Obesity and Weight Management Specialist

An interactive workshop where theory meets practical application for exercise professionals who seek to apply an individualized approach, and assess and motivate physically inactive adults suffered from obesity to an active and healthy lifestyle. During this educational course the participants will know how to analyze and evaluate clients’ health and fitness needs working either preventively or therapeutically while becoming a valuable member of a multidisciplinary clients’ health care team. After this workshop, the exercise professional will be able to design, implement, evaluate and supervise exercise training programs for overweight clients and clients struggling with obesity by collecting and analyzing client information to ensure the effectiveness and safety of customized workout routines. In addition, as part of a team with allied health professionals, a fitness professional will contribute significantly and uniquely in helping the individuals impacted by obesity to improve their health and quality of life through a monitored, customized, and science-based exercise program in many different work settings.


  • 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.
  • Learn from internationally acclaimed presenter Alexis Batrakoulis.
  • Receive a 250-page workbook.
  • You will also be awarded a Certificate of Attendance.
  • Next intake 5-6 December 2020, 2pm to 6pm.

    Due to the current situation, Alexis is unable to travel to Singapore. The course will be LIVE on Zoom.

  • Early Bird Special (until 22 November 2020): S$280; Regular S$320.

    [SkillsFuture Credit Eligible & UTAP approved]

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  • Combo with Hybrid Interval Training Specialist: Early Bird Special (until 29 November 2020) S$480; Regular S$540
  • Earn 1.2 ACE CEC’s, 12.0 AFAA CEU’s, 1.2 NASM CEU’s


Upon the completion of this workshop you will be able to:

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


Module 1 – Theory
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 adults with obesity
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
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 regressions

Module 3 – Practice
3.1 Program design and implementation
3.2 Circuit training in overweight/obese adults
3.3 High-intensity interval training in adults with obesity
3.4 Functional training in in adults with obesity
3.5 Instruction, execution and modification of exercise protocols
3.6 Recommended science-based training routines for adults with obesity

Module 4 – Theory
4.1 Small-group training concepts for adults with obesity
4.2 Case studies
4.2 Roundtable discussion
4.3 Recap quizzes
4.4 Review and summary

Alexis Batrakoulis

Alexis Batrakoulis, MS, ACSM-EP, CPT, EIM II; CSCS, CSPS, NSCA-CPT, RCPT*E; ACE-CHC, CPT, has been involved in the fitness industry in the past 25 years and currently works as an educator, speaker, author, subject matter expert and exercise physiologist in 40 countries across 4 continents while he is based in Greece. He holds a BS in Physical Education and Sports Science, an MS in Exercise and Health and is preparing to earn a PhD in Exercise Physiology with a concentration on exercise and obesity. He has also earned numerous professional credentials through ACE, ACSM, NASM, and NSCA. Batrakoulis is a Subject Matter Expert and an International Master Trainer at the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and is also a Deputy Director of the Professional Standards Committee of EuropeActive, which leads the development of educational standards, oversees the accreditation process for all courses, and registers qualified exercise professionals for all occupational roles in the European fitness sector. More specifically, he has respectively led and contributed to the Technical Experts Groups that developed standards for the occupational role of Weight Management Exercise Specialist in Europe. He is the Founder and Education Director of the International Obesity Exercise Training Institute (IOETI) teaching a live workshop titled “Obesity and Weight Management Exercise Specialist Program”, which is approved by ACE, ACSM, AFAA, ΙFPA, ISSA, NASM, NSCA, NCSF, PTA Global, CanFitPro, Fitness Australia, REPs UK, and EREPs as a continuing education course for fitness and allied health professionals around the globe. Additionally, he serves as a Member on the Exercise is Medicine (EIM) Credential Committee, Professional Education Committee and International Health & Fitness Summit Program Committee for the ACSM. Additionally, he is a recognized Certified Personal Trainer Emeritus (RCPT*E) through NSCA, an NSCA Personal Training Quarterly (PTQ) Editorial Review Panel Member and NSCA Personal Trainers Special Interest Group (SIG) Executive Council Member. Recently received global recognition as the 2018 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year while he has been a Finalist for the same award in 2017. He also is the 2019 IDEA Fitness Innovation Award recipient being recognized as the most innovative fitness educator worldwide.