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 this program, however there are prerequisites to complete the NCCA Accredited Certification Exam.
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.
The following textbook is included in enrollment:
You’ll also receive access to practice exams and study materials, to help you prepare for your certification exam. A robust set of resources will be also be available to you such as videos, presentations, readings, quizzes, and activities.
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. You’ll then be able to sit for the NASM CPT exam, and upon passing you will be certified.
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 best personal trainer certification is the NASM Certified Personal Trainer credential, especially if you want to work with people of all fitness levels and varying physical abilities. This certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine is the easiest way to ensure that you have all the fundamentals you need to be a knowledgeable trainer, because it has very few prerequisites. NASM is a rewarding option whether you’re coaching elite athletes or clients who lead moderately active lifestyles. NASM also focuses on injury prevention and rehabilitation with an ear to current discoveries and studies in the field. You’ll be able to instruct your clients in safety techniques as well as keep them from aggravating existing injuries or musculoskeletal issues.
NASM-certified personal trainers are among the most desirable fitness professionals. This credential is one of the top certifications available in the United States, because it’s such a versatile springboard for careers in fitness and athletic training, clinical fitness training, and sports medicine. Depending on your career focus, you may want to supplement this training with other certifications. With this as your foundation, you can mix and match other credentials from NASM and other reputable training organizations, like ACSM and NCSF. The Senior Personal Trainer Certification or the NCSF Certified Strength Coach (CSC) program may be good specializations to pursue in addition to the NASM certification.
There are several different personal trainer certifications and their specialization opportunities and requirements depend on their accrediting organization. The five best personal trainer certifications are awarded by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), and National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Each of these organizations offers personal trainer certifications, as well as specialized endorsements to help you bring focus to your career.
Personal trainer certifications are often combined with specialized training qualifications, including corrective exercise, performance enhancement, strength coaching, advanced personal fitness training, personal training and group exercise training for older adults, and much more. Many personal trainers start out with a fundamental certification, like the NASM Certified Personal Trainer credential, and they further their education and their career over time. However, some preparation courses and tests combine the CPT exam with a supplemental endorsement in one of the specialized tracks, which is a great choice if you have a particular focus in mind.
The top five personal training certifications are also the most popular among today’s trainers and employers. These are awarded by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), and National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
Before completing any of these top personal training certifications, you’ll need to start by earning your CPR and AED certificate. That’s all that’s required before you pursue Certified Personal Trainer credentials from NASM or ACE, but the others—ACSM, ISSA, and NSCA—do require you to have a high school diploma or GED. If you have all the prerequisites, and you still can’t decide, consider the particular approaches to training that each organization takes.
ACE is a great choice for prospective trainers who want to work with a variety of clients and ability levels. ACSM is a good choice if you plan to work in medical centers and with seniors. ISSA is an academic institution, and its curriculum is implemented by the U.S. Department of Education. NASM is very well-rounded with some extra attention to injury prevention and rehab. Lastly, NSCA is another well-rounded certification and focuses on training for more active lifestyles.
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|This program is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start and finish at your own pace. Upon registering, you're given six (6) months to complete this program.|
The time allotted to complete your program has been calculated based on the number of course hours. If after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete your program on time, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee may be charged for an extension.
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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.
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