The NASM Weight Loss Specialist (WLS)—The secret to long term weight loss success.

Grow your business by reducing waist lines! NASM Weight Loss Specialists:

  • Show clients how to embrace a healthier lifestyle

  • Design weight loss exercise programs using the Optimum Performance Training™ (OPT™) Model

  • Boost their client base, reputation, and career as authorities on the physical and psychological challenges of losing and/or maintaining weight

  • Apply the most up-to-date, most respected weight loss guidelines and training methodologies

  • Invest in their client’s lives and futures . . . as well as their own!

With the all-new edition of NASM's Weight Loss Specialization (WLS), we unlock the secrets to long term weight loss success through lifestyle change by integrating the science behind losing weight with a vast understanding of real-life situations. Helping clients lead healthier lives.

This immersive online experience shows you how to apply the most up-to-date evidence-based information on exercise, nutrition, and behavior change to help clients reach their health goals and lose weight as part of the process. You'll gain access to robust tools, methods, and insight that will help you hit the ground running from Day 1.
This course is 100% online and features our new, high-end and easy-to-use digital course portal. You'll have 1 year from enrollment to complete your final exam, however most learners complete the course in as little as 8-10 weeks.

Course Overview

Section 1: Becoming a Weight Loss Specialist

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Scope of Practice


Section 2: The Obesity Epidemic

Chapter 3: The State of Obesity
Chapter 4: The Physiology of Obesity
Chapter 5: Psychosocial and Obesity


Section 3: The Science of Weight Loss

Chapter 6: Metabolism
Chapter 7: Nutrition and Supplementation
Chapter 8: The Impact of Exercise on Weight Loss
Chapter 9: Psychology of Weight Loss


Section 4: Client Assessments

Chapter 10: Client-intake Process
Chapter 11: Conducting Fitness Assessments


Section 5: The Weight Loss Coaching Process

Chapter 12: Nutrition Coaching Strategies for Weight Loss
Chapter 13: Fitness Coaching Strategies for Weight Loss
Chapter 14: Integrating Nutrition and Fitness with the Weight Loss Client
Chapter 15: Weight Maintenance and Sustainability


  • 15 In-Depth Chapters and Corresponding Chapter Quizzes

  • Four Client Personal Journeys to Serve as Case Studies

  • Steve - 30s; BMI 40-42; Understands exercise but not nutrition

  • Angela - 40s; BMI 31; Doesn't exercise; has tried various diets in the past

  • Jose - 40s; BMI 52; No history with exercising; Hypertension and pre-diabetes

  • Vanessa - 40s; BMI 28; Not consistent with exercise; travels a lot for work; needs help with habits surrounding food intake

  •  13 Course Videos

  • Introduction to WLS

  • Persona Introductions

  • Scope: Coaching vs. Counseling

  • The Growing Importance for WLS

  • Psychosocial Effects on Obesity

  • Popular Diets for the WLS

  • Physical Activities that Promote Weight Loss

  • 5 Factors to Weight Loss Success

  • Nutrition Intervention Strategies

  • The 5 A’s of Coaching Framework

  • Factors that Impact Weight Maintenance and Sustainability

  • 4 Complete Coaching Process Videos with Workout Demonstrations for personas

  • Treats weight loss, not as the problem to overcome, but instead, the behavioral strategies required working an array of different weight loss clients

  • 2 Animation Videos

  • The Physiology of Obesity

  • Metabolism

  • 30+ Downloads and Templates That Can Be Used Directly with Weight Loss Client

  • Up to 15 Custom Graphics and Infographics per Chapter

  • High-End, Easy-to-Use Digital Course Portal; Access on all Devices

  • CEUs: NASM 1.9; ACE 1.9


Self-Study: 2,875 SAR

Virtual Lecture: Unavailable

Live Lecture: 5,175 SAR