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Functional Anatomy Certificate

by Beverly Hosford, MA, Brian Richey and Nora St. John, MS

Earn up to 10 CECs/CEUs from ACE, ACSM, NASM, NFPT, NCCPT, WITS and more!

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Type: Online Curriculum

Item: C700015CECD

Online Curriculum

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No bones about it—knowledge of anatomy is essential for fitness professionals, but understanding how to apply that knowledge will help you more effectively and confidently help your clients. Gain a deeper understanding of anatomy and movement so you can guide your clients better mobility, stability and alignment.


  • Dive into the basics of anatomy with props that help you visually conceptualize the muscles and their movement, as well as direct practical uses for your clients
  • Build the knee joint, rotator cuff and shoulder joint using the Anatomy in Three Dimensions system
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the how the muscles of the body work together, so you can create stability and mobility for functional movement
  • Learn simple assessments and corrective exercises to enhance your training sessions
  • Explore the anatomy of the core and exercises that rebalance the abdominal area to target it more effectively and open your eyes to new possibilities when it comes to core exercises

The Functional Anatomy Certificate program includes:

  • Six engaging and interactive video courses (a $385 value!)
  • Up to 10 CECs/CEUs from ACE, ACSM, NASM, NFPT, NCCPT, WITS and more!
  • Education taught by IDEA’s experts Beverly Hosford, Brian Richey and Nora St. John, MS

Available Curriculum Credits


Learning Objective

  1. Understand and explore the origin and insertion of specific muscle attachments.
  2. Describe the anatomy, structure and function of the hip, knee, shoulder, spine and abdominals. 
  3. Create exercises that effectively contract isolated muscles for re-training motor patterns and targeting muscles.
  4. Identify muscles that contribute to "light and tight" areas in your body.
  5. Explain the structure and function of the menisci and ligaments of the knee.
  6. Discuss common pathologies of the knee joint.
  7. Design exercise approaches to working with meniscus tear, ACL tears and osteoarthritis of the knee.
  8. Visualize the biomechanics of the shoulder joint, both at rest and in motion.
  9. Differentiate between stabilizing and mobilizing muscles.
  10. Discuss some common injuries and muscular imbalances in the shoulder.
  11. Differentiate between right and left side strength in spine.
  12. Explain movements for individual spine muscles.
  13. Describe movements of individual abdominal muscles.
  14. Differentiate between right- and left-side strength in the abdominals.
  15. Guide clients to feel their muscles during exercises.


Back to Basics With Anatomy
Anatomy in Three Dimensions™: The Shoulder
Cue Movement and Exercise With Abdominal Anatomy, by NFPT
Anatomy: Reconnect With Your Spine Muscles
Cue Movement and Exercise With Hip Anatomy, by NFPT
Anatomy in Three Dimensions™: Common Knee Problems and Solutions

About the Author

Beverly Hosford, MA

Beverly Hosford, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

I'm a successful fitness entrepreneur with 15 years of experience. I'm the author of Fitness Career Freedom: Align with your path and get ahead and the founder of Andy's Online Anatomy Program. I enjoy helping fitness and wellness professionals find alignment in both their bodies and businesses. Visit to watch action-oriented, inspiring videos about career, business, anatomy and body awareness.

Brian Richey

Brian Richey IDEA Author/Presenter

Brian, the owner/operator of Fit 4 Life DC, was born in Kailua, Hawai‘i, and graduated from the University of Hawai‘i with a B.S. in Exercise Science/Kinesiology. Brian is certified as a: • Medical Exercise Program Director through the American Academy of Health, Fitness and Rehab Professionals (AAHFRP) • Medical Exercise Specialist through AAHFRP • Post Rehabilitation Conditioning Specialist through AAHFRP • Certified Instructor of the M.E.L.T. Method • Certified Power Plate® Instructor Brian is also a graduate of the Honolulu School of Massage and was a Licensed Massage Therapist in the state of Hawai‘i. He has worked as a personal trainer since 1993 throughout Hawai‘i and Washington, D.C. Brian is also an instructor for the American Academy of Health, Fitness and Rehab Professionals and lectures nationwide. Although he was raised in paradise, Brian’s childhood wasn’t all fun in the sun. He was an obese child, and by the age of 18 was topping the scales at more than 420 lbs. "For me it was an addiction issue—I was addicted to food and couldn’t get enough. Now, I can’t blame anyone but myself. I had great role models; in fact my mom has been in the fitness industry since the late 70’s. After graduating from high school, I began seriously trying to lose the weight. And I did it in a unique way: diet and exercise. I started with exercise, five miles of walking around Diamond Head Crater in Waikiki everyday. While the walk itself was difficult, the hardest part was the ridicule I endured from the perfectly sculpted surfers I passed on a third of my route. But that steeled my desire. And I say desire because I wanted it; it went beyond just determination at that point. My weight began to come off slowly, but within three years I was under 200lbs. Now, I am almost 40 years old and my weight is around 220."

Nora St. John, MS

Nora St. John, MS IDEA Author/Presenter

Nora St. John has been teaching Pilates in rehabilitation and studio settings for 20 years. She has a comprehensive background in dance, acupuncture, massage and meditation and weaves her many passions together to create presentations that address the body from a compassionate and healing point of view.

80 Reviews

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  • by Laraine Levin on Mar 03, 2018

    Amazingly clever way of learning about anatomy. It was definitely worth watching online. I wish when he had presented he had been just a bit more aware of the online people i.e. reiterated names of muscles at the finish of each one before moving on as we didn't have the templates. Also at the end would have been great to have removed everything step by step and relabelled it again in our minds. Excellent though. thanks.

  • by ammar zoabi on Dec 30, 2017

    great presentation!

  • by Linda Eskin on Nov 08, 2017

    This is an excellent video course if you're up for re-certification and need CECs - or if you just want to understand muscle anatomy better. Very clear, useful review of some basics, taught in a visceral, hands-on (literally) way that makes the information stick in your brain. Beverly Hosford is a professional teacher (professor), and it shows in her ability to get knowledge across in a memorable way. She's local to me - I may have to check out her courses!

    Tips: You will want to be able to move around and poke at parts of your body while watching this. Probably better at home than on a lunch break at the office. You will find it helpful to have a big rubber band or un-inflated balloon handy, but using your imagination works, too.

  • by Linda Eskin on Nov 08, 2017

    The in-person class looks like it was a great way of learning. But as an online experience, just watching? Meh. Too much of the time is spend dealing with the logistics of the room and models. It's hard to see exactly what's going on. There's solid info sprinkled throughout, but (unless you have that model and clay!) I'd pick a different course (or book) if you're looking to learn about shoulder anatomy.

  • by Erin Nitschke on Sep 01, 2017

    Bev is my favorite presenter. She's relatable and does an outstanding job of making human anatomy interactive and fun. I love her technique with balloons and her way of explaining how fitness professionals can help their clients gain greater results by developing a sophisticated working knowledge of human anatomy. Bev's the best in the business! I recommend this class and this instructor to new and veteran professionals as well as students interested in learning more about the human body.

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Online Curriculum

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