Online Accreditation in Fitness for Health and Longevity
Flexible self-study training for professional accreditation
Learn the principles of functional fitness. Round out your knowledge as a fitness professional. Become a certified expert.
Flexible remote learning on your own time and the device of your choosing.
We stay up to date on exercise science, so you can too.
Join a community of like-minded health and fitness enthusiasts.
What You'll Receive
Certified Primal Fitness Experts receive a well-rounded functional fitness education that advocates for true health and vitality, not the struggle and sacrifice promoted by mainstream fitness culture. From the mechanics of posture and breath to best practices for cardiovascular and resistance training, you’ll become an expert at what it takes to live an active, fit, healthy lifestyle.
What You'll Learn
Our Fitness Expert Certification course prepares you to go beyond reps and empower clients to actively take ownership of their bodies and movement patterns.
Meet Your Instructors
Former Professional Endurance Athlete and Fitness Expert
Brad Kearns is a New York Times bestselling author, Guinness World Record setting professional Speedgolfer, #1 ranked USA age 55-59 high jumper, and former US national champion and #3 world-ranked professional triathlete. He hosts the B.rad podcast covering healthy living, peak performance, and personal growth with his carefree style and lively sense of humor.
Brad has written over twenty books on diet, health, peak performance, and ancestral living, and is a popular speaker, retreat host, and host of the Primal Fitness Coach online multimedia educational course. In 2017, The Keto Reset Diet (co-authored with Mark Sisson) became a New York Times bestseller and #1 ranked overall bestselling book on amazon.com for two days.
Brad's main message is to encourage the pursuit of peak performance with passion throughout life. He promotes the importance of performing a daily morning exercise routine for a natural energy boost, improved strength, mobility and flexibility, and better focus and discipline in all areas of life.
Co-founder and Instructor
Mark Sisson is a celebrated bestselling health and fitness author credited as the “godfather” of paleo/primal and a leading figure in the ancestral health community. He is a former world-class distance runner, triathlete and Ironman competitor, and coach to hundreds of professional athletes. An avid academic, Mark was a pre-med candidate and earned a biology degree from Williams College. He served for 15 years as chairman of the International Triathlon Union (ITU) Anti-Doping Commission and as the ITU’s liaison to the International Olympic Committee. He began sharing his vast nutrition science knowledge with the ancestral-health community by way of his award-winning blog Mark’s Daily Apple. Mark teamed up with other leading experts to create the Primal Health Coach Institute Certification Course, the world’s first coaching program based on the evolutionary health movement.
Mark introduces you to each chapter of the course with an expert summary and some philosophical comments.
Coaching and Course Director
For nearly 30 years, Erin Power has balanced her full-time career with a part-time career in the fitness industry as a trainer and group fitness instructor. During her fitness tenure, she has certified in, delivered, and practiced fitness programming that’s followed every trend from spin classes, to bodybuilding, to yoga, and beyond (you name it, she’s taught it), leading tens of thousands of fitness enthusiasts through workouts in big box gyms and boutique studios. These days she's one of the leaders at the helm of developing curriculum for Primal Health Coach Institute® and supporting the coaching and business development efforts of our graduates. She's also the co-host of Health Coach Radio—the podcast by health coaches, for health coaches. Erin is certified through Primal Health Coach Institute, The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, CanFitPro, and is a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach through the NBHWC. She lives outside Calgary, Alberta, Canada in a forest in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
Chloe Maleski is a Mental Performance Coach specializing in supporting professional, collegiate, and high school athletes with mental fortitude, cognitive performance, stress management, and mindfulness training.
As a former Division I scholarship runner at Duke University, Chloe understands firsthand the importance of cultivating a championship mentality, resiliency, and mental strength. She brings a unique breadth of experience to her practice as a coach and personal trainer, and now to this health coach certification course, that extends beyond her clinical expertise and personal experience as an athlete.
Chloe holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University.
