December 06, 2011 05:55 ET

NASM Releases Updated Personal Trainer Certification Course

NASM's Respected Certification Powers the Growing Personal Training Industry

CHANDLER, AZ--(Marketwire - Dec 6, 2011) - In response to the ongoing and growing demand for personal trainers and use of technology for certification, the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), the global leader in personal trainer certification, has released the newest edition to their education product suite -- the Fourth Edition of the NASM Essentials of Personal Fitness Training course and the highly respected NASM CPT exam.

While many industries are seeing a downturn in career opportunities, it is just the opposite in health and fitness. In fact, the demand for personal trainers is projected to grow 29 percent over the next six years.i With 2011 coming to a close and people setting their health and fitness goals for the upcoming year, the time to become a certified personal trainer (CPT) has never been better.

The Fourth Edition of the NASM Essentials of Personal Fitness Training course was developed in order to incorporate the most current and innovative research and to continually evolve and improve NASM's education continuum. With the use of the latest technology, NASM has created an interactive learning space for those seeking to become a personal trainer. This dynamic online environment includes:

  • Expanded course content
  • Narrated presentations
  • Interactive learning activities
  • A comprehensive exercise library
  • Opportunities to design exercise programs for three unique case studies

The expansion of the CPT course includes two new and exciting chapters for trainers to include in their training repertoire.

The inclusion of Exercise Metabolism and Bioenergetics and the Introduction to Exercise Modalities brings fresh dimensions to taking an in-depth look at food intake and how the body properly converts it to produce energy, while the other introduces innovative resistance training methods to incorporate into client programs to help them stay motivated and achieve their personal health and fitness goals.

"For 25 years we have been the top choice of health and fitness professionals across the globe because of our evidence-based approach and our support and dedication to the professional," said NASM CEO Dr. Mike Clark. "Personal trainers certified through NASM can earn a higher starting salary, have increased career options and gain access to exclusive business opportunities. Whether you are just starting your career or are a veteran in the industry, NASM has something to offer that enhances your value as a fitness professional."

The Fourth Edition of the NASM personal training certification program was developed to provide aspiring health and fitness professionals with comprehensive knowledge of human movement science, functional anatomy, physiology and kinesiology, as well as functional assessment and program design.

Students enrolled in the new NASM certified personal trainer course will learn how to master:

  • Goal-specific program design for optimal results
  • Accurate assessment -- from first-time health club members to high-performance athletes
  • Developing and modifying exercises in a safe and effective manner that is adaptable to any client

To learn how you can Train Smart and Achieve More™ as an NASM certified personal trainer, visit or call 1.800.460.6276, Option 1.

About NASM: Since 1987, the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) has been a global leader in providing evidence-based certifications and advanced credentials to health and fitness professionals. In addition to its NCCA-accredited fitness Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) certification, NASM offers a progressive career track with access to Advanced Specializations, Continuing Education courses, and accredited Bachelor and Master Degree programs. The NASM educational continuum is designed to help today's health and fitness professional enhance their career while empowering their clients to live healthier lives. To learn more, visit: or call 1.800.460.NASM.

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