THE Certification Program for Online Fitness & Nutrition Coaches

Deliver incredible client results and level up your coaching business with the DLDNation Online Fitness and Nutrition Coaching Specialization.


We have helped over 3,000 people experience radical transformation through health and fitness...

And now we've created the DLDNation OFNC Certification with one goal in mind:

To help you do the same.

Our program will empower YOU to step into your true potential, and make your impact on this world far greater than you ever imagined!

You will learn firsthand from Registered Dietitians, Exercise Physiologists, Pain Performance Specialists, Rehab Specialists, RNs, Physician’s Assistants, Functional Movement Systems Specialist, and Perinatal Certified Coaches.

Getting a DLDNation OFNC Certification will provide you with a knowledge base that far exceeds traditional CPT or Nutrition Coaching Certifications.

In fact, the OFNC cert covers everything in your nutrition cert, fitness + programming cert, mentors you on HOW to actually coach with real life examples along the way, AND gives you the real materials you need to start or improve your business.

You will walk away feeling confident and prepared to run a successful online coaching business, having the ability to give your clients the results they are looking for and help them transform their lives forever.


The online coaching industry is the wave of the future, and it is booming. Despite this, most available certifications remain outdated and don't match the current industry standards for online based coaching because traditionally, coaching has been in a gym setting.

OFNC was created as a product of DLDNation to combine everything we have learned and mastered from our years of helping thousands of 1:1 clients specifically in the online space.

This isn't just a course, it's a mentorship

To become an elite level online fitness coach, it takes more than just reading fitness and nutrition textbooks, and taking a few quizzes...

You need to learn how to APPLY the knowledge, and that's exactly what we're going to help you do.

In OFNC, you're going to practice -


Calculating macros and making macro adjustments for progress

Understanding and calculating clients energy needs

Selecting which phases of nutrition clients should be in

Setting new client protocols

Responding to check-ins

Writing programming and assigning cardio


Through an abundance of case studies, you'll get an inside look at actual check-ins from our real clients, our voice memo responses and loom video responses so you can see our exact process for creating lasting results.

  • - Self-guided case studies/practice work (with answers provided): 65 total
  • - Step-by-step walk through examples (written): 23 total
  • - Real client check-ins and coach feedback (including voice memos): 33 total
  • - Loom walk through client feedback examples: 7 total
  • - Knowledge check questions: 126 total

When you finish this course, you're going to feel like you OWN the title of coach. No more getting a baseline CPT and then feeling like you still don't know what to do for your clients. No more imposter syndrome.


The 3-month online course (self-guided at your own pace) + a final completion exam.

Weekly Support calls every Tuesday and Thursday with 7 DLDNation, OFNC coaches.

Knowledge checks (126 total) and case studies (65 total) for practice throughout the entire course.

A Certification of completion in the Online Fitness & Nutrition Coaching Specialization!!

Click on each chapter title to see a complete list of the modules in this course (over 350):



  • Definition of Nutrition
  • Human Body Systems and Tissues
  • Calories
  • Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE)
  • TDEE for Sedentary Vs. Active Explained
  • Macronutrients
  • How to Read a Nutrition Label
  • Bioenergetics
  • Macronutrient Metabolism
  • Insulin
  • Cortisol
  • Hunger + Satiety Hormones
  • Micronutrients
  • Cholesterol
  • Fiber
  • Sodium
  • Electrolytes
  • Sugar
  • Packaged Foods vs. Whole Foods
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Supplements
  • Hydration
  • Knowledge Check!


  • Anatomy of Skeletal Muscle
  • The Nervous System + Training
  • Fitness Terminology
  • Benefits of Exercise
  • Benefits of Strength Training
  • Science of Muscle Hypertrophy
  • Types of Muscle Contractions
  • Mind Muscle Connection
  • Compounds + Accessory Modalities
  • EPOC
  • Plyometrics + Balance Work
  • NEAT
  • HIIT Vs LISS Cardio
  • Fasted Cardio
  • Lifting Gear
  • Knowledge Check!


