The Principles of Training and Program Design course will cover topics such as training philosophy, principles of program design, muscle physiology, how to get started, exercise selection, periodization and tools for planning. • Participants will learn that your philosophy is your foundation and each professional has a style and philosophy that governs how they develop a program. Participants will learn how to incorporate their own philosophy in their training programs. • Principles of program design will be covered including specificity, overload, progression, testing, diminishing returns, and reversibility. Participants will learn how to develop training programs moving through these principles to appropriately match a client’s progress and fitness goals. • Muscle physiology will help participants better understand muscle function, motor units, growth, fiber type, size principles and adaptations • Getting Started tools will be taught covering the initial consultation format including needs analysis, appropriate goal setting (SMART), exercise selection and other information gathering. • Periodization will be described through short term (microcyles), mid term (mesocycles), long term (yearly) cycles. Participants will learn how to identify training phases, plan volume and intensity, and regularly evaluate the process. • Examples of planning tools and templates will be given to participants to use for their own program designs and training sessions.