Obesity and Weight Management Exercise Specialist

A comprehensive educational course for fitness professionals who seek to blend theory and practice on exercise and obesity in order to supervise customized and science-based exercise training programs in physically inactive adults struggling with the biggest global public health challenge of the 21st century.

  • Understand the problem of obesity at global level
  • Implement appropriate exercises, drills and games to engage overweight/obese clients
  • Design exercise routines to help a variety of clients to achieve their goals
  • Apply science-based exercise protocols promoting safety and customization

Accreditations: ACE 1.2 CECs, ACSM 9.0 CECs, AFAA 12.0 CEUs, NASM 1.2 CECs

Module 1 – Theory

9:00 – 11:00 Friday 29 April

1.1 Fitness professionals and the fight against obesity
1.2 Definition, diagnosis, causation and pathophysiology of obesity
1.3 Epidemiology overview and role of genetics
1.4 Exercise guidelines of cardiovascular exercise training in overweight/obese adults
1.5 Exercise guidelines of resistance training in overweight/obese adults
1.6 Research findings on different exercise modalities in the treatment of obesity
1.7 SMART goal setting and health promotion
1.8 Motivational and coaching techniques

Module 2 – Practice

11:15 – 13:30 Friday 29 April

2.1 Medical and health history appraisal
2.2 Fitness assessments protocols
2.3 Warm-up drills
2.4 Stability and mobility drills
2.5 Exercise engagement strategies
2.6 Fitness games
2.7 Partner exercises
2.8 Assisted resistance training
2.9 Exercise progressions and modifications

Module 3 – Practice

14:30 – 16:30 Friday 29 April

3.1 Program design and implementation
3.2 Traditional training modalities for overweight/obese adults
3.3 High-intensity interval training for overweight/obese adults
3.4 Combined and functional training for overweight/obese adults
3.5 Instruction, execution and modification of exercise protocols
3.6 Recommended science-based training routines for overweight/obese adults

Module 4 – Theory

16:45 – 18:30 Friday 29 April

4.1 Small-group, hybrid training regimens for overweight/obese adults
4.2 Case studies
4.2 Roundtable discussion
4.3 Recap quizzes
4.4 Review and summary

The Presenter

Alexis Batrakoulis, Ph.D.  

He has been involved in the health and fitness industry in the past 27 years and currently works as an adjunct lecturer, personal trainer, fitness educator, subject matter expert, and speaker presenting in 40 countries across five continents and is based in Greece. He holds a B.S. in Physical Education and Sports Science, M.S. in Exercise and Health with, Ph.D. in Clinical Exercise Physiology. He has authored over 35 international peer-reviewed publications on exercise. Author of the ACSM’s and NSCA’s Personal Training textbooks. He has also earned numerous professional credentials through ACSM (EP, CPT, and EIM 2), NSCA (CSCS, CSPS, and NSCA-CPT), ACE (CMES, CHC, CPT, WMS, YFS, SFS, TES, and FNS), and NASM (CES, PES, and WLS). He is research assistant in the Department of Physical Education and Sport Science at the University of Thessaly. He teaches continuing education courses for health and fitness professionals approved by ACE, ACSM, AFAA, ΙFPA, ISSA, NASM, NSCA, NCSF, and EREPs. He is 2017 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year Finalist, 2018 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, 2019 IDEA China Fitness Innovator, 2020 NSCA Personal Trainer of the Year, 2020 MedFit Professional of the Year Finalist, 2021 PFP Trainer of the Year, 2021 and 2022 ACSM Certified Professional of the Year Finalist. 

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