NASM Certified Personal Trainer + Performance Enhancement (Vouchers Included)

The NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Exam Preparation course is a unique online training that prepares for the NASM CPT exam, which is one of the most respected and in-demand certifications in the health and fitness industry. The NASM Performance Enhancement Specialization (PES) can give you the expertise to improve the flexibility, speed, agility and performance of both professional athletes and weekend warriors.

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12 Months / 140 Course Hrs
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Course code: GES161

What you will learn

  • NASM CPT + Performance Enhancement
  • The physical activity guidelines and recommendations as they relate to the Optimum Performance Training (OPT) Model
  • The different models of resistance training as well as safe and effective exercise techniques
  • The major muscles and their functions
  • All aspects of the subjective, objective, and performance assessments as well as movement and postural assessments
  • The principles of human movement and flexibility, benefits of cardiorespiratory fitness, the importance of the core, proper exercise technique, progressions and regressions, and general differences in the stages of training for exercises
  • The importance of balance, plyometric (reactive), speed, agility, and quickness (SAQ) training, as well as safe and effective techniques, and progressions and regressions for these training areas
  • Program design using the OPT model, acute training variables, different exercise modalities and how to incorporate them into your programs
  • NASM's innovative and exclusive corrective exercise continuum and the opportunity to earn the
  • NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) Advanced Specialization
  • Movement assessments, inhibitory techniques, muscle activation techniques, and common musculoskeletal impairments
  • How to help prevent injuries and get clients back on track and living healthy, productive lives
  • The preferred injury prevention and recovery credential of collegiate and professional sports teams

How you will benefit

  • Be ready for the NCCA accredited credentialing exam, to earn the distinction of a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) from NASM.
  • Be prepared for successful employment as an NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • Be qualified to work in a health club setting, as an independent fitness professional, or in other settings, such as medical facilities or corporate wellness.
  • Learn about the science of human movement and discover cutting-edge, evidence-based sports performance exercise techniques
  • Be prepared to train tougher, faster and stronger athletes and weekend warriors in the Performance Enhancement Specialization (PES) program.

