From social media influencers to fitness magazines spreads, society’s idea of what the perfect body looks like is everywhere. For clients, achieving the body of their dreams shouldn’t compete with a filter—instead, their fitness and physique goals should be a personal journey, built by scientific research, and led by experts who know bodybuilding from the barbell to the podium.
NASM’s all-new Physique and Bodybuilding Coach specialization is the most comprehensive educational program ever written about bodybuilding and physique transformation. We’ve gathered the world’s best researchers, coaches, and practitioners to provide you with the tools to transform your body and the body of your clients.
This curriculum gives learners the inspiration, insight, and methods to successfully coach physique athletes and fitness enthusiasts toward their body composition/aesthetic goals.
Master the art and science of coaching physique and bodybuilding athletes. Become the expert your clients turn to for all of their body transformation needs.
- Study at your own pace with flexible online learning formatted to your schedule.
- Tap into the industry’s best resources and top tools to prepare you for a future in physique and bodybuilding coaching.
- Help individuals filter out noise and provide them with true evidence-based solutions to optimize their physique safely and effectively.
✔ Section 1: Introduction
Chapter 1: Welcome
Chapter 2: Introduction to Physique Enhancement
✔ Section 2: Physiology, Anatomy, and Biomechanics of Physique Enhancement
Chapter 3: Fundamentals of Anatomy, Physiology, and Biomechanics
Chapter 4: Essentials of Metabolism, Energy Balance, and Fat Loss
Chapter 5: Mechanisms of Muscle Hypertrophy
✔ Section 3: Nutrition Principles
Chapter 6: Macronutrients
Chapter 7: Micronutrients and Hydration
Chapter 8: Supplementation
Chapter 9: Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs)
✔ Section 4: Body Aesthetics, Fitness, and Nutrition Assessments
Chapter 10: Fitness and Body Aesthetics Assessments
Chapter 11: Nutrition Assessment
✔ Section 5: Exercise Training Principles
Chapter 12: Warm-up, Recovery, and Injury Prevention
Chapter 13: Resistance and Core Training
Chapter 14: Cardiorespiratory Training and Non-Exercise Physical Activity
✔ Section 6: Programming and Coaching Principles
Chapter 15: Coaching Principles
Chapter 16: Exercise Programming
Chapter 17: Nutrition Programming
Chapter 18: Peaking for Competition or Personal Goals
Chapter 19: Physique Transformation Sustainability
• Exercise Programming Manual
• Nutrition Programming Manual
✔ 19 In-Depth Chapters
NASM’s Physique and Bodybuilding Coach program contains 19 in-depth chapters covering everything from programming for physique competitions, life after stage events, nutritional coaching, and more!
✔ 23 Subject Matter Experts
From bodybuilding to nutritional coaching, we gathered the best and brightest leaders in the physique field to provide you with expert insight.
✔ Exercise Videos
Exercise videos featuring bodybuilding experts demonstrating how to perform hundreds of exercises.
✔ Fully Interactive Learning Platform
Our online course portal brings everything you need to provide the best insight and guidance available on any device.
✔ Practice Exams & Quizzes
This course includes complete access to chapter quizzes and practice exams to help you be as prepared as possible for your future in physique fitness.
✔ Downloadable Handouts
Our online course portal allows you to download handouts that are provided within this course with no hassle. This feature displays the exact location of the handouts in each chapter.
"What I love about the Physique and Bodybuilding Coach program is it combines the science and application; you’re going to get everything top to bottom. From mechanism of nutrition, training, programming, corrective exercises, and more. But you’re also going to get information on the coaching principles, and the mindset shifts that you need to create with your clients."
- Laurin Conlin, IFBB Bikini Pro, MS in Exercise Science, owner of Team LoCoFit
"What I love most about this career is just being able to push myself beyond my limits and what I think is possible. It’s motivating to see the progress you make each week. Throughout the years, you can really see the difference in your physique."
- Ashley Kaltwasser, 3x Ms Bikini Olympia Champion and IFBB Fitness Pro
"With NASM, you know you’re getting your information from the top source in the industry. You know you’re being set up to succeed. This program NASM created is very detailed, it’s technical, and it’s the best guide to get you on the right path."
- Whitney Jones, 3x Ms Fitness Olympia and an IFBB Fitness Pro
"Bodybuilding makes me feel alive. It’s such a relief to be on stage. It’s such a rewarding experience to go through a process and realize 'I did this for me.' I made it through this really tough set of parameters to get to this new look and it’s really rewarding. It is a rush. It’s a rush of joy."
- Ashley Radiance Elizabeth Fuller, IFBB Figure Competitor, NASM-CNC and CES