Exercise Development Specialist

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Learn program design concepts that can be used for rehab, general fitness and sports conditioning. This Course gives you the tools to design exercise programs for all client populations to achieve maximum results. It incorporates the use of the G Ball (Stability Ball) and Resistance Cord and offers over 125 specific exercises and variations for training the shoulders, upper and lower back and the neck which will allow you to create your own personal training routines. The Exercise Development Specialist Course will help you expand your marketability to fitness individuals who need to increase their balance, strength and flexibility…and help advance your business.



✓ Intermediate and 6 Hours to complete
✓ Self-Paced/Distance Education (Home Study)



Some course content includes:

✓ Exercise Sciences
✓ Injury Prevention/Rehab
✓ Strength
✓ Stability Ball Training
✓ Exercise Programming
✓ Stability
✓ Flexibility
✓ Balance
✓ Resistance Cord Training


Renew your continuing education requirements and obtain valuable education to expand your training. The continuing education hours or CEC/CEU point value is different for each association.

Approved CEC’s/CEU’s
✓ American Council on Exercise—ACE—1.20
✓ Aquatic Exercise Association—AEA——call or email
✓ American College on Sports Medicine—ACSM—12
✓ America Fitness Professionals Association—AFAA—call or email
✓ America Fitness Professionals Association—AFPA—12
✓ British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association—BCRPA—12
✓ The Cooper Institute—CI—12
✓ International Fitness Professionals Association—IFPA—12
✓ International Tennis Performance Association*—ITPA—12
✓ International Sports Sciences Association—ISSA—12
✓ National Academy of Sports Medicine—NASM—call or email
✓ National Association of Sports Nutrition—NASN—12
✓ National Council on Strength and Fitness—NCSF—6
✓ National Council For Certified Personal Trainers—NCCPT—12
✓ National Exercise Trainers Association—NETA—12
✓ National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association—NESTA—12
✓ National Federation of Professional Trainers—NFPT—2.0
✓ National Strength Professionals Association—NSPA—12
✓ Professional Fitness Instructor Training—PFIT—12
✓ American Senior Fitness Association—SFA—1.20
✓ World Instructor Training Schools—WITS—12

*Note: NESTA (National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association) accepts GMP Fitness courses for credits, however a CEU Petition Form will need to be filled out and there may be a small fee.

* Note: The International Tennis Performance Association (ITPA)—ITPA members can earn continuing credits for their certifications through GMP Fitness.

Exam Facts

✓ Online true/false and multiple/choice final exam
✓ Online exam instructions are included in the package
✓ Passing the exam with 80% or higher
✓ NO time limit to take the exam
✓ Take the exam as many times as needed
✓ NO retest fees
✓ After we receive your completed online exam your continuing education certificate will be emailed to you within 2 business days, though in most cases you will receive it the same day.
NOTE: If you need your certificate faster please contact GMP Fitness (1-888-467-3488).
✓ Mail-in exam option by request—email info@gmpfitness.com

Fitness Tools

✓ G Ball (Stability Ball) and Resistance Bands


Become A Specialist

This course is included in our Health Fitness Specialist Course. Click the image to learn how you can Become A GMP Fitness Health Fitness Specialist »


Just One Prerequisite … To qualify to take any of the GMP Fitness Courses you must be at least 18 years of age.

While anyone over the age of 18 years old can complete the educational content in the GMP Fitness Courses we do recommend a few things.
• Knowledge of English and arithmetic.
• High school diploma or equivalency.

Exercise Development Specialist Objectives

✓ Promote trunk stabilization, balance, flexibility and strength.
✓ Practice Stability Ball and Resistance Cord training.
✓ Employ and integrate Stability Ball and Resistance Cord training for all muscle groups.
✓ Demonstrate proper teaching cues.
✓ Create a Stability Ball/Resistance Cord workout.
✓ Reinforce and promote shoulder stability, flexibility and strength.
✓ Address all the muscles of the shoulder, as well as the rotator cuff.
✓ Improve thoracic and cervical flexibility and strength.
✓ Improve core flexibility and strength.
✓ Safely and effectively train your client’s with stability ball/resistance cord exercises.
✓ Amplify knowledge for exercise tips at the home or workplace.
✓ Discuss sequential resistance and flexibility exercises on the Stability ball.
✓ Provide a complete schedule of exercises that will encourage and incite individuals to take their exercise to the next level.
✓ Provide appropriate instructional cues for proper exercise technique.
✓ Explain diverse applications and progressions.



Great info! Thank you very much. I now have more ideas on how to use the G Ball for myself and those I help train. This course will make setting up programs much easier. Looking forward to taking more!  John Zajac, ACE Certified Professional  

This program gave me a greater awareness of how to use the stability ball. The program was also divided into areas of concern (lower back, upper back and neck, shoulder care) that my clients can benefit from, like gaining good posture, muscle strength, flexibility and stability. Correct exercises for these areas and the muscles that the exercises targeted was also covered. The DVD was helpful in seeing the correct way to do the exercises and an explanation of the exercise was covered during each of the sections. I have already started using it with my clients. I see the benefits of knowing how to use the stability ball for certain areas of the body. This will help me target areas for my clients needs. Thank you also for calling back when I had a question about the course. I will definitely encourage my friends to look into your programs and continue learning more through the GMP Fitness courses.  Ligia Cosgren, WITS Certified Professional  

I did the shoulder workout regularly and it eliminated my shoulder problem I have had for 8 months. I am impressed especially with the rotator. You’re course is excellent, not only from an instructors standpoint, but it zero’s in on very specific areas that always need attention for any athletic level and sport, from beginner to pro.  Tammy May, WITS Certified Professional 


Exercise Development Specialist Materials

✓ DVD & CD – The Exercise Development Specialist CD Includes:
– Exercise Development Specialist Sections (PDFs on CD – can be printed)
– Trainer & Client Charts (PDFs on the CD – can be printed as needed)
✓ Exercise Development Specialist Online Exam
✓ Exercise Development Specialist Course outline and instructions included in your package