NASM Certified Personal Trainer
As individuals, employers, and health organizations become more aware of the role physical fitness plays in health and longevity, career opportunities for personal trainers are on the rise.
Certifications such as those offered by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) can provide an efficient route to a personal trainer career. This 100% online course will provide you with the health, fitness, nutrition, and human movement knowledge needed to earn the NASM’s Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) credential.
“When I became a NASM-Certified Personal Trainer, I was able to create new training programs, add new clients, and even partner with Onelife Fitness as an Athletic Performance Coach.” — Timm C., NASM Certified Personal Trainer student
Job Outlook for Personal Trainers
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics lists career opportunities for fitness trainers and instructors among its top choices between now and 2028. Jobs are expected to grow by 13%, over twice the expected growth rate for jobs overall.
According to Salary.com, personal trainers in the US earn on average $61,223 per year. The site notes that a personal trainer’s income can depend on a wide variety of factors, but expects the amount to range between $44,190 and $75,214.
The BLS analysis also anticipates improvements in fitness technology, fitness-related employment benefits, and changing demographics to enhance career opportunities for personal trainers.
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- Prepare to take and pass the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) exam
- Master health and fitness topics, including nutrition, program design, human movement science, and fitness assessments
- Learn and practice teaching, customer service, and first aid skills
- Develop organizational and communication skills
Prerequisites and Requirements
There are no specific prerequisites for taking this course.
Physical activity guidelines as they relate to the Optimum Performance Training (OPT) model
HUMAN MOVEMENT ASSESSMENTS/FITNESS TESTING AND EVALUATION
Major muscles and their functions; subjective, objective and performance assessments
CONCEPTS OF INTEGRATED TRAINING – FLEXIBILITY, CARDIORESPIRATORY AND CORE
Principles of human movement and flexibility; benefits of cardiorespiratory fitness and Proper exercise techniques
CONCEPTS OF INTEGRATED TRAINING – BALANCE, PLYOMETRIC AND SAQ
Training concepts, including balance, plyometric (reactive) and speed, agility, and quickness (SAQ)
DESIGN OF FITNESS PROGRAMS AND MODALITIES
Program design using the OPT model; acute training variables and exercise modalities
HUMAN MOVEMENT SCIENCE/EXERCISE MODALITIES AND TECHNIQUE
Structure and function of the human body; functions of anatomy and physiology during exercise
SPECIAL POPULATIONS, NUTRITION, AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Program design adaptations for individuals with health impairments or physical conditions
CERTIFICATION EXAM PREPARATION
Test-taking strategies, practice exam; review NASM’s standards of professional practice as a professional fitness trainer
This is a self-paced course. However, support will be provided through email, online forms, and phone.
Registration and Enrollment
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