CERTIFIED Sports Nutrition Specialist

Become a Sports Nutrition Specialist So You Can Have The Knowledge And Credential To Help Your Clients Dramatically Enhance Their Sports And Elite Fitness Performance

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Add sports nutrition coaching to your fitness business and become a leader in the sports performance and sports nutrition fields!

sports nutritionist course

  • Learn cutting-edge techniques for increasing sports performance, reducing recovery time, and enhancing the overall well-being of your clients and athletes.
  • Enhance your professional credibility and lifetime earning potential.
  • You will be given specific tools, strategies and detailed information to help you improve the performance and nutritional habits for your clients and athletes ranging from weekend warriors to top level professionals.

This 100% Online Accelerated Program puts you in charge.

The NESTA Sports Nutrition Specialist course is designed for personal fitness trainers, strength coaches, nutrition experts, group exercise instructors and martial arts instructors.

It’s been said that 80% of physical success comes from nutrition.

While no one can say for sure if that is the exact percentage dictating success, we do know and understand nutrition is often the missing piece to the puzzle.

For everyone from the weekend warrior to elite athletes, nutrition is crucial to optimizing physical and mental performance on and off the field. What does that mean for you? It means have an understanding of sound nutrition principles, from the latest guidelines and practical tips on nutrition timing and hydration to dietary supplements and specific fueling tactics. Your client’s workouts and results will improve tenfold when they understand what it takes to fuel their bodies properly.

Become a Certified Sports Nutritionist
There is no program available today that is more current, and that covers such a variety of topics. Proper nutrition is truly the foundation that separates good athletes from great athletes and helps your clients get the results they need.

The NESTA Sports Nutrition Specialist program provides you with the knowledge to be a trusted source of sports nutrition information. The knowledge to differentiate between nutrition fact and nutrition myths. Nutrition can be confusing to your clients, with conflicting opinions and ideas about the fuels to choose, the 29,000+ dietary supplements available, and what and how much to drink. The NESTA Sports Nutrition Specialist Program cuts through all that hype and provides you with a scientifically sound program that is based on science with strategies that work in the lab and on the field.

As a Sports Nutrition Specialist, you will strategically guide your clients to get the most out of every workout because they will be properly fueled and operating at a peak level. You will help them feel their best by developing an energizing, performance-enhancing nutrition plan, tailored to their body’s specific requirements. You will also learn how to enhance your client’s workouts and maximize their results with proper nutrition, safe and effective sports supplements, and beneficial vitamins and minerals.

Course Author: Christopher Mohr, PhD, RD Dr. Mohr has Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Nutrition from The Pennsylvania State University and University of Massachusetts, respectively. He earned his PhD in exercise physiology from the University of Pittsburgh and is a Registered Dietitian.


Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletes

Sports Nutrition Specialist Course Objectives

1 . Understand and apply the basic fundamentals of nutrition and sports nutrition.
2 . Identify and apply sound nutrition recommendations for macronutrient intakes among
various clients.
3 . Recognize and implement science based nutrition strategies to help athletes and
clients with their training and performance.
4 . Demonstrate an understanding of scope of practice and when to refer out to other
5 . Understand and recall information within the program to apply it to clients.

Upon successful course completion, you will gain knowledge the following:

  • Optimal nutritional sources and levels for athletes of all kinds
  • Essential nutritional aspects for optimal performance
  • Specific factors effecting nutritional needs of athletes
  • Effective and safe nutritional strategies for specific energy systems
  • Nutritional plans for specific sports, activities and athlete types

Your Lesson Plan:

The Sports Nutrition Specialist Program is designed to provide personal trainers, sports coaches, and other students a strong understanding of sound sports nutrition principles. The Sports Nutrition Specialist program is comprised of 2 separate educational components; a comprehensive written manual, with the most up-to-date, science based nutrition information available, in addition to 12 in-depth and easy-to-follow video lectures from Dr. Mohr who will share in-depth knowledge on each of the nutrition topics discussed in the program to complement the information within the manual itself.

Sports Nutrition Specialist Course Outline


What does successful completion of this course provide?

Sports Nutrition Basics

Defining Sports Nutrition
Why The Athlete’s Diet Is Different
What Makes A “Healthy” Diet

The Digestive System

Major Functions of GI Tract
Digestion 101
GI Hormones and the Effects on Digestion

Energy Systems

Forms of Energy
Measuring Energy
What is a calorie?
What is a kilojoule (kJ)?
What is ATP?
Anaerobic: without oxygen
Aerobic: with oxygen
Anaerobic Pathways
ATP-PCr system (or phosphagen system)
Glycolysis (or lactic acid system)
Aerobic Pathway
Oxidative Phosphorylation
Energy Efficiency of Macronutrients

Become a Sports Nutrition Expert
Energy Needs

Determining Energy Needs
Intake and Expenditure
Energy Balance
Recommendations for Athletes
Estimated Energy Requirement (EER)
7 Tips for Meeting Calorie Needs


Carbohydrate Overview
Function of Carbohydrates
Carbohydrates in the Athlete’s Diet
Examples of Good Sources of Dietary Fiber
Essential Amino Acids
Nonessential Amino Acids
Functions of Protein
Protein in the Athlete’s Diet
Timing and Dosing
Recovery Snacks: Winning Combinations of Carbohydrates and Protein
Is Protein Needed During Exercise?
Are Protein or Amino Acid Supplements Necessary?
Saturated Fat (SFA)
Monounsaturated fat (MUFA) (mono, meaning one)
Polyunsaturated fat (PUFA) (meaning many)
Trans Fatty Acid Content of Common Foods
Fat Use During Exercise
Estimated Fat and Carbohydrate Utilization During Exercise
Types of Exertional Heat Illness
Water is crucial for life for a variety of reasons
Measuring Hydration Status
Assessing Fluid Losses Weight
The Time and Place for SportsDrinks
Tips to Ensure Proper Hydration