  • Recovery
  • Soreness + DOMS
  • Rest Days
  • Over-Training
  • Atrophy
  • Importance of Stretching
  • Self-Myofascial Release + Foam Rolling
  • Knowledge Check!


  • Writing Training Splits
  • Building a Workout
  • Planes of Motion
  • Training Intensity
  • Training to Failure
  • Progressive Overload
  • How Often Should Your Clients Be Hitting PR’s?
  • 1RM Testing
  • Rest Times
  • Example Building a Workout
  • Programming Template For Your Use
  • Programming Templates + Use Explained
  • Duration of Training Splits
  • Workout Intensifiers
  • Intra-Workout Pain
  • Beginners: Special Considerations
  • Cardio Programming
  • Warming Up
  • Deload Protocols
  • Blood Flow Restriction Training
  • Muscle Imbalances
  • Trainerize: Training Program
  • Beginner Workout Examples
  • Intermediate Workout Example
  • Advanced Workout Example
  • Programming Case Study
  • Cardio Case Study
  • Outsource Your Client Programming to DLDNation
  • Knowledge Check!

Form Videos

  • Assessing Form Videos
  • Mobility + Stability
  • Proper Use of the Core
  • Posture Overview
  • Pelvic Tilt
  • Tripod Foot
  • The Squat Dilemma
  • Form Videos
  • Shoulders
  • Arms
  • Back
  • Legs
  • Chest
  • Core
  • Squat Form Assessments
  • Deadlift Form Assessments
  • Upper Body Form Assessments
  • Knowledge Check!

Phases of Nutrition

  • Phases of Nutrition Graphic
  • Fat Loss Phases
  • Fat Loss Vs. Weight loss
  • Example Fat Loss Clients
  • Maintenance Phases
  • Diet Breaks + Refeeds
  • Body Recomposition
  • Bulking Clients
  • Example Bulking Clients
  • Carb Cycling
  • Estimating Body Fat Percentage
  • Helping Clients Make Decisions About Phases
  • Phase of Nutrition Decision Determinations
  • Case Studies
  • Case Studies Answer Key
  • Knowledge Check!

Calculating Macros

  • Why Macros?
  • Macro Calculations Intro
  • Macro Calculating Considerations
  • Calculating a Client's TDEE
  • Women - STEP 1:Determining Activity Level
  • Women - STEP 2: Calculating Calories/TDEE
  • Women - STEP 3: Macro Calculation Guidelines
  • Women’s Macro Calculation Examples
  • Live Example TDEE + Macro Calculation
  • Men- STEP :1 Determining Activity Level
  • Men- STEP 2: Calculating Calories/TDEE
  • Men- STEP 3: Macro Calculation Guidelines
  • Men’s Macro Calculation Examples
  • Macro Proportions Considerations
  • TDEE Case Studies
  • Macro Case Studies
  • Knowledge Check!

Tracking Macros

      • Tracking Intros + Progression Methods Explained
    • Tracking Intros + Progression Methods
    • How to Track Macros
    • What it Means to “Hit Your Macros”
    • Macro Tracking Hacks and Tips
    • Using a Food Scale
    • Tracking Miscellaneous Items
    • MyFitnessPal
    • My Macros Plus: MM+
    • The Basics of Cronometer
    • Common Macro Tracking Mistakes to Avoid
    • MFP: Macro/Calorie Discrepancies
    • Knowledge Check!

Tracking Alternatives

  • The Plate Method
  • Food/Photo Journal
  • Hand-Size Portion Guide
  • Intuitive Eating
  • Mindful Eating
  • Can Online Coaches Write Meal Plans?
  • Meal Plan Considerations
  • Knowledge Check!

Peri Workout Nutrition

  • Pre Workout Nutrition info
  • Intra Workout Nutrition
  • Intra Workout Carbohydrates
  • Post Workout Nutrition
  • Anabolic Window
  • Nutrient Timing
  • Knowledge Check!

