Empowering Women to Become Stronger and Fitter Through Informed Coaching
Learn how to address the physiological, hormonal, behavioral, mental, and cultural factors that come into play when coaching women.
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What You'll Receive
PHCI’s Strength Training for Women Specialist Certification dives deep into the differences and challenges that affect how many women optimize health, strength, and muscle-building. Coaches come away with a better understanding of the obstacles, questions, needs, and goals of women looking to get stronger and fitter.
What You'll Learn
Equal parts fitness and coaching, our Strength Training for Women course addresses the many differentiating factors that can impact a woman’s health and fitness journey, from skeletal and muscular differences to the vast hormonal fluctuations throughout life stages, unique dietary requirements, psychological and behavioral impacts of the fitness cultural milieu that women inhabit, and more.
Meet Your Instructors
Health Coach and Author
One of the first 50 people to complete the original Primal Health Coach Certification Course, Ashleigh VanHouten also holds a number of other certifications in nutrition, applied women’s physiology, and strength training. In addition to this course, she has developed a range of coaching programs and seminars for women aimed at improving physical strength, overall wellness, and a deeper understanding of our bodies. Ashleigh has a background in swimming, powerlifting, and CrossFit and is a former nationally ranked natural figure competitor.
Ashleigh is also the host of the “Muscle Science for Women” podcast, which has more than 1.6 million downloads. She interviews some of the leading minds in exercise and nutrition methodology and overall wellness and has dedicated much of her career to exploring and teaching ancestral-based nutrition practices. She was a writer for Paleo Magazine for ten years, has contributed to MarksDailyApple.com, and wrote one of the only nose-to-tail, organ-meat-centric cookbooks in existence called It Takes Guts. Her second book, Carnivore-ish, highlights the benefits of a whole-foods, protein-centric approach.
Become a Strength Training for Women Specialist
As a graduate of this course, you will earn the special distinction of being a certified Strength Training for Women Specialist. This status prepares you to enter the field of fitness professionals equipped with the knowledge and training necessary to guide women toward muscle and strength development, plus the recognition from a respected and reputable school that you have demonstrated mastery over the relevant fitness principles and methodologies.
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Join us in our mission to help people live healthy and feel fit. Our prices are accessible to anyone who wants to help the world and everyone in it achieve optimal health.
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Get certified in coaching women today.
There are no prerequisites to participate in the Strength Training for Women Specialist Certification. It’s intended for people who coach women in some capacity, or desire to, and appreciate the complexity of balancing day-to-day life, overall health, and fitness goals.
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. Lessons include all the housekeeping details, as well as a Scope of Practice section with guidance on your legal responsibilities as a fitness coach.
- Chapter 1 covers nutrition topics like understanding macros, calories, and the fluid nature of fuel requirements and how to create a meal plan. It also addresses why many women don’t eat enough protein and how that impacts strength and fitness.
- Every chapter includes a Coaching Your Client section and the opportunity to put what you’ve learned into practice with a practicum assignment.
- At the end of each chapter, you’ll complete an exam made up of 15-20 true/false and multiple choice questions. You must get a score of 75% or higher to progress to the next chapter.
- Chapter 3 details basic training tenets with guidance on how to create programs for your clients and attend to common concerns, such as whether women “need cardio” to achieve their goals or how to gain muscle without getting bulky.
- We dedicate a complete chapter to exercise recovery and stress management, followed by the hormonal, skeletal, and muscular differences of female physiology. We also address the lifestyle and cultural pressures women face, including marketing misinformation and the importance of coaching women and men differently.
- Before your final exam, we’ll run through common client stressors and offer advice for overcoming the most female-centric fitness challenges and conditions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Historically, women have not been given the same attention and care in the health and wellness space. Women often feel that their specific needs, challenges, and questions are not sufficiently addressed or taken into account. This specialty certification helps to close this gap, setting you apart from other coaches and ensuring coaching success.
You can proceed with your reading, viewing, and test taking at your own pace, logging into the course at any time and picking up where you left off. There are 6 core chapters. We suggest allowing for 4-5 hours per chapter, or approximately 30 hours in total. There’s no rush, and you have lifetime access to the material.
This course material is on a par with an upper-division college course in the health sciences but we present the material in an easy-to-read, totally digestible manner. There are exams at the end of each chapter and a final exam at the end of the course. 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 struggle on the exams, our staff is here to help you with one-on-one support to ensure that your experience is positive.
When you enroll in any of our courses 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 money-back guarantee. When you enroll in the Strength Training for Women Specialist Certification course you gain access to all course materials immediately. If the course isn’t to your liking or doesn't meet your needs we will issue a full refund, no questions asked, within 7 days of enrolling and if not more than 3 chapters of the course have been completed. Our refund policy gives you the opportunity to test drive the first 3 chapters of the course risk free.
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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