Provider: ACE - American Council On Exercise
Type: Online Course
Online Quiz
Recorded Video
CEC Credits: ACE 0.2 CECs

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A Mindful Approach to Exercise Programming for Women’s Overall Health and Fitness

When it comes to training women, it’s vital to take into account their natural hormone cycle and its impact on their biology and physiology. More importantly, you will get better results when you understand how these hormonal changes can be used to improve their fitness regimen and overall health.

In this two-hour course, you will explore the lifespan of a woman’s hormones from early adolescence, 20’s and 30’s, pregnancy and post-partum. Backed by science and anecdotal evidence from real women, you will gain insight into the best ways to work with these hormonal changes throughout a woman’s various life stages in a continuum-based approach to fitness. You will also focus on practical exercise programming application for perimenopausal, menopausal and post-menopausal clients.

Led by Jiji Pollock, MS, PhD(c), Director of Science for the Institute of Motion and adjunct faculty in Kinesiology at A.T. Still University who has 30 years of experience working with and researching women of various fitness levels and ages, you will not only gain an understanding of how training female clients is different from training male clients, but how to work with their hormonal status to improve women’s health and fitness, ultimately increasing your client retention and value as an exercise professional.

Upon completion, you will be able to:

• Understand the natural lifecycle of a woman’s hormones, from adolescence to post-menopause

• Communicate with female clients about their menstrual cycle and training

• Consider the various stages of the menstrual cycle and the impact fluctuating hormones have on fitness

• Apply exercise programming that work with a woman’s life stages, specifically later in life


The best course so far. Great speaker & lots of information.

Poor communicative style, seemed to jump around a lot with very difficult to understand information. Presenter appeared nervous. I actually skipped 2nd video and took chances with quiz. Would not recommend this .

This course was extremely informative on women's hormones through different life stages. I really do feel like an expert in these basics. One thing I was hoping to get out of this was more information on balancing hormones through fitness and lifestyle. I don't belive insomnia, PMS, cramps, night sweats, etc are the end all be all reality for women, I don't think it's normal to have those things. I wish I could of learned more on that aspect of things not just the basics

The course was interesting but spoke more about the female lifecycle than about training. The lady that was speaking, she knew what she was talking about, was not a very good presenter and made it hard to focus on the material.