Translating Research Into Results

How-To Tips for Healthy Eating
2000-Calorie Meal Plan
3000-Calorie Meal Plan
Eating for Performance
A Team Approach to Nutrition Education
Simple Strategies For Game Day

Body Composition and Anthropometric Measurements

Body Mass Index
Percent Body Fat
Skinfold Thickness
Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis
Hip and Waist Circumference

Methods for Effective Weight Loss and Gain

Calories and Weight
Weight Loss
Weight Focused Athletes
Tips for Safe and Effective Weight Loss
Weight Gain
Food Choice
Putting Power Foods into “Practice”


Dietary Supplements, The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly

Fat Soluble Vitamins
Water Soluble Vitamins
Dietary Reference Intakes
Post-Workout Nutrition
When there is a need for supplementation?
Vitamin D
Energy Drinks

Food Fast vs. Fast Food: Surviving Pit Stops

On-The-Go Nutrition Trips
Easy foods to carry along include:
Rest Stops
Foods to Choose:
Foods to Lose:
Sit-Down Restaurants
Distance Travel: What to pack in your suitcase
Vending Machine Tips
Best of the Worst: Eating on the Road
Choose This, Instead of That
Fast Food Restaurant Tips

Eating Disorders in Athletes

Disordered Eating Behavior
Clinical Eating Disorders
Anorexia Nervosa
Bulimia Nervosa
Additional Resources
Sports Nutrition Specialist Summary


Sampling of Suggested Readings and References used for this Manual


When you become a Sports Nutrition Specialist, your career options expand instantly:

  • Offer Sports Nutrition Coaching to your existing clients who participate in sports
  • Add a revenue stream to your fitness boot camp business
  • Add online Sports Nutrition Coaching to your business
  • Write an ebook, make an audio lesson, create an online video series, or add Sports Nutrition as a topic for your lectures and presentations
  • You can also complete the NESTA Sports Nutrition Specialist program for your own athletic success

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Sports Nutrition Specialist program details

Continuing Education Units: NESTA 1.5 CEUs, ITCA 1.5 CEUs, MMACA 1.5 CEUs, ISSA 15 CEUs, NSCA 3 CEUs, NASM 1.0, Spencer Institute 1.5 CEUs

Recertification Requirements: None. Certificate does not expire

Prerequisites: None

Learning Format: Online format of materials including video PowerPoint lectures, comprehensive digital manual, and non-proctored online exam. Internet access is required. Content is provided in an online format which is accessed through an online secure website. Sports Nutritionist

Once your register, you will be directed to create your student account. You may begin your studies immediately after registering, or log in to your student account later to start your studies.

The materials will be released to you at one time. You can test when you are ready.

You may take up to one year to complete the program, and review the materials as often as you like. You will immediately know the results after you take your test. Most students finish within 1 – 2 weeks.

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Online training materials are Microsoft Windows and Mac compatible.

Exam Requirements: Passing a 100 multiple choice, non-proctored online exam with 70% or higher. Three attempts at the exam are given. Results are known immediately.

Retest Fee: $95 retest fee applies if the passing requirement is not met at the end of the third exam attempt.

Completion Time: Complete within one year of purchase

You will earn the title of “Sports Nutrition Specialist.”

What are my career options? How will I make a living with this credential?

The great thing about becoming a NESTA Sports Nutrition Specialist is that you have endless career and business opportunities. Some primary careers include: Working with clients at a gym, health club, fitness center, spa or resort. You can train and coach your clients indoors or outside. You can also operate your own facility. You can train and coach clients one-on-one in their home, your home, or your office. Many experts with this credential train in groups to help more people and earn more money per hour. In addition, you can seek out alternative (and frequently very lucrative career opportunities) as a blogger, writer, podcast host, author, online content provider, online video host or publisher of digital education products. You can also offer your services online to individuals, small groups or large groups. You can use fun online communication/collaboration platforms such Skype, Google Hangout or iChat for your training/coaching services. You can become an expert for authority websites such as WebMD, eHow and Livestrong.  You can become a frequent expert guest on podcasts, radio shows, TV talk shows, news programs or in industry publications. The list of opportunities is truly endless.  Nothing is hold you back. So, go make a difference today!

How will I get clients?

This is actually much easier than you may be thinking right now. Here are some examples: Facebook is an excellent resource. An account is free and building a fan page takes less than 5 minutes. You can advertising to very specific groups of people who want and need your services. Of course, you can also use Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest and your other favorite social media platforms.  It’s 100% FREE. Create and post a press release about your business launch. It’s simple and free to syndicate your press releases across the web. Creating a blog for your business is very fast and essential free. We have resources for your online marketing needs here. You can make training/coaching videos and post them to Youtube. When you offer this valuable free help, people get to know you and learn to like you. In return, they want to know more and they are directed back to your Facebook fan page or blog for details.  Of course, you can post your videos to all video sites for an even great reach. Adding your business to Yelp is also a great idea.  It gets ranked high on Google which makes your job even easier. Make sure you also add your business profile to Google Local.  That’s another free and easy way to get clients. As for off-line client-getting strategies, you can do any of the following: attend local charity events, speak at community events, do a lunch-and-learn at a local business, volunteer for a local charity, distribute door hangers, post flyers, add a graphic/banner to your car, and the list goes on and on.  Once you get started, you’ll see how easy it is to do.  Now that you know what you need to do, you just need to implement and the clients will come in on a regular basis.

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