Combined Training: Strength and Conditioning Programming


This course is approved for the following CECs/CEUs:

ACSM 5.0    BCRPA 5.0    BOC Category A 3.5
CSCCa 2.5    ISSA 5.0    NSCA 0.5
PTA Global 5.0    YMCA 5.0

Virginia Board of Physical Therapy 3.5 (Type 1)–Please check with your state board for approval as most physical therapy boards will reciprocate approval for continuing education.

The American Academy of Health and Fitness (BOC AP#: P3645) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Certified Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of 3.5 Category A hours/CEUs.


The American College of Sports Medicine’s Professional Education Committee certifies that “American Academy of Health and Fitness” meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from December 2017 – December 2020. Providership # 817430


Pricing and Format Options For This Program:

Electronic Format: $79.00

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Combined Training is an online course that teaches you how to expand your professional tools to include pre-performance and post-rehabilitation training based on the latest muscle physiology research. This course shows strength professionals how to program to account for interference theory along with recently discovered muscle clocks and the role that they play in muscle performance and rehabilitation outcomes. Packed with real-world clinical applications and sample routines, this course is designed with the working professional and immediate field application in mind.

The Combined Training continuing education home study course is offered to you in a distance-learning format, providing a logical progression from initial concepts to clinical applications. The manual introduces the problems of combined strength and conditioning programming and its impacts on muscle performance. The content includes an explanation of interference theory and molecular muscle confusion and how mechanisms related to muscle strength, endurance, and power compete. Combining the latest research on muscle physiology, the existence of muscle clocks is introduced and how they impact strength and conditioning programming and performance are explored. The manual moves from the latest science behind strength and conditioning to program design including a review of basic programming principles and variables and how-to use them now based on current research. The manual ends with suggested exercises and sample routine for immediate use.

Certified health and fitness professionals holding more than one certification may obtain CECs/CEUS for all approved certification organizations (see list above) for which they need continuing education at no additional cost.

Course Objectives

1. Discuss interference theory and how it relates to combined training.

2. Explain what muscle clocks are and the role that they play in strength and conditioning training outcomes.

3. Develop effective combined training sessions to increase muscle performance.

4. Organize mode, frequency, duration, volume, and intensity of training to design sessions and programs that maximize muscle performance.

5. Design effective cardiovascular and flexibility training programs that improve endurance and flexibility while minimizing the negative effects on muscle performance.

Course Materials

Electronic format —all written materials are provided in PDF format and include the 81-page training manual, 62-page study guide, and 30 question practice test. Other materials include a 30-minute MP4 online tutorial and a 44-question MC test. Instructions for completing the 44-question multiple-choice online test and obtaining CECs are also included online. The course package is available for immediate access and download after purchase. All materials for this electronic format course are available electronically. Nothing is mailed.

Table of Contents

Combined Training: Evidence-Based Practice Strength and Conditioning Programming – Table of Contents
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Course Objectives

Introduction: Evidence-Based Programming

Part I: Interference Theory
Chapter 1: Molecular Competition
Chapter 2: Competing Mechanisms

Part II: Muscle Clocks
Chapter 3: Muscle Clocks
Chapter 4: Time Cues
Chapter 5: Chronotype Training
Chapter 6: Reducing Uncertainty

Part III: Programming
Chapter 7: Five Principles of Programming
Chapter 8: Programming Variables
Chapter 9: Scheduled Rest
Chapter 10: Avoiding Interference
Chapter 11: Flexibility Training for Athletes
Chapter 12: Biomechanics of Assisted Stretching

Part IV: Sample Strength Programs
Chapter 13: Suggested Strength Exercises
Chapter 14: Complex Paired Workouts
Chapter 15: Sample Routines

How to Use the Online Tutorial

Return Policy

If you’re not completely satisfied with your prepaid purchase, contact AAHF at 800.957.7348 to discuss a return. The return must be within 30 days of the date of receipt of your shipment. Study materials and educational resources must be received in original condition. All return shipments must be sent via USPS Priority Mail for tracking purposes to 7205 Sampal Place, Springfield, Virginia 22152. Upon receipt of the returned materials, the American Academy of Health and Fitness (AAHF) will refund full credit, excluding shipping/handling. Credit will be applied to the appropriate credit card via PayPal. We do not accept returns on online products, e-books, videos, CD/DVD-ROMs, and DVDs.

The American Academy of Health and Fitness reserves the right to discontinue the sale and/or support of any of its continuing education courses. Notification of such will be given six months prior to discontinuance to allow for course completion and testing. No refund will be given for courses that are discontinued.

Additional Information

* Different professional organizations offer continuing education credits, most commonly called CECs (continuing education credits) and CEUs (continuing education units). Most CECs/CEUs require one contact hour of professional activity for one credit. Example conversions are: ACE, NSCA and NASM: 0.1 = 1.0 contact hour; ACSM, BOC, ISSA, WITS and YMCA: 1.0 = 1.0 contact hour.


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