Become a Certified Primal Fitness Expert
As a graduate of this course, you will earn the distinction of being a certified Primal Fitness Expert. You will be well-versed in all primal fitness exercises and principles and be prepared to use your knowledge in a variety of personal and professional contexts.
Note: This course alone does not certify you to become a Primal Fitness Coach. The Primal Fitness Coach designation is reserved for those who receive in-depth training across not only Primal Fitness, but also coaching and the business of coaching. To learn more about how to become a Primal Fitness Coach, click here.
If you are a certified Primal Health Coach and you take and complete this course, you will earn certified Primal Fitness Coach status. (The coaching and business of coaching training that Primal Fitness Coaches receive is the same training that Primal Health Coaches receive. Thus, Primal Health Coaches are only required to complete the Primal Fitness Expert Certification course to acquire certified Primal Fitness Coach status.)
Easy Payment Options Available
Primal Fitness is accessible to people of all physical levels, and our tuition rates are accessible to anyone who wants to help themselves and others move more and get fitter.
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Become a Primal Fitness Expert today
You believe in fitness for everyone and are interested in becoming an expert in Primal Fitness—a back-to-the-basics exercise methodology that takes a playful approach to movement and focuses on functional fitness fully integrated with healthy living.
You are an existing health or fitness professional who would like to deepen your knowledge and train clients in Primal Fitness.
You are a Primal Health Coach graduate or student who would like to also become a certified Primal Fitness Coach.
You are a health and fitness enthusiast who would like to learn how to build a strong and resilient body for life.
What to Expect
Once you register, you’ll receive login instructions to a password-protected portal where you can access the online course and start your studies.
- First, you’ll walk through the Welcome Section to orient yourself to the course. Chapter 1 introduces you to the primal fitness philosophy, with subsequent lessons on mobility, strength, endurance, functionality, health, and longevity.
- Pass the Chapter 1 exam and you’ll move into Chapter 2, with a comprehensive presentation on the importance of all aspects of general everyday movement as the central element of fitness, health, and vitality.
- The course builds a thoughtful foundation of human health, movement, and fitness essentials before progressing into more sophisticated fitness topics that most other certifications jump into. We think it's important to establish a big-picture philosophical foundation. You'll cover human posture and movement fundamentals in Chapter 3, and then advance to nuanced topics like breathing, stretching, mobility, flexibility, balance, and injury prevention.
- As your studies progress, you will take deep dives into the bread-and-butter fitness essentials, including cardiovascular training, high-intensity exercise, resistance training (including a whole chapter dedicated to squats and deadlifts), and sprinting and jumping.
- The scope of your fitness certification is unrivaled in the marketplace when you move from "workout" education to more change-inspiring topics such as mindset, overtraining, recovery, and a chapter dedicated to achieving fat-loss results.
- We also cover the proper ways to assess clients’ fitness levels and train them to their full physical potential, including an extensive series of assessment exercises and corrective exercises to promote full functionality and reduce injuries and attrition.
- The Primal Fitness Certification chapter on overtraining and overreaching is arguably the most comprehensive presentation on causes, symptoms, and resolution that you will find in any online course, book, or in-person education in the world.
Frequently Asked Questions
In an attempt to achieve fitness breakthroughs, many fitness training programs take a narrow approach and emphasize overly stressful exercise patterns. Primal Fitness gets results, but without the stress. It’s a sustainable, big-picture approach to lifelong fitness. The emphasis is on movement that feels good and improves quality of life. It’s a comprehensive certification program that can be used as a standalone business offering or as an additional revenue stream to an existing health or fitness practice.
Once you start the online education process, course material is released at a rate of one chapter per week. There are 14 chapters, so you could technically get your fitness certification in as little as 14 weeks. However, this is a self-paced program, so you can proceed through the course work at a slower rate any time you like. Remember, your enrollment gives you lifetime access to all the course material.
