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Youth Exercise Specialization (YES)

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CEUs: 1.0 NASM, 1.0 ACE, 5 CIMSPA Endorsed CPD Points

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.

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!

✔ Section 1: The Science of Youth Exercise

Chapter 1: Rationale for Youth Fitness Training
Chapter 2: Anatomical and Physiological Considerations for Youth
Chapter 3: Psychological Considerations for Youth

✔ Section 2: Fitness & Training Guidelines for Youth

Chapter 4: Fitness Assessment for Youth
Chapter 5: Youth Flexibility Guidelines
Chapter 6: Cardiorespiratory Training for Youth
Chapter 7: Core and Balance Training Guidelines for Youth
Chapter 8: Plyometric, Speed, Agility, and Quickness Training for Youth
Chapter 9: Resistance Training for Youth

✔ Section 3: Development for Youth Clients

Chapter 10: Integrated Program Design for Youth Clients
Chapter 11: Nutrition for Youth
Chapter 12: Professional Development

Downloadable Course Manual

Downloadable Programming Manual

Online Quizzes

Exercise Library

Online Exam

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"Overall the YES course is an extremely positive experience that will expand your knowledge base and confidence. I feel it is worth the time and effort for anyone genuinely interested in pursuing the fitness world as a career."
- Kaitlyn P, CA

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"I love the way NAMS explains the material and i am able to do section quiz to make sure i understand the material."
- yp, CA

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"I have been a dance educator for almost 20 years. The YES program came across my social media feed, and it was a good deal to freshen up skills that I already was using. The review that I received will definitely be beneficial to the success of my dancers."
- Kimberly S, GA

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"As a Certified Teen Yoga Instructor, I am the flex coach for a high school baseball team. I can now incorporate movements and information I learned from the YES course to be a better and more effective coach."
- Kathy D, MD

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"Great program. All resources were readily available and easy to utilize. Taking the quiz at home was a huge plus for my busy schedule."
- Heather R, CA

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"The YES course is easy to follow and quick to get through, without losing information. I've previously taken the NASM-CPT course and took the YES course because my ultimate goal as a personal trainer is to train youths. It was great at reviewing what I'd already learned as a CPT and tailoring it to the youth population. I especially like the exercise library and I think it will be of great use."
- Brandi M, NV

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"Excellent content, great resources and evidence based information. Will recommend to other professionals."
- Lindsay R, CT

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"I believe YES course provides the foundational resources needed for fitness professionals to train, educate and provide better physical needs for youth of tomorrow."
- Rahim J, AZ

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"Youth Exercise Specialist (YES) is a great course with excellent flow and topics that related to real world applications of training and developing youths. It covered topics that allow for a global support of a youth to progress through structured exercise and enables them to start on a lifelong journey of fitness with a very solid foundation."
- Derrick B, CA

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"YES course has added a lot to my knowledge for youth clients. Will recommend to all my PT community to gain knowledge for young clients."
- Sharma Abhi, Australia

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"YES Course was extremely informational. I now feel empowered to help youth and comprehensively include them in on the process. It will be exciting to apply this information in future programing and training settings."
- Michael M, CA

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"The YES course with NASM is very effective and give all the information you need to get started on the road to youth performance and development."
- Scott A, DE

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"Great course, really informative and 100% recommend for those looking to further their knowledge."
- Siân P, UK

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"I have been working in the youth fitness industry for over three years. Although I have taken some of the local training course, but the NASM-YES course does a lot better in organizing the content and presenting data. Now I feel more confident in facing with my youth clients as well as their parents for I am armed with the knowledge learn from NASM. Many thanks to those who design this course!"
- Xia W , China

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"I have been looking for a youth exercise course to take so I can train my adult clients children in the holidays. This course was very thorough and delivered on all elements. I feel confident and excited to start training young people now."
- Kimberley C , London

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"NASM has done an excellent job in putting together the YES Course! The delivery and material provided to complete the course was efficient and easy to understand. In short: Lots of great information delivered in a way which made the learning experience great!"
- Dan T , NC

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"This course provided me with the knowledge I needed to teach fitness to youth using the appropriate guidelines. The materials and resource library of exercises were great! I'm glad I now have the tools I need to teach youth fitness effectively."
- Josie D , FL

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"The YES certification was very informative. It open my eyes to more opportunities to grow my business. The context of the course was easy to follow and easy to understand. I would recommend this program to anyone looking to add a service to their current fitness tool box."
- Dearic J , CA

"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

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