NASM Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)

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National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)

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NASM Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)


The 7th edition of NASM’s Essentials of Personal Fitness Training has been updated with the most current evidence, strategies, and training techniques designed to equip fitness professionals with the necessary skills to optimize human potential and performance. The NASM Optimum Performance Training® (OPT™) model is the backbone of this process: a simple, straightforward approach to designing customized exercise programs that enhance your clients’ abilities to achieve their health, wellness, and fitness goals. With OPT, you’ll successfully train any client toward any goal. It’s proven and easy to implement.

Learning Objectives

  • Distinguish a fitness professional’s role within the allied health industry
  • Differentiate evidence-based practice from fitness fads and myths.
  • Develop sales and marketing strategies to drive clientele growth.
  • Recommend the best forms of support to help clients adhere to exercise.
  • Implement behavioral change techniques to enhance exercise adherence.
  • Summarize the structure and function of the muscular system.
  • Identify the effects exercise has on each component of the human movement system.
  • Identify the integrated structure and function of the cardiorespiratory system.
  • Summarize the scientific terminology that governs exercise and movement.
  • Communicate information to clients with differing knowledge levels of nutrition.
  • Explain the importance of fitness assessments surrounding clients’ goals and optimal health.
  • Interpret results from posture, movement, and performance assessments.
  • Identify types of exercise within an integrated training model.
  • Evaluate exercise protocols used within all five phases of the Optimum Performance Training® (OPT™) model.
  • Describe the benefits of using NASM’s OPT model to train clients.
  • Identify exercise needs and limitations for different populations.

Specific titles given may include:

  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Fitness Trainer
  • Personal Trainer
  • Fitness Instructor


  • 18+ years of age,
  • High school/secondary school equivalent education
  • CPR/AED certified

Timeline: Maximum 12 months - study at your own pace

Delivery Method: Online - study anywhere, anytime

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