Reverse Dieting

  • Reverse Dieting Basics
  • Metabolic Adaptation
  • A Word on Maintenance and Metabolic Adaptation
  • Are Metabolic Damage and Starvation Mode Real
  • Reverse Dieting Protocols
  • Example Reverse Protocols
  • How to Tell a Client They May Need a Reverse
  • Low Weight Gain During a Reverse
  • Client Examples of Low Weight Gain During a Reverse
  • Weight Loss During a Reverse
  • Client Examples of Weight Loss During a Reverse
  • Higher Weight Gain During a Reverse
  • Client Examples of Higher Weight Gain During a Reverse
  • Knowledge Check!


  • Biofeedback
  • Energy
  • Sleep
  • Stress + Stress Management
  • Recovery-Soreness Time Frames
  • Hunger + Fullness
  • Digestion
  • Boating
  • Bowel Movements
  • Menstrual Cycles
  • Knowledge Check

Client Assessment

  • Initial Client Questionnaires Explained
  • Initial Client Questionnaire Template
  • Coaching Style + Learning Assessment
  • Example Client Questionnaire 1 - 3
  • Progress Photos
  • Client Assessment + Creating New Protocols Case Study
  • Knowledge Check!

Client Delivery

  • Example Standard Coaching Offer + What’s Included
  • New Program Email Explained
  • New Program Email Example
  • Client Example New Program Email
  • Client Example New Program Email - Intuitive Eating
  • How to Supplement Your New Program Email
  • Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced Starting Protocol Examples
  • Example Starting Protocols Voice Memo
  • Example Starting Protocols Loom + Education x2
  • Setting Up a Client’s Trainerize Account
  • Trainerize: Setting Goals & Habits

Client Education + Deliverables

  • Client Handbooks
  • Client Nutrition Guides
  • Other Client Educational/Community Based Value Adds
  • Purchase DLD’s Handbooks For Your Own Company Use
  • Step Count
  • Treat Meal Guidelines
  • Client Weigh-Ins
  • Meal Prepping Techniques
  • Sickness Protocols
  • Travel Tips
  • Supplement Education
  • Knowledge Check!

Conducting Check-Ins

  • Check-In Template Explained
  • Client Check-In Template Example
  • Client Check In Template Example - Intuitive Eater
  • MFP Summaries Explained
  • MFP Summary Examples
  • Client Lists & Notes Explained
  • Example Check-In Flow & Notation
  • Example Client List Template
  • DLDNation 7-Point Check-In Assessment Explained
  • DLDNation 7-Point Check-In Assessment
  • Check-In Assessments with Trainerize
  • DLDNation HEARR Method for Check-In Responses
  • DLDNation HEARR Method
  • Example Client Check-In +Feedback 1-8
  • Check-In Efficiency
  • Check-In Flow + Work Boundaries
  • Knowledge Check!

Progress Tracking + Protocol Adjustments

  • What is Progress + Progress Tracking
  • Coach’s Responsibilities to Help Clients Achieve Results
  • Why Progress Photos are Key
  • Why is Your Client Not Making Progress?
  • Reasons for Weight Gain That Aren’t Fat Gain
  • DLDNation PAUSE Checklist Explained
  • DLDNation PAUSE Checklist Before Protocol Adjustments
  • Reasons NOT to Adjust Your Client’s Protocols During a Fat Loss Phase
  • Macro Adjustments
  • How Low Can Macros Really Go?
  • Increasing NEAT and/or Cardio
  • Stress Management + Adaptation Management
  • Does Progress Slow Down as Clients Get Leaner?
  • Documenting Protocol Adjustments
  • Adjusting Protocols in Trainerize
  • How Soon to React to Changes in Activity Level
  • How Long Can Clients be in a Deficit
  • Transitioning from Macros to Intuitive Tracking
  • Ways to Remind/Show Client’s They are Making Progress
  • Check-In + Protocol Adjustment Case Studies
  • Knowledge Check!

