Sports Nutrition Crash Course: Get Started with the Basics
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Sports Nutrition Crash Course: Get Started with the Basics

Increase your nutritional knowledge on a basic level. Complete the full course after this one!
4.2 (226 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
5,101 students enrolled
Last updated 7/2017
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Price: Free
  • 36 mins on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Describe macronutrients, their functions and recommendations.
  • Identify classes of micronutrients.
  • Understand basic supplements and recommendations.
  • Understand nutritional recommendations for optimizing health.
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  • No prerequisite knowledge or experience is necessary.
  • No specific software, additional materials, and/or appropriate mindsets is required.

This course is an introduction to my complete sports nutrition course: "Sports Nutrition for Endurance and Resistance Athletes"!  

In this course, I start you off with the basics of sport nutrition. No experience is needed.

If you like this course, we will build upon this information and discuss sports nutrition in more depth in the full course!

Created for beginners, here is a glimpse of what we'll be covering in this course:

  • Explanation of macronutrients
  • Explanation of micronutrients
  • Benefits and types of supplementation

Knowing about nutrition is great knowledge to have if you are looking to optimize your exercise potential and witness results. I've helped many people improve their lifestyles with the knowledge that I teach you in this course. Become more aware of your nutrition and enroll today!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for people wishing to gain a basic understanding of nutrition.
  • Anyone who wishes to become more educated about fueling themselves to boost energy levels will benefit.
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Curriculum For This Course
1 Lecture 02:56

Sports Nutrition is applying the concepts of nutrition to improve training, performance, and recovery.  This course is going to provide fitness professionals with knowledge of proper nutrition and how it influences body composition, sports performance and general overall health.

The Concept of Sports Nutrition
3 Lectures 12:48

A macronutrient is just what it sounds like.  It’s a nutrient that is necessary for the body in significant amounts.  Carbohydrates is one of three macronutrients.  Carbohydrates are the primary and most efficient source of energy for exercise and bodily functions. 

Carbohydrates: Fuel for Exercise

The job of protein is to build, maintain and repair muscle and body tissues.  It also plays a role in the creation of enzymes, antibodies and hormones as well as provide the body with energy if one is in a carbohydrate deficit.

Protein: Grow and Repair

Fat provides insulation, cushioning, and helps in producing energy so that vitamins can be carried to the cells.  Normal growth and development would not occur without a minimal amount of fat.

Fats: Function and Structure
4 Lectures 09:19

Just like macronutrients, micronutrients are also essential for normal body functioning helping to produce enzymes and hormones.  Without them, a person would not be able to grow and develop properly.

An Introduction

Vitamins are organic substances and play an essential role in the human body.  They assist with specific metabolic functioning, tissue repair and healing as well as act as regulators for certain body processes.


Minerals is another nutrient that must be supplied by a person’s diet.  There are some minerals that are produced by the body, but more than 20 minerals need to be consumed on a daily basis. 


Water is vital to human life.  Our bodies are 45-70% water. Without water, we would perish within 4-10 days. Other nutrients are not like water.  We can go for days, weeks, even months without seeing the ill effects from its deficient.  But our lives depend on water.

3 Lectures 10:25

In pill, liquid, gelcap, tablet, powder or capsule form, the variety of supplements vary tremendously.  There is an entire market dedicated to supplements.  Some supplements are good and have positive benefits if used properly.  Others are just a waste of money and some may be harmful to your health. 

Introduction to Supplements

BCAA stands for branched-chain amino acids.  Amino acids are the building blocks of protein.  The body uses amino acids to generate protein.  There are 20 total amino acids in the body and nine are considered essential. 


Whey protein is one of the two proteins in milk and makes up 20% of the total protein content.  Whey protein powder offers benefits for those interested in preserving and building muscle.  It is a high quality protein rich in essential and branched-chain amino acids. 

Whey Protein
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Bonus Lectures
3 Lectures 02:53
How Can You Improve Your Fitness?

Do you want to learn even more about nutrition to improve athletic performance?

My Sports Nutrition for Endurance and Resistance Athletes is the highest quality course I have ever put out!  I'm proud to invite you to join me in the course today. 


Whether you are a fitness professional, athlete, coach, trainer, fitness instructor, or just a person who casually works out - this course will help you learn how to properly fuel for exercise.

Sports Nutrition for Endurance and Resistance Athletes

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About the Instructor
Jen Puzio, Certified Personal Trainer
4.3 Average rating
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7,453 Students
9 Courses
7,000+ Students

I am passionate about inspiring and teaching others about health and fitness.  As a NASM certified personal trainer, I love to share my knowledge showing others how to live a healthy lifestyle.  

Growing up in New Jersey, I was an active child and participated in athletics.  I spent my summer days and school afternoons either playing outside or running around a soccer field.  Life has changed since then and society in general spends more time inside on technology.  Along with that has been an increase in child and adult obesity and a less emphasis on exercise.  I want to help change that.  We have one life, one body to take care of and we need to value ourselves enough to do so.  

Often people lack knowledge of how to train, pair exercises or need help with selecting healthy foods in a grocery store.  I want to make that process easier by providing information, resources, training plans, nutrition guidance and explain the reasons why being fit and healthy is so important.  My goal is to educate and change lifestyles!

As a graduate of East Stroudsburg University, I have a B.S. in Sports Medicine and Athletic Training.  I have experience working with athletes of all ages caring for and preventing injuries.  

I also have a B.S. from Frostburg State University where I studied Health and Physical Education Teaching and have teaching and coaching experience at levels K-12.  

I am a NASM Certified Personal Trainer mainly focusing on online training programs for people.  I also have a M.S. degree from Towson University in Applied Informational Technology and work for the government supervising IT teams.

I was a NCAA Division II collegiate soccer player, triathlete and runner for many years.  I earned my "D" Coaching License for soccer and enjoyed coaching soccer for many years.  Now, I currently spend my free time in the gym lifting weights and creating online courses.