NASM ® CPT Exam Prep

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Overwhelmed by the amount of information needed to become a NASM® personal trainer? Worried about focusing too much on the wrong things or missing the crucial facts?

You can now efficiently study the entire scope of NASM's® curriculum with Brainscape’s online and mobile flashcards. Curated by NASM® certified personal trainers with years of training and teaching experience, these flashcards whip your knowledge into shape and help you ace the exam!

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As a NASM® certified personal trainer, you will be guiding clients through a fitness journey, which requires you to have a detailed working knowledge of the body, its skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, and nervous systems (and much, much more). This is no walk on the treadmill, my friends. The NASM personal training curriculum is a punishing mental routine … but Brainscape’s panel of health and fitness experts have the perfect tips and tools to help you master the content efficiently (and without spraining your brain).

Brainscape has partnered with a panel of health and wellness experts to help students like you ace the NASM® CPT exam. At the helm of this panel is lead author Cassie Laegen, a certified personal trainer, health coach, and performance enhancement specialist with a Masters of Science in Exercise Science and Health Promotion. Yas queen. The fruits of our collaboration is a comprehensive collection of adaptive, digital NASM® CPT flashcards and this study guide, which have been meticulously reviewed by NASM Master Instructors.

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Brainscape’s collection of 1,100+ flashcards aren’t just definitions of terms (although, we have those too!). The NASM® CPT exam requires critical thinking, which was the premise behind the creation of these cards. By splitting the cards into decks that are centered around the NASM® curriculum, you can study more efficiently and trust that you have all the facts necessary to kickstart your career in health and wellness!

These flashcards have also been updated for the newest edition of the textbook with updated statistics, new research, and over 300 new cards that focus more on the information that NASM expects their trainers to know. This includes topics such as business and how to get a job in the future, improved anatomy and physiology with more information on various systems in the body, and improved decks on the updated OPT model and program design.

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The brain is hardwired to learn and remember information a certain way. The Brainscape™ flashcard app was born out of the question: what if we leveraged this hardwiring to help students learn more efficiently? Fueled by curiosity, our team of cognitive scientists from Columbia and Yale spent years developing a scientifically optimized learning platform to boost your learning.

Our "secret sauce" is a learning algorithm that delivers information to your brain in a way that optimizes its ability to retain that information. And it’s the spaced repetition of NASM CPT content at precisely the right interval for YOUR brain that makes Brainscape so effective for remembering the facts.

With Brainscape’s NASM® CPT review, you get:

  • 1,100+ flashcards with in-depth coverage of every chapter of the NASM® Personal Fitness Training text. Carefully designed and fact-checked information created for trainers, by trainers.
  • Special focus on top tested material such as the NASM® OPT Model, fitness assessments, and program design.
  • Total coverage of all CPT domains and testing content.
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Go crush this exam and get certified!

Decks in this class (23)

