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 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.
- 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
Introduction and Resistance Training
- Physical activity guidelines as they relate to the Optimum Performance Training (OPT) model
- Major muscles and their functions; subjective, objective and performance assessments
- Principles of human movement and flexibility; benefits of cardiorespiratory fitness and Proper exercise techniques
- Training concepts, including balance, plyometric (reactive) and speed, agility, and quickness (SAQ)
- Program design using the OPT model; acute training variables and exercise modalities
- Structure and function of the human body; functions of anatomy and physiology during exercise
- Program design adaptations for individuals with health impairments or physical conditions
- Test-taking strategies, practice exam; review NASM’s standards of professional practice as a professional fitness trainer
This online class will begin within 24-hours of student enrollment. Students will have 6-months to access their course and will complete approximately 80 hours of course work during this time.
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