increased my knowledge pertaining to differences in training youth from adults. I would recommend any personal trainer that is interested in training youth to take this course." - Tracey W, GA

"I found the YES course to be very helpful because I coach soccer at the high school, competitive, and recreational levels and it provided me with a better understanding of how to incorporate effectively the physical aspect of training into my training sessions. Since the course was online I was able to complete it at my own pace and reference any of the materials as I needed. If you want to improve as coach in youth sports I definitely recommend taking the YES course. It is economical and insightful. Your players will thank you for it." - Enrique L, CA

"The course was great. Gave me a deeper understanding of how to train youth. The course itself was really well laid out and flowed well from topic to topic. Highly recommend. Now it's all about applying the knowledge!" - Adam R, NY

"Just received my CPT a few months ago and was given the opportunity to help a small rural school with their track team during their beginning practices. This information gave me much more knowledge to apply the information I have learned with children and adolescents. I will definitely be taking more classes through NASM." - Kirt D, MO