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Advanced Personal Training Certification

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The AFPA Advanced Personal Training Certification course is full of valuable information about in-depth testing protocols, assessment techniques for muscular imbalances, and advanced programs for healthy clients, athletes and sporting activities. You will learn how to develop goal-oriented exercise programs for the de-conditioned, conditioned and athletic clients. AFPA Advanced Personal Trainer graduates have the educational tools necessary to take themselves to the next level in their career as a Personal Trainer. In order to participate in this advanced program, you must have a current certification as a Personal Trainer, or similar thereof.   

Advanced Personal Trainer Certification Course Topics Include, but Are Not Limited To: 

Module 1:





In Module 1 you will learn how to develop individualized training programs for both serious athletes and fitness enthusiasts. Explore how to design scientifically based resistance training programs, modify and adapt programs to meet the needs of special populations, and apply the elements of program design in the real world.

  • Basic Principles of Resistance Training and Exercise Prescription
  • Maximal Voluntary Muscle Actions Intensity
  • Training Volume
  • Rest Periods
  • Velocity Specificity
  • Muscle Action Specificity
  • Muscle Group Specificity
  • Energy Source Specificity
  • Periodization
  • Progressive Overload
  • Isometric Training
  • Dynamic Constant External Resistance Training
  • Variable Resistance Training
  • Isokinetic Training
  • Eccentric Training
  • Physiological Adaptations to Resistance Training
  • Integrating Other Fitness Components
  • Developing the Individualized Resistance Training Workout
  • Resistance Training Systems and Techniques
  • Advanced Training Strategies
  • Periodization of Resistance Training
  • Comparative Studies
  • Power Development
  • Plyometrics
  • Types of Detraining
  • Women and Resistance Training
  • Children and Resistance Training
  • Resistance Training for Seniors 

Module 2:

Module 2 covers the latest exercise testing and prescription guidelines from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as well as physical activity recommendations from the U.S. government and American Heart Association.

This module presents an overview of physical activity, health, and chronic disease, including a discussion of preliminary health screening and risk classification. It then leads into field and laboratory assessment and testing protocols, followed by prescription guidelines for designing exercise programs to improve each fitness component. You will learn the latest information on maximal and submaximal graded exercise testing in healthy populations, as well as muscular fitness testing protocols and norms for children and adults.

  • Physical Activity, Health, and Chronic Disease
  • Preliminary Health Screening and Risk Classification
  • Principles of Assessment, Prescription, and Exercise Program Adherence
  • Assessing Cardiorespiratory Fitness
  • Designing Cardiorespiratory Exercise Programs
  • Assessing Muscular Fitness
  • Designing Resistance Training Programs
  • Assessing Body Composition
  • Designing Weight Management and Body Composition Programs
  • Assessing Flexibility
  • Designing Programs for Flexibility and Low Back Care
  • Assessing Balance and Designing Balance Programs
  • Health and Fitness Appraisal Forms
  • Cardiorespiratory Assessments
  • Muscular Fitness Exercise and Norms
  • Body Composition Assessments
  • Energy Intake and Expenditure
  • Flexibility and Low Back Care Exercises

Prerequisites for AFPA Advanced Personal Fitness Trainer Certification:


  • Valid for 16.0 AFPA CECs

Advanced Personal Trainer Certification Course Contents:

  • All Learning Materials Included - 2 Certification Textbooks 
  • Online video. Includes 73 video clips demonstrating exercise assessments, procedures, and common errors and offering tips on interacting with clients
  • New protocols and assessments for each of the five fitness components
  • Expanded information on the use of technology to monitor physical activity, including wearable activity trackers and mobile apps
  • Updated information on the use of workspace design to promote physical activity and exercise
  • Complete examination anytime within 6 months from enrollment 
  • Course Study Guidelines and Completion Schedule to stay on track 
  • Unlimited Student Support – Before, during and after enrollment 
  • No Added Fees - All materials and examination included 

Advanced Personal Trainer Certification Course Learning Objectives: 

  • Identify the process of progressive muscular overload with application to athletes.
  • Demonstrate the differences between isometric and isokinetic resistance with application for sports.
  • Explain the endocrine system's response to resistance training.
  • Differentiate the cardio-vascular training effects and high intensity resistance training effects on over-all cardio-vascular health.
  • Interpret the physiological effects on the human body of aerobic, anaerobic and interval training.
  • Construct a periodization program to improve performance.
  • Design an exercise program based on the principals of specialization and lifting techniques.
  • Interpret the detraining phenomenon on both motor performance and strength loss.
  • Compare men's and women’s response to developing strength and power.
  • Demonstrate a safe and effective training program to improve overall power and strength.

Learning Format:

  • Comprehensive manuals, online video lessons, and online final exam.   

Completion Time:

  • Self-study, self-paced, test when you are ready
  • After successful completion, you will earn the title of “Advanced Personal Trainer” on your certificate.

Exam Requirements:

  • Passing an online exam with 85% or higher.
  • Exam is based on the course materials. No added materials needed.
  • There are 200 multiple choice exam questions.
  • You will have up to 28 days to complete the online exam upon receipt of your testing link. 
  • Once you submit your examination for grading and pass, you will receive your grade and credentials immediately.
  • If you do not pass, there is a $75.00 retest fee. You will be allowed to retest within 24 business hours.

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