What to Expect with this Course

Welcome to Working with Clients with Diabetes and Prediabetes Level 1. This program was designed to be a Foundation for course Level 2 and course Level 3 and is a pre-requisite for both. The course is a mix of course textbook(pdf) reading and short videos to watch; the sections in the textbook correspond with the section numbered videos. At the end of the course is a 50 question multiple choice exam and the pass mark is 80%.

Course Format:

1. Course Text (Downloadable PDF) 124 pages

2. 7 online videos

3. 50 Question Multiple Choice Online Exam (80% or better required to pass exam)


Course Description:

Master the basics for working with clients who are physically active with diabetes or prediabetes, including types of training that are appropriate and critical, injury prevention, blood glucose monitoring, medication basics (and exercise effects), complications, exercise motivation, and more.

All certified personal trainers need this information to train these clients.


Course Objectives:

1. Master the basics about diabetes, including the types and potential health complications.

2. Learn more about usual responses to physical activity in people with diabetes or prediabetes.

3. Be able to effectively create a training routine for your diabetes clients that will keep them performing optimally and free of injury.

4. Understand the basics of working with overweight or obese and older clients with diabetes or prediabetes.


Course Outline:

Section 1: Diabetes Overview: key terms, diabetes and prediabetes basics, when to get a checkup first

Section II: Motion Overview: physiology basics, hormonal responses, exercise energy systems

Section III: Diabetes Motion Training: cardio, resistance, flexibility, core, and balance training basics

Section IV: Diabetes and Exercise Basics: blood glucose monitoring, oral medications, injected (noninsulin) meds, medication exercise effects, effects of food, supplements(amino acids, and creatine), injuries

Section V: Diabetes Motion Specifics: meters and continuous monitors, normal responses, how motion factors affect blood glucose, adjusting exercise food intake, adjusting meds and insulin for exercise, hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia

Section VI: Special Considerations: health complications overview, overweight or obese clients, older clients

Section VII: Motivation and Specific Clients : why people stop exercising, motivational interviewing, overcoming exercise barriers, effective goal setting

At the end of the course you will take a 50 Question Exam. The pass mark is 80%.