Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES)

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National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)

Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES)


Sports performance is one of the most demanding forms of training. The NASM Performance Enhancement Specialization (NASM-PES) will prepare you to work with clients at any level from youth sports to professional athletes. Developed utilizing NASM’s evidence-based OPT™ model, the NASM-PES takes training to a higher level by introducing the Maximal Power phase. This phase of training focuses on high-velocity training to increase an athlete’s power input. The advanced knowledge and skills gained from the NASM-PES program will help you improve client athletic performance, especially their power, speed, agility and quickness.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the foundational principles that lead to enhanced sports performance for athletes of various fitness needs and goals.
  • Design safe and effective training programs used for improving performance amongst various sports.
  • Evaluate exercise selection, execution, and technique specific to sports performance.
  • Determine performance assessments used to assess and program for athletes in different seasons throughout a training year.

Who Should Become an NASM-PES?

  • Personal Trainers
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Strength & Conditioning Coaches
  • Physical Therapist
  • Coaches
  • Athletes & Fitness Enthusiasts

Specific titles given may include:

  • Performance Enhancement Specialist

Prerequisites: Although it is not required, it is recommended that candidates have at least one of the following credentials:

  • NASM-CPT certification
  • Certified Massage Therapist
  • NCCA, NBFE or DETC Accredited Health/Fitness Certification
  • 4-Year College Degree in fitness industry
  • REPs Level 3 or higher (int'l)

Timeline: Maximum 12 months - study at your own pace

Delivery Method: Online - study anywhere, anytime

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