Trainer Certification 2018-05-02T15:57:10+00:00


MS Fitness Challenge



We are proud to announce that together the Medical Fitness Network (MFN), MS Fitness Challenge is developing a new and extensive trainer’s course to provide trainers, coaches & health professionals with the necessary guidelines, exercise protocols, lifestyle recommendations and resources to be successful in helping clients with Multiple Sclerosis achieve a lifestyle of fitness and wellness.


This specialized certification will prepare you to work with people who have Multiple Sclerosis and who are looking to control their disease through exercise and fitness. Your certificate of completion will give you the unique privilege of being able to participate in any of our worldwide MS Fitness Challenges, be recognized as an MSFC trainer and certify you to work with MSers in your local area. It will also enable you to become a part of our international trainer data base, hosted by MFN, which pairs trainers with people that have MS and who are looking for a qualified trainer in their area. Please check with us and look for announcements on our Facebook page for updates on when the new course will be available.


MSFC is proud to announce our certified trainers who have become Trainers With Heart for Multiple Sclerosis and have committed to helping those with MS in their area live a lifestyle of fitness. If you live in the area of one of these Ambassadors, please let us know and MSFC will connect you to him or her.

Froso Luca
Froso LucaMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
Fitness Professional-Nutrition Coach
4 x IFBB International Figure Champion
Volunteer for Peer Support for MS Australia
MS Certified Trainer
MSFC Australia Ambassador
Roy Crossley
Roy CrossleyAdelaide, South Australia
Diploma in Fitness/Exercise Therapy
Personal trainer of MSers since 2010.
Volunteer with MS Society of South Australia and NT
MS Certified Trainer
MSFC Australia Ambassador
Mike Anzovino
Mike AnzovinoYorktown Heights, New York, USA
Certified Fitness and Nutrition Coach
MS Certified Trainer
Owner at The how Approach Health & Fitness
MSFC Yorktown Heights Ambassador
Jim Nolan
Jim NolanNew England Area, USA
Personal Trainer 20+ Years
Nutrition Coach
MS Society Endorsed Trainer New England Chapter
MSFC Massachusetts Ambassador
MSer 10+ Years
Rolfe Renee Theron
Rolfe Renee TheronGauteng, South Africa
American Council on Exercise (ACE) MS Certified
Athletic Certification & Training Commission (ACTION) Certified
Battling an MS similar disease for 7 years
MSFC South Africa Ambassador
Jed Kobernusz
Jed KobernuszRoseau, Minnesota, USA
Specialized in Traumatic Brain Injuries and chronic pain diseases
Creator of The 365 WOD (Workout Of the Day) Journey
MS Certified Trainer
MSFC Roseau/Warroad, Minnesota Ambassador


Merck KGaA’s EMD Serono sponsors MS Specialty Fitness Training Program

Exercise is important in managing multiple sclerosis, but going to the gym can be intimidating. So EMD Serono, the North American biopharmaceutical arm of Merck KGaA, worked with Dave Lyons, a bodybuilder who has MS, to sponsor the specialized MS instruction needed for athletic trainers.

Lyons, who founded MS Fitness Challenge in 2012 along with his wife Kendra Lyons, worked with a personal trainer certification company to create a specific program for trainers at gyms to more effectively work with MS patients. EMD Serono sponsors trainer scholarships.

“Not only are the Lyons’ great advocates for the MS community and with their MS Fitness Challenge encouraging people to get out there, be active and take control of certain elements of their lifestyle, but it’s also good for EMD Serono because it helps us focus on the patient as a whole, as opposed to just how our therapies interact with the patient,” David Nichols, senior director of advocacy and state government affairs at EMD Serono, told FiercePharmaMarketing.

Merck KGaA has plenty of reason to support MS patients, with the German pharma leaning heavily on key med Rebif, an interferon treatment. And the fitness challenge isn’t EMD Serono’s first effort to do so; the company also runs the support network MS LifeLines.

EMD Serono’s partnership with the Lyons and MS Fitness Challenge will run through the end of the year, but the drugmaker will likely extend the effort, Nichols said.

“The MS Fitness certification will be regularly updated and evolve as time goes on,” he said. “… Ultimately, we’d like to see trainers working around the country to help MS patients. We know there’s a demand out there for it.”


Visit EMD Serono’s MS Lifelines site here.

NFPT sponsors MS Specialty Fitness Training Program

“Working with David Lyons and the MS Fitness Challenge has been an inspiring collaboration that I quickly began to realize the significance of when getting to know the roots of this organization. David has been there and done that, he models perseverance and does what he does for the greater good of the people he serves. The National Federation of Professional Trainers, NFPT, is excited to partner with David and the MS Fitness Challenge to bring awareness and education to certified personal trainers who can expand upon their scope of practice to include serving clients diagnosed with MS. Together we will help more people achieve improved daily living, mentally and physically, through fitness and exercise.”

To enroll in the new MS Fitness Essentials trainers’ course, click the photo below:

Angie Pattengale, Director of Certification

NFPT has been certifying personal fitness trainers since 1988. Our organizational mission is to equip trainers and their clients with the education and tools that are needed to address America’s growing health concerns, and to promote fitness around the world. NFPT provides fitness trainers with the educational tools and resources needed to develop and enhance performance skills for the safe and effective training of apparently healthy individuals in a one-on-one or small group setting. Performance and knowledge-based skills are assessed by a legally defensible certification exam which, upon successful completion, earns the individual a NFPT Certified Personal Trainer, CPT, title.

“I’m trying to encourage and help people all over the world to realize that MS is not a death sentence, it’s a way for you to look at what you have and to fight it ”



Please help us help those suffering with Multiple Sclerosis improve their lives through health & fitness. We are a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and 100% of all donations go to the cost of the MS Fitness Challenge program. Every dollar helps a person with MS and is a tax deductible donation.

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