NASM Certified Personal Trainer + Corrective Exercise (Vouchers Included)

The NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Exam Preparation is a unique online training course that prepares for the NASM CPT exam. The NASM CPT certification is one of the most respected and in-demand certifications in the health and fitness industry. The NASM Corrective Exercise Specialization (CES) provides you with cutting-edge, scientifically valid education, as well as the assessments, techniques and corrective exercise strategies to put it into practice.

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12 Months / 140 Course Hrs
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Course code: GES162

What you will learn

  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer + Corrective Exercise
  • Mastery of health and fitness topics, including nutrition, program design, human movement science, and fitness assessments, among others
  • Teaching, customer service, and first aid skills
  • Organizational and communication skills
  • Learn NASM's innovative and exclusive corrective exercise continuum and the opportunity to earn the
  • NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) Advanced Specialization
  • Train in movement assessments, inhibitory techniques, muscle activation techniques, and common musculoskeletal impairments
  • Learn how to help prevent injuries and get clients back on track and living healthy, productive lives
  • Earn the preferred injury prevention and recovery credential of collegiate and professional sports teams

How you will benefit

  • Prepares you for a career as a Fitness/wellness manager
  • Prepares you for a career as a Certified Personal Trainer
  • Prepares you for a career as an Exercise physiologist/specialist
  • Prepare yourself for a career as an athletic trainer, chiropractor, physical therapist, licensed massage therapist, or sports professional
  • Work toward receiving your NASM CPT Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) certification
  • Complement your formal education or expand your career and clientele by helping post-rehab and injured clients recover and remain active
  • Understand the exclusive processes needed to correct movement dysfunction through the use of inhibitory, lengthening, activation and integration techniques

