Introducing our Certified Personal Trainer course (7th Edition) - the most successful, revolutionary program on the market! Our NCCA-accredited certification empowers you with the most scientifically accurate information, all delivered in our cutting edge digital learning platform.
Build a Successful Fitness Career! Learn everything you need to build a successful fitness career with industry’s best personal trainer certification. We will prepare you for a long and rewarding career working with everyone from weekend warriors to professional athletes.
For over 30 years, we have developed the most successful personal trainers in the fitness industry. With us you are on the way to join the ranks of the best, most respected, and highest-paid fitness trainers.
Our NCCA-accredited certification utilizes an ‘edutainment’ style of learning - making the course fun, easy and accessible for everyone studying for their career! With dozens of Hollywood-like videos and state-of-the-art graphics, even the least academic person will find themselves truly engaging with and enjoying the learning process.
Don't risk being taught outdated information. Our course is ahead by decades as compared to our competitors, and is by far the most comprehensive the industry has ever seen. We use the most accurate and up-to-date science, then teaches you how to transform that science into real-world application.
The foundation of NASM’s certification is the exclusive Optimum Performance Training® Model. It’s your blueprint for success. The OPT™ Model provides you with a systematic approach to developing personalized and unique training plans that allow you to see predictable outcomes for every client. It’s a flexible and comprehensive system that allows you to create individualized training plans for any client, any time.
Assessing is critical to successfully training a client. By understanding where the issues in their body are, you can then figure out how to properly address underlying problems that could prevent them from reaching their end fitness goals.
Having a training plan for your client job is great, but knowing how to convince them to stick to it is even better. That’s where behavior change comes in. Within the CPT, you’ll learn the keys to helping people alter behaviors that prevent them from transforming into the ultimate version of themselves.
Identify and adhere to applicable professional standards and codes of conduct including business and professional development practices.
Recognize and apply exercise psychology and behavioral coaching techniques for a wide variety of clients.
Identify concepts and structures of anatomy and physiology, human movement science, exercise metabolism, nutrition, and supplementation.
Select, perform, and interpret results from a client fitness assessment.
Provide instruction and demonstrate proper exercise techniques for clients.
Design client-specific exercise programs based on assessment results and client abilities.
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To be eligible for this personal training course, you must have a high school diploma or GED. Additionally, you need a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification and an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) certification. You may enroll in the course before having your CPR and AED certifications; however, you must have them before you take your final exam.
Chapter 1: The Modern State of Health and Fitness
Learn to distinguish your role as a personal trainer, identify common chronic health conditions, differentiate evidence-based practice from fitness fads, and define your scope as a professional.
Chapter 2: The Personal Training Profession
Fitness professionals have the option to work for a variety of employers or to work for themselves. This chapter explores industry growth and the overall career outlook for personal trainers.
7 Infographics 6 Videos 2 Audio Lectures 12 Knowledge Checks
Chapter 3: Psychology of Exercise
The role of psychology in fitness and wellness is extremely important. It can deal with several topics, including the way exercise participation affects someone’s mood in both the short and the long term, the effect of weight loss on self-esteem, the motivations to become physically active, and how social influences affect overall exercise behavior.
Chapter 4: Behavioral Coaching
This chapter covers clients’ expectations, assessing behavior change, structuring optimal sessions, communicating effectively, and implementing exercise adherence techniques using behavior change.
8 Infographics 5 Videos 2 Audio Lectures 10 Knowledge Checks
Chapter 5: The Nervous, Skeletal, and Muscular Systems
Because all fitness professionals need an understanding of anatomy and the Human Movement System, this chapter covers the fundamentals of the Nervous, Skeletal, and Muscular Systems.
Chapter 6: The Cardiorespiratory, Endocrine, and Digestive Systems
You will learn how to identify the structure and function of the cardiorespiratory system, how to categorize the function of the endocrine system, as well as the digestive system.
