NSCA Approved Courses

Courses on this page are approved through the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA). Provider number is F1000. To verify credentialing through the NSCA click here. Scroll down to the Resistance/Strength Training courses section on page 38.

The NSCA recognizes courses for continuing education (CE) units for the following specialty certifications:

  • CSCS, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
  • NSCA – CPT, NSCA Certified Personal Trainer
  • CSPS, Certified Special Populations Specialist
  • TSAC – F, Tactical Strength & Conditioning Facilitator
Combined Training: Evidence-Based Practice Strength and Conditioning Programming

Combined Training is an ONLINE course that teaches you how to expand your professional tools to include pre-performance and post-rehabilitation training based on the latest muscle physiology research. This course shows strength professionals how to program to account for interference theory along with recently discovered muscle clocks and the role that they play in muscle performance and rehabilitation outcomes. Packed with real world clinical applications and sample routines, this course is designed with the working professional and immediate field application in mind. Earn .5 CEs – 5 contact hours.

When you finish this course you will be able to:

  1. Discuss interference theory and how it relates to combined training.
  2. Explain what muscle clocks are and the role that they play in strength and conditioning training outcomes.
  3. Develop effective combined training sessions to increase muscle performance.
  4. Organize mode, frequency, duration, volume, and intensity of training to design sessions and programs that maximize muscle performance.
  5. Design effective cardiovascular and flexibility training programs that improve endurance and flexibility while minimizing the negative effects on muscle performance.

Click here to access the Combined Training online course.

Note: this course is approved through the Board of Certification (BOC) and the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa).

Programming for Strength Gains: New Research Exposes Timing as the Key Variable

Programming for Strength Gains is an ONLINE course that teaches you how to combine emerging strength training science with your existing program. Packed with programming tips and real-world gym how-to, this course shows you how to take your clients’ fitness to the next level. Explore how to apply new research on the timing of key programming variables to maximize strength gains. Discover how to time the frequency, mode, volume, intensity, and duration of training sessions to design effective and safe concurrent training programs while not forgetting about cardiovascular and flexibility training. Earn .2 CEs – 2 contact hours.

  1. Build effective concurrent training sessions and long-term programs for strength gains.
  2. Use frequency, duration, mode, volume, and intensity of training to design sessions and programs that maximize strength gains.
  3. Use muscle’s ability to anticipate training sessions as an advantage.
  4. Design effective complementary cardiovascular programs that improve endurance while minimizing the effects on strength gains.
  5. Design effective complementary stretching programs that help to minimize the risks of injury and improve muscle pliability while minimizing the effects on strength gains.

Click here to access NSCA approved Programming for Strength Gains online course.

Note: this link is for NSCA trainers and coaches only! All other certifications should take course through ACE.

Anticipation Training: Maximizing Performance and Recovery 

Anticipation Training is an advanced programming LIVE workshop for elite performance coaches and trainers, athletes, and fitness enthusiasts. The method combines knowledge gained from new research on muscle physiology with traditional periodization training for strength, endurance, mass, power, and speed gains. Earn .4 CEs – 4 contact hours.

In this interactive workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Time training sessions to align muscle’s biological clocks with the master clock and other body systems to maximize performance gains.
  • Structure and modify programs to utilize the benefits of your body and mind’s ability to anticipate.
  • Use intermittent rest as a training “cue”, not just recovery.
  • Avoid overtraining and learn about the benefits of undertraining.
  • Use common exercises in new ways to simplify strength programs.
  • Update current periodization programs for immediate application.