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 12 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 140 course hours
  1. Certified Personal Trainer
    1. Introduction and Resistance Training Concepts
      1. Physical activity guidelines and recommendations as they relate to the Optimum
      2. Performance Training (OPT) Model
      3. Models of resistance training
      4. Effective exercise techniques
    2. Human Movement Assessments/Fitness Testing and Evaluation
      1. Major muscles and their functions
      2. Subjective, objective, and performance assessments
      3. Movement and postural assessments
    3. Concepts of Integrated Training - Flexibility, Cardiorespiratory, and Core
      1. Principles of human movement and flexibility
      2. Benefits of cardiorespiratory fitness
      3. Importance of the core
      4. Proper exercise technique
      5. Progressions and regressions
      6. General differences in the stages of training for exercises
    4. Concepts of Integrated Training - Balance, Plyometric, and SAQ
      1. Balance
      2. Plyometric (reactive)
      3. Speed, agility, and quickness (SAQ) training
      4. Safe and effective techniques
      5. Progressions and regressions
      6. Differences in training for these concepts in each phase of the OPT model
    5. Design of Fitness Programs and Modalities
      1. Program design using the OPT model
      2. Acute training variables
      3. Different exercise modalities
      4. Various models of resistance training
    6. Human Movement Science/Exercise Modalities and Technique
      1. Structure and function of the human body
      2. Functions of anatomy and physiology during exercise
      3. Systems related to exercise
      4. Metabolism and how it is affected by exercise
    7. Special Populations, Nutrition, and Professional Development
      1. Program design adaptations for individuals with health impairments or physical conditions
      2. Basic concepts and guidelines to nutrition, supplementation, effective communication skills and goal setting strategies
    8. Certification Exam Preparation
      1. Test taking strategies
      2. Practice exam
      3. Make a self-remediation plan based on your results
      4. Review NASM's standards of professional practice as it relates to a career as a professional fitness trainer.
  2. Corrective Exercise Specialist
    1. Rationale for Corrective Exercise
      1. Introduction
      2. Musculoskeletal Pain
      3. Corrective Exercise Continuum
      4. Rationale for Corrective Exercise
    2. Human Movement Science
      1. Introduction
      2. Planes of Motion & Joint Motion
      3. Muscle Action Spectrum
      4. The Science of Movement
      5. Functional Anatomy
      6. Sub-Systems
      7. Motor Behavior
      8. Motor Learning
      9. Interactive Activities
    3. Understanding Human Movement Impairments
      1. Introduction
      2. Movement Impairment Syndrome
      3. Static Malalignment
      4. Dynamic Malalignment
      5. Common Human Movement System Impairments part 1
      6. Movement System Impairments part 1
      7. Common Human Movement System Impairments part 2
    4. Health Risk Appraisal
      1. Introduction
      2. PAR-Q and General Lifestyle
      3. Medical History
      4. Chronic Conditions
    5. Static Postural Assessment
      1. Introduction
      2. Postural Imbalances
      3. Static Postural Assessment
    6. Movement Assessments
      1. Introduction
      2. Importance of a Movement Assessment
      3. Transitional Movement Assessment Part 1
      4. Transitional Movement Assessment Part 2
    7. Inhibitory Techniques
      1. Self-Myofascial Release
      2. Key Points in Utilizing Self-Myofascial Release
      3. Program Design
    8. Lengthening Techniques
      1. Introduction
      2. Traditional Theory of Static Stretching
      3. New Research Regarding Static Stretching
      4. Range of Motion, Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention
      5. NASM Position on Static Stretching
    9. Activation/Integration Techniques
      1. Introduction
      2. Activation Techniques
      3. Integration Techniques
      4. Integrated Dynamic Movement Program Strategies
    10. Foot and Ankle Impairments
      1. Introduction
      2. Functional Anatomy of the Foot and Ankle
      3. Common Injuries and Muscle Imbalances
      4. Corrective Exercise Strategies for Foot and Ankle Impairments
    11. Knee Impairments
      1. Introduction
      2. Functional Anatomy
      3. Common Injuries and Faulty Movement
      4. Systematic Corrective Exercise Strategies part 1
      5. Systematic Corrective Exercise Strategies part 2
    12. Lumbo-Pelvic-Hip Complex Impairments
      1. Introduction
      2. Functional Anatomy
      3. Common Injuries and Faulty Movement Patterns
      4. CEx: Excessive Forward Lean
      5. CEx: Low Back Arches
      6. CEx: Low Back Rounds
      7. CEx: Asymmetrical Weight Shift
    13. Shoulder, Elbow and Wrist Impairments
      1. Introduction
      2. Functional Anatomy of the Shoulder
      3. Shoulder Injuries and Faulty Movement Patterns
      4. Strategies for Shoulder Impairments part 1
      5. Strategies for Shoulder Impairments part 2
      6. Strategies for Shoulder Impairments part 3
      7. Functional Anatomy of the Elbow and Wrist
      8. Strategies for Elbow and Wrist Impairments
    14. Cervical Spine Impairments
      1. Introduction
      2. Functional Anatomy
      3. Cervical Spine Impairments
      4. Strategies for Cervical Spine Impairments part 1
      5. Strategies for Cervical Spine Impairments part 2
    15. Case Studies

This is not an instructor facilitated course; however, support will be provided through email, online forms, and phone.

Instructor Interaction: The instructor looks forward to interacting with learners in the online moderated discussion area to share their expertise and answer any questions you may have on the course content.


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.

CES candidates must have:

  • A current NASM-CPT certification, or
  • A current health and fitness certification accredited by NCCA, NBFE or DETC, or
  • REPs Level 3 or higher credential (candidates outside of the US only), or
  • 4-year collegiate degree or
  • Be a current Licensed or Certified Massage Therapist


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.10 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment:

  • NASM Essentials of Personal Fitness Training
  • NASM Essentials of Sports Performance Training

You'll also receive access to practice exams and study materials, to help you prepare for your certification exam.

Please note: You will receive a digital book if the physical book is on backorder.

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

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. You will also be prepared for the Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) exam.

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course whenever you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

After you register, you will receive 12 months to complete the course. The time allotted for completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours.

If you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee will be charged. If you are funded through a third-party organization, approval may also be required.

The course instructor will be available by email to answer any questions and provide feedback on your performance. Occasionally, your course may be supported by a team of industry experts. You will also receive support from the student advising team.

Upon successfully passing the final exam, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from the school or organization that you registered through.

ed2go courses will help you gain the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. However, you should always research the job market in your area before enrolling.

ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA, and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards may provide funding to take our courses. Additionally, you may qualify for financial assistance if you meet certain requirements. Learn more about financial assistance.

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