Client Communication + Adherence

  • Effective Coach / Client Communication
  • Communication Skills of a Good Coach
  • Common Blocks in Mindsets for Clients
  • DLDNation 5-Step Response to Difficult Questions Explained
  • DLDNation 5-Step Response Strategy for Trust Building
  • DLDNation 5-Step Response Example
  • Client Positioning (difficult conversations, taking vacation, client skipping check-ins or trying to quit, etc.)
  • DLDNation CLEAR Client Adherence System
  • Client Adherence Toolkit
  • Hyping up a Client’s Success
  • Educating Client on their Macros and Calories
  • Educating a Client Who Isn’t Hitting Protocols
  • Responding to a Client Who is Discouraged About Weight Gain
  • What to do When Clients are Consistently Late/Skipping Check-Ins
  • How to Support Busy Clients
  • Knowledge Check!

Creating/Managing Community Chats

  • How to Create and Foster a Community
  • Group Chats
  • Weekly Prompts for Your Group Chat
  • Housekeeping Tips
  • Team Zoom Calls
  • Further Ideas for Creating Community

Special Diets + Dietary Preferences

  • Popular Diets
  • Ketogenic Diets
  • Intermittent Fasting
  • Elimination Diets
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Plant-based Diets
  • Vegetarian + Vegan Protein Sources
  • Knowledge Check!

The Endocrine System

  • The Endocrine System
  • Hormones
  • Hypothalamus + Pituitary
  • The HPA Axis
  • The HPT Axis
  • The HPG Axis
  • Axes Dysfunction in Chronic Stress + Dieting
  • Knowledge Check!

Special Populations

  • Scope of Practice
  • Referring Out
  • How To Evaluate Research
  • Commonly Diagnosed Medical Conditions
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Adrenal Insufficiency
  • Endometriosis
  • PCOS
  • Testosterone Imbalances
  • Amenorrhea
  • Birth Control
  • Post-Birth Control Hormone Imbalances
  • Pregnancy
  • Postpartum, Breastfeeding, and Diastasis Recti
  • Menopause
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Insulin Insensitivity
  • Diabetes
  • Red Flags for Eating Disorders
  • Injuries
  • Post-Operative Nutrition
  • Clients Who Work Night Shift
  • Clients Transitioning Out of Keto
  • Knowledge Check

Online Coach Lifestyle

  • A Day in the Life of an Online Coach
  • Working from Home
  • Working Hours
  • Differences between Assistant Coach and Owner
  • Our Business Coaching Program Overview

Final Exam

  • Study Guide
  • Final Exam


Your purchase indicates that you agree to the OFNC Specialization Terms of Use.

OFNC Course Only

- 3-month access to the OFNC course + completion exam

- Over 350 modules

    - 23 chapters with:

    - 126 knowledge checks

    - 65 case studies

- Support calls every Tuesday and Thursday with 7 DLDNation, OFNC coaches. (Option to submit questions even if you can't attend live + access to all call recordings.)

- A certification of completion


All for $1,299



A FREE business coaching call once per month hosted by the Next Level Coaching Academy to provide additional support on your business!

  1. Our official 150+ page OFNC manual to keep forever!



During my 5 years as a Labor & Delivery Nurse, my passion for health, and empowering and supporting other humans blossomed.

In 2016, I created @dalalovesdumbbells on Instagram to share how I found and healed myself through fitness, with the hope of inspiring and elevating others as well. I poured out as much free knowledge and education as I could and have since taken a radical stance for empowering everyone with the tools they need to take control of their health.

As I started gaining more and more one:one clients, they self-proclaimed our community as 'DLDNation' (a term coined from my abbreviated IG nickname, DLD) and that's when I knew we were building something special.

Over our years of growth in DLDNation, we've learned SO much.

We've learned what it takes to be the best coaches possible, what our clients need to achieve their goals, and what we can do to massively change lives.

Getting to this point wasn't easy though. I wished more than anything that there were mentorship programs from some of the best coaches in the game to facilitate my learning.

That is exactly why I decided to create the DLDNation OFNC.

I want to give coaches the leg up that we had to go through YEARS of trial and error to achieve.

We combined certification with mentorship to empower YOU to empower more clients, and together, we can change infinite lives.


Fitness and nutrition coaching taught by real coaches with 40+ years of combined experience and knowledge.


