Course Code: GES146
I. Introduction and Resistance Training Concepts
A. Physical activity guidelines as they relate to the Optimum Performance Training (OPT) Model
B. Models of resistance training
C. Effective exercise techniques
II. Human Movement Assessments/Fitness Testing and Evaluation
A. Major muscles and their functions
B. Subjective, objective, and performance assessments
C. Movement and postural assessments
III. Concepts of Integrated Training - Flexibility, Cardiorespiratory, and Core
A. Principles of human movement and flexibility
B. Benefits of cardiorespiratory fitness
C. Importance of the core
D. Proper exercise technique
E. Progressions and regressions
F. General differences in the stages of training for exercises
IV. Concepts of Integrated Training - Balance, Plyometric, and SAQ
B. Plyometric (reactive)
C. Speed, agility, and quickness (SAQ) training
D. Safe and effective techniques
E. Progressions and regressions
F. Differences in training for these concepts in each phase of the OPT model
V. Design of Fitness Programs and Modalities
A. Program design using the OPT model
B. Acute training variables
C. Different exercise modalities
D. Various models of resistance training
VI. Human Movement Science/Exercise Modalities and Technique
A. Structure and function of the human body
B. Functions of anatomy and physiology during exercise
C. Systems related to exercise
D. Metabolism and how it is affected by exercise
VII. Special Populations, Nutrition, and Professional Development
A. Program design adaptations for individuals with health impairments or physical conditions
B. Basic concepts to nutrition, supplementation, communication skills and goal setting strategies
VIII. Certification Exam Preparation
A. Test taking strategies
B. Practice exam
C. Make a self-remediation plan based on your results
D. Review NASM’s standards of professional practice as a professional fitness trainer.
There are no prerequisites to take the online NASM CPT Certified Personal Trainer Certification and Exam Preparation program, but there are prerequisites to complete the NCCA Accredited Certification Exam.
The NCCA Accredited Certification Exam Requirements:
1. Candidate must be at least 18 years old or have a high school diploma or GED
2. Candidate must hold current CPR/AED certification before attempting the exam (not included with program)
The NCCA accredited NASM CPT Personal Trainer Exam is taken at a local testing center (PSI), and you can schedule your exam date after completion of the program.
This program can be taken on a Mac or a PC. On a PC, it is compatible with Windows 7 and later operating systems and the current versions of Firefox, Chrome, or IE 11 and later browsers.
On a Mac, the program is compatible with Mac OS X 10.10 and later operating systems and the current versions of Firefox, Chrome, or Safari 8 or later browsers.
We recommend that you use Chrome and Firefox in place of other web browsers.
Adobe Flash Player is required for this program.
ed2go will provide the required textbooks for this program:
You’ll also receive access to practice exams and study materials, to help you prepare for your certification exam.
Based on scientiﬁc research and ﬁtness expert experience, the program is directly aligned with critical occupational competencies, including those deﬁned by the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook. Each module is broken down into separate topics, such as human movement science, nutrition, movement assessments, and program design. You’ll also learn how to create an integrated training program using the unique NASM OPT model (Optimum Performance Training)—a safe and effective way to help a client reach any goal.
This program includes preparation, all study materials, and the personal trainer certification exam fee. The NCCA accredited NASM CPT Personal Trainer Exam is taken at a local testing center (PSI), and you can schedule your exam date after completion of the program.
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Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion. You will also be able to sit for the NCCA accredited NASM CPT Personal Trainer Exam that is taken at a local testing center (PSI) and you can schedule your exam date after completion of the program.
ed2go programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don’t provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.
There is no facilitator for this program. NASM does offer students support through access to email and phone.
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This program prepares you for the NCCA accredited NASM CPT Personal Trainer Exam. The exam is taken at a local testing center (PSI), and you can schedule your exam date after completion of the program.
This program can be taken on a Mac or a PC. On a PC, it is compatible with Windows 7 and later operating systems. On a Mac, the program is compatible with Mac OS X 10.10 and later operating systems. We recommend that you use the latest version of Chrome or Firefox as your web browser. You will need Adobe Flash Player (download here) installed on your computer for this program.
To become a personal trainer certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), you must have a high school diploma or the equivalent and be at least 18 years old. You must also be certified in CPR/AED, which is not included in this program. You’ll then be able to sit for the NASM CPT exam, and upon passing you will be certified.
NASM is a respected institution in the sports industry, and its certification process is known to be thorough and detailed. When it comes to personal training certification, NASM is one of the best. At ed2go, our NASM preparation program will increase your knowledge and get you on your way to becoming a leading fitness industry professional.