Some estimate that this course material is on a par with an upper-division college course in the health sciences. However, the written material and videos are all presented in an easy-to-understand format, with a minimum of “sciency” terms or overly complex narratives. That said, the coursework is comprehensive and provides a detailed overview of the most respected fitness research and training philosophies today. While no prerequisites are necessary to enroll, your pace of learning and ease of passing the exams will be accelerated if you have a background in the fitness industry or as an athlete. If you have minimal background experience or knowledge, we will work with you one-on-one to ensure that you absorb the material effectively and pass the course.
The 14 chapter exams are made up of multiple choice and true/false questions that have been carefully scrutinized by an elite team of beta-testers to ensure fairness and relevance to the written and video content course material. A score of 75 percent correct or better represents a passing grade. If you score below 75 percent, you can return to the material for review, and then attempt the exam again and as many times as you need to pass it. If you find yourself getting stuck on a certain chapter or frustrated with the learning experience in any way, don’t stress! We are here to support and eagerly await the opportunity to help. In our years of experience assisting Primal Health Coaches complete the rigorous certification program, we’ve learned that it’s natural to struggle on certain topics or with certain learning modalities and that a little one-on-one support here and there can make all the difference. When in doubt, reach out. We are here to help!
The Primal Fitness Expert Certification Course is a comprehensive education in Primal Fitness. As a Primal Fitness Expert, you’ll learn key functional fitness principles that will change lives, including yours!
The Primal Fitness Coach Certification Course includes everything found in the Primal Fitness Expert Certification Course, plus 9 additional chapters and advanced training on Coaching Skills and Business Development. The Primal Fitness Coach Certification course is one of our flagship courses. To become a Certified Primal Fitness Coach, visit our course page here.
A Primal Fitness Expert is exactly that—an expert in Primal Fitness—and as such can round out their current fitness professional offerings with this expert knowledge.
A Primal Fitness Coach has been trained in Primal Fitness, but also in coaching clients to lasting change and in how to run a successful business as a coach.
Only if you are already a Primal Health Coach. If that’s the case, you’ll be certified as both a Primal Health Coach and a Primal Fitness Coach upon graduation.
If you are not a Primal Health Coach and are interested in becoming a Primal Fitness Coach in lieu of certification as a Primal Fitness Expert, visit our course page here.
This course is more comprehensive than any other fitness certification you will find in the world! While a CrossFit certification will go deeper into CrossFit and a USA Triathlon coaching certification will go deeper into triathlon training, your Primal Fitness Coach certification will provide the most comprehensive, high-level experience and go deeper into the practical and philosophical knowledge needed to lead a fitness lifestyle yourself or to assist your clients if you are a fitness professional.
When you enroll in the certification course you immediately become part of our community, and we’ll do everything in our power to make sure you reach your education and career goals. We’re so confident that the program and our organization will exceed your expectations that we offer a 30-day, no-questions-asked, money-back guarantee. You’ll get a full refund if the course isn’t to your liking, or if life circumstances shift your focus and you decide that fitness coaching is no longer your preferred career path.
What Our Grads Have to Say
Primal Health Coaching has helped me present primal nutrition and lifestyle habits to my clientele in a very useable format. After completing the course, you are ready to field questions and have total confidence that you are the foremost authority in primal health, fitness, and lifestyle. I think this one certification is more valuable than any personal trainer or nutrition certification that might be available.
Certified Primal Health Coach
Primal Health Coaching allows me to not only promote my services as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, but also as a Primal Health Coach. I can now help my clients avoid metabolic damage, inflammation, and other potential problems. My client base has broadened to include not only competitors and athletes, but those wanting to understand paleo/keto nutrition and the revised paradigm of health and fitness.
Certified Primal Health Coach
As a fitness coach, I incorporate the Primal Blueprint Key Concepts to help people express their full genetic potential as athletes, so they can improve every measurable aspect of fitness: to recover, refuel, and train like a beast.
Certified Primal Health Coach