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. I. 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. II. 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. III. 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. IV. 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. V. 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. VI. 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. VII. 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
      3. Goal setting strategies
    8. VIII. 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. Personal Enhancement Specialist
    1. Essentials of Integrated Sports Performance Training
      1. Introduction
      2. Integrated Training Principles
      3. Stretch Shortening Cycle
      4. Utilization of the Integrated Training Continuum
      5. Training in All Planes of Motion
      6. Training for Optimum Muscle Balance
      7. Integrated Sports Performance Program Part One Program Part One
      8. Integrated Sports Performance Program Part
      9. OPT Model
    2. Basic Exercise Science
      1. Introduction
      2. The Nervous System
      3. Sensory Receptors
      4. The Skeletal System
      5. The Muscular System
      6. Muscle Contraction
      7. Basic Exercise Science
    3. The Cardiorespiratory System
      1. Presentations
      2. Introduction
      3. The Cardiovascular System Part 1
      4. The Cardiovascular System Part 2
      5. The Respiratory System
      6. Oxygen and Energy
      7. The Cardiorespiratory System
    4. Hormonal Response to Exercise
      1. Introduction
      2. Endocrine Organs
      3. Endocrine Adaptations to Exercise
      4. Hormonal Response to Exercise
    5. Human Movement Science
      1. Introduction
      2. Planes of Motion
      3. Combined Joint Motion
      4. Muscle Action Spectrum
      5. Efficient Human Movement
      6. Functional Anatomy
      7. Sub-systems
      8. Motor Behavior
      9. Motor Learning
      10. Human Movement Science
    6. Sports Performance Testing
      1. Introduction
      2. Sports Performance Assessment Components
      3. Subjective Information
      4. Objective Information
      5. Static Postural Assessment
      6. Transitional Assessment
      7. Overhead Squat Assessment
      8. Single-leg Squat Assessment
      9. Dynamic Postural Assessments
      10. Performance Assessments
      11. Cardiorespiratory Assessments
    7. Flexibility Training for Performance Enhancement
      1. Introduction
      2. Cumulative Injury Cycle
      3. Flexibility Continuum Part 1
      4. Flexibility Continuum Part 2
      5. Flexibility Training Debate
      6. Exercise Video Library
      7. Flexibility Exercises
      8. Flexibility Training Quiz
    8. Cardiorespiratory Training for Performance Enhancement
      1. Introduction
      2. Basics of Cardiorespiratory Training
      3. Karvonen Method
      4. Introduction to Training Zones
      5. Training Zones
      6. Heart Rate Training Zones
      7. The Phases of Cardio Performance Training
      8. Phase One: Base Training
      9. Phase Two: Using the Assessment to Determine Starting
      10. Cardiorespiratory Training
    9. Core Training Concepts for Performance Enhancement
      1. Introduction
      2. The Core
      3. Core Training
      4. Core Stabilization, Strength, and Power
      5. Core Exercises
      6. Core Training
    10. Balance Training Concepts for Performance Enhancement
      1. Introduction
      2. Scientific Rationale for Balance Training
      3. Guidelines for Balance Training
      4. Balance Exercises
      5. Exercise Video Library
      6. Balance Exercises
      7. Balance Training
    11. Plyometric Training Concepts for Performance Enhancement
      1. Introduction
      2. Three Phases of Plyometric Exercise
      3. Proposed Mechanism
      4. Benefits of Plyometric
      5. Program Design
      6. Plyometric Exercises
      7. Plyometric Training
    12. Speed, Agility, and Quickness Training for Performance Enhancement
      1. Introduction
      2. Training for Speed of Movement
      3. Stability, Strength, and Power
      4. Muscle and Joint Elasticity
      5. Movement Technique
      6. Linear Speed File
      7. Agility
      8. Quickness
      9. Speed, Agility, & Quickness Exercises
    13. Integrated Resistance Training for Performance Enhancement
      1. Introduction
      2. The SAID Principle
      3. The Principle of Overload
      4. The Principle of Variation, Individualization and Adaptation
      5. Progressive Outcomes of Resistance Training
      6. Resistance Training Systems
      7. Integrated Resistance Training Exercises
    14. Olympic Lifting for Performance Enhancement
      1. Introduction
      2. Scientific Rationale
      3. Flexibility, Mobility, Stability, and Posture F
      4. Neuromuscular Control
      5. Execution Steps
      6. Compensations
      7. Olympic Lifting
    15. Science Periodization and the OPT model
      1. Introduction
      2. Program Design
      3. Exercise Selection
      4. Periodization and the OPT Model
      5. Stabilization
      6. Applying the OPT Model
      7. Science of Periodization and the OPT Model
    16. Injury Prevention and Reconditioning
      1. Introduction
      2. Three Stages of Soft Tissue and Bone Healing
      3. Foot Injury
      4. Ankle Sprain
      5. Knee Injury
      6. Lower Back Injury
      7. Shoulder Pain
      8. Injury Prevention and Reconditioning
    17. Performance Nutrition
      1. Carbohydrates
      2. Proteins and Fats
      3. Micronutrients and Energy Balance
      4. Muscle and Energy Recovery
      5. Weight and Body Composition
      6. Nutrition and Athletic Performance
      7. Performance Nutrition
      8. Ergogenic Aids
      9. Chronic Effects on Training Adaptations
    18. Performance Psychology
      1. Introduction
      2. Performance Psychology
      3. Using What's Already There
      4. Integrated Physical and Mental Training
      5. Settling-In
      6. The Winds of Progress
      7. Fine Tuning Intensity
      8. Performance Psychology
    19. Understanding Learning Styles, and Coaching Methodologies

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 course, 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.

It is recommended that PES candidates have at least one of the following:

  • 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.

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 Performance Enhancement Specialist 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 6 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.

Our courses are designed to accommodate various learning preferences. Depending on the course structure, you may get different forms of support. Self-paced courses are designed to be user-friendly and independent, minimizing the need for external support. In courses with instructors, our direct platform support feature includes opportunities for questions, discussions, and remediation, with email and phone support available for select courses. Our student advising team is available to guide you on program requirements and administrative requests, but they do not provide assistance with course content. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary support for success, whether it's through self-paced exploration, direct communication, or guidance from our 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.

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