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Course curriculum

  • 2

    Section 1 - Scope of practice

    • Chapter 1 - The Benefits of Exercise for Chronic Disease text

    • Chapter 1 - The Benefits of Exercise for Chronic Disease - video

    • Chapter 1 – Chronic Disease and the Benefits of Exercise discussion and application

    • Chapter 1 – Chronic Disease and the Benefits of Exercise quiz

    • Chapter 2 - Scope of Practice and Health Risk text

    • Chapter 2 - Scope of Practice and Health Risk - video

    • Chapter 2 – Scope of Practice and Health Risk discussion and application

    • Chapter 2 – Scope of Practice and Health Risk quiz

    • Chapter 3 - Rapport and Psychology text

    • Chapter 3 - Rapport and Psychology video

    • Chapter 3 – Rapport and Psychology discussion and application

    • Chapter 3 – Rapport and Psychology quiz

  • 3

    Section 2– Assessment and Exercise Programming

    • Chapter 4 - Postural and Movement Assessments and Corrective Strategies text

    • Chapter 4 – Postural and Movement Assessments & Corrective Strategies video

    • Chapter 4 – Postural and Movement Assessments, & Corrective Strategies discussion and application

    • Chapter 4 – Postural and Movement Assessments, & Corrective Strategies quiz

    • Chapter 5 – Cardiorespiratory Assessment text

    • Chapter 5 – Cardiorespiratory Assessment - video

    • Chapter 5 – Cardiorespiratory Assessment discussion and application

    • Chapter 5 – Cardiorespiratory Assessment quiz

    • Chapter 6 - FITT text

    • Chapter 6 - FITT - video

    • Chapter 6 - FITT discussion and application

    • Chapter 6 -FITT quiz

  • 4

    Section 3 – Exercise and cardiopulmonary disease

    • Chapter 7- Coronary Heart Disease text

    • Chapter 7- Coronary Heart Disease video

    • Chapter 7- Coronary Heart Disease discussion and application

    • Chapter 7- Coronary Heart Disease quiz

    • Chapter 8 – Hypertension text

    • Chapter 8 - Hypertension video

    • Chapter 8 – Hypertension discussion and application

    • Chapter 8 – Hypertension quiz

    • Chapter 9 – COPD and Asthma text

    • Chapter 9 - COPD and Asthma video

    • Chapter 9 – COPD and Asthma discussion and application

    • Chapter 9 – COPD and Asthma quiz

  • 5

    Section 4 - Exercise and Metabolic Disease

    • Chapter 10 – Diabetes text

    • Chapter 10 - Diabetes video

    • Chapter 10 – Diabetes discussion and application

    • Chapter 10 – Diabetes quiz

    • Chapter 11 - Hyperlipidemia text

    • Chapter 11 – Hyperlipidemia video

    • Chapter 11 – Hyperlipidemia discussion and application

    • Chapter 11 – Hyperlipidemia quiz

    • Chapter 12 – Body Composition, Overweight, and Obesity text

    • Chapter 12 – Body Composition, Overweight and Obesity video

    • Chapter 12 – Body Composition, Overweight, and Obesity discussion and application

    • Chapter 12 – Body Composition, Overweight, and Obesity quiz

    • Chapter 13 – Metabolic Syndrome text

    • Chapter 13 – Metabolic Syndrome video

    • Chapter 13 – Metabolic Syndrome discussion and application

    • Chapter 13 – Metabolic Syndrome quiz

    • Chapter 14 - Cancer text

    • Chapter 14 - Cancer video

    • Chapter 14 - Cancer discussion and application

    • Chapter 14 – Cancer quiz

    • Chapter 15 - Pregnancy text

    • Chapter 15 - Pregnancy video

    • Chapter 15 – Pregnancy discussion and application

    • Chapter 15 – Pregnancy quiz

  • 6

    Section 5 - Exercise and Orthopedic Dysfunction

    • Chapter 16 – Core, Balance, and Gait text

    • Chapter 16 – Core, Balance, and Gait video

    • Chapter 16 – Core, Balance, and Gait discussion and application

    • Chapter 16 – Core, Balance, and Gait quiz

    • Chapter 17 – Common Shoulder Dysfunctions text

    • Chapter 17 – Common Shoulder Dysfunctions video

    • Chapter 17 – Common Shoulder Dysfunctions discussion and application

    • Chapter 17 – Common Shoulder Dysfunctions quiz

    • Chapter 18 – Common Dysfunctions of the Distal Arm text

    • Chapter 18 – Common Dysfunctions of the Distal Arm video

    • Chapter 18 – Common Dysfunctions of the Distal Arm discussion and application

    • Chapter 18 – Common Dysfunctions of the Distal Arm quiz

    • Chapter 19 – Common Hip Dysfunctions text

    • Chapter 19 – Common Hip Dysfunctions video

    • Chapter 19 – Common Hip Dysfunctions discussion and application

    • Chapter 19 – Common Hip Dysfunctions quiz

    • Chapter 20 – Common Knee Dysfunctions text

    • Chapter 20 – Common Knee Dysfunctions video

    • Chapter 20 – Common Knee Dysfunctions discussion and application

    • Chapter 20 – Common Knee Dysfunctions quiz

    • Chapter 21 – Common Dysfunctions of the Lower Extremities text

    • Chapter 21 – Common Dysfunctions of the Lower - video

    • Chapter 21 – Common Dysfunctions of the Lower Extremities discussion and application