Hey Everyone! My name is Maddy Cusumano I have been an online Coach since January of 2020. I am really passionate about helping to teach safe, quality form with exercise as well as spreading education about eating adequate amounts of food for any given goal! I will help you understand how to pass this education along to your future clients so they understand the why behind the amount of food, exercise, rest, etc, that they are implementing. Giving coaches the tools and knowledge to supply their clients with supportive and enthusiastic guidance is an area I excel in and hope to help you all do the same!


Hey y'all, I'm Madison! I started online coaching on the side of my full-time jobs in early 2018, and transitioned full time in 2020. I’m so honored to be here, witnessing DLDNation & OFNC leading and changing the industry. I love that OFNC is bridging the gap between evidence-based protocols/programming, and real-life application with clients. My mission as an educator here is to help coaches store up the vast knowledge and resources required for evidence-based coaching, while also simplifying it to what's most digestible to the general population, to help make the biggest impact possible in the lives of every client.

CPT, PPSC, B.S. Athletic Training, B.S. Exercise Science

Hi! My name is Kyndle Moore and I have been a coach for 2 years. For a long period of my life, I was a gymnast. During that time I sustained many injuries and eventually one that ended my career. This life altering event sparked my interest in rehabbing and athletic training. I am now an expert in pain performance, proper technique and making modifications to train around pain or completely pain free! I cannot wait to share my knowledge and experience with you so that you can best support your clients and show them that an injury isn’t the end to their story!


Hey, I’m Amanda! My career started in the clinical setting before I realized just how passionate I am about helping clients with their endocrine disorders. Now, I love educating on all things PCOS, diabetes, thyroid disease, gut health, balancing hormones, and more! I’m so excited to help teach you sustainable, realistic approaches without drastic dieting or extreme protocols for your clients goals!

Hey OFNC! My name is Thea Boatswain, one of the dietitians at DLD Nation. I started coaching in 2015 when received my personal trainer certification from AFAA then later NASM. My personal specialties are in performance nutrition and pre/post natal nutrition! I am also an expert in lab test interpretation, hormonal imbalances, insulin resistance, thyroid issues and gut/GI health. I'm so excited to get to know you all and to share my love of nutrition!

Hi, everyone! I’m Gianna, one of the Registered Dietitians here to support you! After being a teaching assistant in college, I knew that I loved being able to educate others. After 6 years of education my brain is bursting at the seems to help aspiring coaches understand how our body works and how we can best navigate our health. I cannot wait to help support you in all things hormones, thyroid conditions, polycystic ovarian syndrome, digestive issues, advanced testing, reverse diets, metabolic health and type 1 & 2 Diabetes!

What’s up DLD OFNC! My name is Spencer Desiata and I am psyched to be helping guide you all on your way to becoming the best coach you can be. Ever since I became an in person trainer I always wished there was a way for me to use my skills to help MORE people get BETTER results than just the few handfuls of 30 minute training sessions I was doing in the gym. Online Coaching allows me to do exactly that! I will help to teach you all how to deliver your clients the most effective programs, nutrition guidance, and so much more so you can be out there change lives for the better too!


"This course was the best and easiest decision I have ever made. There isn't a single thing that is not included. You will leave the course a million times more knowledgable and confident. My imposter syndrome is almost all the way gone. Not only have I gained knowledge for my clients, but for myself. The nutrition portion of the course was so detailed and made me better understand nutrition as a whole. If you're second guessing taking this course, don't. It's 100000% worth your time and money. This isn't an investment you want to miss out on. Since I've been in this course (two or so months), they have added modules / sections. They are constantly researching and giving us the absolute best information out there. It's unbelievable how much time and effort was put into this course. The OFNC community is outstanding: support calls and Facebook group. You have a huge community of men and women who have similar interests. I know it gets lonely at times when growing a business, but these people have your back. Make the investment. You'll leave feeling way more confident and proficient to be the best possible coach for your clients. You won't regret it, I promise."

– Tanya H.

"I absolutely loved the OFNC course. As an aspiring assistant coach and fitness junkie. I was excited to take the first steps to make my dreams a reality. I am thankful for the knowledge I was able to gain through this course especially in regards to special populations, pre and postpartum women, and overall macro adjustment protocols. I feel more confident in my abilities now and was even able to implement some of the form cues stated in the course to improve my own form and programming!"