Chapter 7: Human Movement Science
You will gain an understanding of the basics of biomechanics and motor behavior as they relate to working as a personal trainer.
Chapter 8: Exercise Metabolism and Bioenergetics
This section of the course breaks down the various energy systems within the body, providing essential insight into the ways we use food for fuel.
Chapter 9: Nutrition
Improving health and fitness means more than just exercise; it also requires a commitment to improve the way the body is fueled. Although specific diet prescription is outside a trainer's scope of practice, this chapter will provide the basics needed to support nutritional discussions with clients and make recommendations on how to support their goals through a healthy diet.
Chapter 10: Supplementation
It is important that the personal trainer understand what supplements are and how to educate clients on risks associated with various supplements. Within you will learn the necessary information to discuss supplementation with a client while remaining within your scope of practice.
115 Infographics 19 Videos 6 Audio Lectures 30 Knowledge Checks
Chapter 11: Health, Wellness, and Fitness Assessments
After this chapter, you will be able to explain the importance of assessments, collect and summarize subjective client information, identify steps for conducting body composition assessments, and choose the correct cardiorespiratory assessments on an individual basis.
Chapter 12: Posture, Movement, and Performance Assessments
Posture, movement, and performance assessments are an integral part of the intake process for all clients and will assist the fitness professional in developing customized fitness programs to enhance a client’s well-being.
15 Infographics 14 Videos 2 Audio Lectures 10 Knowledge Checks
Chapter 13: Integrated Training and the OPT™ Model
After complete interpretations of assessment results, a comprehensive training program can be developed through application of specific acute variables defined in the NASM OPT™ Model.
Chapter 14: Flexibility Training Concepts
Learn the scientific rationale for flexibility training, proper stretching exercises, stretches for beginners, and more within this chapter of the course.
Chapter 15: Cardiorespiratory Training Concepts
Cardiorespiratory fitness reflects the ability of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems to supply oxygen-rich blood to skeletal muscles during sustained physical activity. You will learn more within the course.
Chapter 16: Core Training Concepts
A properly designed core training program can be a key component of an overall training plan used to achieve a broad range of goals. The objective of core training is the development of core stability, endurance, strength, and power. Learn more within.
Chapter 17: Balance Training Concepts
The ability to maintain postural control or balance is a fundamental component of performance, injury resistance, and rehabilitation that follows an injury. Learn how to incorporate balance training within your clients’ programming.
Chapter 18: Plyometric (Reactive) Training Concepts
You will learn how to explain plyometric training and its three phases, summarize the benefits of the modality, identify proper progressions, and teach proper cueing techniques.
Chapter 19: Speed, Agility, and Quickness Training Concepts
Speed, agility, and quickness (SAQ) training is a useful and effective method of fitness training that stimulates muscular, neurological, connective tissue, and even cardiovascular fitness adaptations.
Chapter 20: Resistance Training Concepts
You will learn how to summarize resistance training principles to clients, categorize exercises for different types of goals and adaptations, and employ safe methods and resistance training variables.
26 Infographics 102 Videos 8 Audio Lectures 42 Knowledge Checks
Chapter 21: The Optimum Performance Training® Model
Creating and modifying exercise programs for clients can be a complicated process because there are many variables to consider, including the client’s goals, their tolerance for exercise, and their unique physical abilities and medical history. The Optimum Performance Training® Model makes it simple.
Chapter 22: Introduction to Exercise Modalities
Within this chapter you will learn how to categorize different exercise modalities, describe their uses depending on different clients, and determine the correct resistance and proprioceptive uses on an individual basis.
Chapter 23: Chronic Health Conditions and Special Populations
This chapter covers important information and recommendations for assessing and designing exercise programs for clients with selected chronic health conditions or functional limitations.
2 Infographics 8 Videos 3 Audio Lectures 19 Knowledge Checks
There are 120 test questions. Of those, 20 are research questions that do not count toward or against your final score. You must pass with a scaled score of 70% or better. You will have 2 hours to complete the exam.