    • Chapter 21 – Common Dysfunctions of the Lower Extremities quiz

  • 7

    Section 6 – Exercise, aging, and overuse

    • Chapter 22 - Low back pain text

    • Chapter 22 – Low Back Pain video

    • Chapter 22 - Low Back Pain duscussion and application

    • Chapter 22 - Low Back Pain quiz

    • Chapter 23 - Arthritis text

    • Chapter 23 - Arthritis video

    • Chapter 23- Arthritis discussion and application

    • Chapter 23- Arthritis quiz

    • Chapter 24 - Osteoporosis text

    • Chapter 24 - Osteoporosis video

    • Chapter 24 - Osteoporosis discussion and application

    • Chapter 24 - Osteoporosis quiz

  • 8

    Section 7– Business, Communication, and Privacy

    • Chapter 25 – Business Considerations text

    • Chapter 25 – Business Considerations video

    • Chapter 25 – Business, Communication, and Privacy discussion and application

    • Chapter 25 – Business, Communication, and Privacy quiz

    • Appendices

  • 9

    Final Exam

    • Clinical Exercise Specialist final exam instructions

    • Clinical Exercise Specialist final exam

FAQ

  • There are other medical or fitness specialist courses available; what is the difference?

    This program was designed for the Fitness Professional who works in a gym, small training studio, conducts in-home sessions, and may not have access to expensive testing equipment or physician oversight on the property. We feel the chapters are easy to navigate and to the point without any unnecessary information or requirements that can be found in most basic personal training courses. There are tables and charts that provide much of the information in a concise easy to understand format.

  • Is a college degree or previous certification required?

    Some of the other courses require a college degree and some will not accept online degrees. We feel that any amount of knowledge we can get into the hands of the frontline Fitness Professionals will benefit everyone as we improve personal and population health. This course assumes there is a base knowledge of physiology and biomechanics that can be found in most Certified Personal Trainer programs.

  • What grade do I need to get to pass the examination?

    This final exam is comprised of 100 questions from every chapter in the CXS course and randomly taken form a bank of almost 150 questions. You have an unlimited amount of time to complete the test, and must achieve a score of 75% or better. Each chapter also includes a quiz. The quizzes are not graded, but will provide guidance as to your understanding of the material. If you do not achieve a passing grade, the exam will be reset one time. If you still fail to achieve a 75% or better on the final exam, you will have to pay to $100 for another 2 attempts.

  • Will I be considered a clinician after earning the CXS credential?

    Clinical Exercise refers to a type of exercise intervention. A clinician is someone who may diagnose, treat, and otherwise care for patients. As Fitness Professionals, we are not licensed by any state or other type of governing board therefore we have clients, not patients, and should not be considered clinicians. The materials in the CXS program will give you the knowledge and expertise to become part of a team of providers for a client suffering from one of the more than 30 conditions discussed in the Clinical Exercise Specialist program.

  • Is the textbook, The Clinical Exercise Specialist Manual: A Fitness Professional’s Guide to Exercise and Chronic Disease included with the course.

    Each chapter of the text is available with in the corresponding chapter of the course. The text is available to read while in the course. A hardcopy or Kindle version of the textbook can be purchased from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08HT12174

  • Will I be able to accept insurance after earning the CXS designation?

    Insurance is regulated from state to state so it is best to check the laws governing health insurance in your state, and you may have to petition each insurance company separately. I would like challenge you to ask yourself why you want to take insurance? In a bureaucratic environment, when many health care providers are moving away from insurance and into concierge practice, why do Fitness Professionals want to jump into something that so many are trying to get out of?

  • How long do I have to complete the course?

    Although you have up to 12 months to complete the entire course, it is recommended you complete at least one section per week.

  • There are discussion questions at the end of every chapter; why?

    The purpose of any course of learning is to convey useable information. The discussion and application questions are designed to prompt you to think about how you will apply what you have learned to your particular situation.

  • What is the refund policy for this course?

    We certainly understand how quickly everyone’s situation can change, and we want everyone who visit’s our program to be happy with their experience. A refund will be available in the first two weeks.