– Alyssa G.

"I cannot say enough good things about OFNC!! I joined OFNC after quitting the MLM company I had previously been working with as a health coach. I wanted to really kick off a legit coaching business with my won clients, programs, and process in a way that allowed me to serve people better rather than just selling them products from a company. When I decided I finally wanted to do this, I also decided I wanted to finally get certified and have the knowledge base to best serve my clients. A friend of mine recommended OFNC and I could not be more grateful. Not only is there SO much information and knowledge in this course, but it is also application based to help you best apply the materials when working with clients. It sets you up for success to know exactly how to set proper protocols and what to provide clients when they start working with you. I could not recommend this course more! It gave me the confidence I needed to launch my business and start accepting 1:1 clients and get them the best results."

– Makayla B.

"OFNC Completely changed my understanding of nutrition and coaching as a whole. For a long time, I had focused purely on the training side of things and let nutrition fall by the wayside. After the course, I feel infinitely better about having clients put their trust in me. From a comprehensive nutrition breakdown, as well as a fantastic coverage of general fitness, all the way to an awesome breakdown of the systems of the body, OFNC really rewrote MY book on how I will approach fitness and nutrition, not only in my clients lives, but in mine as well. "

– Andrew E.


Q: I’m not a coach currently, would this course still be valuable for me?


A: Yes! This course will provide you with your certification as an Online Fitness & Nutrition Specialist, giving you the knowledge and competency you need to feel confident offering services online, or even the confidence to navigate your own fitness journey better!


Q: Is this course accredited? Does this course offer CEU’s?


A: Yes, we are fully accredited and approved for:

  • NASM 1.5 CEU’s
  • AFAA 15 CEU’s
  • ACE 5.5 CEC’s
  • ISSA 20 CEU’s


Q: I already have my CPT, how is this different?


A: CPT certifications will prepare one to provide in-person fitness services in a gym setting. Unfortunately, they are not sufficient to prepare one for working in the online coaching industry, which is far different and vast in expectation of services rendered to clients.

This course will fully certify you in nutrition (including macro calculations), fitness (including advanced workout programming), and provide you with an online coaching mentorship so that you understand the many nuances of online work and client delivery, and can achieve better results with your clients.


Q: How are the modules delivered?


A: There are written and video modules included for your learning, as well and some audio files of voice memo example coaching and check-in responses.


Q: Are there any quizzes or case studies for practice?


A: Yes, at the end of all 24 chapters you will get to participate in “Knowledge Checks” to solidify your learning and understanding of the course material. These are graded, but do not count towards your final exam or passing the cert.

Additionally, you will get many case studies and practice coaching to advance your competency and preparedness: writing workout programming, setting new client protocols, calculating TDEEs and macros, check-in responses, and more.


Q: How is the final exam formatted? Can I re-take it if I don’t pass the first time?


A: The final exam is all multiple choice. You will have the ability to retake your certification exam as many times as you need, but data shows that over 95% of our students pass on their first try.


Q: What am I certified in once I pass?


A: Upon completion you will be a Certified Online Fitness and Nutrition Coaching Specialist! You may use “DLD-OFNC” or “OFNC” behind your name.


Q: What do I receive when I pass the course?


A: You will receive your official certificate of completion within 7 days of passing your exam. This certificate will be utilized to submit for CEU/CEC credit.


Q: What if I need more time than 3 months to complete the course and take my test?


A: We have an alumni program that allows you to maintain full access to the course and take the exam on your own time!

Q: Is there community in this course? 


A: Yes, you’ll get to join our hundreds of other students in our private OFNC Facebook Group, and maintain lifetime access.


Q: How long should I dedicate to this course weekly? 


A: Our data shows that students spend an average of 4 hours per week on their course modules, and that students who are extremely motivated and focused can complete the course in as little as 5-6 weeks. Most clients spend 70 hours total to complete this cert.


Q: What if I want to keep this course forever?


A: You can do so via our Alumni Program! You will not only maintain access to materials forever, but you’ll also receive exclusive access to all future added modules (which we add constantly!)



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