Chapter 1 - The Modern State of Health and Fitness
After completing this deck, the fitness professional will be able to distinguish a fitness professional's role in the health industry, identify common health conditions, tell the difference between facts and myths in regards to fitness, and identify a personal trainer's scope of practice.
75  cards
Chapter 2 - The Personal Training Profession
After completing this deck, the fitness professional will be able to discover employment opportunities, create a resume, describe the most common tasks for personal trainers, develop sales and marketing strategies, and identify requirements and opportunities for continuing education.
29  cards
Chapter 3 - The Psychology of Exercise
After completing this deck, the fitness professional will be able to describe common reasons why people avoid exercise, evaluate social influences, recommend forms of support for clients, and identify the psychological benefits of exercise.
35  cards
Chapter 4 - Behavioral Coaching
After completing this deck, the fitness professional will be able to summarize client expectations, assess the client's stage of readiness to change behaviors, structure an initial session, communicate effectively to build rapport, and implement behavior change techniques to increase exercise adherence.
43  cards
Chapter 5 - The Nervous, Muscular, and Skeletal Systems
After completing this deck, the fitness professional will be able to outline the basic structure and function of the nervous, skeletal, and muscular systems and identify the effects exercise has on each of those systems.
82  cards
Chapter 6 - The Cardiorespiratory, Endocrine, and Digestive Systems
After completing this deck, the fitness professional will be able to identify and summarize the structure and function of the cardiorespiratory, endocrine, and digestive systems.
88  cards
Chapter 7 - Human Movement Science
After completing this deck, the fitness professional will be able to summarize the scientific terminology for given movements, identify biomechanical concepts crucial to exercise, and describe motor behavior and how the human movement system responds to changes in the environment.
92  cards
Chapter 8 - Exercise Metabolism and Bioenergetics
After completing this deck, the fitness professional will be able to identify the first law of thermodynamics and how it relates to exercise, describe the energy systems, identify how each macronutrient can be used as fuel, and integrate concepts of energy balance for body composition management.
55  cards
Chapter 9 - Nutrition
After completing this deck, the fitness professional will be able to explain the role of various nutrients, identify a personal trainer's scope of practice in the nutrition field, communicate information to clients with various nutrition topics, and identify strategies to empower clients to make healthy nutritional decisions.
60  cards
Chapter 10 - Supplementation
After completing this deck, the fitness professional will be able to define supplements and summarize the rationale for using common supplements.
28  cards
Chapter 11 - Health, Wellness, and Fitness Assessments
After completing this deck, the fitness professional will be able to explain the importance of fitness assessments, collect and summarize subjective data, and perform physiological, body composition, and cardiorespiratory assessments.
62  cards
Chapter 12 - Postural, Movement, and Performance Assessments
After completing this deck, the fitness professional will be able to identify the rationale for postural and movement assessments, conduct various posture, movement, and performance assessments, and interpret the results of the data collected.
51  cards
Chapter 13 - Integrated Training and the OPT Model
After completing this deck, the fitness professional will be able to identify types of exercise and describe the NASM OPT model.
40  cards
Chapter 14 - Flexibility Training Concepts
After completing this deck, the fitness professional will be able to summarize the importance of flexibility training, explain the scientific rationale for flexibility training, and execute, instruct and cue various types of flexibility training.
51  cards
Chapter 15 - Cardiorespiratory Fitness Training
After completing this deck, the fitness professional will be able to summarize the importance of cardiorespiratory training, outline general cardiorespiratory guidelines, and explain stage training.
48  cards
Chapter 16 - Core Training Concepts
After completing this deck, the fitness professional will be able to identify the different divisions of the core musculature and employ methods to effectively execute, instruct, and cue various core training exercises.
28  cards
Chapter 17 - Balance Training Concepts
After completing this deck, the fitness professional will be able to describe the scientific rationale for balance training, summarize the benefits of balance training, and employ methods to effectively execute, instruct, and cue various balance exercises.
18  cards
Chapter 18 - Plyometric (Reactive) Training Concepts
After completing this deck, the fitness professional will be able to explain and summarize the benefits of plyometric training and employ methods to effectively execute, instruct, and cue plyometric exercises.
15  cards
Chapter 19 - Speed, Agility, and Quickness Training Concepts
After completing this deck, the fitness professional will be able to describe and discuss the importance of SAQ training, design an SAQ training program for various types of clients, and employ methods to effectively execute, instruct, and cue various SAQ drills
16  cards
Chapter 20 - Resistance Training Concepts
After completing this deck, the fitness professional will be able to define and categorize types of resistance training exercises, identify acute variables, and employ methods to safely execute, instruct, and cue resistance exercises.
53  cards
Chapter 21 - The Optimum Performance Training Model
After completing this deck, the fitness professional will be able to differentiate between different periodization types and design an exercise program for various goals using the OPT model.
59  cards
Chapter 22 - Introduction to Exercise Modalities
After completing this deck, the fitness professional will be able to categorize common exercise modalities and determine the safest and best modality for various types of clients.
25  cards
Chapter 23 - Chronic Health Conditions and Special Populations
After completing this deck, the fitness professional will be able to identify exercise needs and limitations for various health conditions, summarize the effects of various health limitations, and identify precautions and considerations for writing exercise programs for people with health conditions.
50  cards

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